Monday, December 12

tutorial | All-Season DiY Wreath

As promised...
The DiY year-round wreath tutorial I've been promising to share with you.

To start with, you'll need to create some SiMPLE doily flowers...
(I'm using tea-stained paper doilies because I like the shabby-vintage look). 
Go HERE for the tutorial.
Using plain white doilies is perfectly fine and will also save you the extra step. *wink*
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STEP ONE and STEP TWO
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STEP THREE and STEP FOUR
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You may actually remember this same technique from THiS POST...
in which I demonstrated how to make hand-painted paper flowers for cake decorating...

Now it's time to add the flowers to the grapevine wreath.
You'll be grouping the flowers together in clusters of three...
 in three separate places on the wreath.

(If the wreath were a clock I placed one grouping between 1 o'clock and 2 o'clock, 
a second grouping at 6 o'clock and the third grouping at 9 o'clock)


Start with one flower and place it on the wreath.
Add flower two and then flower three until you like the way the grouping looks together.
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Repeat this process until you have all three groupings on the wreath.
Keep adjusting until you like the way it looks on the wreath.
If you like the overall placement of the three groupings of flowers...
it's time to get your glue gun out.
(Remember to leave space at the top of the wreath for hanging)


Secure the doily flowers to the wreath with the hot glue gun.

You could stop here and be done with the wreath.
It's a gorgeous, rustic-vintage-shabby wreath with just the paper flower doilies on it.

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However...
How about gathering some faux floral picks for a splash of color...
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Since we're in the holiday season right now...
You could use small festive clusters of red berries...
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Or a larger spray of red berries - which is what I stuck with.
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Don't use a glue gun for the berries/floral picks.
(unless you want to use the wreaths for one particular season only).

Just stick the floral picks into the wreath around the clusters of paper flowers.
Use the spaces between the gathered grapevines to secure the picks.
This will allow you to swap out the floral picks to accommodate every season.
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Here's the finished wreath...
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Simple.
Versatile.
Beautiful.


KEEPiNG iT REAL
I've got two of these wreaths done...
and neither one of them are hanging on my front door yet.
I sure hope to have them hanging before Christmas comes and goes! *wink*

2 comments:

Mandie February 1, 2013 at 10:41 AM  

I realize this is an older post, but I thought I'd go ahead and comment in hopes that you still might respond. I saw your post on staining the doilies, and in the photos you used them as some flowers in a vase. What did you use as the stem and how did you attach them to the stem?

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