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Customizing A Store Bought Wreath For Summer

June 10, 2022

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I was looking for a cascading floral wreath for my front door, but couldn't find one in my colors or my price range.

Instead, I customized a store bought wreath with flowers from the dollar store and made my decorating dreams come true.

Embellishing A Store Bought Wreath

For someone who's obsessed with decorating, there's no better time than a change of season.

It's an opportunity to fluff and feather.

To update and swap.

To infuse every room in the house with a little seasonal flair.

Both inside and out.

Now normally, when summer weather moves in to my little northeastern harbor town, I pull out all the stops.

I decorate the patio and pool area, open the umbrellas, drag out the pillows and plant lots of flowers.

However, this year, June showed up while our yard was a mess.

The patio was being replaced, so the pool wasn't open and instead of decor, there was just a lot of gravel and dirt back there.

That meant the only place I had to decorate was my front door.

And since it was the one and only place I had to get creative outside and add some color, I wanted to do it up big.

I also wanted to do something a bit different, which wasn't easy, because over the years, I've tried a lot of different things to make my house smile.

Unique door decor for every month of the year.

From flags and flowers, to letter embellished wreaths and tulip filled rain boots. But I wasn't up for a repeat.

Patio Construction In Process

Therefore, I decided that some research was necessary.

Everywhere I went I kept my eye on the doors. Nothing really stood out, until one day I passed a lovely baby blue door with a fabulous wreath. 

It was very colorful, but the eye catching part was that it had flowers that trailed down from circular frame. In a very tasteful way. 

But I couldn't remember it exactly, and nothing came up when I searched for it online. Hmph. So I decided that I had to find it again. 

Unfortunately, my middle aged brain was a bit blurry on its location, so it took me a few days to remember where'd I been when I spied it.

And when I finally found it, it looked nothing like what I remembered.

There were no floral tendrils and, as a matter of fact, that blue door...was orange. Disturbing, but I had bigger issues. 

I wanted the wreath I had in my head. The one I thought I saw on that front door...driving by at 40 mph.

Oh boy. 

Well, clearly the only way to get there was to DIY it.

However. 

I rarely, make my own wreaths from scratch anymore. I think the last one I made was my dollar store daisy wreath

It usually just doesn't pay. 

What I do instead, is find a sale priced wreath and embellish it. Much cheaper and much easier.

So that's where I started. I found a geranium wreath with a few hanging flowers for about $15.

Red Geranium Wreath

It was very red, which is normally a good thing, but it was too monotone for this summer. I craved more color. 

A quick trip to Dollar Tree fixed that. I grabbed a bunch of bright stems, in pink, yellow and white, on the same day I found the floral contact paper for my desk drawer cover.

Dollar Tree Fake Flowers

It was a very lucky Dollar {twenty five} Tree kind of day.

If my wreath didn't already have hanging flowers, I would've bought a few vines and added them to create my own. Just a tip in case you can't find a cascading wreath and like the look.

Once I got home, I charged up my cordless glue gun, hung the wreath on the front door and started making outdoor decor dream come true.

Customizing my store bought wreath with the colors of my choice.

Colors that popped and brought a little bit of what I have going on inside, outside.

I have to say, the cordless glue gun was very helpful. I was able to work on the wreath outside, in the place it would be displayed.

Hot Gluing Faux Flowers To Wreath

It made a huge difference and I was able to arrange the flowers in a way that looked best on the door.

Plus, I got to chat with all the neighbors who were strolling by. Crafting with company is a definite bonus on a sunny, almost summer, Saturday afternoon.

To get started, I added some big pink flowers in between the red.

Adding Flowers To Wreath

Then I glued several of them onto the hanging bits. I tucked in a few delicate white blooms and deep purple tones, too.

Every now and then I would step back to the curb to get some perspective and adjust my decorating course.

Overall though, I just kept removing flowers from the plastic stems and adding them to the formerly plain wreath until it was super full.

Wreath With Trailing Flowers

And overflowing with color.

Full Floral Summer Wreath

Decorating my front door.

And welcoming summer into my home.

Just like the wreath I saw on my drive weeks ago.

Well sort of.

Summer Trailing Flower Wreath

But exactly like the one I saw in my head.

