Porch sittin’ and sweet tea sippin’ is a way of life, and nothing celebrates that more than this DIY sweet tea wreath! Learn how to make this summer swag wreath, complete with cheery lemon slices.
Sweet tea swag wreath
If you’ve never made a teardrop swag wreath before, this summer-inspired design is the perfect place to start!
In this tutorial, I’m sharing the beginning stages of how to make a gorgeous swag wreath with my DIY sweet tea wreath.
Learn how to make this quintessentially southern design, made with bright yellow ribbons, lemon decals, and a sweet tea sign.
And for even more info about swag wreath making, sign up for my Summer Swag Class!
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Supplies for this project
- Sweet tea wooden sign
- 32” Burlap-colored teardrop swag
- Florist wire
- EZ bow maker (optional)
- Silk wired ribbon
- 2 ½ inch sweet tea
- 2 ½ inch lemon
- 1 ½ inch lemon
- 1 ½ inch green plaid
- ⅝ inch black plaid
- Mixed greenery (3 varieties)
- Hot glue
- Lemon branches
- Lemon slices
- White silk flowers
- Yellow curly picks
How to make a DIY sweet tea swag wreath: Step-by-step tutorial
1. Make your bows
For your first bow, cut an 8-inch streamer of your 2 ½ inch lemon ribbon, pinch, and pleat. Then, measure out 14 inches for a 7-inch loop. Repeat this for a total of three loops, pinching and pleating between, then trim the end.
Next, follow these exact steps for your 2 ½ inch sweet tea ribbon, working on top of the lemon ribbon. We’re just going to keep building!
For your 1 ½ inch lemon ribbon, measure a 7-inch streamer, then measure out 12 inches for a 6-inch loop. Repeat for a total of 2 loops, then trim the streamer.
Then, repeat this for the 1 ½ green plaid ribbon.
Now, measure out a 7-inch streamer of your ⅝ inch black checkered ribbon, twist and pinch, and measure 10 inches for a 5-inch loop. Repeat for a total of three loops.
Finally, wrap florist wire around the center of your bow, pulling tight to secure it!
For your second bow, measure a 13-inch streamer for your 2 ½ inch lemon ribbon, pinch, and pleat, then measure 10 inches for a 5-inch loop. Pinch, pleat, and trim your streamer.
Repeat this process for your 2 ½ inch sweet tea ribbon, your 1 ½ inch green plaid ribbon, and your ⅝ black checkered ribbon.
Use florist wire to secure.
2. Assemble your swag wreath
Now, it’s time for assembly!
Attach your big bow, sweet tea sign, and little bow in a vertical line to your swag wreath.
Start at the top with your large bow, securing it with florist wire. Then, attach your sign below, slightly tilted for visual interest. Finally, secure your little bow at the bottom to finish your vertical line.
3. Add greenery
Next, add shape and depth to your sweet tea swag wreath with gorgeous mixed greenery.
Choose 3 types of greenery in varying shades, trimming, fluffing, and bending the pieces to give them shape.
Begin with yellow-green greenery, using your three elements (big bow, sign, and little bow) as centerpieces. Hot glue your greenery around each three.
Then, add darker greenery for more texture.
If you want to know how to pick out coordinating greenery, check out this Wreath Greenery Guide!
4. Include lemons and florals
Next, clip and divide your lemon branches, evenly dispersing them throughout your greenery and securing them with hot glue.
Repeat this step with clipped lemon slices, and spread throughout the wreath.
Finally, divide and add your dainty white silk flowers through your swag wreath, following the greenery pattern you’ve established.
5. Finish your sweet tea wreath
For a fun touch of whimsy, add a few yellow curly picks to the top and bottom of your wreath for extra length and the perfect final touch.
Fluff your wreath to perfection, and you’re done!