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DIY Summer Lemon Wreath

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When it comes to summer wreaths, few are as bright and cheerful as this faux lemon summer wreath scented with lemon essential oil! It’s a quick and easy DIY that’ll only cost you a few dollars to make, but it’ll bring some summer fun into your home, even on the coldest winter day!

Spring is here, they said. The weather will be warm, they said. The sun will shine and flowers will bloom, they said. Clearly “they” have never lived in New England! So far it has been wet and chilly and nothing like a normal spring. In fact, “chilly” might be an understatement for the past couple of weeks, as I again started wearing my winter boots and at least 3 layers on top. I dream about hot summer days when I’ll be able to put on my shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops and relax under the sun with a glass of homemade lemonade. That is my paradise. Meanwhile, Greg will be entirely out of his comfort zone, sweating like a fountain, cursing the heat and wishing there would be only two seasons: spring and fall. LOL. To make my summer dream even better, I decided to bring a little hint of summer in our home by making a summer wreath with faux lemons and some lemon essential oil!

DIY Summer Lemon Wreath

My wreath-making skills being what they are, I again chose something very easy. What I used for my  summer wreath is a grapevine wreath form, a hot glue gun, a plastic boxwood garland, two baby’s-breath picks from Dollar Store and two bags of mixed-size plastic lemons I got from Michaels.

Wreath form, faux greenery and lemons on a desk

Here is a little hint for you: Dollar Store also sell lemons, but the bags I got from Michaels were only $4 each, as they were on sale and had 12 lemons in a pack. So if you want to DiY a lemon wreath, you might want to check your local crafts store before buying them from Dollar Store. Also please note the ones I bought were hard plastic lemons, not the Sytrofoam type.

As my wreath form was another Put & Take find, I didn’t have a choice in the color. It was a tad too light, and it wouldn’t look good if I left it bare, so I decided to spray paint it with Rust Oleum Hunter Green.

Woman spray painting a wreath form

But this is entirely optional, and if you have a darker color grapevine wreath, I would suggest you to skip this step.

Green painted wreath form

Once the paint dried, I started cutting the garland into manageable sizes…

Faux greenery and a pair of scissors

…and hot glued those cut pieces on the wreath form. During this process, I made sure I left some random empty areas, as the plan was to place lemons in those empty areas.

Hot gluing faux greenery

Adding faux greenery to the wreath

After I was finished with the greenery, I started hot gluing the lemons in a random manner but still tried to keep the overall balance in the look.

Hot gluing faux lemons

Adding lemons to wreath

Next, I pulled out the flower part from the picks…

breaking off the stems of faux flowers

…and hot glued them all over, again in a random manner.

Hot gluing flowers

Adding flowers to wreath

With that, my summer wreath was finished. I wanted to hang the wreath on the chalkboard part of our DiY command center. But I didn’t want to use any ribbons or wreath hanger, as it would lose its full & lush look. Since our command center’s chalkboard part is metal, by hot gluing a bunch of magnets to the back of my summer wreath, I easily solved that problem.

Magnets on the back of the lemon wreath

And ta-daaa! Meet my lovely faux lemon summer wreath!

DIY Summer Lemon Wreath

DIY Summer Lemon Wreath

Looks pretty good, don’t you think?

DIY Summer Lemon Wreath

I can’t believe how easy that was. Even for me!

DIY Summer Lemon Wreath

I also love the scent of it… so refreshing and uplifting!

DIY Summer Lemon Wreath

“Those are plastic lemons! What scent?” you may think… and you might even think that I am losing it…which may happen in another 2 weeks if the weather stays chilly! 😀 Anyway… back to the scent, shall we?

To add the lemon scent, I put a few drops of lemon oil on a cottonball…

Pouring lemon essential oil on a cotton pad

…and rubbed the plastic lemons with that cottonball.

Note: Essential oils can damage certain plastics. If you are unsure if your lemons are resistant to essential oils, test one of them by applying a small amount of oil and waiting a day or two. Do not use Styrofoam lemons or those made of thin, flimsy plastic.

