Last night’s Craft Night with my Sistas was all about the pineapple.
Did you know the pineapple is recognized as a traditional expression of “welcome” throughout the South and in areas along the Eastern Seaboard. Appearing on all sorts of décor – from door knockers to quilts – the fruit symbolizes those intangible assets we appreciate in a home: warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality.
As of today, there are 12 of us with new, handmade pineapple wreaths to hang on our front doors, welcoming our families, friends and neighbors into our homes.
It’s really quite simple, quick and very inexpensive to make.
One dry floral foam brick, four stems of flowers (your choice, but mine is a mixture of sunflowers and daisies), one stem of greens (your choice, but mine is a spider plant), one floral wire, serrated edge knife, wire clippers, hot glue gun with glue
Other than my tools, I purchased everything at Dollar Tree. So this project had a total cost of $6 (not including the hot glue and floral wire). It’s a very easy project that can be completed in about a half hour (or about 5-minutes if you don’t use the hot glue).
But if you are gluing your stems in place, I don’t recommend it for children.
Let’s get started.
Using a serrated knife, cut off about one-third or one-fourth of the dry foam brick. Then wrap the floral wire around the entire foam at about the middle. Twist it off at the top, forming a loop. This will enable you to hang your finished pineapple. This is considered to be the back of the pineapple.
Using your wire clippers, cut the stems of the silk flowers down to about an inch or so. they can be a little longer or shorter; there’s no science to this. Then cut back the stem of the spider plant to about two-inches long.
At this point, you can begin inserting the flower stems into the foam, with or without hot-gluing them in place. I glued mine, so apply a small amount of hot glue to each stem and then insert into the dry foam. I began mine at the top, then went down the sides. (You might notice in the photos above that I actually forgot to put the wire on mine and had to go back and add it later. Do you remember your mother saying to you, “Do as I say, not as I do.” ??? ha ha )
Continue this process all the way down the sides, the top and the bottom. Then begin inserting flowers into the front of the dry foam until it’s covered in its entirety. Remember to keep the back open so it lays flat on your door or wall.
Now apply hot glue to the stem of the greens (spider plant or fern) and insert into the top of the dry foam brick. Guess what? This project is completed!
All you need to do now is hang it on your front door, welcoming all your neighbors, friends and family into your home of love and comfort.