How to DIY a Charming & Rustic Dried Flower Wreath

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A step by step guide on how to DIY your own charming & rustic dried flower wreath with a variety of dried straw flowers and a wire heart wreath form.

DIY dried floral wreath with floral elements to use in your home decor.
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If there is one thing I want to do more of this year, it’s making and decorating wreaths. 

Wreath making is something I’ve always enjoyed, and something my mom always did when I was growing up. The last few years have been so busy that crafting anything, including wreaths, was just something I didn’t have the time for. 

Not in 2024!

With a full year of blogging and content creating ahead of me, I am making it a priority to do more things that I love and that bring me joy…and that includes making wreaths. 

There is something therapeutic in transforming ordinary items like dried flowers & a wreath form, and turning them into one of a kind home decor pieces.

So, I’m starting off the new year with a simple, charming, and rustic wreath that is easy to make and easy to customize.

It’s the perfect way to kick off my creative journey that lies ahead…I hope you’ll join me!

A beautiful wreath with dried flowers, heart shaped wreath base, and hot glue.

Choosing the Right Dried Flowers for Your Wreath

Like I said earlier, the good news about making your own dried floral wreath is that you can customize it to fit the style and aesthetic of your home. 

I used dried straw flowers to make this beautiful wreath, however there are other flowers that are just as pretty dried as they are fresh that you could use to make this wreath. 

A few ideas include:

  • Lavender
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Eucalyptus
  • Statice
  • Wheat Stalks
  • Bunny Tails
  • Rose Buds
  • Hydrangea
  • Dried Grasses
  • Thistle

How to Dry Flowers for Your DIY Wreath

If you have fresh flowers in your own backyard that you want to dry, air drying is an effective way to preserve the beauty of the flower for various crafts, including wreath making.

Start with fresh, undamaged flowers and gather them in small bundles, then secure the bundle of stems with a rubber band. 

Hang the bundles upside down in a dry, dark, and well-ventilated area of your home.

Allow the flower bundles to air dry for several weeks until they are completely dry to the touch. 

Once dried, your flowers are ready to be incorporated into a beautiful wreaths and any other crafts you might want to use them for.

Basket of dried straw flowers that can be used to make a simple wreath.

Now, if you’re like me and don’t have fresh flowers growing in the garden (because you have a brown thumb), you can also purchase dried flowers at your local craft store like Hobby Lobby or online. 

I purchased the dried straw flowers for this wreath on Etsy.

I was a little nervous the straw flowers might arrive crushed and broken, but I was pleasantly surprised that they were not damaged at all!

The Supplies You’ll Need to Make This Simple Wreath

  • Straw Flowers in Assorted Colors: You could make this wreath with just one color of flower, however I liked the look of the various purples, pinks, and creams combined together. I used about 62 dried straw flowers on a 12″ wreath form.
  • 12″ Wire Heart Wreath Form: The base of the wreath. A grapevine wreath or straw wreath form could also be used as the base for this DIY.
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Ribbon: Choose a ribbon you love to complete your dried flower wreath. I had this pink gingham ribbon on hand, and loved the pop of pattern and color it gave to my wreath for Valentine’s Day.

SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED

Step by Step Guide to Making Your Own Dried Floral Wreath

Just follow these simple steps and you’ll have a beautiful wreath to hang in your home in no time!

Step 1: Gather Materials & Prep Your Work Space

Gather all of your materials to begin creating the wreath.

Supplies you'll need to make your own dried floral wreath at home.

Choose an area to work that you won’t mind getting dirty. There will be petals that will fall off the dried flowers and the hot glue can get a little messy.

You could put a drop cloth or even an old tablecloth on your workspace to make cleanup even easier.

Step 2: Prep the Straw Flowers

If your straw flowers have stems (mine did not) use a pair of snips to remove those and discard.

Separate your straw flowers by color. This will allow you to plan the arrangement and balance of colors on your wreath. 

You don’t want too many dark or light colors bunched together, you want the various colors to be evenly distributed.

