I have been looking out the window at the snow and ice and thinking, I am so ready for spring!! That thought is what lead me to create this wreath. I wasn't in the mood to run to the store, so I started planning the wreath based on what I had available. The planning of this craft took a couple of days while I decided what I wanted to do, so at the last minute, I picked up one item for the project: one Woodpile Fun natural picket fence. It was only $2.99 at the Hobby Lobby and of course, I used my 40% off coupon to lower the price even more. Everything else I already had in my craft room. So here is the result of that small amount of money spent.
DIY Paper Craft Spring Wreath
If you would like to duplicate this idea, here is what you need:
- Something round for use in tracing your wreath outline. I used a styrofoam wreath shape that I bought for something else. You could use a couple of plates of different sizes if you don't have a wreath shape.
- 1- Piece of cardstock or cardboard thick enough to support the flowers. The back of a notebook will work if you have a big enough one. I used the back of a scrapbook paper pack.
- Precision-Cut Scissors
- 6 - 12 inch by 12 inch Coordinating papers. Three for the flowers and two for the leaves.
- Mod Podge
- 3- Assorted size punches unless you are going to cut out your shapes.
- 18- Assorted brads or buttons.
- Wax paper
- Paint Brush
- Glue/Paper Glaze
Ok, let's get started!
1. Draw your wreath outline on your cardstock or cardboard.
2. Cut out your wreath shape with your EK Success Cutter Bee Precision-Cut Scissors.
3. Cut 8 Green 2-inch by 6-inch strips from the paper you chose to cover your cardboard wreath.
4. Cover your work surface with wax paper. Place your cardboard wreath form on the wax paper and lay some of your eight 2-inch by 6-inch strips over it. Tear each piece of the green in strips and start to paint the Mod Podge on the paper decoupaging it to the wreath form.
5. Set the wreath form on clean wax paper to dry. I used paper plates to make sure the wreath did not stick.
6. Cut out leaf shape for your pattern for your leaves from any cardstock or cardboard you have available. My design measured about 1-inch wide by 5-inches long.
7. Cut out 18 leaf shapes from the green papers for the leaves on your flowers. Then punch or cut out six of each size shape from your three coordinating flower colored papers for the flowers.
I used the STAMPIN' UP! 2-3/8 Inch Scallop Punch ( punch 18, six of each color);
The EK Success Paper Shapers Small Punch 1-1/2-Inch, Circle (punch 18, six of each color);
And the EK Success Paper Shapers 1-Inch Circle Nesting Punch (punch 18, six of each color).
8. Cover surface with wax paper for painting Mod Podge on the shapes you punched/cut out. Paint the Mod Podge on with a paintbrush and set aside on the wax paper. Once you have several ready, set the painted shapes to the side to dry on another clean piece of wax paper. Make sure to check them periodically as they dry to make sure they don't stick to the wax paper.
9. Once your decoupaged wreath form is dry, trim the rough edges back smooth.
10. Assemble the flowers using the different size flower shapes and the colored brads. Attach all of the flower shapes and the leaf with a brad. If you are using buttons instead of brads, glue your flower pieces and leaves together.
11. Attach a hanger to your wreath form with a stapler. I used a paperclip. Wire or ribbon would also work .
12. I wanted to add a natural picket fence to the bottom of my wreath form. I trimmed the scraps left over from cutting out my wreath form and used them to attach the fence.
13. Now it is time to glue your flowers on the wreath. Start at the top where you hanger is attached and move around the wreath.
Allow plenty of time for the glue to dry before you hang up your fabulous original creation! I used the wax paper to lay mine out on while drying so that I wouldn't have to clean up a mess since I was pretty generous with the glue.
This wreath is also pretty without the picket fence.
I made too many flowers when I was working on this project, so I am thinking or should I say planning another craft with the same type of flowers. Look for it soon! Meanwhile, Happy Crafting!