Where do I even start with this? There are just no words for some of the images from the Ukraine we’re seeing on the television and other media channels at the moment. I’m sure like all of you, I’ve been feeling utterly helpless. And even just going about my “normal daily life” at the moment just seems wrong somehow.
We’ve all been trying to find different ways of showing our support and unity for the incredible Ukrainian people. And with the sunflower being the national flower for the Ukraine, for our “crafty community”, I’m hoping this sunflower wreath will do just that. In the end, surely, “Love conquers All”. We have to believe that. And of course, continue to keep doing “our thing” and support in any way we can.
Here’s what I used:
- I used a small bunch of sunflowers from The Range for £3.99. I can’t see them online (check your local store). Alternatively, they do have this sunflower garland which you can use instead
- A wreath shape from Hobbycraft here
- Some yellow and blue artificial flowers – I picked these up in my local shop but check out your local garden centers or Amazon do some here and here
- A few small sprigs of eucalyptus
- Blue ribbon from Etsy
- A wooden rectangle sign
- My free printable
- Some string or a pipecleaner to attach the sign
Here’s how to make your gorgeous sunflower wreath
I made this on a Facebook Live so took a few stills to talk you through the process. Instead, you can catch the whole video here!
As I explained on the video, I’m by no means a professional wreath maker, but here’s how I put mine together.
I started off with taking the bunch of sunflowers apart. This allows you to be flexible with placing the flowers and foliage where you want them on the wreath. You may need a pair of pliers to do this.
The small bits of eucalyptus were left over from a previous project, but worked very well to “frame” the wreath shape. All I did was work them in between the twine of the wreath and secure them in place. I didn’t even need to use any glue, but if you’ve got some stubborn strands you can add a small bit of glue to keep them in place.
I knew I wanted to keep the bottom of the wreath pretty clear to place the sign, so focused on filling up the top half with the flowers. There’s no rhythm or reason to this. I just tucked them through the twine and attached them at the back by folding over the wire to keep them in place. If needed some floral wire or hot glue to keep them in place will help.
Add your sign
Once you are happy with the placement of your flowers it’s time to add your sign.
I used a wooden rectangle background for this printable. I printed my wording out on white cardstock used Mod Podge to glue it to the background. Add another layer of Mod Podge to protect.
Leave to dry and sand down any edges to give it a shabby look it you prefer. Protect with another layer of Mod Podge
** NOTE ** Although the Matte Mod Podge will add some protection, it’s not waterproof and can’t be guaranteed for outside use
To secure the sign to the sunflower wreath I pierced through the paper to reveal the pre-drilled holes in the sign. Pull through a small piece of twine and tie at the back of the wreath.
Finally, I finished off the sunflower wreath with a blue ribbon in the same shade as the flowers, which I hot glued straight onto the sign.
I really like the combo of the sunflowers with the blue, reminding me of sunny skies. Let’s hope they appear soon.
I hope it’s given you an idea of something you can make to have in your window or on your door as a show of solidarity.
Mine is moving to our front door as soon as the weather allows.
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