Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas Wreath

Wow, how quickly does time pass by at this time of year? I have a huge list of things that I would like to do before the kids finish school for the year, but finding the time to do them is something else. I did however find time to make this Christmas wreath though. Let me know what you think.

It started as a plain foam ring that you can get at almost any craft shop. This was wrapped in a layer of tightly wound raffia, that has been glued down in sections so that it doesn't unravel. I then used a number of strands separated into 3 sections and made a large plait (as some strands end in the sections you do need to add more strands in so that you can make this in one long piece). This was then wrapped around the wreath form and glued down in sections at the back (I held it in place with some sewing pins whilst the glue dried) and added a handle.

I found some Christmas papers and used these to cover some alphabet chipboard letters. I then used a file to go around the letters and neaten up the sides. These were all covered with a layer matt medium.
I had a number of ribbons in my stash that matched in with the colours from the KaiserCraft Christmas papers that I used to cover the chipboard letters. These were then wrapped and glued around the wreath.

Then it was time to decorate. Out came my stash of flowers and after gluing down the Christmas word they were glued in around these and the ribbons.

The letters needed a bit more definition to them, so I covered them in a layer of glossy accents.

I know you are all asking what the heck are those colourful bits coming from the bottom of the wreath and the answer is simple... Curlers. Yes you read right. I have these curlers for my hair and thought that I'd try to curl the ribbons on the bottom with them. I added a spritz of water to the ribbons, pulled them through the curlers and left them to dry. After an hour or so I pulled the curlers off to see if it had worked and hey presto.
And here's a few close-ups for you.

Please don't be afraid to let me know what you think. Before I leave you today I do have some news to share. I have been selected to be on the Stick It Down design team for next year. They run a monthly challenge for scrap bookers and card makers. Why not check them out?

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