A Blooming Spring Wreath for the Potting Shed and Easy Bow Making Technique

Create a wreath to welcome spring along with an easy technique to make a multi-ribbon bow, no bow-tying skills required!

I’m welcoming Spring on the door of the Potting Shed . . .

And have a spring in my step after a week of welcome sunshine and beautiful weather!

Rain boots weren’t needed this week in what seems like forever, and are stepping in to serve as a vase for hyacinths in bloom.

This blooming wreath was inspired by a new watering can I found recently at HomeGoods. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I’m in need of a watering can (and HomeGoods ;) intervention.

This faux watering can is designed as a planter. It also serves as birdhouse ~ triple the fun for me!

I lined the planter part of the watering can with some plastic bags and transplanted some spring bulbs~  daffodils, hyacinths, muscari and tulips that are ready to bloom. I found this container of spring bulbs for $8 at the garden center at Walmart. The bulbs can be planted in the garden to enjoy next year after the blooms fade.

A grapevine wreath frames the watering can planter and helps to fill in the space of the door. I tucked in a little bird, bird’s nest with eggs, and garden marker chalked up with a message to ‘Bloom’ to add a little garden whimsy.

I used a favorite and easy technique to make a multi-ribbon bow, no bow-tying skills required! This is a great bow-making technique if you have odds and ends of ribbon with just a little left on the spool, as you only need a yard or less per ribbon-loop.

Ribbon was 50% off at Hobby Lobby last week, and I picked up some green to blend with the watering can and to go with some burlap ribbon I already had. You want wire-edged ribbon for best results to make this easy bow. I used four different patterns of ribbon in varying widths, ranging from 1 1/2 inches to 2 1/2 inches, but I’ve used six different patterns before with this bow-making technique for my Forsythia Bunny Wreath.

 I started by cutting the ribbon into 32 inch – 36 inch lengths, but you can vary your lengths as desired. I ended up using 12 loops / lengths of ribbon, so I used approximately 12 yards of ribbon in total, but you can use less yardage by making your bow with fewer loops and shorter tails of ribbon.

Form your loops to the size you want, pinching the ribbon loop in the middle. (My loops are about 5 – 6 inches using 10 – 12 inches of ribbon for the loop part.) If your ribbon has a pattern on just one side, twist the back tail of the ribbon around so your pattern faces to the front. Repeat the process with your ribbon holding your loops together and tie your loop off with a pipe cleaner / chenille stem or florist wire. I prefer pipe cleaners as they’re very forgiving, allowing you to adjust your loops, pulling the tail of your ribbon to adjust your bow as needed.

 Fluff your loops to arrange your bow and tie your bow to your wreath with your pipe cleaner. Cut the ends of the ribbon on the diagonal or in a V-shape end to finish your bow off.

I decided to add a pair gardening gloves in anticipation of gardening season to my spring wreath.

 I used a binder clip and ran a chenille stem through the clip, as an easy way to temporarily attach the gloves to the wreath and to hang them below the bow.

It’s rain boot weather today and tomorrow but the sun returns tomorrow!


 Hope you’re enjoying a little sunshine and spring blooms where you are. ❤️


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  57 comments for “A Blooming Spring Wreath for the Potting Shed and Easy Bow Making Technique

  1. Alexandra
    March 25, 2019 at 6:22 am


    Thanks for the tips about creating an easy bow. Like all of your projects it’s fool-proof, yet fabulous!

  2. March 25, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Mary, This is just beautiful!! I love how you created a wreath from your watering can planter. It’s perfect for your potting shed door and the addition of the gloves with the binder clip is brilliant! Happy Spring! 🌼💐🌷

  3. March 25, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Your wreath turned out great Mary, I’m lovin’ that fun burlap ribbon! Happy early spring:@)

  4. March 25, 2019 at 7:13 am

    LOVE it Mary!!! I would love find a watering can planter like yours and it’s gorgeous filled with your spring bulbs and sweet bird, nest & marker! ♥

  5. ellenstillabower@yahoo.com
    March 25, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Sooo cute wreath…that nest with Robin eggs is brilliant…I assume it was a nest that was rescued after use..love love the watering can..if you need to get rid of one or two, I’ll take them off your hands…and, the spring flowers I bought last year for my arrangements, I did replant and they are coming up 3 fold this year..love your bow too..keep the ideas coming!! 🐝🐞🌼🌺🌸💐🌷🍄🎍

  6. Kim. Ezman
    March 25, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Gorgeous 🤗 Thank you so much for sharing. You always give us such great ideas. Happy Spring 🐝🐣🐇🐱🐶🐐🌼🌷

  7. Sue Ellen
    March 25, 2019 at 7:51 am

    That’s a beautiful breath of Spring air. I have the same watering can (and the same watering can addiction) Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

  8. Susan B
    March 25, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Your Spring wreath is gorgeous Mary. Thanks so much for sharing your tips on easy bow making, I will definately try making that bow very soon – such a clever way to use little pieces of left over ribbon that I never know what to do with, but hate throwing away.

