How to Choose Wreath Supplies to Make Beautiful Wreaths
So, you want to make a wreath, but you have no idea how to go about choosing the right supplies that you need to get started making it? Or…maybe you have been making wreaths for a little while, but you are still confused about how to know which materials to choose. Well, I have some really great news for you! Choosing the right flowers and greenery is really not that hard. With a few simple tips and tricks, we will have you making beautiful wreaths in no time!
First, you will need some basic tools to get started. I have put together a handy list of tools for the beginner wreath maker HERE that I think you will find really helpful.
Next, you need to choose the season or occasion that you are making the wreath for. Certain flowers are specific to certain seasons, so that is why it is important that you are clear in your mind about what occasion or season you are making the wreath for.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR PICKING SUPPLIES FOR A SPECIFIC SEASON
- Bright colored flowers like pink, blue, or lime green should typically be used in spring and summer, however depending on the theme they can sometimes be incorporated into holiday wreaths.
- Poinsettias are generally only used during the Christmas season, however they can occasionally be used all winter.
- Purple, red, gold, and green are “year round colors” that can be used for spring, summer, fall or winter.
- White is used spring and summer and cream or ivory in fall and winter.
- Fall leaves should only be used during autumn.
- Greenery like boxwood and eucalyptus can be used all year long.
- Evergreen or pine wreaths may be used all year long, however, if you are using them in a season other than winter or Christmas, you will need to be sure to fill the wreath up with flowers or ribbon to cover most of the exposed pine branches.
- Grapevine wreaths can be used all year long, even for Christmas wreaths.
How to Choose Flowers & Greenery for Wreaths
If you are making a floral wreath I typically recommend to use at least three different types of flowers and two different types of greenery. You will save money by purchasing flower bushes, however, if you are going for a more “realistic” look, you may want to invest in artificial flower stems.
Stems are generally a better quality and have a more life-like appearance, but I understand that cost is a factor for most people, and bushes tend to be more cost effective. The great thing about purchasing a bush of flowers is that if you have left-over blooms you can save them for your next project, which will also save you money. I like to use two types of larger flowers like large roses, peonies, or hydrangeas, and one smaller “filler” flower, like small daisies or small rose buds.
I also recommend that you use at least two types of greenery. As I mentioned earlier, Boxwood and Eucalyptus are types of greenery that can be used year round. I always like to have a few bushes of these on hand because I know that I can use them in pretty much any type of wreath. We have created a very handy Secret Supplier List which includes seventy-five of the top places to purchase wreath supplies. You can find the list HERE and I highly suggest checking it out if you are considering making wreaths to sell.
How to Choose Ribbon for Wreaths
You will need to first decide whether or not you are going to use a bow in your wreath. If you choose to use a bow then you will want to decide what type of bow. Do you want a large wreath bow, or just a small accent bow? If you planning to create a large wreath bow, I recommend using a Bowdabra bow maker. This is a very inexpensive tool that makes impressive bows. I have a helpful tutorial on making wreath bows HERE. When choosing ribbon for bows I like to use a couple of different types for large bows. I will most often use anywhere from 2 to 4 different types of ribbon, depending on the look I am going for, (be sure that you purchase wired ribbon – 1 and 1/2 inch or 2 and 1/2 inch work best).
When choosing ribbons you can use 1 to 2 solid colored ribbon, and 1 to 2 pattered ribbons. You want to try to choose colors and patterns that compliment each other. For instance, I would not use a brightly colored floral patterned ribbon, or a pastel colored ribbon in a fall wreath, and I would also not use a dark and heavy ribbon in a vibrant, summer wreath. The ribbon that you choose need to go along, and compliment, the season or occasion that you are making the wreath for. The best way to learn what matches, or goes together, is to just try out different combinations and see what you like (and it never hurts to ask a second opinion if they think the combo “works”, or not). Ultimately, the more you practice with different combinations of prints and colors, the quicker your eye will be able to tell the colors and patterns that compliment each other.
I hope you found these tips for how to choose the best wreath supplies helpful. Once you get the hang of it you will be making beautiful wreaths in no time, and picking out flowers, greenery and supplies will come second nature to you. Let me know if you found this information helpful!
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