In case you haven’t noticed yet, we have all the heart eyes for copper. It’s easy to use, can be incorporated in to any decor style and is the perfect way to add warmth and interest to your home.
Last Fall we made a modern copper wreath, equipped with sunflowers and the deep colors of the season. We thought we would share the tutorial because this concept is PERFECT for incorporating spring and summer flavor. This kind of metallic looks beautiful with the yellows (as we originally made it), but we especially love it (maybe even a little more) with the whites, greens and soft colors that are about to be all around us.
Hang this on your door and swap out the flowers as you please. Or even go with non seasonal adornment for a modern twist on an accent wall. This is why we love copper so much, it can live anywhere and everywhere!
What you will need:
- ¾” cooper pipe cutter
- ¾” copper pipe
- ¾” copper pipe elbow x4
- Silk flowers
- Tape measure
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Begin by measuring and marking with a pencil where you will be cutting the copper pipes. Measure two 24” sections with your tape measure. Mark and cut with the pipe cutter. To cut the copper pipe simply snap on the pipe cutter and rotate until the blade cuts through. Tip: We have tried SEVERAL different types of cutters and the one shown in the picture is our favorite. It requires the least amount of brute strength and is also the most accurate. It’s Husky brand and can be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Then measure two 20” sections and cut those as well.
Attach your cut copper pipe sections together by meeting them with an elbow and securing with a dab of epoxy inside of the elbow. Continue this step until a rectangle is formed with your pipe pieces. Tip: it can take a few minutes for the epoxy to start to set up. We recommend holding each section for a few minutes to begin the curing process. You may also lay fat on a table to avoid having to hold, just make sure the joints are setting at a 90 degree angle.
Next, design your floral arrangement and begin to adhere with hot glue. We like to start with a base of floral leaves and greenery then add blooms on top. Tip: when working with larger blooms, cut the stems all of the way to the base of the bloom. This will make it easier to glue on and secure.
We also like to start with the largest flowers first since they are the anchor of the arrangement. Once you know where they should be placed, the smaller flowers or blooms can be placed around for as minimal or gussied up as you desire. Hot glue to secure into place once you have arranged.
Lastly use some ribbon or twine to hang. The ribbon can also be changed for the seasons. Or use a simple black and white stripe that will compliment any array of colors!
Hope you enjoy and happy making.
-Kristin & Ashley