    • Cheryl Foley
      March 25, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      I love this. Everything you share with us is so creative and charming 💚🌹😊

  9. March 25, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Mary, this wreath is darling! You find the best treasures at Home Goods – I need to go more often. The ribbon tip is fabulous. Thank you for sharing your expertise!

  10. Donna
    March 25, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Love it . . . . .lots of cheer which is what all of us need.

  11. Jo
    March 25, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Spring wreath is just lovely! The use of a binder clip with chenille stem through the clip is a wonderful idea to secure the gloves! Love the look of combinations of burlap and ribbon for the bow. Well done! Bring on Spring! 🐝🐣🐇

  12. Susan B.
    March 25, 2019 at 9:03 am

    You never cease to amaze me! What a wonderful idea! I have a similar watering can type planter that I got in Christmas Tree Shops, (do they have those in your area)? I didn’t know what to do with it and now I do! This will be perfect for my back door. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Patsy Swecker
    March 25, 2019 at 9:04 am

    I have Spring fever and this wreath is fabulous…how did you attach the watering can to the grapevine wreath?
    Also,thanks for the bow making tip! Can’t wait to try it! Happy Spring!

    • March 25, 2019 at 10:01 am

      Hi Patsy, The watering can planter and grapevine wreath are both hanging from the wreath hanger on the door 🌺🌸🌷

  14. Jamie from Kentucky
    March 25, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Love it!! Never thought of making a bow this way… so easy peasy..

  15. March 25, 2019 at 9:10 am

    So cute, I miss my weekly forays to homegoods, to far away and to much rain constantly to propel me out the door, but that watering can is screaming at me! We are so similar in tastes it cracks me up, I always have a changing grapevine wreath on my casita, I NEED THAT CAN! thanks for another breath of fresh spring air as I sink into 4 more days of rain ☔☔☔

  16. Jill M Miglin
    March 25, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Hi Mary! That wreath is wonderful. Unfortunately we still have more winter like weather here in upstate New York, more near the Adirondacks. Love the idea of the watering can on the wreath. Feel a little foolish asking, but how did you attach the can to the wreath? Would appreciate any assistance. Thanks.

    • March 25, 2019 at 9:47 am

      Thanks Jill! The watering can planter and grapevine wreath are both hanging from the wreath hanger. 🌺🌷🌱🐦 😀

  17. Shirley Graham
    March 25, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Love the wreath – it looks so much like spring!! Thanks because I’m getting low on ribbons & will look at HobbyLobby!

  18. S C Williams
    March 25, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Mary, This is darling! HomeGoods has the best stuff & the multi-purpose watering can is proof positive. The wreath is perfect for Spring. Looking forward to the next post. Enjoy your day! Clara ❤️🌞🌷🐾

  19. March 25, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Life has been tough these days. I needed to see all the beauty of this today!

  20. March 25, 2019 at 10:06 am

    There you go again making the most adorable and creative wreath for the Potting Shed. I know this must be your favorite time of the year to work in the shed and gardens. Love the bow and thanks for the tutorial…and how great that the watering can serves as a bird house too!..perfect. I look forward to seeing more of the Potting Shed and your beautiful creations this Spring! Happy Monday Mary!

  21. March 25, 2019 at 10:12 am

    So cute Mary, and the bow looks great…love the idea of creating it with leftover ribbon pieces and I had forgotten how handy pipe cleaners are! I had a wreath with a watering can hanging on the inside of my front door, and the other day, the stick on hook I used decided not to stick anymore and the whole thing came crashing down! I jumped out of my skin!! Cute boots!

  22. March 25, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Good morning, Mary! Love the new watering can and that it is a bird house too! I wish I could find some bulb polants up here, none so far:( I also have been to 2 HG in the past few days and didn’t see any watering cans, maybe they will have them later. Our weather is supposed to break later this week so I have my fingers crossed for that:) Have a beautiful week!

  23. Cyndi Raines
    March 25, 2019 at 10:25 am

    That is just too cute! What a darling watering can and lovely wreath combination. Thanks for the easy way to make a colorful bow, will remember that for sure! Our back yard is pretty soggy, but it will be soon be time to start hauling everything out of my garden shed and working on the flower beds, a bit early for MI, but spring is coming! This post really puts me in the mood! ⚘🌾🤸‍♀️🐇🐣☀️

  24. March 25, 2019 at 10:27 am

    O MY!! Love the wreath and love the boots!! I just may have to borrow the wreath idea!!Thanks so much for sharing!!