DIY Summer Lemon Wreath

Now my sweet, lemon-scented summer wreath is a delight for almost all my senses, and my summer dream is starting to seem more and more real 🙂

DIY Summer Lemon Wreath

DIY Summer Lemon Wreath

Handan, xo

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  1. Lovely…lemons are my favorites for decorating and cooking…it,s that Italian heritage..
    Love the idea for the scent…thank you

    1. Thank you so much, Chris! Yes it is indeed Italian and Mediterranean heritage 🙂 Lemons (in fact all citrus family fruit) are my favorite too. With this wreath it feels like as if we are living in the middle of a lemon orchard…so revitalizing/refreshing 😉

    1. Thank you so much, Sandra! The lemon scent is just wonderful and refreshing. I also have some left over faux lemons and I used them as vase fillers for the glass vase I had. Of course I rubbed those lemons also with lemon oil and now in our home it is as if you are walking in citrus orchard 🙂

  2. This is a lovely idea! Just so you know.. I would appreciate a little coolness down here in Palm Desert CA. When we arrived here the orange blossoms still had a week to go. Awesomeness., I noticed one of our trees had an orange on it. We cut it open to taste and it must have been a lemon,it was Sooo bitter we spit it out real fast!or maybe because home grown isn’t cultivated they just go sour like lemons. Anyway,it was really a shock! Lemons and oranges are in many yards,but I don’t know how good they are! But the wreath is very pretty!

    1. Thanks so much, Bernice! Greg also likes cool weather. He lived in San Francisco for 10+years so he wants to live somewhere with similar weather. Oh you are so lucky to have orange and lemon trees around you. In Turkey we make jam with the unripened oranges/lemons. It is one of my favorite jams in the world! I guess when we retire we’ll be moving somewhere warmer and so I can grow lemon and orange trees in the back yard 😉

    2. Bernice,
      The orange you picked was probably an ornamental orange. I live in Tucson, Arizona and many of the orange trees used here are Seville oranges. They are very sour, if you’ve ever bought Seville orange marmalade you’ll know what I mean. Here they are used mostly for looks, and the lovely orange blossom scent in the spring.
      To get sweet oranges you have to go to the nursery and buy specific types like navel or other sweet varieties. ?

      1. Hi Leslie, was reading comments when I came upon yours. I lived in Tucson from 1950 to 1969 when my hubs got out of Air Force and we moved to CO. Springs for just 10 months. We moved back to Tucson in 1970 when our daughter was 7 weeks old. Lived with my Mom in her small 2 bdrm/1 bath house for 4 months til we bought a house close to base. Believe me not easy living in small house with 4 kids.
        I can remember how much I always loved Spring with scent of oranges, especially by U of A where I went for one year after high school at Catalina. Was in first graduating class at Catalina on Pima.
        In 2008b I took Greyhound bus from Grand Junction, CO, not something I would ever do again but wanted to go to 50th. reunion. Boy had Tucson grown like crazy since I’d been there in 1997 when my Mom died. Stayed with best friend from school and we had so much fun shopping and eating, lol I had taken out a loan so I could go and have some money to do whatever.
        We’ll be visiting Tucson end of June to see oldest son and his two boys while they spend time with their Dad. Boys live in KY. Am really looking forward to seeing best friend again and maybe niece and brother who have lived in Tucson for long time .My brother worked with Sheriffs dept. in homicide dept. few years ago. They live out beyond Old Tucson. Sorry if I bugged you. Have great weekend.

  3. It’s beautiful, I love it! It looks so real and what a great idea, I haven’t seen one like these before! Perfect for summer, I love lemons!!!

  4. You did a beautiful job and the wreath is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the how-to with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Have a wonderful week and I hope the warmer weather finds you soon 🙂

  5. Okay, not only is this absolutely beautiful but the addition of magnets on the back is downright genius! Thanks so much for sharing at Merry Monday this week!

  6. How pretty this project turned out! I’d love to have this in my kitchen on a wall – great job and thanks for sharing at #HappinessIsHomemade this week!

  7. Oh my goodness this is absolutely gorgeous and it must really smell amazing! Thank you so much for linking this up at over at the Happy Now link-up! This is indeed a very happy post! Pinning 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Jen! It indeed cheers me up, so I thought you would also enjoy it 🙂 I thank you for hosting such a great and happy party!

  8. This is such a great idea and doesn’t seem too expensive. I love it! We are moving from our beloved Hawaii to California in a little over a month. I can’t wait to go to places like Michaels and Hobby Lobby! We don’t have them here. I’ll be inspired to make so many things if I step foot in those stores. Hopefully it will help keep me from getting too homesick. Great job Handon!

