Summer Wreath Making: A Guide to Creating Beautiful Floral Decor

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As the sun shines brighter and the temperatures rise, it's time to embrace the beauty of summer and bring a touch of nature to our homes. One delightful way to do this is by creating a beautiful summer wreath. Whether you prefer vibrant, fresh flowers or long-lasting artificial blooms, making a summer wreath is a creative and rewarding project that can add a personal touch to any front door for your customers. This comprehensive guide will take you through summer wreath making, from choosing the suitable materials to step-by-step instructions for creating stunning floral arrangements. So roll up your sleeves, and let's get started!

Why make a Spring/Summer wreath?

A summer wreath is more than just a decorative item for your front door; it is a warm welcome to guests and a celebration of the season's beauty. Whether you use fresh flowers or artificial blooms, a summer wreath can instantly brighten up any space and evoke a sense of joy and tranquillity. Additionally, making up some pre-made wreaths takes the weight off your customers; they enjoy the pleasure of summer, and you provide that bright, blooming wreath.

Choosing Your Materials 

When it comes to summer wreath making, selecting the right materials is crucial for achieving the desired aesthetic and ensuring the longevity of your creation. Customers prefer their purchases to have a decent lifespan. Here are some factors to consider when choosing your materials.

Fresh Flowers or Artificial Blooms? 

The choice between fresh flowers and artificial blooms depends on your personal preference and the level of maintenance you are willing to undertake. Fresh flowers offer a natural and fragrant appeal but require regular watering and may wilt quickly in the summer heat. So, if you opt for this, provide your customers with a comprehensive guide for maintaining their purchase. Artificial flowers, on the other hand, provide a long-lasting option that can withstand the elements and retain their vibrant colours throughout the season. JFH Horticultural Supplies has a great selection of Plastic and Silk artificial flowers and decorations perfect for wreath design. Consider the climate in your area and the level of care you are willing to provide before deciding.

Exploring Different Types of Wreath Frames 

Wreath frames are the foundation for your summer wreath, providing structure and support for the floral arrangement. Various wreath frames are available, including wireframes in different shapes and sizes, ready mossed wreaths, grapevine wreaths and foam wreath bases. Wireframes are versatile and easily moulded into different shapes, while grapevine wreaths offer a rustic and natural look. On the other hand, foam wreath bases provide a sturdy surface for inserting flower stems and can be covered with foliage for a lush effect. Choose a wreath frame that complements your design vision and the materials you will be using. Look on our website at the variety of Wreath frames we provide. 

Enhance Your Wreath with Dried Fruit and Welsh Moss

Consider incorporating dried fruit and Welsh moss to add texture and visual interest to your summer wreath. Dried fruit, such as oranges, lemons, or limes, can bring a pop of colour and a delightful citrusy scent to your wreath. Welsh moss, a type of moss with a velvety texture, can be used to cover the wreath frame and create a natural backdrop for your floral arrangement. These elements add depth and dimension to your wreath, making it visually appealing from every angle.

Preparing Your Workspace

Before diving into the creative process of making your summer wreath, setting up a comfortable and organized workspace is essential. Here are some steps to follow to ensure an enjoyable wreath-making experience:


  1. Clear a flat surface, such as a table or countertop, to work on.
  2. Gather all your materials and tools within easy reach.
  3. Lay down a protective covering, such as a plastic sheet or newspaper, to catch fallen leaves or flower petals.
  4. Have a pair of sharp scissors or wire cutters on hand for trimming stems and foliage. (Tina and Felco have some great options)
  5. Prepare a water-filled container to keep fresh flowers hydrated while you work.

By organizing your workspace in advance, you can focus on the task at hand and enjoy the process of creating your summer wreath.

Designing Your Spring/Summer Wreath 

Designing a spring/summer wreath involves careful consideration of colour schemes, composition, and the interplay between flowers and foliage. By following these design principles, you can create a visually appealing and harmonious wreath.

Selecting a Colour Scheme 

Choose a colour scheme that reflects the vibrant and lively spirit of summer. Consider incorporating bold and contrasting colours like yellow, orange, pink, and purple to create a visually striking wreath. Alternatively, you can opt for a monochromatic scheme using various shades of a single colour for a more subtle and elegant look. Take inspiration from nature, popular home decor and garden trends, or personal preferences to guide your colour choices.

Creating a Balanced Composition 

A well-designed wreath should have a balanced composition, with flowers and foliage distributed evenly around the wreath frame. Start by placing larger focal flowers at strategic points, such as the wreath's top, bottom, or sides, to create visual interest. Then, fill the gaps with smaller flowers and foliage, ensuring the arrangement looks full and symmetrical. Step back occasionally to assess the overall balance and make adjustments as needed.

