Sunday, September 04, 2011

webster’s flower wreath tutorial

Here’s what we’re making today…

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the webster’s flower wreath!

I love this project because it’s pretty, very inexpensive, and super easy to make! My out-of-pocket cost was $1.50 for the wreath, the fabric was a leftover scrap {you could even use an old t-shirt here}, and everything else was repurposed.

It’s a easy 1-2 hour project depending on your wreath size.

You’ll need a straw or foam wreath, an old dictionary or book with thin pages, optional fabric, a piece of cardboard, a small mirror {I took one out of an almost empty compact makeup container!}, and lots of hot glue!

Here’s my straw wreath and leftover pizza cardboard. :) Trace around your wreath and cut your cardboard to it’s size.

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Hot glue the cardboard on and then lay the wreath carboard side down on the fabric. Wrap it around and hot glue it to the back of the wreath. Set it aside.

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Take your book pages and freehand and cut out about a 2-3 inch bullet for your first petals. I love dictionary pages because they are thin and you can cut a bunch of them at once! ;)

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Turning the wreath pretty fabric side up, fold your petal and glue like this:

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Keep going. This is your main task for the next hour or so! heehee.

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Layer one done. Try to keep the ends lined up in a circle {don’t worry if it’s not perfect- I didn’t do a super hot job!}

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Layer two- stagger them a little lower, using your original petal, or use the scissors to round the tops if you want to make them a bit more circular.

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Now, we stop folding them at the bottom. Just overlap instead for a little variety.

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See how I made mine a bit more round here for the inside of the flower:

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Keep gluing {‘til you can’t feel your fingers if you have a high temp gun!}!

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Petals are getting smaller. Just layer ‘em in there around the circle.

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Depending on if you will be walking by the side of your wreath, you can do the back with a long bullet petal around the backside. I did a couple extra layers on the back just for fun:

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Coming together!!

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One final trick- use an old makeup container for your center mirror. You could keep doing more petals, or use faux pearls here as well.

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Why hello, gorgeous flower wreath! I love you already!

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I think I’ll have to frame you and call you my special Webster flower. ;)

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And there it is…

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a pretty little wreath for all seasons!

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