    1. 😉 Thank you so much, Andi! No it is not expensive. When I go to Michaels / Hobby Lobby / Joanns I make sure I take their discount coupons with me. Only then or when they go in sale their prices seem to be reasonable to me. I find their weekly coupons on their online stores.
      I hope your move will be easy on you. I remember us moving from country to country [which is pretty similar to moving from state to state here ;-)]. After all that packing I used to promise to myself that I wouldn’t buy a lot of things in the next place. And as was expected I was never able to keep that promise 😉

  9. This wreath looks amazing! It would be the perfect way to brighten up my space! I also like that you added a scent to it! I really need to start making some wreaths!!

  10. Visiting from the Wednesday Showcase. Your wreath looks amazing!! I want to make one of these for my kitchen ASAP!! I might use oranges though since my kitchen has orange accents.

  11. Handan The wreath turned out beautiful!! I love the warm/hot weather too!! We are very active in the warm months and then stuck in the house when it’s cold!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!!

    1. Thank you, Elaine! Exactly! I mean I love New England with its green and all, but it sometimes gets so depressing with its chilly weather. If only we had summers that lasted 6 months at least 😉

  12. Handan, where I live we have a lemon farm. I suspect that there are probably a lot of them in your country too. So this makes a lot of sense, it’s like you’re bringing your homeland to your new home. There is nothing quite like walking down the street or in the fields and being permeated by the scent of lemon and orange trees. I understand you perfectly. As for the heat, well I have to agree with Greg on that one… I wilt in the summertime. Beautifully done as always and I love the trick with the magnets.

    1. Hello Mary, it is indeed bringing a little of my homeland to our new home. I was born in Antalya (the tourist city in the south of Turkey) and lived there until I was 3 years old. Then we moved to Izmir (nicknamed as foreign city since Izmir reminds everyone of Greece’s coast towns/cities and also it is the closest city to Greece by sea). I grew up in Izmir, but every summer we use to go to our summer home in Antalya for a month or so. On the road in between these two cities (the road goes along the Aegean coast) you’ll have sea view on one side and on the other side, pine forests at one stretch, then some olive orchards, then a lot of citrus orchards…be it lemon trees, orange trees or tangerine trees. I will never forget the scent that hangs in the air on that road.
      Also Antalya’s “city flower/tree” is orange. It is like an insult if you don’t have some sort of citrus tree in your yard. LOL. Having lived there for about 1.5 years when I was in my twenties, I really got used to having citrus trees nearby. Hence even here (in CT) we have 2 lemon trees in our house. Of course as we have to take them in during winter, we bought dwarf ones, but still they do the job 😉

      1. Two lemon trees are better than none Handan. We must have been neighbors at one time. I was born in Mytilene, which is right across from Izmir. But I left at the age of 6. I still go back once in a while.

  13. When I saw this in the Linky, I thought perhaps it was a tree, but I love love the way the wreath turned out, so full, great job, and perfect to share on the #OMHGFF this week! Pinned

    Have a great weekend!!

  14. This is certainly pretty. I like how southern and summery it is.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you when we open our doors on Friday at 12 AM EST.

  15. Love-love-love this lemon wreath! Thanks for the tips about where to get the best deal on all those pretty lemons too. Pinning to my wreath board so save for later!

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity at the The DIY Collective this week! Hope to see you again next Thursday.

    Have an awesome week!
    ~ Ashley

  16. Your lemon boxwood wreath turned out wonderfully! I like how full it is and the colour combination. Great step-by-step tutorial too!

  17. Absolutely gorgeous! And looks fairly simple to make, I need to get on that! Thanks for sharing at the Totally Terrific Tuesday party, I am one of the new cohosts, pinned this to our board!

  18. Oh, now that is a thing of beauty and I love the Command Centre too!
    I love decorating with wreaths, and this would look lovely in my kitchen.

    1. Thank you so much, Pam! The command center was an old vintage tri-fold mirror. It is my favorite piece in our house. Not only because it is my first furniture makeover, but also decorating it is so easy. It carries everything so great and its style goes even with Halloween decorations. I guess it was always meant to be used this way 🙂

  19. I love this wreath, it’s so pretty with the lemons and perfect for the summer. Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at the Family Joy Blog Link Party!