😉

Do you dream up decor?
  1. This wreath came out so sweet! Love it Kim. xoxo Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! It was a fun pop of color to look and distract me from all the dirt! 😉 I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  2. Kim the wreath is lovely but the steps really got my attention as I need to redo our back entry area from 1 step to 2 and there is only so much space on one side due to a garage entrance frame. I think I can add depth to each step by cutting into the frame trim work and sliding in something like slate or etc to make the change work. Could you pleas give me the size including depth of what you used. This step area conversion has been driving me crazy and your is lovely.
    Cyndy

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    1. Hi Cyndy! That's so funny...yesterday the patio mason commented that my front porch steps were all wrong and needed to be altered, so I'm glad you like them, because we do, too. The height of each step isn't uniform, which is what he was referring to, but they were built in the 1920's and all we did was remove the old, chipping slate (which had become a tripping hazard) years ago and pop on the blue stone in its place. The pieces are each 1" thick, 32 inches wide and different widths to fit the steps. The overall area of the top step is 65x29 and the bottom is 83x39. I hope that helps and I hope you can make something like it work for your back entry! ☺️

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    1. Thanks so much, Penny! Those trailing flowers were in my head and a lucky find.

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  4. I love the way you added different colored flowers to your wreath. The wreath looks perfect for the summer Kim!

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie! It was a quick way to get some flowers before the garden bloomed!!

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  5. I love it and you did a fabulous job.

    Love the color combination and the flowing flowers

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    1. Thank you so much!! I was really bent on having a ton of color on the front door this summer!

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  6. Stunning, Kim. Wow! The front of your home is beautiful. A quintessential cottage!

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    1. Thanks so much, Nancy! It really is a charming little place. They invested so much time into the design back then…so much thought. The stones on the front are the same as the ones on the fireplace, so when you walk through that door, it feels seamless. Plus, the chimney stones match. I just don’t think they make them like that anymore…in general. I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday!

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  7. Oh my, didn't you show that little dollar tree wreath how it's done - beautiful!!!

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    1. Thanks Marie! Gotta love that Dollar Tree!

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  8. I have to be honest, Kim. I wasn't sure about mixing the pink with the red geraniums, but now that I see it, I love it and your black door really makes it 'pop' - Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Ann! You know me, I'm normally an "all red" kid of girl, but this year, I craved an abundance of color.

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  9. Cute wreath Kim! I like the extra pizzazz you put into this wreath.

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    1. Thanks so much! I love that word...pizzazz...just what I was looking for!!

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  10. I love what you did with it! So pretty!

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  11. I love your door and those steps! The wreath is a great accent against that black door!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mari! It's certainly not the same as having a beautiful front porch like you have, all that beautiful space to decorate and enjoy, but the stone is a small consolation!

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  12. Beautifully done Kim. I too am never satisfied and always change my wreath around to suit me. I love how yours drapes down.

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    1. Thanks Mary. That drape was just what I was craving!

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  13. What a great looking wreath...so colorful....just loving your creativity.....did you ever find your inspiration wreath? You have gone on to inspire others....

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    1. Thank you!! I actually did find the wreath, but so funny, it wasn't at all what I remembered.

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  14. That is incredibly creative. I am so impressed by your willingness to have a vision without really seeing an example!! It turned out beautifully and very summer-y!!

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    1. Kristine, you're so kind! I figured for the price I paid for all the supplies it was worth a try!

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  15. That's beautiful Kim! It looks good next to your stone.

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    1. Thanks Florence! I do love that stone. They just don't make houses like this anymore.

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  16. It came out great, Kim! So colorful against the black door! I bet you start to see some copycat versions in your neighborhood! LOVE the stone walls of your cottage!

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    1. Thanks Amy!! No copycats yet, but lots of neighbors walking by saying how much they like it. That makes me smile for sure. Happy weekend!!

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  17. Beautiful.. and it says Welcome to Home Sweet Home all in your style.

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    1. Thanks Carla! What a lovely, lovely comment. ❤️

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  18. Now that's a wreath worth writing home about :D It's glorious, Kim and perfect for celebrating a sunny season.

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    1. Thanks so much Michelle!! This one turned out even better than I dreamed. Glad you think so, too.

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  19. Your wreath looks so welcoming, Kim! I love how you embellished it with Dollar store finds. I had no idea that there’s a cordless glue gun! Where have I been??

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    1. Thanks Kitty! Isn’t that cordless glue gun amazing? It was new to me this fall, too, and now I’m obsessed. Happy weekend!

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  20. Kim,
    Absolutely fantastic, my friend!! Love what you did to it to make it your own!! And I adore the dangling flowers..great look!! Thanks so much for sharing!! Thanks too for visiting!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I love those dangling flowers, too. They just make me smile. I hope you have a great weekend!! Hugs!

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  21. This wreath is so pretty and adds beautiful color to your front door.

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    1. Thanks so much, Melanie! I really like the way this one turned out. Happy Weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much, Laura! I think this one screams summer. ☺️

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