In this simple, step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to make a stunning lighted garden hose wreath. Day or night, on a door or in a garden – it looks fantastic!
Our deck is coming along nicely – we’re almost there! Greg is currently working on the outdoor dining table, while I’m trying to finish the smaller items. And once we are done with them, Greg will be doing the reveal. But until then, I wanted share the latest and greatest addition to our deck: a lighted garden hose wreath!
Do you remember my spilling solar lights (aka teapot lights)? Well, in principle this lighted garden hose wreath is similar to that, but since it’s a wreath, I didn’t use solar lights. And as you can see, instead of using a teapot, I upcycled a garden hose this time! Ok, ok… instead of me yapping about the differences between the two, let’s get on with our wreath tutorial, shall we?
Oh also… before going any further, I want to warn you that this a picture-heavy post. But that’s only because I really wanted everyone to be able to follow the steps without having any questions about the process. And also maybe because I’m pretty proud of my lighted garden hose wreath, so I couldn’t stop myself from putting a ton of beauty shots. Anyway…I’m just letting you know – so you might want to get your scrolling finger ready for some good exercise, hahaha 😉
Now that the long post warning is out of the way, let me give you the materials list for our lighted garden hose wreath.
- An old or new garden hose – I used a 25-foot marine hose. You don’t have to stick with 25 feet, but keep in mind that with a shorter hose, your wreath may not look as full, and with a longer hose, your wreath may be too heavy to hang.
- 30 inch length of copper tubing – it’s something that almost all hardware stores carry. But if you can’t find it at your local hardware store, here is one I found on Amazon.
- Watering can nozzle – last year I bought my watering can for $4.50 at Ocean State Job Lot, and I used the nozzle from that. I suggest looking in your local stores for one, but if you can’t find one, here is a nozzle from Amazon.
- Flowers of your choosing – we got ours at Michaels, and you can find the list of our floral stems later in the post.
- Zip ties – if you don’t have it on hand, you can also use wires. Or you can check the nearest Dollar Store, as they always carry them.
- Foam wreath form – I bought mine from Dollar Store. But if you don’t have a Dollar Store nearby, then you might want to try Amazon.
- A pair of scissors
- Wire cutter
- A drill (or just a drill bit)
- A piece of thick craft wire
- A hot glue gun
- And finally our star player: Battery-operated fairy string lights – I used two 10-foot/30-LED warm-white starry lights. If you’d like your lights to be colorful, then you might want to check these string lights out. If you want your string lights with a remote control, then these will do perfectly for this project!
BUILDING THE GARDEN HOSE WREATH
After I gathered all the supplies, I straightened the copper tubing.
Then I measured and cut a 30-inch length.
Next, I ran the copper tubing through the garden hose. The reason why I put copper tubing is because I wanted to create a “b” shape with the garden hose. Also, running copper tubing allowed me to bend the top part of the garden hose in the way I wanted. 😉
Next, I zip tied the wreath at the two side points (shown in the second picture above) to secure the wreath’s circular form.
Now that the hose’s shape was nicely set, it was time to adorn the wreath. To do so, I cut a small part of a foam wreath form.
I placed it on top of the garden hose wreath…
… and secured it in place with a zip tie. I have to say, when I am not using hot glue, I love using zip ties with wreaths, as they are very practical and especially with this project, they made my job much easier.
Next, I gathered all the flower stems we bought from Michaels. Michaels always has a great selection of flowers. Luckily, they also had a great coupon selection for this weekend, so it was like hitting the jackpot: great faux flowers at affordable prices.
By the way, believe it or not it was Greg who came up with this floral arrangement. As he is the “beauty shots” photographer of this blog, I trust his eye much better than my own. Hence I asked him to choose all the flowers for this wreath, and he went with the ones listed below.
Before cutting the stems in to pieces, I first did a bunch of trial runs: Greg and I arranged the flowers in different ways to see which one we both liked most. Once we were happy with an arrangement, I took a picture of it (by the way, Greg’s arrangement won!). When doing trial runs with a wreath, taking pictures always helps, as you can go back and check how the flowers should be placed. 😉
Now that we had decided on an arrangement, I started cutting the flower stems into parts and building the flower part of the wreath.
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