Hello again friends!
It’s February and I’ve been adding some pinks and reds throughout the house just to get in the Valentine spirit. I made a heart wreath to hang at the lunchroom table–and it was so easy that I wanted to share it with you guys.
Speaking of sharing…I have a funny Valentine’s Day story.
Here’s the heart that I found at Dollar Tree.
Many years ago when Donnie and I were first married (MANY years ago…) I worked at the local bank. On Valentine’s Day, Donnie called me late in the day to ask if I liked the flowers he had sent me.
I began by removing the glittered arrow. They popped off easily.
I had not gotten any flowers and it was pushing 4:00 and we were just about to close and lock the doors. Donnie said he’d call me back.
I found an end to the red tinsel and unwrapped all of the tinsel from the plastic heart frame.
The bank lobby closed and we were finishing up paperwork when someone knocked at the door…it was one of the local florists with a sweet little bouquet of roses for me.
When I got home, Donnie explained that he called the florist and they had somehow lost the order. They apologized to him and delivered the roses to me within minutes.
The plastic heart had little tabs sticking out of them that the tinsel was attached to. I removed most of the tabs using wire clippers. I chose to leave some of them for stability when I attached the greenery.
For the wreath, I picked three different stems that coordinated with each other. These are some leftovers I had in my stash. I chose two different sized leaf stems and added a third stem that had small white berries. Each stem is several inches tall. You can adjust the size of the greenery to your liking and to the size of whatever frame you’re using.
I stacked the greenery together and placed the larger leaf stem in the back and laid the two others on top.
Using a small white zip tie, I attached the greenery to the frame. I repeated this step until the frame was completely covered with greenery. (Tip: I started at the top of the heart where I planned to place the bow and worked with the stems all going in one direction.) If you don’t have zip ties, you can use floral wire, chenille stems (pipe cleaners) or even twist ties from your bread. You do save your bread twist ties, don’t you? It totally isn’t weird.
The next day at work, a very nice gentleman from a different florist walked in with another sweet little bouquet of roses and a second vase full of mixed flowers for me.
Here’s is the completed heart. Once finished, I tied a satin bow on top and attached it with some floral wire.
The gentleman from the florist apologized to me and explained that they had misplaced Donnie’s flower order and it was found the next day. Once the florist realized the error, they brought the roses and threw in the second vase of flowers as an apology.
I got this chalkboard at a yard sale for 75 cents. The lady selling it had used a chalkboard pen to write details of her son’s birthday party on it. The pen would not erase all the way off of the chalkboard, but I bought it anyway. I simply painted the chalkboard black with craft paint (so it’s not a chalkboard anymore) and used Rub ‘n Buff in gold on the frame. And here’s the finished wreath!
So, on February 15th I had two beautiful bouquets of roses and a third vase of mixed flowers. Basically, Donnie had ordered roses for me from the florist. When he realized that the roses were not delivered, he called a different florist and complained that I had not gotten any flowers from them. All-in-all, I think both florists handled the situation wonderfully. Donnie (for his mix-up) got the bill for two bouquets of roses!
Wasn’t this wreath so easy? You can use this method for any kind of wreath when working with greenery. Without adding any hot glue, you can simply take the wreath apart if you want to reuse the stems. If you’re like me and change things up constantly, it’s better to have decor items on-hand that can be repurposed.
Thank you for stopping by Mulch and Paint today! Stop in again this week when I share how I made the teacup candles on my Valentine table.
Until next time,
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