DIY Craft Decoration: How to Make a Welcome Wreath With a Charming Bird House and Flowers

Updated on October 12, 2017
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As an artist and a new homeowner, Donna enjoys creating unique decorative items and holiday ornaments to welcome all to her artistic abode.

DIY Welcome Wreath with a Bird House and Flowers
DIY Welcome Wreath with a Bird House and Flowers | Source

It's easy to make a cheerful welcome wreath using a basic wreath form, some artificial flowers, and a few garden accessories! This wreath project is fun to make for any season and to personalize to your own taste and d├ęcor. You can change the look of the wreath with your choice of flowers, colors, and details. Your finished welcome wreath will be a beautiful decoration for either the inside of your house or for the outside on your front door!

a charming welcome wreath using a garden fence piece, bird house, and some artificial flowers
a charming welcome wreath using a garden fence piece, bird house, and some artificial flowers | Source

I used a piece of garden fence as a backing piece for my wreath. I liked the shape and visual interest it added to my door decoration. I've been making a number of decorations using an old wire fence from our yard, but this is completely optional in the wreath design. If you would like to add a garden accessory to your project, there are a variety of styles and sizes of small trellises or fence pieces that are available at most home improvement stores and garden centers.

materials for a garden-inspired wreath and bird house
materials for a garden-inspired wreath and bird house | Source

List of Materials for Wreath Project:

  • small trellis or piece of fencing (optional) - I used a piece of fence as a backing element for my wreath, but you can also make a wreath without this item.
  • a small wooden bird house ($3.00 for my local big box retailer) - if you would like for birds to actually use this bird house, you probably want to buy a better quality one than what I used.
  • a wreath that fits around your bird house ($3.00 for a 12" wreath) - I bought a plain wreath, but you could also buy one that is already decorated and save yourself some time.
  • a piece of wood, about 1/4" thick, that is the same size as your wreath - I used cork tile because I already had it on hand, but I would NOT suggest using cork if you want to put your wreath outdoors.
  • coordinating ribbon to decorate your wreath, if needed ($1.00 per roll from discount store).
  • a couple of bunches of artificial flowers in the color and type of your choice ($1.00 for each bunch from the discount store) - I would buy an extra bunch just in case you need it.
  • adhesive - I recommend using clear Liquid Nails for this project because it dries slowly and allows you to move things around. I also used a little bit of hot glue for the ribbon on my wreath.

a garden trellis or piece of fence can be used as a backing for your wreath, but this is optional
a garden trellis or piece of fence can be used as a backing for your wreath, but this is optional | Source

Directions for Making a Garden Wreath With a Bird House:

1. First, if you choose to use a trellis or fence piece with your wreath, cut it to the size you need and finish it (paint it, stain it, etc.) as you want. I used some wire fence from our backyard. I liked the rusted finish it had and when I trim off the connecting pieces, it was just the size I needed for my wreath.

2. Paint your bird house, using latex or acrylic paint, to coordinate with your flowers and wreath design. Then let it dry completely.

Here's a little secret - I actually sealed off the hole on my birdhouse using some scrap wood and removed the perch. Then I turned the house around, added a new perch to the back and painted a hole on the solid surface. This might seem a little weird or mean, but we have a bunch of hornets around our front door and I didn't want them making a home in my bird house.

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3. Decorate your wreath as you choose. I simply wrapped some bright ribbon around my wreath and hot glued the ends together on the back.

4. Then trace the outside (just the outside) of your wreath on to your wooden board. Cut out your board, trimming it just slightly smaller than your wreath. This board will serve as a backing surface to glue your decorative elements to, but you don't want the board to show around the edges of your wreath.

I used a thin cork tile for my board, but I would not recommend using cork if you want to put your finished wreath outside. I think the cork will absorb any moisture in the air and start to warp and fall apart.

use clear Liquid Nails to glue your wreath pieces together
use clear Liquid Nails to glue your wreath pieces together | Source

5. Next, squirt the Liquid Nails in a zig zag pattern around the perimeter of your board where your wreath will be covering it and leave the center area bare. Be sure to use enough adhesive to solidly adhere your wreath to the board. Then place your wreath on to your board. You may want to put something on top of your wreath to weigh it down while it is drying to ensure a strong contact with the backing board. Let it dry overnight according to the directions on the adhesive.

When using Liquid Nails, be sure to remove the nozzle if you are leaving it overnight. Put the flat top back on the tube and use a piece of wire or toothpick to clean out the nozzle so it doesn't dry and clog.

