This inexpensive DIY wreath centers around the April Showers theme and forgoes the usual spring suspects to decorate your front door.
I have this fantasy (I call it a fantasy, because I like the idea of it rather than the reality of actually being able to accomplish it) of having a different front door wreath for every month of the year. And I’d like something a little different than the usual monthly suspects of red hearts for February or pastel eggs around Easter. So, for April, I did an April Showers-themed door wreath.
Gather your materials. You’ll need:
The pattern for a small umbrella can be found here. I used this size to make 16 small umbrellas on four different types of 6-inch by 6-inch patterned paper. I also enlarged it to make five large umbrellas.
The first four steps are simple.
1. Choose your paper patterns. As you can see above, I chose four different ones. I started out with the bottom left one (the blue and green stripes) because it reminded me of rain. Then I paired it with a different pattern in similar colors shown in the upper right corner. I wanted to bring in more colors, so then I added the upper left pattern with the different stripes, and finally for that complementary, but surprise pattern, I chose the bottom right one.
2. Trace your pattern on the back of the paper. Here I used the enlarged umbrella pattern (~ 5 inches in diameter), which covered most of the page. For the smaller patterns, you can fit four umbrellas per page.
3.Here is it traced.
4. Cut out your umbrellas. If you’re careful, you can paper clip or tape the edges of the papers together and cut out more than one page at a time. Because the umbrellas don’t have to be or look perfect, this is a great time saver.
The next part is to fold the paper so that it mimics an umbrella. The first few go throughs, it took me about two minutes to fold each one. By the time I was finishing the last, I’d shortened that time to a minute each.
5. The first fold is the one that’s problematic. The paper doesn’t want to fold that way, so you’ll get a small tear at the center. That’s okay. It won’t show up too much in the finished product. When you fold it is very important to fold arc to arc, not point to point. Start at either side of the cut out.
6. Fold each section working around the pattern. You can also switch to the other side and finish folding from that end if the paper gets too cumbersome.
7. & 8. Once you’re done folding, the umbrella will hold its shape on its own.
The next part is securing completing the umbrella.
9. With a heated glue gun, spread glue on one of the sections next to the gap of the folded umbrella.
10. Take the section opposite the gap and place it directly over the glued section. Press firmly.
11. Squeeze a pea-sized dollop of glue into the very center of the umbrella.
12. While still very hot, press your chosen umbrella stick into the hot glue. Hold it at the angle you wish until the glue cools. It will flop over if you don’t hold it, causing a wonky, lopsided umbrella.
The next steps are optional. You may prefer to glue your umbrellas directly to your wreath, but I wanted to reuse the wreath. So, I decided to attach the umbrellas temporarily. This is how I accomplished that:
13. Bend a small section of floral wire around the bottom of your chosen umbrella stick.
14. Wrap wire around stick, making sure to cross it onto itself.
15. Apply a generous dollop of glue on the criss-crossed section.
16. Allow to cool and dry.
To finish your umbrella, place your umbrellas around the wreath, wrapping the loose end of the floral wire around and between the vines.
This is truly an inexpensive project. The materials will cost well under $10 and you’ll have plenty of material left over.