Make this stunning tulip wreath and add a burst of spring to your front door! This clever technique is actually quite simple, no crafty skills required!
Spring is my favorite. The bright pastels! Fresh flowers! Warmer weather! Mini Cadbury Eggs! TULIPS! I’ve been wanting a bright springy tulip wreath, and I finally decided to figure it out and make one.
So here we go! A tulip wreath tutorial for you to make your own beautiful spring tulip wreath, or check out my Etsy shop Magnolia Joy to purchase one handmade by me for you!
Where to find the perfect tulips for your wreath
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To make your own tulip wreath, you’ll need about 10 bunches of silk mini tulips. Depending on how full you like it, you could use between 9 and 14 bunches. I found these beautiful smaller tulips in the seasonal floral section at Michaels. They’re usually available January though May, or until your store sells out of them.
They are finally available to order online this year (HOORAY!), so you can have them shipped to you, or order online and pickup in store (my favorite). You can see all the available mini tulip bush colors HERE. For the wreath pictured above, I used a combination of cream tulip bush, salmon and pink tulip bush, and pink and red tulip bush. They’re the $4 bushes, usually on an end-cap in the store, and they’re almost always at least 40% off. Each bloom is about 1.5″. Hope that helps you find them!
1/2019 update: This year they have the full rainbow!! I’m so excited to try a rainbow tulip wreath, that will hopefully turn out as beautifully as my rainbow hydrangea wreath.
3/2019 update: I did it! You can see the gorgeous rainbow wreath near the end of this post, along with some other fun color combinations.
I’ve also found mini-tulips at JoAnn and Dollar Tree this year! The Dollar Tree has them labeled as “crocus”, and you can order them online in bulk (enough for 2 wreaths). See a picture of my Dollar Tree version, along with some tips at the bottom of the post!
- Artificial tulip bush (from Michaels)
- 14 in foam wreath form
- 1.5 in satin ribbon (aprox 8 yards)
- bakers twine
- Snip the large stems from each bush. Each bush has 8 stems with 2-3 blooms on each stem. Using wire cutters, cut a each stem a few inches away from the base of the bush. Move all the leaves and greenery up to the base of the blooms. I like the leaves, but you don't want them, you can take them off by slipping them off the cut end.
- Secure the ribbon to the wreath. You can use either hot glue or floral pins to attach the ribbon. I like to work with the ribbon coming up in the center and then back around to the outer edge. I start on the left side of the wreath, but maybe that's because I'm a righty? haha
- Start wrapping the ribbon and tucking the tulips in as you go. Typically, I put two stems in each row of ribbon, and try to alternate so they fill the space nicely. The closet the ribbon is to the blooms, the tighter the effect. If you like more of a random look, you can leave more of the stem exposed which will cause the tulips to flop around a bit more. Both are beautiful! Pull the ribbon nice and tight!
- Continue wrapping and tucking around the wreath. Your ribbon will overlap quite a bit towards the center of the wreath, and should barely overlap on the outer edge. This is important to be consistent with, otherwise you may wrap the ribbon too closely and you’ll run out of ribbon or flowers or both!
- Finish off the wreath by wiggling your last few stems into the first few stems. It gets a little tricky to fit the tulips in, but just do your best to cover all the foam, and get enough tulips in to fill the space. If you need to hot glue a few in, I won’t tell.
- Secure the ribbon and add a loop for hanging. When you place your last tulip in it's spot, secure the ribbon to the wreath with hot glue or floral pins. Then slip in a loop and fold the ribbon over the loop and secure it to the wreath.
If your front door receives lots of sun (faces west in the US) and gets really hot, the hot glue may melt and cause things to fall apart, which is very very sad. In those cases, I would recommend using floral pins with or instead of hot glue.
This technique can be used with other sizes or types of flowers. Just keep in mind that the flowers will kind of lay on their side, so it would need to be a flower that looks good from the side, not the straight on.
Even the back of this tulip wreath is pretty!! If you don’t have a wreath hanger, you can use a pretty Command hook (like on the teal door below), or you can string a long loop through the wreath and over the top of your door and secure it with an upside-down Command hook on the back of your door, near the top.
DOLLAR TREE TULIP WREATH TIPS AND TRICKS:
Dollar tree has mini-tulips this year (labeled as “Crocus”). I made a tulip wreath entirely from Dollar Tree supplies! I used a grapevine wreath (I think its about 12 in), skinny satin ribbon and 15 bunches of tulips.
The instructions are pretty much the same as above. A few tips:
-Dollar Tree tulips aren’t quite as sturdy as Michaels tulips, the blooms fall off fairly easily. If they fall off after you’re all done, you can just hot glue them back into place.
-With these flowers, I used the leaves much more sparingly. Each stem comes with 3 leaves, so I cut off at least a few from every stem.
-The ribbon at Dollar Tree is skinnier than the Michaels version, but it still works. The back isn’t covered as completely as the original version.
Tulip Wreath Color Combinations
I’ve been playing with color combos, and this purpledy-pink tulip wreath turned out lovely. We’ve also made one with all the shades of pink, and one with creams and soft peach. I love the pink/yellow/orange combo too!
This peachy tulip wreath below was made my my sister-in-law, Suzanne. It looks absolutely stunning on her teal door! And now I want to paint my front door…
I’m also loving this blue/green wreath I made this year (1/2019), its been really popular in my Etsy shop.
And behold the rainbow tulip wreath! I am so proud of this beauty!! It was tricky to get the colors to flow just right. I had to rearrange the tulip blooms to get the rainbow effect to work. I used blooms from light purple, blue, green, blush, salmon and hot pink tulip bushes. The other obstacle was getting the colors to match up at the end. I only had to redo it 4-5 times… But it was WORTH IT.
There are so many gorgeous color combinations possible! You can see a few of the hundreds of wreaths that people have made using my tutorial on my Instagram Highlight (@thehowtomom). Let me know when you make yours, I’d love to see it! Tag me and use the #thehowtomomwreaths hashtag so I can go on and on about how amazingly talented and crafty you are!
If you’ve enjoyed making this spring tulip wreath, and have some ideas for wreaths for other seasons, I’ve shared lots of wreath making tips and tricks in my Ultimate Wreath Making Guide. Making wreaths can be such a fun way to craft and decorate for the holidays!
And if after allllllll that, you’d rather just buy one I’ve already made, head over to my Etsy shop, Magnolia Joy, to purchase!