Inspiration is such an amazing thing. I love when someone posts a project on our Facebook fan page, which creates a buzz and has multiple requests for a "How To'sday" tutorial. Today's wreath project by Kara Anderson is one of those requests!
Paper Flower Wreath
I can’t take credit for the creative genius of this gorgeous paper flower wreath—it’s originally from the Fancy Pants Designs blog and was created by Ronda Palazzari. It is gorgeous. For Christmas last year I decided to make one for mom and one for myself using the Fancy Pants Christmas Magic paper. I absolutely love it — so much so that it’s still hanging in my house. I thought it would be nice to reserve that one for fall/winter and make another one for spring/summer, so I found some bright, springy paper and made another one. Here are the instructions so you can brighten up your home with one too!
- Patterned paper (I used WRMK Hippity Hoppity for this one and Fancy Pants Christmas Magic for my fall/winter one)
- Tape runner
- Glue gun
- Foam floral ring
- Buttons and beads
It is best to do this like an assembly line. I started by cutting all of my strips of paper, then folded them all, then cut, etc. Some of the steps can be done while watching TV!
1. Cut your paper into strips. You need three strips per flower and you’ll need 2 different sizes of flowers.
- For the larger flower cut your paper into 1.5 inch x 4 inch strips.
- For the smaller flower cut your paper into 1 inch x 3 inch strips.
2. Fold your strip in half from top to bottom. Then fold it in half length wise.
3. Using your scissors, cut in an arc from the outside to the fold part. This makes the point of the flower.
4. Unfold the pattern paper and you’ll have a squished oval shape.
5. Now fold this oval in half top down, you will see the backside of the patterned paper.
6. Fold part of one side back up. Then flip it over and do the same thing on the other side other side.
7. Fold in half again.
8. Holding the center, run your finger underneath each petal to pop it out.
9. You will need 3 petals for every flower.
10. Once you have the petals all popped out, take your tape runner and put a little dab of tape/adhesive in the fold and pinch the petals together.
11. Now you are ready to assemble your flowers. Cut small circles out of the scrap paper for the base.
12. Take your glue gun and add a good sized drop of hot glue on the center of the base. Put all three petals of the flower side by side on the hot glue. While the glue is still soft, pick up your flower while holding it in the center and fluff the petals so it looks nice and full. Then let the glue harden and voila! A beautiful paper flower! Repeat until you have enough flowers to fill up your wreath. I used approximately 15 large flowers and 25 small flowers.
13. To build your wreath, take your flowers and place them randomly around the floral ring using T-pins to secure them in. Keep building around until your wreath looks full. I started with the larger flowers and then filled in the spaces with the smaller ones.
14. Then add buttons or beads to the center of each flower using your glue gun.
Kara, can I say how much I love your project! Your step by step instructions have made it look so easy. I'm thinking a cute 4th of July wreath will be in my near future.
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