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Step 3: Glue Flowers to Wreath Base

Use a hot glue gun to attach each flower carefully to the base

I liked the look of the back side of the flower best. So, I placed a dab of hot glue on the front, flatter side of the flower and pressed that gently onto the wreath base

Hot glue the backside of the straw flower to the wreath base.

Make sure as you’re adding flowers, to fully cover the wreath base and fill in all empty spots. You don’t want any part of the base showing when your wreath is complete. 

Note: When working on your DIY dried flower wreath, keep in mind that hot glue may occasionally drip from the wire base onto your workspace. To protect your surface, consider laying down a protective covering such as drop cloth or an old tablecloth for easy cleanup. I did not do this step, but will definitely do this in the future!

Hot glue dried flowers to the metal heart wreath base to secure them to the wreath.

Step 4: Tie a Ribbon

Cut a length of ribbon and tie it in a bow.

Attach the bow with hot glue or floral wire to the top of the wreath or wherever you like the placement.

Homemade wreath home decor with a variety of floral colors hanging on the wall.

Step 5: Let the Wreath Dry & Display It

Allow the hot glue on the wreath to dry completely before hanging.

Once dry, find the perfect spot to showcase your homemade wreath!

TIPS

  • Start with high quality dried flowers to ensure longevity and a vibrant appearance in your wreath.
  • Create visual interest by combining flowers with different colors, sizes, and textures. This adds depth and dimension to your wreath.
  • Lay down a protective covering on your workspace to catch any potential drips from the hot glue gun.
  • Before gluing, arrange the dried flowers on the wreath form to visualize your design. Experiment with different layouts until you find the one you like the most.
  • Use the right amount of hot glue to secure each dried flower to the wreath form. Press gently to ensure a strong bond to prevent flowers from falling off over time.
  • Add a finishing touch by attaching a ribbon. Choose a color that complements the flowers and tie it into a bow for an extra touch of charm.
  • Allow your wreath to dry completely before hanging it. This ensures the flowers are securely attached, and the wreath is ready for display.
  • While I love the heart shape, don’t hesitate to experiment with different wreath shapes like circles, squares, or ovals for a unique look.

Can I hang a dried flower wreath outside?

I do not recommend hanging a dried floral wreath outside. 

Exposure to rain and humidity can damage the dried flowers, while direct sunlight may fade the colors. 

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If you wish to display your wreath outdoors, choose a covered area can help protect the wreath from the elements. 

For optimal longevity and beauty, I recommend hanging your dried flower wreath inside where it’s protected from the natural elements.

Variety of floral colors in a homemade wreath perfect for rustic home decor.

Common Questions About Dried Flower Wreaths

How do I store a dried flower wreath when I’m not displaying it?
Store your dried flower wreath in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading. Consider placing it in a flat box or wrapping it in tissue paper to protect the delicate floral elements.

Can I spray my dried flowers with a sealant to preserve them longer?
You can use a clear foliage sealant or hairspray to help preserve dried flowers. However, test it on a small section first to ensure it doesn’t affect the colors.

What is the best way to clean a dried flower wreath?
Gently dust your dried flower wreath using a soft brush or a can of compressed air. Avoid using water or cleaning solutions, as they may damage the delicate dried flowers.

Can I use another type of wreath base to create this wreath?

Yes!

A wire wreath frame is a classic choice, but you can absolutely use alternative bases to create your own wreath.

Here are a few other options:

  • Grapevine Wreath: Adds a rustic and natural look.
  • Straw Wreath: Gives a traditional and natural appearance to the base of the wreath.
  • Styrofoam Wreath: Lightweight and provides a soft surface for attaching dried flowers.
  • Embroidery Hoop:A modern and minimalistic look. It offers a simple yet stylish foundation for your dried flower wreath.
  • Reuse an Old Wreath: If you have an old wreath lying around, try repurposing it as the base for this dried wreath idea.

When selecting a different wreath base, make sure it complements the style and theme you have in mind for your wreath.

As always, get creative and experiment with different wreath bases to find the look you love for your DIY dried flower wreath!

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  1. This shape is so pretty, Heidi!
    I grow several varieties of this strawflower. ( They are so fun to grow! ) I am going add a few more to the mix this year so I can fashion a pretty wreath for late summer, early fall.

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