Adding Depth and Texture with Foliage 

Foliage is crucial in adding depth and texture to your summer wreath. Choose a variety of foliage, such as eucalyptus leaves, ferns, or ivy, to create a lush and dimensional effect. Place the foliage strategically throughout the wreath, intertwining it with the flowers to create a cohesive and natural look. The foliage is a backdrop for the flowers, enhancing their beauty and visually appealing contrast.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Now that you understand the design principles and materials involved in summer wreath making let's dive into the step-by-step process of creating stunning floral arrangements.

1. Gathering Your Materials

Before you begin, ensure you have all the necessary materials within reach. Here's a checklist to help you gather everything you need:


  • Wreath frame (wireframe, grapevine wreath, or foam wreath base)
  • Fresh flowers or artificial blooms
  • Foliage (eucalyptus leaves, ferns, ivy, etc.)
  • Dried fruit (optional)
  • Welsh moss (optional)
  • Scissors or wire cutters (Tina and Felco have great options)
  • Floral wire or floral tape
  • Ribbon or string for hanging

2. Attaching the Wreath Frame 

Start by attaching the wreath frame to a sturdy surface like a table or workbench. If using a wire frame or grapevine wreath, place it flat on the surface. If using a foam wreath base, secure it to the surface using floral wire or tape to prevent it from moving during the design process.

3. Securing the Base Layer 

Begin by adding a base layer of foliage to the wreath frame. If using Welsh moss, cover the entire frame with it, securing it with floral wire or tape as needed. This base layer will provide a lush backdrop for the flowers and create a cohesive look. You can also incorporate dried fruit into the base layer by attaching them with floral wire if desired.

4. Building the Floral Arrangement 

Now it's time to add the star of the show – the flowers! Start by selecting your focal flowers and placing them at strategic points around the wreath. Secure them to the frame using floral wire or tape, ensuring they are firmly in place. Next, add smaller flowers and blooms, filling in the gaps between the focal flowers. Intertwine the stems with the foliage, creating a seamless and natural arrangement. Step back occasionally to assess the overall balance and make adjustments as needed.

5. Adding Finishing Touches 

To complete your summer wreath:


  1. Add any finishing touches that enhance its beauty and personal touch.
  2. Consider attaching a bow made from ribbon or string to the wreath's top or bottom. You can also incorporate elements such as decorative picks, faux butterflies, or seasonal ornaments to reflect your brand's style.
  3. Ensure that all elements are securely attached to the wreath frame.

Caring for Your Summer Wreath 

It's essential to provide proper care and maintenance to ensure the longevity of your summer wreath. Here are some tips to keep your wreath looking fresh and vibrant:


  • Keep your wreath out of direct sunlight to prevent the flowers and foliage from fading whilst on display in the store.
  • If using fresh flowers, mist them with water daily to keep them hydrated.
  • If using artificial blooms, gently dust them with a soft cloth or use a hairdryer on the cool setting to remove any accumulated dust.
  • Avoid placing your wreath in areas with high humidity, as this can cause mould or mildew to develop.
  • When storing your wreath after the summer season, please keep it in a cool, dry place to prevent damage.


By following these care guidelines, your summer wreath will continue to bring joy and beauty to your customer's home for weeks or even months.

Alternative Ideas for Summer Wreaths

While floral wreaths are a classic choice for summer, there are alternative options that can add a unique twist to your home decor. Consider these ideas to explore different styles and materials for your summer wreaths.

Dried Flower Wreaths 

Dried flower wreaths offer a timeless and rustic charm that can be enjoyed throughout the summer and beyond. They require minimal maintenance and can last for years. To create a dried flower wreath:


  1. Gather an assortment of dried flowers, grasses, and foliage.
  2. Attach them to a sturdy wreath frame using floral wire or hot glue.
  3. Arrange the dried materials in a pleasing composition, using their natural shapes and textures.
  4. Hang your dried flower wreath in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight, to preserve its beauty.

Seasonal Wreaths 

In addition to summer wreaths, there are various seasonal wreaths that you can create to celebrate different times of the year. Each season, from spring blooms to autumn foliage and winter greens, offers a unique palette of colours and textures to inspire your wreath-making endeavours. Consider incorporating seasonal elements such as pinecones, berries, or dried leaves to capture the essence of each season. By rotating your wreaths throughout the year, you can infuse your home with the spirit of each season and keep your decor fresh and exciting.


Summer wreath making is a delightful and fulfilling activity that allows you to showcase your creativity and bring the beauty of nature into your home. Whether you choose fresh flowers or artificial blooms, designing and crafting your wreath is a rewarding experience. By following the step-by-step instructions and incorporating your style, you can create a stunning summer wreath that adds a touch of charm and warmth to your surroundings. So gather your materials, unleash your creativity, and enjoy the process of making a beautiful summer wreath that your summer-loving customers will cherish!

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