For years I have seen umbrella wreaths filled with flowers on various blogs. They even sell them on Etsy. I’ve wanted to do one for a long time but there was a problem. All of my umbrellas have little round handles that fold up for easy carrying. I’ve looked for some time for an attractive old-fashioned handled umbrella that was affordable. This year I found a perfect one at Aldi in April.
There were 2 colors available: black fabric with varying color raindrops and a ruffled top in a contrasting color. I choose the one with a turquoise ruffle versus a purple ruffle. The great thing about Aldi Supermarket is they bring in small lots of various inexpensive home decor items. When I bought my umbrella, there were only 4 left. Some days you can find great deals on cute items.
This is such an incredibly easy craft, I hesitate to use the word craft. You only need 3 items to make a front door decoration: an umbrella with a hook end, a ribbon, and some flowers. That is all anyone says online for this craft. As for the flowers, if you will only be displaying this door decor for a day or so for a holiday or party, you can use real flowers. If you will be displaying it for the entire season, use faux flowers. After making this I would add, buy a nice size hook for the front door and a separate bow to attach to the ribbon or use wired ribbon. My old removable hook was too small. I bought a new larger removable hook. Second comment: don’t tie the bow or add flowers on a table. I did mine on a flat surface, and when I hung it up, the flowers shifted and had to be re-arranged. I found I liked the bouquet much better after adjusting while hanging on my front door. My regular satin ribbon did better with a small bow too. Tie a ribbon about a 1/3 of the way down the umbrella. The top is now your vase to fill with flowers. Placement of flowers also changes the weight of the umbrella.
I’ve seen umbrella wreaths that hung straight vertical from the hook or at a 45 degree angle across the door. I had assumed mine would be straight vertical. Check out your umbrella before you assume. Mine wants to go slightly angular – not a neat 45 degrees and certainly not straight. I spent longer playing with that than the flowers. Like many things in life, sometimes you just have to accept things the way they are. Less stressful.
Hope you enjoy my colorful front door. I’m pleased I finally was able to make a summer umbrella filled with flowers.
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