Sunday, January 9, 2011
Thank you for all your wonderful comments about this wreath. It is a bit time consuming, but totally worth it.
12 inch foam wreath
Cardstock – I used 8.5 x 11
hot glue gun
glitter – I like Martha Stewart’s crystal fine glitter
1 1/2 yards sheer ribbon
1. I made two different sized circles. For the large circles, cut the cardstock into four pieces.
2. Cut each square into a circle. Doesn’t have to be perfect. Mine were ovalish, they both work.
3. For the smaller circles, cut your cardstock into strips about 3 inches wide. Then cut each strip into three squares. Cut each square into a circle.
4. Cut each circle into a spiral, trying to keep the thickness even throughout. Mine definitely were not even, but it is helpful.
5. Once all the spirals are cut, start rolling the flower starting with the outside. Roll as tight as possible keeping the bottom edge aligned at all times.
6. When it is completely rolled, pinch the flower together a little bit to help it hold it’s shape.
7. When you let go of your flower, it will spring open into shape.
8. Put a group of your flowers together on a sheet of newspaper and spray lightly with the spray adhesive. Then sprinkle your glitter on top. I was pretty generous with my glitter. Let dry at least 1/2 hour.
9. Hot glue the flower together by placing a little bit of glue on the bottom flap and then hold the flower in the shape you want while the glue dries. I found that if I left the individual flowers unglued, they would start to unwind and lose some of their shape after a few days.
10. Start gluing the large and small flowers on your foam wreath so that they are touching and showing as little of the foam as possible. You will probably have some little bits of the foam peeking through where you couldn’t fit even the little flowers. Continue with all your flowers and come back to that at the end. Once all the flowers are in place you can go back and cover some of the areas where a lot of the foam is showing. I took a left over glittered flower, pulled out a little bit of the middle, and tore it off from the rest of the paper.
11. I curled it as tight as I could and stuck it into the little holes in my wreath. If I needed more, I kept taking little bits from the left over flowers and wound them into little pieces.
12. I bought one and a half yards of sheer ribbon and wrapped it through the wreath and tied a bow at the top.
Email me if you have any questions and please send me a link with your wreath. I would love to see how it turns out!