6. Once your wreath and backing board are completely dry, and if you are using a trellis or fence piece as part of your design, use the Liquid Nails to glue your wreath and board to your garden accessory. You may want to use some weight again to make a good seal between the wooden board and your fence or trellis. Then let these pieces dry completely.

fill in around your bird house with artificial flowers to finish your decorative wreath
fill in around your bird house with artificial flowers to finish your decorative wreath | Source

7. When all your large pieces are glued together, it is time to add your decorative elements. Squirt your Liquid Nails in the center of your wreath. You can use a plastic spoon or knife to spread the adhesive like frosting so that the area in the middle of your wreath is completely covered with a thin layer of glue.

8. Place your bird house in the center of your wreath in the position that you choose. Press it down firmly so that it sticks to your wooden backing.

9. Squirt a small puddle of Liquid Nails onto a paper plate or piece of cardboard. You will use this to dip the ends of your flowers in before gluing them in place.

10. Cut the stems of your artificial flowers to fill the center of your wreath around your birdhouse. I suggest you cut your stems as you place them in the wreath. I made my stems longer (maybe about 3 inches, though this would depend on the depth of your wreath) for the flowers that were closer to my bird house. I trimmed my stems a little shorter (maybe only 2 inches) as I moved closer to the wreath.

After you cut each stem, dip the cut end into your puddle of Liquid Nails before sticking to your backing board. Having the glue on both the backing board and your flower stem will ensure a good bond.

11. Be sure to fill in any open spots with flowers so that your wooden backing board does not show behind your bird house. Then let your completed bird house decoration dry overnight.

The next day, you may want to give each flowers a gentle tug to make sure it is firmly attached to your backing board. If not, just add another drop of glue and stick it back into your arrangement to dry.

DIY garden-themed welcome wreath with bird house and flowers - it's easy!
DIY garden-themed welcome wreath with bird house and flowers - it's easy! | Source

I think this charming wreath is a colorful way to welcome any season!

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      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Hi Amanda - Thanks so much! I'm looking forward to putting this wreath decoration back on my front door once warm weather arrives again. Thanks again for stopping by and commenting!

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        Amanda 

        3 years ago from Michigan

        I'm always looking for new, creative outdoor home décor ideas, and this has to be one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing!

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Thanks, Kenneth! Happy New Year's to you and your family! Best wishes for 2015!

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        Kenneth Avery 

        3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

        January 1

        Hi, purl3agony:

        Happy New Year to You and Yours, dear friend. May The Best of All Things come to You in 2015.

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        3 years ago from USA

        Hi Lady_E - I'm looking forward to Spring too :) Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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        Elena 

        3 years ago from London, UK

        Very creative and gorgeous.

        Makes me look forward to spring. Thnaks.

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        4 years ago from USA

        Thanks so much! Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

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        Jim 

        4 years ago from Kansas

        I like the looks of it. Cool idea.

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        4 years ago from USA

        Thanks, Kenneth! I appreciate your comments and vote up. Welcome to Hubpages :)

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        Kenneth Avery 

        4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

        Hi, purl3agony,

        Great read. Nicely-written. Loved your presentation. Voted up and all the way. You are one talented writer. I mean that.

        I cordially-invite you to check out two of my hubs and then become one of my followers.

        I would really love that.

        Sincerely,

        Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        4 years ago from USA

        Hi teaches12345! Thank you so much. I think bird houses add a welcoming touch to spring wreaths :) I'm excited to try some other crafts with them. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I appreciate it!

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        Dianna Mendez 

        4 years ago

        I would love this on my back deck area as a welcome sign of spring. It is so beautiful.

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        4 years ago from USA

        Hi FlourishAnyway! Yes, I'm glad I finished it and had it on display for Easter, but I also plan to keep this wreath up through the summer. It just makes me smile :)

        Thanks for your comments! Have a great weekend!!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        This is very cute and perfect for Spring.

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        4 years ago from USA

        Thanks so much, Heidi! I think this project is adaptable for whatever garden-themed items you have. I actually plan to make another wreath with a bird house for my in-laws but without the trellis (easier to ship!).

        Thanks, as always, for your comments and vote up. I appreciate it!!

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        4 years ago from USA

        Thanks, Glimmer Twin Fan!! I always appreciate your comments and support. Thanks for the share on Pinterest - I follow you there :)

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        Heidi Thorne 

        4 years ago from Chicago Area

        So cute, as always! When I don't have to use those trellis sections to keep my hounds out of where they don't belong, nice I can repurpose them into something beautiful. Vote up and beautiful!

