Making Summer Flower Wreaths on a Winter Day

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Besides that little patch of rain the other week most of our days have looked pretty much exactly like the above, sunny and beautiful. It’s hard to believe it’s not spring. I think the plants are having a hard time believing it’s not spring too. This picture was taken between Christmas and New Years when I had a rare moment of quiet. Usually I fill those up with household chores or work projects, but this day I indulged in doing something I’ve been wanting to do for a long while. Make a wreath.

Last summer I was so amazed by all the beautiful flowers we had here. I cut many and put them in all sorts of arrangements around the house. I left many outside to admire, but I also cut this stash above, hung them upside down and left them in the garage to dry. I’d never made a dried flower wreath before but I went off of instinct and bunched up little mini bouquets, wrapped them in floral wire and attached them to a grapevine wreath base. I realized about half way through that I didn’t have enough flowers to make the wreath as full as I wanted too, but I didn’t wallow in my imperfection. I just tried my best to enjoy my hour outside being creative with the winter sun on my back.
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Mixed up in there are purple and white statice, yarrow, love in a mist seed pods, lavender, and scabiosa seed pods.
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I plan on drying a lot more flowers next summer to play around with more wreaths. I even planted a new kind of poppy seed that are grown for their decorative seed pods. We’ll see how they grow.

Do any of you have any bookmarked images for dried wreath designs? Or know of any other flower that looks great dried? I’d love a little inspiration.

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17 responses to “Making Summer Flower Wreaths on a Winter Day

  1. Jennifer

    Good Morning Sonoma Garden! I always enjoy your posts and creativity. How do you find the time! :D
    One of my very most favorite grasses is Rattlesnake Grass. It’s beautiful dried, and it does rattle when you shake it. I find mine on the Cal/Ore coastal beaches. I think an entire wreath of just Rattlesnake grass would be so soft and beautiful. Hmm, I think I might just have to do that.

  2. sharon

    Pretty wreath! I love dried flowers too–favorites are larkspur, strawflower, and sweet annie.

  3. Christy

    Love the yellow and purple contrasting colors of the wreath. It looks beautiful!

  4. So pretty! We don’t usually dry flowers, but we like them a lot. I’m trying ot make conscious weekly time for creativity for all of us.

  5. Chris

    Regarding your wreath…Your “instinct” looks perfect to me!

  6. Michelle

    Just GORGEOUS! I love seeing all those flowers together!

  7. KimH

    That is beautiful! Great job!!

  8. I wish I had half your talent, eye, and resources. You inspire me.

  9. I also constantly enjoy your blog! One of my readers turned me on to your writing and I am glad she did. :) I live in Santa Cruz but am traveling in Thailand right now…so wishing and longing for a garden of my own…soon to come! And when it does, I plan to use your guiDance…..thank you for this inspiring wreath how-to as well!! :)

  10. What a gorgeous wreath, you did a wonderful job. Just moved to a new house, not sure what will bloom comes spring, but maybe I will dry some and make my very own!

  11. What a fabulous winter project, although I can’t say I have any more flower ideas for you.

    Good luck with rats in the chicken coop. Bummer.

  12. so beautiful! As is everything you set out to do :) Love the yellow picnic table too – is that new?

  13. The wreath is lovely, and I have a bit of weather envy.

  14. what a gorgeous wreath! I hope to plant a cutting garden this year, from which I can harvest fresh flowers for the home, but also many to dry =)

  15. For inspiration, maybe try another shape like a heart or tear drop. Also some straight herbal wreathes without flowers can still be very beautiful and smell amazing too!

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