I have no idea what made me decide to make a wreath with a tail, or shaped this way, but I just didn’t want to do the same old thing. I kind of think this wreath was a cross between a wreath and a swag. I did know that I wanted to do something with soft muted colors. I also like that this wreath is full with lush greenery.
I began this with a large grapevine wreath. The grapevine wreath form I used is a 24″ wreath. You can find these at any craft store, just find one wherever you have the best coupons or price for!
A large ivy vine is a great piece to use to add a lush look to a summer wreath. I do the same thing when shopping for artificial greenery and flowers as I do for my wreath forms, take advantage of sales and coupons at your local craft stores. Sometimes you can find some artificial green plants at thrift stores. If they are dusty, they can be rinsed in a bucket of water and left in the sun to dry.
Use wire cutters to cut the pieces of the vine into as many pieces as you want or need. It all depends upon how large the vine you buy is. It is usually more economical to purchase an ivy vining plant than individual ivy stems.
Attach the ivy to the grapevine wreath like shown above. Simply weave the plastic stem among the vines.
Follow the red line above to see how I have woven the stem of the ivy among the grapevines to secure it between the grapevines. You can always tug on them a little to make sure they are secure. By not using hot glue
Cut some green pipe cleaners in half.
Use those half pipe cleaners to secure the faux fines to the grapevine wreath so it is secure in several places.
Keep adding ivy to your grapevine wreath until your wreath is as full as you want it to be. If you are going to add flowers at the top like mine, you don’t want to add a lot of the ivy to the top. That ivy would be a waste, as it will be hidden by the flowers.
This is where I made this wreath a little different than I usually do. I gave this wreath a little bit of a “tail”. I feel like this is almost a mix between a wreath and a swag.
Turn the wreath over upside down. Take a cluster of the ivy leaves and place them at the bottom of the wreath on the back side.
Use those half pieces of pipe cleaners to secure that “tail” onto the base of the wreath. Make sure it is secure enough that there is no wobble to this piece.
After securing the bottom piece, turn the wreath back over and add additional greenery if you would like. I added some greenery with variegated leaves with a touch of pink to coordinate with the soft colors I was going to use on this wreath.
Here you can see how I added a mix of the foliages throughout the wreath. Notice how I kept the foliage sparse along the top of the wreath.
The rest was the fun and easy part, just adding the flowers. Select whatever flowers you want. I selected a number of sherbet colored blooms, using the larger blooms toward the top. Taper down to the smallest blooms toward the bottom of your wreath. You do not need to add flowers all the way around with this kind of wreath, you can just add them around the top 3/4 of the wreath. Do make sure you also tuck a few of the tiny blooms in among the larger blooms. Cut blooms apart if they come as multiple blooms on a stem and use the same techniques as you do with the ivy to make sure they are secure.
This is a lovely wreath that will be perfect for welcoming guests all summer long with the soft colors and lush greenery.