Summer time brings with it outdoor barbecues and parties, and what better way to decorate your patio than with an outdoor summer wreath? Making your wreath at home is inexpensive when using garden fresh flowers and gives you the flexibility of creating the exact look you want.
Soak a 12- to 14-inch floral foam wreath in a sink full of water for about 10 minutes to completely saturate it, then set aside on a dish drainer to allow the excess water to drain off.
Cut flowers for the wreath early in the morning before they begin to wilt from the late morning sun. Use any type of summer flower, including hydrangeas, roses, sunflowers or daisies. Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle and to a length of 2 inches.
Lay the wreath on a work surface and insert the flowers into the wreath. Start on the sides and work over the top.
Add leaves and/or greenery to the wreath by inserting it in between the flowers. Be sure the foam wreath is completely covered up.
Cut a piece of ribbon to approximately 8 inches long and loop over the top of the wreath in between the flowers. Tie into a bow and hand your outdoor summer wreath from a hook on your patio or porch.