So, how about we get down to business shall we? Lately, I haven't been making much, but when I do make something, I have LOOOOOOVED it. I have been going for the quality over quantity with my projects and it's very satisfying. (That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!) I recently decided to raid my stash o' bottles and altered one of them as a gift that I have yet to mail off.
Another one of my more pleasing projects lately is a bit sentimental. I put together a mini album that I plan on giving to my oldest daughter, Madi, when she goes to high school in a couple years. I am going to write notes, letters, and words of wisdom and tuck them into the pockets and envelopes in the mini.
|For You mini album|
Now for the whopper! This is a wreath I made for an old friend of mine. And yes! There is a tutorial to go with it! Yay!! I love this wreath so much, that I think I'm going to have to make one for me.
Here's what you'll need:
Large scallop circle punch
Wrapping paper or paper of your choice (I used 2 different wrapping papers)
Hot glue gun with glue sticks (several glue sticks)
Ribbon or trim of your choosing (I used a gorgeous birlap trim from May Arts)
Embellishments (I used wood stars from Joann's, Blue Moon chain, acrylic paint, and Crackle Accents)
|Main Supplies (I didn't end up using the blue/ivory ribbon.)|
Punch your circles.
Be sure to punch batches of them. I ended up using one full roll of the gingham wrapping paper and half of a roll of the gold star paper.
Make your flower. Start by pushing down the center of the circle and gathering it together and pinching it.
|Push center of circle|
|Gather and pinch|
Glue flower onto your wreath form using your glue gun.
You'll want to make a cluster of one paper. Then when you are happy with your cluster size, you can add the second paper in. I did mine mostly gingham with stars peekabooing throughout the wreath.
|Cluster of gingham flowers|
|Cluster with gold star paper added|
|Oh how they grow so fast! ;)|
Once you have completely covered your wreath form, you'll need to cut your trim into strips. Mine are cut into 12" strips because that is what worked for me and the size of my wreath.
You want wrap them around your wreath form. Now, I was in my groove and didn't realize until after I had finished this step that I didn't take the pictures. Doh! FACEPALM! But I do have a finished picture of this step. Yay!
Now comes the fun part. EMBELLISH! I took my stars and painted them and added Crackle Accents to the red and blue stars. I also painted some of the smaller stars white and glued them to my burlap strips. Once the paint dried on my layered stars, I glued my chain to them and attached them to the wreath.
|Oh my stars!|
This is probably the most important step of all. Sit back and admire!
I hope you've enjoyed this not-so-little tutorial and if you decide to take the plunge and make one of these, let me know! I would love to see it and leave you some love!
Ribbons and Trims (May Arts)
PV-34-06 (Green Velvet: Mini Album)
PV-34-25 (Red Velvet: Mini Album)
QN08 (Black Twill: Mini Album)
QN09 (Cream Twill: Bottle)
372-1-33 (Brown Velvet Crochet: Bottle)
408-05-10 (Burlap Trim: Wreath)