DIY Lemon Wreath for Summer

There’s nothing quite like sitting on the porch on a hot summer day with an ice-cold glass of lemonade. It tastes even better when it’s bought from the neighborhood kids selling it for a quarter. With their bright, sunshiny colors and tangy citrus flavor, lemons are one of the official fruits of summer, in my opinion. And that’s why this lemon wreath is perfect for the summer season.

While there might not be anything more endearing than kids selling lemonade from their front yard, this adorable wreath comes pretty close. From the bright deco mesh and florals to the sweet lemon picks, this wreath is fun design that will make your visitors smile.

How to Make a Summery Lemon Wreath  

This tutorial will show you how to make a lemon wreath on the patent pending pancake wreath frame. This frame is a game-changer for pancake wreath making – providing easy placement of pipe cleaners that will stay put! The frame is sturdy, too, which is great for holding the greenery and picks that the wreath features. Many of the pancake wreath frames we’ve made on the frame in the past were made with mesh and ribbons and decorated with a cute sign and eye-catching bow. This one is a little different and uses beautiful greens and floral picks.

Here’s a list of what you need:

14-inch wooden pancake wreath frame (You can buy the pancake wreath frame in a bundle!)

2.5-inch ribbon (the one used in this tutorial is SKU 841-40-221 on DecoExchange)

10-inch black and yellow striped deco mesh

Lemon pick (the one used here is 62927SP16)

Yellow pick (the one used here is 60919)

White Astilbe from At Home

Yellow Astilbe from At Home

Yellow baby’s breath from Hobby Lobby

Pine twist ties from Hobby Lobby

Floral daisy

Many of the supplies listed here – including some picks – are from CoachMelSupplies.com.

Lemon Wreath Instructions

This DIY wreath is fit for any designer level to follow along. Here’s how to make it.

Step 1: Mix the picks in bundles

Pull the yellow pick branches apart so it takes up space, then place it on top of the lemon pick. Lay the daisies on top of that to the left, then the baby’s breath on top and to the right. Scrunch the white Astilbe in the right back, then the yellow Astilbe toward the left side in the back.

Zip tie around all the stems just below the florals and toward the bottom of the stems. Once the zip ties are tight, cut off the excess on the ties and fluff the bundle by spreading the branches out more.

Make six bundles total. Look how good they look together!

Step 2: Add pine twist ties to frame

Using just the outside notches, push your twist tie through each hole of the frame and wrap it around each corresponding notch. Twist the tie a couple times between the notch and hole to secure to the frame

Step 3: Add the deco mesh

The deco mesh will provide some additional color and a background that helps hides the frame in a simple way that adds to the design and brings some extra texture.

Make a mesh cluster with your first piece of mesh by laying the mesh flat and scrunching right up the center of the piece, gathering the mesh as you go. Pinch the center of the cluster, then lay it on the center of the twist tie, twisting the arms of the tie over the center to secure. Overlap the edges of the cluster to make it look like a circle.

Do this with the remaining five mesh pieces around the frame.

Step 4: Add the floral bundles

Lay your first floral bundle horizontal over the bottom deco mesh cluster, wrapping the arms of the twist tie around the bundle’s stem, above the top zip tie just below the flowers. Add the next bundle to the twist ties to the right of your first bundle. Lay this bundle down so the floral parts are situated just below those of the first bundle. Basically, the floral section will lay over the previous bundle’s stems – leaving no gap between each set of florals.

Continue to add bundles the same way around the frame. When you get to the last bundle, slide the stem under the florals that come after it, so it fits in the space between the two bundles.

Here’s what it looks like from the side — deco mesh and bundles together. So CUTE!

Step 5: Make and Attach a Lemon Bow

Grab your role of 2.5-inch lemon ribbon and dovetail the end. Make a 12-inch tail, then make the first layer with two, 6-inch loops on each side. Cut the other tail the same length. Make a second layer with a short tail and loops. This layer will also two loops on each side, but will also have one extra loop for the center to cover the mechanics. Make the center loop first, about 3 inches. Then make one smaller loop on each side, slightly smaller than the first layer loops. Stack the layers on top of each other, then zip tie around the center of the bow. Before you tighten, make sure the loops are in the place you want each of them to go.

If you have bad carpal tunnel like me, I highly suggest the EZ Bow Maker, which can hold your bow layers in place.

Wrap your wire around the center as well. Attach the bow to your wreath by poking your wire through the mesh and twisting around the wreath frame to tighten.

Step 6: Brighten Front Doors With Your Lemon Wreath

When life gives you lemons, now you can make a wreath! Once your wreath is perfect, you can add the pops of yellow and white to your front door and brighten someone’s day with a lemon wreath of their own.

Other Styles on the Pancake Wreath Frame

It may have been made for my pancake wreath method, but as you can see, the pancake wreath frame can host other wreath styles as well. Do you love the freshness florals bring to this wreath? Try making a beautiful tulip wreath on the pancake frame.

Lemon Wreath Recipe

Looking for step by step instructions without as much detail? The recipe below will give you shorter instructions and provide a shopping list and video tutorial.

Lemon Wreath on the Pancake Frame

Learn how to make a fresh, summery lemon wreath with florals, lemon pics and deco mesh.
Total Time40 minutes
Keyword: lemon wreath, pancake wreath frame, Summer wreath
Yield: 1 wreath

Materials

  • 1 14-inch pancake wreath frame
  • 1 2.5-inch lemon ribbon
  • 1 roll 10-inch deco mesh
  • 1 lemon pick
  • 1 yellow pick
  • 1 white astilbe
  • 1 yellow astilbe
  • 1 yellow baby's breath
  • 1 floral daisy
  • Pine twist ties
  • Thin wire

Instructions

  • Create six bundles. Mkae each bundle by pulling pick branches apart then bundle branches from each pick together – yellow and lemon pick, then daisies on top left, baby's breath on top right, white astilbe on back right and yellow astilbe toward left back. Twist tie the stems below the flowers.
  • Push a pine twist tie through each hole with a corresponding notch on the outside edge of the frame. Wrap each twist tie around its corresponding notch. Twist to secure.
  • Scrunch each mesh piece up the center and pinch the center, then lay the cluster in the center of each twist tie, twisting the arms over the cluster to secure.
  • Lay the first bundle atop the mesh cluster, then twist the twist tie arms to secure the bundle to the frame. Continue adding the next bundle, with the flowers lining up just under the preceding bundle's flowers. For the last bundle, you'll need to slide the stem under the proceeding bundle's florals.
  • Make a bow with two layers. The first layer will have 12-inch tails and two, 6-inch loops on each side. The second layer will have three loops – a 3-inch center loop and one loop on each side, slightly smaller than the first layer's loops. The tails for the second layer will also be slight shorter than the first layers tails. Stack the layers, then wrap a ziptie around the center. Wrap your thin wire around the center also. Secure bow to frame by poking wire through mesh and wrapping it around the frame and twisting to secure.

Video

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