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 Lemon Wreath!
My wreath-making skills being what they are, I again chose something very easy. What I used for my 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.
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.
But this is entirely optional, and if you have a darker color grapevine wreath, I would suggest you to skip this step.
Once the paint dried, I started cutting the garland into manageable sizes…
…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.
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.
Next, I pulled out the flower part from the picks…
…and hot glued them all over, again in a random manner.
With that, the wreath was finished and 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 it full & lush look. Since our command center’s chalkboard part is metal, by hot gluing bunch of magnets to the back of the wreath, I easily solved that problem.
And ta-daaa! Meet my lovely summer lemon wreath!
Looks pretty good, don’t you think?
I can’t believe how easy that was. Even for me!
I also love the scent of it… so refreshing and uplifting!
“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…
…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.
Now my sweet lemon wreath is a delight for almost all my senses, and my summer dream is starting to seem more and more real 🙂