Every dog lover can appreciate a wreath for their door in the shape of a dog paw that is so easy to make with simple grapevine wreaths.
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This year I made several Spring wreaths – and gave most of them away!
Now that the weather is finally turning a bit warmer, I ironically find myself in need of a new wreath for my door.
This month’s DIY Blogger Challenge was to create a tutorial for a Spring Wreath.
So of course it was a great time for me to create a wreath design I have wanted to make for some time, a dog paw shaped wreath!
We have a house full of dogs, three rescue dogs and one very active pure breed German Shepherd puppy.
This wreath design on my door should come as no surprise for anyone who visits my home and knows our love for dogs around here.
And what better flower to use on a dog paw shaped wreath but dogwood blossoms just in time for the Spring season!
Dogwood flowers and a dog paw shaped wreath for Spring.
I ordered a pack of grapevine wreaths from Amazon that had two 12″ wreaths, and four 6″ wreaths. These were the perfect sizes to make a dog paw wreath.
For this project I used:
- 12″ grapevine wreath
- 4 – 6″ grapevine wreaths
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Floral Wire
- Decorative Ribbon
- Dogwood Floral Stems
- Greenery Floral Stems
- Chenille Stems (pipe cleaners)
- Pliers for cutting floral wire
I actually found the dogwood floral stems I used at Joanns when there were buy one get two free but you can use Spring floral stem you like. I just really liked these dogwood stems.
To start the wreath I first place the four 6″ small wreaths along the edge of one of the 12″ wreath to find the right placement. I started to wire them together using cut pieces of the floral wire.
I was making this wreath while with a group of friends for a wreath making day and one of them showed me this easy way to connect all of the wreaths together. It was so much easier than the way I had planned.
By cutting small pieces of floral wire long enough to loop over and then thread the edges through the twigs of one wreath through another, the wreaths fit snuggly together without moving.
There is a small wire looped through each small wreath to the one next to it, and then all four of them wired to the bigger 12″ wreath the same way.
Inserting the wires through the twigs of each wreath and wiring all of them together makes each one fit snug and tight. You can’t even see the wires now holding them together in the picture above.
I definitely learned something new working with friends this time around.
Once I had attached the flowers and greenery to the top portion of the wreath – along the smaller ones, I decided to make the bow and attach it before continuing with the flowers.
A recent trip to Michaels is where I found several rolls of Spring colored ribbon to use for wreaths. I couldn’t decide which one to use for this do paw wreath so I took a picture of all the rolls and asked my daughter and a few friends. We all finally decided to go with the checkered pattern ribbon.
To make a bow, I pulled out my favorite wreath making tool, the Deluxe EZ Bowmaker, and created the bow.
After attaching the bow to the wreath were I wanted it, I then continued to use my hot glue gun and attached more greenery and dogwood flowers to the lower portion of the wreath around the bow.
All of the greenery and flowers were attached with hot glue. The bow is attached to the wreath with chenille stems.
My Pinterest board for Wreaths For All Year is filled with dog paw shaped wreaths, and now I can finally add a pin of my own to the collection.
Be sure to visit all of the other talented bloggers who participated in the March Blogger DIY Challenge in the links below: