This project isn’t difficult, but it IS time-consuming. Put on a movie and get comfortable, and make yourself a novel wreath.
- Foam wreath form
- Fabric scrap
- Ribbon segments
- Old book
- Hot glue gun
- Pearl beads or corsage pins
I’m using a foam wreath form. Wrap it tightly with a scrap of neutral colored fabric. I recycled this strip of fabric from an old skirt. Use hot glue to secure in place.
Once you’ve covered the wreath, use a generous amount of glue to secure the fabric’s loose end. Snip off any excess fabric. If there are any places where the fabric hangs loosely, pull the fabric tight and glue on the back of the wreath.
Now I’ll show you how to make the flowers. You’ll need an old book. If you have one that’s a little aged and yellowed, it gives the flowers an antiqued look. You’ll need three layered pages for each flower. Cut the pages in half, then round off the edges and corners.
Now starting from the paper’s edge, cut in a spiraling circle toward the center. When you reach the middle, you’ll have a round little tab in the center. Keeping the three layers together, roll tightly from the outside edge. I find it easiest to pinch the top and bottom of the paper between my thumb and forefinger, and turn the flower with the other hand to roll it up.
When you reach the end of the paper, you’ll have the round tab on the bottom. Squirt hot glue on the spiraled bottom of the flower, and press this tab firmly against it. You can vary the size of your flowers a bit by loosening your grip, the paper will unravel a bit and make a fuller blossom.
Once you’ve made all your flowers, you can add them to your wreath form. Nestle the flowers close together, you don’t want the fabric to show through.
Before you finish covering your wreath, you’ll want to add your ribbon for hanging. Tie both ends of a ribbon to the wreath, then make sure the knots are on the back of the wreath. Use another segment of ribbon to tie a bow at the top.
Keep gluing flowers until the top and sides are all covered. Finally, you can add pearl beads to the center of each flower. Alternately, you also stick pearl-tipped corsage pins through the middle of each blossom.