Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Paper Flower Wreath

Paper Flower Wreath | Red Circle Crafts

Let me start off by saying that I really thought this project would take me a few hours and that I am terrible at following directions.

I first saw this tutorial from The House That Lars Built just before Valentine's Day. I loved it immediately, but realized that I don't actually have ANY of the supplies for it, so I temporarily shelved it. With spring in full bloom here in Portland, I wanted to make some sort of flowery wreath for my front door and I immediately thought of this project. I looked at the materials again and figured I'd wing it. Because just often enough I can use or repurpose other materials than what the instructions call for that I actually believe myself when I think: "I don't actually need to buy any of those things on that supplies list, I'll make do with what I have."

So what I did use:

Yellow crepe paper streamers
Newsprint painted with watercolors
Craft wire of two thicknesses
Polymer clay
Tissue paper
Hot glue

I should have followed the instructions and bought crepe paper and flower stamens. While my method worked, it made EVERYTHING about six times as long. I also felt the need to reinvent the wheel at every step and tried a few things (tissue paper petals) that did not work.

Paper Flower Wreath | Red Circle Crafts

Despite the huge investment of time that went into this, I am immensely proud of how it turned out. I absolutely adore the watercolored petals and the the color palette. Even the stamens, which I was a little iffy about before I put the whole thing together, totally rock. This was truly a labor of love and at the end, I actually think it was worth it.

Just one last quick note, the paper flower templates that The House That Lars Built has available on her website are absolutely top notch. I totally recommend checking out all of her tutorials for them.

Paper Flower Wreath | Red Circle Crafts

4 comments:

  1. Thanks! It's one of my favorite things that I've made lately.

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  2. The delicate nature of the materials and painterly treatment on the petals, plus the colour combos used make this a stunning wreath – it’s beautiful!

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  3. Thank you! I'm glad you like it.

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