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3 Easy Steps to a Modern Hoop Wreath

3 Easy Steps to a Modern Hoop Wreath

It seems like every spring and fall bring a flood of gorgeous wreaths into my Pinterest feed.  Nothing shouts “It’s a new season!” like beautiful new decor around your house and front door. If you’ve ever searched for wreaths at the store or online, you probably suffered sticker shock when you first realized how expensive they are! My natural inclination in response to that is to figure out how to make one myself.

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

In today’s tutorial, I will show you how to make a lovely, modern floral hoop wreath and I will give you a price breakdown of materials. A floral wreath is also an excellent addition to your Etsy shop and it looks stunning in craft booths, so I will also offer pricing suggestions to help you get started on selling your own wreaths.

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

Now for materials! I purchased all of my materials in store at Michaels.

• 14 inch wire hoop

• Assorted flower bunches

• Greenery

• Floral tape

• Glue gun

• Glue sticks

I purchased one bunch of mums and one small, pre-made bouquet that I then took apart. I suggest purchasing flowers when they are on sale, so make sure to keep an eye on that before you purchase! I went when there was a 40% off on fall flowers sale.

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

 

Instructions:

  1. Heat your glue gun up so it is ready when you are. Loosely lay your greenery and flowers around and decide on a rough arrangement of what you want.
  2. Start taping down your greenery. I cut the largest branches off of my bunch and taped them down. Make sure to hide the tape under other leaves if it will not be covered by flowers later on.
  3. Once you have the leaves to your liking, move on to the flowers! Cut the flower heads off of their stems. Apply them to the wreath with the glue gun. If the flower was going in a tricky place, I put a small dot of glue just to secure the flower and then flipped the wreath over so I could see better where to add more glue. I worked from the center of my flower bunch outward. I also spaced my flowers very close together to make my wreath more lush.

 

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

When you have enough flowers on the wreath, you’re done! I decided to add a ribbon from my stash to the top, but it’s not at all necessary. Hang your wreath and marvel at its beauty!

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

If you love arranging flowers and matching unique color schemes together, then perhaps wreath making would be a great source of side income for you. Wreaths of this style sell for $45-55 on Etsy, and at Michaels I saw wreaths selling for $60-80. With tax, my total for this project was $21.21 (I did not count the glue gun and glue stick as those are reusable, general craft items). I also have enough flowers left over for another wreath, which would lower my cost per wreath. The wreath took very little time to put together, so you could potentially net $24-34 per wreath.

Another place to find great wreath materials is Afloral. They have hoops in gold, which I love! Their flowers are more costly but are beautiful and very high quality.

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

And that’s the end of this tutorial! I’d love to see your creations—tag @hannah_lynne on instagram! Follow me on Pinterest for plenty of inspiration and don’t forget to subscribe below for the latest content!

3 Easy Steps to a Modern Hoop Wreath

3 Easy Steps to a Modern Hoop Wreath

Make an Easy Watercolor Background on Your iPad or iPhone

Make an Easy Watercolor Background on Your iPad or iPhone

Watercolor backgrounds are a great design element, but you have to have a bit of time and equipment to make them. I found myself wanting some backgrounds in new colors but never having time to get around to creating some. Then, I discovered a way to quickly produce already digitized, transparent watercolor backgrounds! This is a huge timesaver and I will show you exactly how to do it.

In my previous posts, I shared how to make a watercolor background and remove the background in photoshop. To make these quick digital backgrounds, all you’ll need is the free app Adobe Sketch. Then, follow along with the video to create your background!

I also included a quick tutorial to show you how to use this background in Procreate or Photoshop. By using blending modes, you can put your watercolor background in almost anything. This is a great way to make printables and digital downloads that you could sell on Etsy or your website.

Instructions: Download the app “Adobe Sketch” on your iPhone or iPad. You will need to login or create a free Adobe ID. Choose your canvas size and then choose the “watercolor flat brush.” Make your brush pretty big and select your color. Start laying down strokes of your color. You can adjust how saturated the color is by adjusting the “flow.” You’ll notice that the strokes mix and blend as you paint.

Choose different shades and variations of the color you’ve chosen for your background. Blend these shades together by adding small strokes of different shades. When in doubt, keep blending! When you are happy with how the background looks, click the share button. You can send it in layers to your Adobe creative suite if you are a subscriber, or you can share or save your image.

If you want to put your watercolor background into lettering, import the photo into Procreate or Photoshop. Set the blend mode to “Lighten.” Add a layer beneath your watercolor background layer. Anything that you draw or type on this layer in black will reveal the watercolor texture beneath!

How to Make a Watercolor Background on your iPad or iPhone

So there you have it! I promise I won’t always talk about watercolors, but this one is so easy and produces lovely results. Now, you can experiment with different colors and make backgrounds to your heart’s content. These will not look quite as organic as the real thing, but you can still get really beautiful results without photoshop, a scanner, or any actual paint. Plus, since it’s an app on your phone or tablet, you can make backgrounds anywhere and anytime!

Even if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, you can STILL grab four free backgrounds that I’ve made. Just sign up below and you’ll be able to download the backgrounds instantly.

I’d love to see your creations. Tag me on instagram @hannah_lynne and follow me on Pinterest for more design tutorials!

how to make a watercolor background using your phone

How to Make a Watercolor background using your phone