Whether the ground hog saw his shadow or didn’t, spring is on its way. And I CANNOT wait! There’s no better way to celebrate and welcome spring than a bright tulip wreath. The wreath made in this tutorial is covered in gorgeous orange and coral tulips that POP.
Even better? This DIY wreath is made on the (patent-pending) pancake wreath frame! This frame is a perfect foundation for a wreath filled with florals. These decorative items are heavier than ribbon and deco mesh. No problem! The frame’s structure and sturdiness help hold stems in place and securely to the frame.
Follow the supply list and instructions below to help your home burst with color while the flowers and trees start to bloom with bright hues outside. Waiting for spring to come to make this wreath? Pin these tulip wreath instructions on Pinterest.
Tulip Wreath Supplies
One thing I love about this type of wreath (out of so many) is that it doesn’t require too long of a list of supplies. Most pancake wreaths require a few different types of ribbon, deco mesh, a sign and more – depending on your design of course! This tulip wreath only requires about five different types of supplies.
When you buy the pancake frame, you’ll get a whole bundle! It will come with a 10-inch frame, 14-inch frame and a sign extender. You’ll only use one frame for this wreath, meaning you’ll have extra supplies for to more projects!
- 8-10 Tulip bushes from Michaels
- 1 Greenery bush from Hobby Lobby
- 2.5-inch ribbon (to wrap the frame) – about 11 feet long
- Pipe cleaners (aka chenille stems)
The following list is for optional equipment that may make your crafting easier. Please keep in mind that this materials list does contain affiliate links for companies I love. If you make a purchase through these links, I may get a small commission.
How to Make a Tulip Wreath on the Pancake Wreath Frame
This tulip wreath tutorial is fit for any designer level. That’s right, any level of experience can make this stunning wreath, whether you’ve been making wreaths for years or are just starting out!
Step 1: Make Your Flower Bundles
Push the leaves and flowers of the tulip stems up and cut the stems from the main stem. You’ll want four stems to a bundle. You want the stems to be on the longer side – about 3-3.5 inches from the bottom to where you pushed everything up.
Cut a stem off your greenery bush, about 5-6 inches – just enough to peak over the flowers. Then add the greenery to the flower bundle. You can put it behind, in the middle or to the side of the flowers. Zip tie the bundle together.
If you’re doing all one color, like this wreath, you’ll need to make 8-10 flower bunches.
Step 2: Wrap the Wreath Frame
Take the 2.5-inch ribbon and cuff it at the bottom of the frame. Make sure you keep pulling tight as you wrap the ribbon around the frame, section by section. Wrap the ribbon on an angle. The ribbon will likely be hidden, but just in case, this is to keep from seeing the wood frame.
To keep this a “no-glue” design, wrap the ribbon around the area you started once or twice more, then wrap pipe cleaners around where the ribbon ends and twist twice to secure them.
Step 3: Add Your Bundles to the Frame
Lay your first bundle between the arms of the pipe cleaner you used to secure the ribbon. Twist the pipe cleaner around the stem of the bundle, above the zip tie. This can help prevent the bundle from slipping out.
When attaching the bundle, make sure its stem lays down into the arms of the next pipe cleaner.
Lay the next bundle below the first, so the tops of the flowers are touching the bottom of the first stems flowers. Once you have the position, move the bundle and wrap a pipe cleaner around the frame, twisting to secure it around the frame. Then, bring the bundle back and lay it in the arms of the pipe cleaner and twist to secure.
Continue adding bundles around the frame until you get to the last bundle.
Step 4: Add the Final Bundle
Since you’ll need to fit the stem of the final bundle under the proceeding bundle, you may want to cut the stems a little shorter. Then, gently lift the proceeding bundle’s flowers up and slide the stem beneath. Twist the pipe cleaners tight and all the way up, then tuck the excess arm into the bundles.
Step 4: Move Your Greenery and Flowers Around
As you move through the steps, check the greenery to make sure it is evenly spread around. If it looks like it’s all on one side, move it around in the bundle. At the end, spot check the frame and move the pieces around until there are no gaps and you’re satisfied.
Step 6: Add a Bow (Optional)
While the tulip wreath made in this tutorial doesn’t include a bow, if you find that there is a gap at the end and you cannot put in another bundle, you could fill it with a bow.
Below is an example of a tulip wreath with a bow.
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When to Use a Tulip Wreath
The tulip wreath is a favorite for customers when it comes to decorating for spring, Easter and summer. That’s because this type of wreath bursts with colors and is filled with flowers – much like the warmer months and spring holidays, when flowers are blooming and making days brighter.
Tulips are also associated with spring because that’s when they bloom – often from March to April and, some, later into spring. It’s also the birth flower for those born in the month of April and also represents perfect and deep love. Because of that, it also makes an unforgettable gift for April birthdays or Mother’s Day!
Tulip Wreath Instructions
- 1 Zip tie tool optional
- 1 staple gun optional
- 1 cordless mini glue gun optional
- 1 Stem cutter tool optional
- 2-3 Tulip bushes
- 1 Greenery bush
- 1 Piece of 2.5-inch ribbon about 11-feet long
- Pipe cleaners
- Push the leaves and flowers on each stem up, then cut your flower stems off the main stem. The stems should be 3-3.5 inches from the end to the bottom of the leaves and flowers. Cut the greenery stem from the bush – about 5-6 inches.Combine one greenery stem and four flower stems to make one bundle. Zip tie the bundle together.You'll need to make 8-10 flower bundles for this wreath.
- Cuff the 2.5-inch ribbon at the bottom of the frame, then wrap the ribbon around the rest of the frame, wrapping at an angle. Pull tight as your wrap. Once you are back to where you started, wrap over the starting point twice, then wrap pipe cleaners around the end and twist to secure.
- Lay the first flower bundle in the arms of the pipe cleaner, then twist the pipe cleaner above the zip tie to secure. Position the next bundle below the first, so the tops of the flowers touch the bottom of the first bunch. add a pipe cleaner to the frame, lay the bundle down, and twist to secure. Continue adding bundles around the frame in the same way.
- When adding the final bundle, you may need to cut the stems a little shorter to fit under the proceeding bundle. Gently lift the proceeding bundle’s flowers up and slide the stem beneath, twisting the pipe cleaners to secure.
- Spot check the frame and move the pieces around until there are no gaps and you’re satisfied with the look.
- While the tulip wreath made in this tutorial doesn’t include a bow, if you find that there is a gap at the end and you cannot put in another bundle, you could fill it with a bow.