Happy Tuesday! I’m so excited to tell you that I was featured on My Favorite Finds this week (for sharing last week’s tutorial on my Upcycled Brown Paper Basket). It was super easy to make….you should try it!
I was challenged about a month ago, by my mother, to make a spring wreath. And because I have nothing better to do, it kind of got pushed to the bottom of my To-Do list. But then, I remembered that I would much rather craft, than wash windows. So, it got pushed back up to the top!
So, I decided to use some foam (from Lowes) duct-taped together to make my wreath form, and some left over packing paper from our move. My goal was to use the paper to create some shabby-chic-ish southern inspired (Magnolias, perhaps?) flowers.
I crinkled up the paper and wrapped it around the wreath form to completely cover the grey color.
And then I cut the paper into strips. I folded the strips accordion style width-wise, so I could cut more circles out at a time. I cut three sizes of circles.
My circles were a little sloppy and uneven, but it didn’t matter at all in the end. And as I worked, I decided that my mom’s wreath needed a little color. But I still liked the idea of a white base to the wreath. So I decided to color just the edges of each of the circles purple (perfect for the Lenten Season!).
After coloring ALL of those circles, I started crinkling. I actually got Jayna’s help…she crinkled and reopened my flowers, and then I glued the three layers together. Then I topped it with a little crinkled scrap of paper in the middle to be the flower’s stigma.
I used a hot glue gun to glue each flower onto the wreath form, in close proximity to each other, so they kind of all scrunch together.
And I left a little gap at the top, so that when my mom hangs it, her wreath hanger won’t squish the flowers. I put a little smiley on the back so it would be easy to find.
But then I decided that I needed a bow to make it look a little more complete (and elegant!). I had a hard time finding ribbon that I liked, so I bought some thick, crocheted lace instead. I made a bow and tacked it in place with hot glue. Perfect….shabby chic!