This is a guest post from our Apartments.com blog ambassador Melissa, from www.thehappierhomemaker.com. Melissa is an Army wife, stay-at-home mom of three young boys, and design enthusiast. Never one to sit still, Melissa loves to repurpose discarded trash into home décor treasure, create easy and delicious recipes, and crafts for all skill levels. You can keep up with her creative endeavors on her blog The Happier Homemaker.
Hey y'all! I have a super huge announcement today! I'm so honored to have been asked to be a Brand Ambassador for Apartments.com!
I know what you're thinking, the same thing my husband said when I told him, "Melissa, you don't live in an apartment!"
Well, that's beside the point!
While we just purchased a house last year, I have spent most of my life living in rentals and apartments. Being in the military we've moved quite a bit and know the challenges of living in tight spaces or not being able to make those huge changes-like painting the walls-that impact your home decor choices. Because as wonderful as those amazing DIY wood planked walls that are taking over blogland, it just ain't gonna work if you're renting a house or apartment, right?
That's why I'm so excited to be part of the team of ambassadors supporting a new program by Apartments.com called Renter Resources. I have a ton of apartment-friendly DIY and decor ideas I'll be sharing both here and on Renter Resources in the coming months!
This month I have an easy DIY summer wreath tutorial!
I love this wreath because it's so bright and cheerful and you're going to love it too because it's just so easy to put together (and not expensive!!)
First we'll need to gather your supplies. You will need a grapevine wreath, burlap garland, one bunch of sunflowers, and a wooden letter. We also use hot glue and floral wire to complete the wreath. All of these things can be found at your local craft store. If space or budget is an issue you can find very affordable mini glue guns that are worth their weight in crafting gold!! (Don't forget to always check for coupons before heading to the craft stores! Most stores even let you pull them up on your smart phone at the register!)
First, cut your sunflowers apart so you have multiple single flowers on stems. Once they are separated begin tucking your flowers into the grapevine wreath using the vines to secure them. Continue adding the flowers until they are all on the wreath and positioned how you like.
By the way, the reason I like to add my flowers to the wreath this way is because when you live in small spaces you don't have room to store multiple wreaths for each season. By tucking my flowers into the vines to attach them I can easily take the flowers off when it is time to switch out my decor. Then I just store them until next summer! This way you can use one wreath all year just by switching out the accessories!
Next up is the bow. Cut a few feet of burlap garland off and start towards the middle by creating a loop half the size you want your bow. Holding that loop with one hand create another loop for the other side of your bow. Continue holding in the middle, secure the two loops with some floral wire. If you don't have floral wire you can also use string or even a garbage twist tie! Cut another small piece of burlap and roll the ends together and secure with hot glue to hide the edges. Wrap this piece of rolled burlap around the center of your bow and trim the ends to the desired length.
Now let's finish putting the wreath together. I bought a primed white "R' for my wreath and decided not to paint it but if your wooden letter needs painting of you'd like it another color go ahead and paint it before attaching it to your wreath. I use hot glue to attach both my bow and my wood letter to my wreath. If you use the glue sparingly it is very easy to gently peel off when you want to change up your wreath next season.
To hang my wreath I like to use a small piece of string or twine tied on the back of my grapevine wreath as a hanger. My front door has glass so I use a suction cup hook but I highly recommend command strips if you don't have glass on your door-they hold so well and remove easily so there is no damage.
Thanks so much to Apartments.com for allowing me to be one of their Brand Ambassadors and contribute to Renter's Resource. Y'all hop over and visit Renter Resources to find information on apartment friendly DIY projects, decorating, entertaining, living on a budget, food & recipes and much more!