One day, I opened the Kraftmaid catalog, saw a kitchen with a custom hood and that was it.
I was in love and I had to have one. I designed the whole kitchen around that hood, it drove the Home Depot kitchen consultant crazy.
While the mahogany countertops and farmhouse sink may have been axed along the way, I would not budge when it came to that hood. It has been the very lovely focal point of my favorite room for over a decade now and I cannot imagine my kitchen without it.
Of course, a fabulous hood, requires a fabulous ornament. The first wreath I had up there was made of red berries. Feeling that it was lacking something, I wrapped another berry garland around the outside of it to add fullness and some size. The picture is terrible, but it really was a great look for a long time. However, after several seasons of Bravo's Flipping Out, I felt the need for a cleaner, sleeker look a la Jeff Lewis and the wreath needed to go.
It had also seen its day, ten years is a long time for any fake flowers to be hanging around.
|This was my old wreath ~ be nice, it was from my mom.|
I like quick and easy projects.
I am lazy and impatient (hydrangeas require drying and then I would have to spray them red, blah, blah). I just wanted to buy the flowers and have my new wreath done by dinner.
So off to the craft store I went, 40% off coupon in hand. I think it's a some sort of disease, but I just can't seem to buy anything unless it's on sale. I picked up a green wire frame, several hydrangea stems and floral wire.
I cut each wire stem about an inch from the flower and tied it to the frame. I pushed the flowers very close to one another to achieve a full look.
I knew that I wanted a sleek, one colored wreath, but I also knew it needed some kind of a border to highlight the red and look finished. So I removed the leaves from the now flowerless stems and I glued them to one another in a circle around the whole wreath.
In some spots I glued them to the flowers as well.
When the wreath was complete, I double checked all my glue and wires to make sure they were really set and secure.
|The backside of the completed wreath, fully wired and glued.|
My red hydrangea wreath, although very basic in design, provides a dramatic, romantic accent to the hood, drawing the eye upward as it provides a pop of color to an otherwise serene palette.
I have to say that I really love it.
Is this one too simple for your taste?
Tell me, I can take it!
Looking for more easy DIY wreaths? Check out this post.