Beaded Flower Wreaths – Plan Them Out Carefully

Planning out your bead flower wreath is the first and most essential step to assembling it and enjoying it for years to come. Why? Because, with living flowers, if you run short of a certain kind of flower, you can simply reach for more or go buy some at the florist. With bead flowers, you have to make them first, which takes a lot more time.

As a guideline you can use some principles from arranging living flowers.

Use an odd number of each bloom you plan to use. That means, in general, 1, 3 or 5 roses, not 2 or 4. Using an odd number of flowers gives a more natural look.

Use coordinating colors, such as pink and mauve; or many shades of the same color, such as flowers all in light blue to cobalt.

Keep the visual “weight” closer to the base of the wreath. This means, place more of your larger blooms or those in deeper color tones from the horizontal midline to the bottom of the wreath.

Let each flower “breathe.” That is, don’t pack them so tightly that the main flowers are crowded or are largely hidden behind secondary flowers. Leave some space so a viewer can see deeper into the wreath than the surface layer. Leave room for light to come through from behind the wreath.

Use several different kinds of greenery. If you use all rose leaves, for example, your piece will be missing an important element of visual interest.

“Anchor” the piece with greenery. In a potted arrangement, this would mean to place a row of leaves at the pot’s rim. In a wreath, use enough greenery for the wreath to feel generous and lush, but not crowded. Use leaves to fill in any blank spots between flowers around the outer edge. Don’t forget leaves to help fill some of the center space of the wreath.

Use a coordinating container. In a potted arrangement, this would be a pot that goes with the piece and doesn’t distract from it. In wreaths, this is using an appropriate ribbon to cover the wire frame. I usually use wide green ribbon. Use something that will fit the wreath’s theme.

Vary the height of your flowers so the wreath doesn’t come out “flat.” Press some leaves to the back to they will almost touch the wall; and bring others more forward. This gives life and a natural, more spontaneous look to your wreath.

I like to add one or two “surprises” to most of my wreaths. A “surprise” is a small flower in a color that doesn’t really “go” with the other flowers. Another surprise could be a few Swarovski beads hidden among the greenery, for the recipient to gradually find as they enjoy the wreath over time. See my “Anniversary Wreath Closeup” for an example. You can also use a pretty bow or some other unexpected feature.

I still find that, even if I have a wreath perfectly planned out in my head, once I’m actually placing the flowers on the frame, my plan can change. Sometimes I delete a flower or two from my plan, or decide I need something additional. After your wreath is assembled, you might have one or two of your main flowers left over – which is fine! Save it for the next wreath. Once you’ve had a little practice and experience, you’ll be able to modify these guidelines.