DIY Tropical Christmas Wreath

DIY Tropical Christmas Wreath

Feeling festive doesn’t always come that naturally in a tropical climate. You don’t get the drop in temperatures, the Starbucks PSLs, the snow falling, the Christmas jumpers and the roaring fires. But it’s still fun to get into the spirit and I’m lucky that I have some good girlfriends that I can call upon for Christmas movies (Love Actually, obvs), decorating and mulled wine as soon as we get into December. 

 

Every year I have a little tree that I decorate and I like to incorporate both traditional baubles etc, along with a nod to our tropical setting with a few that are a bit more beach-y. This year I decided to really push the boat out and I wanted to make a Christmas wreath. However, the usual pine cones and fir don’t really suit our decor or the island climate. I wanted to make a tropical Christmas wreath! There’s something about Christmas that brings out the crafty side of me (you can find one of my previous Christmas projects here.)

 

Read on to discover how I did it! 

 

I really wanted a wreath that I could update every year and re-use (or maybe just use all year round…), so I went with faux flowers and faux succulents. You could also use real flowers and foliage – but you will need to spritz with water daily to keep it fresh for as long as possible. 

 

Here are the items that I bought (makes 2-3 wreaths depending on desired fullness)

 

 

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DIY Tropical Christmas Wreath - gorgeous faux succulents, palm leaves and orchids make up this stylish modern wreath. FAUX SUCCULENTS | FAUX PALM LEAVES | FAUX MONSTERA LEAVES | FAUX ORCHIDS | FAUX EUCALYPTUS GARLAND

 

DIY Tropical Christmas Wreath - gorgeous faux succulents, palm leaves and orchids make up this stylish modern wreath.

BRASS MACRAME RINGS | JOY SCRIPT WOODEN SIGN | GOLD SPRAY PAINT | CRAFT GLUE | FLORAL TAPE | RIBBON | WIRE CLIPPERS 

A DIY Tropical Wreath for Christmas - gathering all the equipment together


Keep in mind that my DIY efforts are usually pretty basic. So I’m thinking that if I can do this – anyone can! This was literally my first attempt.

 

DIY Tropical Wreath 

 

Step 1 – 

Start with your largest pieces of greenery – for me this was my palm fronds and monstera leaves. I started at the outermost edges that I wanted to cover and worked my way in. I secured the wire stems with floral tape and with each stem that I added I covered up the tape from the one before it.

A DIY Tropical Wreath for Christmas - gorgeous faux leaves and succulents with orchids

Step 2 – 

Once I had my basic background foliage it was time to add in the smaller items, the eucalyptus and the succulents. I wanted my wreaths to be asymmetrical. Using yet more floral tape, I secured the succulents to the foliage and the ring. 

 A DIY Tropical Wreath for Christmas - gorgeous faux leaves and succulents with orchids


Step 3 – 

Now time to add the flowers. I went for white orchids (since the green and white suited my decor) but hibiscus flowers, protea and birds of paradise would all lend themselves well to a tropical wreath and inject a bit of colour at the same time. It’s probably worth mentioning that the orchids that I used also came in purple, orange and purple/white.

A DIY Tropical Wreath for Christmas - gorgeous faux leaves and succulents with orchids

A DIY Tropical Wreath for Christmas - gorgeous faux leaves and succulents with orchids

Step 4 – 

Finally I glued the ribbon to hang the wreath. I knotted the ribbon at the top of the wreath and secured it with some glue (since the weight of the wreath does not sit at the bottom and I didn’t want the brass hoop to slide round). I used a black and white striped ribbon as I love the combination of black, white, gold and green. (Note: the joy sign will be painted gold just as soon as my gold spray paint arrives… damn shipping!)

DIY Tropical Wreath for Christmas - gorgeous faux leaves, succulents and orchids make up this simple modern wreath

I made one big and detailed wreath using two rings and my joy sign. This was for our house. Then I made another slightly smaller wreath using the 12” brass ring as a gift for a friend. 

A DIY Tropical Wreath for Christmas - gorgeous faux leaves and succulents with orchids

A DIY Tropical Wreath for Christmas - gorgeous faux leaves and succulents with orchids


I easily could have made three wreaths of different sizes with all of the foliage I had. I might make a couple more as gifts with some additional rings, this would also help decrease the cost per wreath to make. 

 

Read more about my Island decor style here – and learn how to incorporate it into your home, no matter where you live. 

 

What do you think? Would you give wreath-making a try? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! 

 

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‘Press For Champagne’ A DIY Tutorial

‘Press For Champagne’ A DIY Tutorial

Like almost every girl who has spent any time on Pinterest  (especially girls who have a fondness for the fizz), I have been coveting one of the ‘Press for Champagne’ signs. They come in all shapes and sizes, different fonts and styles, I love them all! Buuuuut, they’re pretty pricey – so, being the crafty calligraphy-fiend that I am, I decided to make one (actually more than one as I decided my sister needed one for Christmas…)

Read on to discover how to make one for yourself – it’s pretty easy, I promise!

You will need –

Step 1:

DIY your own 'Press for Champagne' sign with this simple tutorial

I assembled my ingredients via eBay and Amazon (this would have been even easier if I had a Target, or similar, nearby – island girls need to get creative). I needed a suitable frame (I chose this one, I got one in gold and one in rose gold – I can’t be the only one obsessed with rose gold everything, right??), a doorbell button, card stock and a new brush pen (actually I didn’t need a new brush pen but any excuse…) I added a couple of metallic leafing pens and a can of white spray paint since I wanted to make them in different colour combinations. I estimate that each sign cost me $15 to make (as I was making more than one and had some of the items on hand, like the craft glue, card stock and coloured pens).

Step 2:

I trimmed my card stock to size and traced a rough guideline for my circular script (note that you could also use coloured, or even patterned, card stock for a different look). Then it was time to get the pens out… I have a passion for creative lettering  (and a preference for the imperfect) so I went free hand, but you can get an equally striking effect with transfer letters, stencils or a printable template online. Be sure to leave space for your doorbell button.

Step 3:

DIY your own 'Press for Champagne' sign with this simple tutorial

I painted my doorbell button with a metallic copper leafing pen, since I didn’t like the rather faded brass finish and wanted a rose gold effect to match one of my frames. Next take a glue gun or a decent craft glue (I used E6000) and stick your doorbell button to the center of your page.

Step 4:

DIY your own 'Press for Champagne' sign with this simple tutorial

Put your frame together as usual (minus the glass) and work out where to hang or display your fabulous new piece of art!! I decided on my little bar nook (although disappointingly it doesn’t have any champagne in it at the moment – hint, hint husband)

Hope that you have as much fun making one as I did – makes for a great, personal, Christmas gift and, if you hurry, you could still make one!

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'Press for Champagne' DIY tutorial. Everything you need to make your own 'Press for Champagne' sign

Frame | Calligraphy Pens | Scissors | Gold Leafing Pen | Gold Door Bell | Copper Leafing Pen | Craft Glue | Coloured Pen Set | Craft Stock

Champagne anyone…?

PS. You can check out 2018’s crafty Christmas project here!

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