  25. franki
    March 25, 2019 at 10:36 am

    A little birdie told me “this IS my fav!!” franki

  26. Virginia
    March 25, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Terrific idea Mary. Love how you nestled the plants in the watering can and thank you for the bow tutorial. I have lots of small pieces of ribbon and now a simple way to use them. Thanks again for
    another unique idea.

  27. March 25, 2019 at 10:57 am

    I picked up a few of those spring bulbs in pots at Walmart on Friday as well! I couldn’t resist. I have never seen them sell those before. They had larger pots with multiple bulbs for $5 and then they had all kinds of individual (hyacinth, daffodils, tulips, and even grape hyacinths) in 2″ pots for only $1! Who can resist that. The ones here were not in bloom yet, but a good 2-3″ above soil level. I refreshed a basket planter that I had out front with some of them and some moss and a few little bunny figurines (really just salt and pepper shakers). It really made my day. I think adding a bow to mine would really liven it up even more. So thank you for that idea!

  28. anne
    March 25, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Love the wreath. Thank you for the bow making info. The patterns are so pretty on the ribbon. I love browsing the ribbon aisles at Hobby Lobby. You might want to keep a watch out. You may find a Robin sitting on that bird nest! :-)

  29. Sue
    March 25, 2019 at 11:49 am

    How beautiful – I love your inspiration!

  30. Mary Lathrop
    March 25, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Wow the sun is finally out in southern Michigan. This has so inspired me to get out and spring-a-fi my front porch. Thanks ❤️❤️❤️

  31. March 25, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    I loved your bow tutorial….gave me fond memories of standing at the floral desk and making all sorts of bows with multiple ribbons—I worked off multi rolls at one time with limited tails. I wish my hands could still do that, but your method is much easier! Happy Spring…!

  32. Debbie
    March 25, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Mary, thanks so much for the idea and how to! I just remembered I had a grapevine wreath tucked away. Time to dust it off and get it ready for Spring. How did you attach the bird and the nest? I need something sturdy because the wreath may be on my front door. Thanks for all your amazing ideas!

    • March 25, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Debbie, The bird and the nest are just tucked inside the planter, they’re not attached. You could always wire your pieces on or use a floral pick to attach the bird nest to your wreath. :)

  33. Joan
    March 25, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you for the instructions . The wreath is lovely.

  34. Marilyn
    March 25, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Mary you have beautiful flowers. The nest with the eggs is cute.

  35. Marion
    March 25, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    A beautiful post. The ribbons are very pretty. Love the flowers in the boots.

  36. March 25, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Mary, what a beautiful and welcoming wreath for your potting shed. The watering can planter is so pretty filled with spring bulbs. Your easy-to-make bow and gardening gloves add the perfect finishing touches to the wreath and I can smell the hyacinths that are hanging out in your boots!

  37. Camille morgan
    March 25, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Adorable! Oh to have the space for a potting shed❤️

  38. Nancy Brantley
    March 25, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Love that watering can as planter and bird house! I’m excited to see all you create for that She Shed this year! You are so talented! I decorated my shed yesterday and today for Spring. Loving this warm weather…I’m out every day enjoying nature when warm.

  39. Kathleen
    March 25, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Beautiful creation your wreath! I like the use of the boots too. Would not of thought of making a bow in such an easy way….I’m going to try it. You have a way with design, Mary.

  40. Carol
    March 25, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Your creations and your photos always impress and inspire me. This is my favorite blog every day. The visual beauty is just spectacular. I have used several of your ideas for projects with my grands. I am truly grateful for all the effort you make to create a new delightful presentation on a daily basis.

  41. March 26, 2019 at 9:11 am

    I hope you don’t get watering can intervention, Mary, because we all love seeing your collection. Your Spring wreath turned out so cute, and the easy peasy bow added such an adorable touch to it. Your rain boots look happily planted with the pretty flowers. I’ll bet they were happy to get a break from sloshing in the rain and mud. Enjoy your time in your beautiful potting shed and garden!

  42. March 28, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Amazing! Just when I think you couldn’t do anything cuter. Love all your inspirations!! My Mom & I cant wait for our bulbs to bloom that I ordered per your post. And, now I know where she can get the eyes and noses for her crochet dolls she wants to make because of your floral arrangement.

  43. April 8, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Perfect wreath for a gardener! Happy Spring! 🌷

  44. April 8, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Great wreath for a gardener! Happy spring! 🌷🙂

  45. June 5, 2020 at 5:47 am

    Thanks for letting us know the technique of making wreath and bow easily.

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