It’s that wonderful time of year to get outside to beautify our yards and plant gardens.
No doubt about it, I love this time of year!
I believe getting out and digging in the dirt is good for the soul.
While I’ll admit, after a long day of gardening I certainly am exhausted, it revives my spirit to be out in nature.
So in honor of the gardening season, I thought I’d share my summer garden wreath with you.
You’ll find that it can be made rather quickly.
However, you’ll need to be patient while the glue sets.
In addition, you’ll find it’s inexpensive to make using dollar store garden trowels.
Summer Garden Wreath Supplies
This summer garden wreath can be made inexpensively with dollar store supplies.
In fact, that’s where I picked up my garden trowels.
You’ll need the follow supplies and tools:
- 8 garden trowels
- 12″ floral ring
- jute (optional)
- craft wire
- E6000 glue
- cardboard from an old box or a 4 ” wood circle
- tree pruners or a saw (if you need to shorten your handles)
Assemble Summer Garden Wreath
Trim Trowel Handle
At first I was not anticipating that I’d need to trim the handles of the trowels, but when I placed them on the floral ring I could see that the handles were about 1/2″ too long.
While trying to think of the easiest way to trim them, I thought I’d try my tree loppers.
And it cut the end of the handles like butter.
Super easy to do!
If you don’t have loppers, the trowel handles can also be trimmed with a saw.
Easier yet, you may not even need to trim them, depending on how large your garden trowels are.
As you can see here, you don’t need much off, but the handles can not overlap.
Attach Garden Trowels with Glue
For this project, I went with my trusty E6000 glue.
It’s such a great all purpose glue and it works well on plastics, wood and metal.
Begin laying out the trowels for the summer garden wreath, evenly spaced around on the floral ring.
I quickly discovered that I needed to prop up the metal portion to keep them level when placed on the floral ring.
Place a small amount of the E6000 glue at the base of the handle, where the metal and plastic meet.
After I had my trowels all glued to the ring and I let it dry overnight, I made a little discovery.
I think it would work just as well to place all the the trowels upside down.
Then put the glue on each trowel and place the floral ring on, like the photo above.
I feel this will save some time, because you can do the next step at the same time while adhering the trowels to the floral ring.
Secure Trowel Handles
Next, I needed to secure the ends of the handles together.
At first, I planned on running a ribbon or cord through the holes of the handles.
But when I had to trim them, that spoiled that plan.
So, I cut a piece of cardboard box in a 4″ circle and placed 2 holes in it near the center.
Then place E6000 glue on the cardboard circle and place it in the center of the summer garden wreath over the handles.
Then just to make sure it adhered well, I placed a couple of books on it while it dried.
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Embellish Summer Garden Wreath
Next, I made a 10 loop bow from wired ribbon and secured it with wire.
Finally thread the wire through each of the holes and secure on the back of the cardboard.
Because my summer garden wreath is placed on the front door and is protected from the elements, the cardboard piece will hold up just fine.
However, if your wreath will be exposed to rain, I’d suggest that you use a thin piece of wood instead of the cardboard to secure the handles.
Finally, fluff the wired ribbon, hang and enjoy.
There is one more element that I added to my wreath after I assembled it.
Steph thought it would look fun to wrap the floral ring with jute.
Now, I forgot to take pictures of this step.
However, I did have the video camera running.
So, if you’d like to see how I added that, just click on the video link.
This step is totally optional, I think it looks great either way.
In the video, you can also see how I made the 10 loop box.
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Finished Summer Garden Wreath
Whether you’re looking for a wreath for spring or summer, this garden wreath will easily transition from one to the other.
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