The Best Summer Wreaths to Brighten Your Front Door
Decking out your front yard and porch with lush greenery is a must every summer, but why stop there? Anchoring your home's entrance with a beautiful wreath is a crafty way to accentuate your landscaping; it's the final touch that calls attention to beautifully manicured lawns and freshly planted flowerbeds. From fresh florals sourced from the garden to natural elements pulled from the beach and nearby forests, these handmade wreaths are guaranteed to make any home feel like a summer haven.
There are two ways you can incorporate elements of the summer season into a stunning wreath—either forage your materials in surrounding areas and wire them to a metal form, or secure them to a rounded straw or foam base. While you can keep wreaths made with synthetic materials to use every single summer, including a foil flower option ahead, creating a foam or straw base that can be refreshed with new summer florals each season is a great way to ensure a fresh look every season with half the work. Our citrus garden wreath is made with strong woven grapevines, which can hold anything from florals to whole pieces of fruit, and can be customized each and every year.
But some DIY projects are timeless and require no upkeep whatsoever. Our ribbon wreath is a gorgeous addition to any front porch, and can be made with little to no crafting experience, making it a fun activity for you and the kids.
Whether you choose to forage for live features or want to upcycle pretty craft supplies, these wreaths will welcome you home from summer adventures all season long.
Citrus Garden Wreath
Blushing garden roses and sunny oranges remind us of the warm hues of summer. This wreath is crafted with sparse greenery on a natural twig base. And when it hangs from a length of sisal rope, it swings elegantly in any outdoor space.
Patriotic Door Medallion
A good wreath doesn't need to be doughnut-shaped! Borrow from the exotic jelly doughnut and make your wreath one unified circle. Use red, white, and blue bunting for this patriotic "wreath."
Mussel Shell Wreath
This wreath is really dressed up for summer, thanks to a clambake's worth of mussel shells. You'll need about 80 clean shells for this project: Start by gluing shells between the wires, tucking the heel of each under the one set before it. Then, attach two more layers of shells, one on each side of the first, arranging them in the opposite direction. Use monofilament to hang the wreath securely, and cover the cord with a ribbon tied in a decorative knot.
This wreath grows as it lives on your front door. The gardener's secret? A sphagnum moss-covered wreath form is tucked with fern plants, which are misted occasionally. To make your own, wet a sphagnum moss-covered wreath form, and divide ferns into individual plants with their roots attached. Then, tuck the stems into the moss, which anchors them as they grow. Hang indoors, and mist occasionally.
A cotton wreath can call to mind a snowy-white winter, autumn's harvest, even the froth of sea foam in summer—making it a chic choice year-round. Gather cotton branches or purchase them from a local farmer; then, cut the individual cotton branches to four- or five-inches long, depending on the wreath size. Wire each cotton branch with floral wire before twisting onto a pre-purchased grapevine wreath, or attach with hot glue or twist ties. Add your branches until the entire wreath is covered.
Bring the vacation home with you when you create this beach-themed wreath out of discarded clam shells! Begin by winding wire tightly around a 12-inch metal wreath form that's packed with straw, and do so in one-inch intervals. Apply tacky craft glue on the inside of the clamshell before you arrange them on the wreath form. Place the medium shells in the center and along the sides of the form, and add the tiny ones to fill in the gaps. Hang your wreath using two nails for extra support given the weight of the item.
Foil Flower Wreaths
An exuberant array of jewel-toned wreaths couldn't be simpler to make—you need a glue gun and a pre-made wreath form to get the job done. To start, gather your selection of assorted stick-on bows and plot out your color combination for the wreath. You'll need about 18 bows for a 12-inch wreath (36 for a 16-inch form, 50 for a 24-inch form). Remove the adhesive backing from the bows, and working in sections, apply hot glue to the wreath form. Glue the bows on in clusters as you please, covering the form as you do.
Wrap it up in bows! Use ribbon in a color of your choice for girlish fun on your front porch. To begin, wrap your choice of ribbon around a wreath form until the straw is completely covered; secure the ends of the ribbon with "U" pins. Then, begin creating your bows: Cut your ribbon into 40-inch pieces, making at least 23 to begin with. Create five different ribbon loops and cinch the base of it with floral wire; then, splay out the loops. Finish up by attaching the bows to the wreath form with U pins—each of these pins should straddle the base of the bow.
Sailor's Knot Wreath
A sailor's knot wreath is just about as authentic as you can get when decorating in the nautical theme, and looks great outdoors as well as indoors. For the Fourth of July, a simple ribbon brings together the theme for the holiday and can be removed for the rest of the summer.