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        Claudia Mitchell 

        4 years ago

        How pretty on a gray overcast day here in my neck of the woods. Love the way you used the trellis! Shared around.

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        4 years ago from USA

        Hi Natashlh - Great to hear from you! Thanks so much for your comments. Thanks, as always, for stopping by :)

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        Natasha 

        4 years ago from Hawaii

        Cute and cheery! I love the colors you used - they're very springy and go well together.

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        4 years ago from USA

        Hi Dolores! Yes, I think you have to make a decision about whether you want a pretty outdoor decoration, or whether you want a cute house for your feathered friends. I chose the pretty door decoration and painted on a fake hole (mainly to keep the hornets out of it). I might make another wreath/bird house project, but use plastic flowers that might hold up better to the elements, then put it in our garden.

        Hope this project gives you some ideas too! Thanks so much for your comments and share!!

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        Dolores Monet 

        4 years ago from East Coast, United States

        This is so pretty! It would be cool to have a bird house with the right sized hole, to have real birds! Of course the real birds can make a real mess, haha.

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        4 years ago from USA

        Hi Stephanie - Thanks so much for your comments. I appreciate that you stopped by!!

        Hi Rebecca - Thanks! I couldn't resist trying to add a little bird house to my Spring wreath. So glad you like it! Thanks for your sweet comments!

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        4 years ago from USA

        Hi Jill - I'm definitely on a purple and yellow kick right now (I'm knitting a baby blanket in the same colors too!). I really like how yellow looks on our front door and purple really stands out against it. Perfect for the Spring and Easter season.

        Thanks so much, as always, for your comments and share!!

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        Rebecca Mealey 

        4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        Pretty! Very different!

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        Stephanie Bradberry 

        4 years ago from New Jersey

        This is a super adorable idea. Thanks for sharing!

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        Jill Spencer 

        4 years ago from United States

        That's the sweetest wreath--and you've chosen just the right colors for spring. I like your idea of changing the colors, making one for each season. Birdhouses and cages are so "in" now. I'm sharing this. Thanks! --Jill

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        4 years ago from USA

        Hi WiccanSage! I'm so glad that you like this wreath and bird house project! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it!

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        Mackenzie Sage Wright 

        4 years ago

        Charming and beautiful, what a great idea and so cheerful for the spring season. Nice work I might have to make something like this soon (I'm always at the crafting table when I get a chance. Great hub! Voted up!

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        4 years ago from USA

        Hi RTalloni - Thanks so much for your kind comments! It sounds like you're going to need a few more bird houses in the future :) I'm surprised that cardinals would nest on your front door. We have a pair nesting in our rosebushes right now. Mama bird won't let us get close enough to see how many eggs there are, but she's sitting tight on her nest for now. I WISH they would move into a bird house instead of using our bushes. Thanks again for stopping by. Good luck with your new cardinal family :)

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        RTalloni 

        4 years ago from the short journey

        Using old edging fence in making your cute wreath was a great idea that turned out really sweet. I should've made one of these with a real birdhouse as cardinals have set up housekeeping in the wreath by my front door--5 eggs as of this weekend!!! They are way over their average so I don't expect more.

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        4 years ago from USA

        Thanks Sally! That's so sweet of you :) I appreciate your comments, support, vote up, and pin!

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        4 years ago from Norfolk

        purl3agony

        How beautiful is that! I love this hub and can't wait to see it become HOTD - voted up, beautiful and pinned.

        Sally

      • purl3agony profile imageAUTHOR

        Donna Herron 

        4 years ago from USA

        Hi Joelle - So good to hear from you and thank you, as always, for your sweet comments! I hope your projects are going well and that you get a break soon. We miss you and your wonderful hubs :)

        Hi CraftytotheCore - This wreath was fun to make once I found all the materials I needed. I initially wanted to use a wreath that was already decorated for Spring, but couldn't really find one that worked with my design. In the end, I think it worked out better that I used a plain wreath and chose my decorations for myself. I love seeing all these garden elements come together. This wreath definitely makes me smile :) Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I appreciate it!!

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        CraftytotheCore 

        4 years ago

        That's so pretty and looks really fun to make!

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        kidscrafts 

        4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

        Beautiful and sweet! I love the colours and the combination of the wreath with flowers and the birdhouse! It for sure makes a cheery welcome when someone comes to your place!

        I hope that you will have birds coming in your birdhouse this Spring!

        Voted up, useful, interesting, beautiful and awesome.

        PS : I am not often on HP lately because I am quite busy with several project... but I couldn't resist when I saw this beautiful project! Enjoy your week!

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