Spring Wreath: Lemonhead Edition

by Kimba on March 9, 2009

in Seasonal Projects

I was inspired by a wreath created by Matthew Mead in Country Home magazine this month. It’s made by hot gluing lemonhead candy onto a wreath form. As much as I love it, it’s a little small for a front door…not to mention that lemonhead candy isn’t exactly weatherproof. That baby would get sticky on my front door.

So I thinked…and I thunked…and I thinked some more. What could I use to get that look on a larger scale that wouldn’t get all sticky? Then it hit me…


Do you want to make one like mine? Here’s what you need…

1. A 12 inch styrofoam wreath form

2. A gross (that’s 144) ping pong balls – You can find these on ebay pretty inexpensively. Get the cheap ones because we’re going to paint them.

3. Glossy yellow spray paint – I used Krylon Sun Yellow

4. Clear glitter – for the sugar coating

5. Hot glue

6. Spray adhesive

First you want to spray your wreath form with the yellow paint on both sides. Make sure you cover it well since the balls don’t cover every inch of it and you want any parts that show through to be pretty and yellow.

Once your form is dry, start hot gluing your ping pong balls in place. There’s no right or wrong way to do this. Just make concentric circles around your wreath. I started with the largest circle and worked my way in to the middle. But you could do it the other way if you’d rather.

My only tip would be to start each row of balls in about the same place at the top center of the wreath. That way if you end up with any gaps, they’ll be covered by the ribbon you use to hang the wreath? Does that make sense? Look at the picture above. It makes more sense than I do.

Once you get all the ping pong balls glued into place, you want to spray the whole shebang with several coats of your yellow spray paint. You’re going to need to turn the wreath around and over to get it coated really well so do a couple of coats. On my wreath, you can see the seams of the balls in a couple of places. If I had been paying closer attention, I would have turned each ball so that the seams were hidden.

Another hint: Don’t try to paint the balls before you glue them to your form. You’ll end up chasing the balls around your dropcloth with a can of paint until you realize that you’re a total knucklehead. Not that I did that or anything. I’m just saying.

Next you want to work in sections to give it a crunchy sugar coating. Spritz a small section of the wreath with your spray adhesive (you could probably use modge podge instead) and then sprinkle it with the glitter.

Now, I know the question is coming…”Is the glitter going to come off if it’s outside?” The answer: I don’t know. I’ll let you know if my stoop is awash in glitter after we get a rain.

And that’s it! A lemonhead wreath for spring! I hung mine with some pretty green ribbon and added some flowers to the top. You can do that too…or not…whatever works for you.

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1 DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ March 11, 2009 at 8:02 am

How creative, but I will admit to getting a laugh out of this post. It looks great and very Spring like.
Great job! DebraK

2 melissa March 11, 2009 at 8:57 am

I love the sparkly yellow~they do look just like lemonheads~I want to lick them! Great job~

3 Whimsical Creations March 11, 2009 at 9:07 am

That is really pretty!! Great idea on the ping pong balls!!

4 LovingLegacy March 11, 2009 at 9:21 am

This is adorbably adorable! Did you mention how much a bazillion ping-pong balls cost?

5 Runner Mom March 11, 2009 at 10:50 am

Too, too, cute!!! Love it!!


6 Audra Lynn March 11, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Love it. I’m so doing that.

7 Alexis March 11, 2009 at 12:53 pm

I know you’ve had 106 comments, but this was too pretty to not comment! I will so be copying you and giving you all the credit. I think I might do it with some girl friends and have a morning of it. Thanks for the genius-ness of it!

8 Blue Castle March 11, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Awesome! It looks wonderful.

9 Anonymous March 11, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Love this, saw your name over at Rhoda’s.

I am definitely going to give this a go !!!

Kathy 🙂

10 Bella Casa March 11, 2009 at 4:01 pm

lol, chasing ping pong balls, eh? 😉

What a pretty wreath, Kimba!!!

11 Raise Them Up March 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm

That’s really clever!

12 The Scooper March 11, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Girl, you are pure genius! This is the most fun wreath I’ve ever seen. I’m just worried that guests may lose all self-control and lick it.

13 patty March 11, 2009 at 8:04 pm

i lOve it!
it’s gOrgeOus!!!

14 theluckiestmrs March 12, 2009 at 4:24 am

I love this!!! I’ve been trying to think of a cute new spring wreath idea, and this is perfect!

15 jennykate77 March 12, 2009 at 1:42 pm

OhMyGosh! That is the CUTEST spring wreath I’ve seen in a long time! Love it!

16 Lorie March 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm

That looks gorgeous on your front door!!

17 Linda @ My Trendy Tykes March 12, 2009 at 2:29 pm

LOVE the wreath, I am going to feature it on my craft roundup this weekend.


18 Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista March 12, 2009 at 6:04 pm

pingpong balls…who woulda thought?

19 daisigirl March 12, 2009 at 8:34 pm

What a great idea! It’s so pretty!

20 Mind Your Manors March 13, 2009 at 8:35 am

You are just too clever!!! Love lemons, love yellow, love spring!


21 rachel blazer March 14, 2009 at 7:53 am

genius- i loved that wreath in the magazine, but i, too, had decided not to do it. who wants ants & raccoons attacking their front door? ping pong balls- perfect! i think you're a genius! : )

22 Anita March 14, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Adorable and more practical than candy!

23 Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) March 17, 2009 at 8:40 pm

This is just plum cute! Thanks for all the detailed instructions…love it! Susan

24 janet March 17, 2009 at 9:16 pm

well this is too brilliant, thanks for the great inspiration

25 Deb March 17, 2009 at 9:42 pm

what a great idea, you could do one for christmas also with christmas colors

26 debi @ life in my studio March 18, 2009 at 12:19 am

That is SOOOO clever!!! I LOVE, LOVE it!!! Beautiful!

27 kathi March 18, 2009 at 4:17 am

Better than Martha! What a terrific idea! Thanks for showing us the “how to!” I love this!

28 Anonymous March 18, 2009 at 5:55 am

I love this idea and I am going to do it for Mother’s day gifts. One question though, Did you use all of the 144 balls on one wreath or did you have some left over. I am going to make 3 wreaths and I don’t want to have a bunch of leftover ping pong balls.


29 Julia @ Hooked on Houses March 18, 2009 at 6:01 am

Brilliant! I never would’ve thought to glue a bunch of ping-pong balls into a wreath. Love it. 🙂

30 Kimba March 18, 2009 at 6:49 am

Hi Becky,

I used about 120 ping pong balls on that one wreath so only a few left over.


31 Chari March 18, 2009 at 7:11 am

Hello Kimba…

Happy Spring Fluffing! I love this pretty lemonhead wreath that you made…what a fabulous idea!!! And thank you for the step-by-step instructions!!! That yellow looks so pretty against your black door…it just sings of Spring!!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, my friend!
Warmest wishes,

32 Anonymous March 18, 2009 at 8:28 am

Thank you so much for getting back to me. I can’t wait to make this wreath


33 Mrs. G March 18, 2009 at 9:46 am

Boy I really had to scroll down to get to the place where I could comment. I can see why, your lemon wreath is precious.
It is so nice to meet you.

34 Lylah March 18, 2009 at 10:55 am

oohhh…it’s lovely and cleaver. like it.

35 Pixeltrash March 18, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Love it!!!

36 Donna Lynn March 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm

I saw that wreath too, and my thoughts were the same, what happens when it melts down the door? It would be like a giant fly and bug trap! I love your amazing idea, it turned out so great, thanks for the project!
I think your porch will look great with all the glitter dandruff!
Donna Lynn

37 Jenny March 18, 2009 at 6:56 pm

That is gorgeous!

38 KarenB March 19, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Okay, it took an eternity to get through all of the comments. Your wreath is a hit. What a great idea to substitute ping pong balls. It is adorable.

39 Carrie March 20, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Love love love this! Too clever.

40 sweetfunkyvintage March 20, 2009 at 7:50 pm

I love, love, love this wreath!

41 Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 10:12 am

Looks Great! How did you hang it on your door? From the inside?

42 April Force Pardoe March 26, 2009 at 8:40 am

It’s fresh, simple and adds a great pop of color to your lovely black door. Beautiful!

43 Mimi March 26, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I hope you don’t mind but I mentioned your wreath in my blog and linked back to you. I’m in love with the color and will be making one within a day or so. Also a great project for me and the grandkids to make for friends and family at Easter but I think we’ll use candy…it will be easier for me to keep the kids interested. I certainly hope that you don’t mind if I used your photo but I certainly did give you credit.

44 Janet and Maya March 29, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Love, love, love this! you are brilliant!

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