March 19, 2012

Ruffled Spring Wreath {Pinspired & Rewired Project}

So I guess you could say I spent alot of quality time with my glue gun this past weekend working on this new spring wreath for a cool blogging series hosted by Southern Lovely, Family Ever After,Ginger Snap Crafts, & The Gunny Sack. It's called Pinspired & Rewired in which these 4 hosts pick a project  theme for the month for bloggers to recreate {adding their own twist of course!} based off of inspiration they find pinned over at Pinterest & then compete for prizes. This month's theme was wreaths & I was coo coo for cocoa puffs about participating because I love a good crafty challenge{AND if were being real here the Pick Your Plum prizes were pretty enticing too}! So my spring wreath was inspired by this gorgelicious {yes, sometimes things are so gorgous you want to consume them} butterfly wreath from MaryJanes and Galoshes.
Taylor of MJ&G had the genius idea to use brown lunch bags for her wreath but I decided instead to use up some of the roll of kraft paper I had purchased a few years ago when I had this bright idea to buy my nieces a jumbo size doll house for Christmas.....without a single thought about how I was going to ship it all the way to Colorado. Now who's the genius? Anywho, besides shipping a doll house the size of a gas station pump {that's seriously how large that thing looked as I watched the hubby awkardly try to maneuver it through the post office while knocking down every sign & poor soul who managed to get his path of destruction} the roll has sat alone & neglected until now.

So here's what you'll need:
Empty picture frame
Roll of kraft paper
Approximately 2.75 to 3 inch circle template {I just used my ribbon spool!}
Colored paper for butterflies
Ribbon to hang the wreath
Ribbon to wrap the frame
Pencil
Glue gun
Scissors
Twine
Letters or little sign to drape on twine
To get started you'll need to make your flowers by tracing & cutting circles from your kraft paper {if you fold the paper beforehand a few times you'll get more circles for each cut!}Once you have a stack of circles take the eraser side of your pencil & press it down in the center of the paper while folding the sides of the circle up creating a flower-like look. I'm not going to lie my friends this can be a tedious project depending on the size of your frame. I needed about 100 kraft flowers for my 8x10 frame. I suppose I could have worked on a few flowers a night BUT an unfinished craft project on my to-do list would have drove me bonkers so of course I insisted on finishing it all in one sitting.
 Next, after wrapping your frame with ribbon start hot gluing the pointed part of your kraft flowers down on to the frame.  I did a row of flowers around the inner edge of the frame and then a 2nd row around the outter edge filling in spaces when needed. Before I finished adhering the ruffled effect to the top portion of the frame I looped and glued my ribbon on so I'd have something to hang the wreath with later.
Finish applying the rest of the flowers.
Now you can dress up your wreath by cutting out butterflies from colored cardstock. I used the same butterfly template that MJ&G shares in her tutorial. You can stop there if you want because seriously the wreath is P-R-E-T-T-Y with just the ruffles & butterflies! But I really, really wanted to add some spring-ish like word to the middle of the frame but hold on to your britches because this is where I wow you & show you how far off the richter scale my creativity can be.You know what spring-ish word I went with? SPRING, yeah, that's right peeps it doesn't get anymore creative then that. Haha!
I used my Silhouette {aka Miss Cameo} to cut out the letters, glued them to some brown twine, and then adhere the twine to my frame.
This project rocked my world mainly because all the supplies were things I had at home. The frame was in poor shape & the periwinkle blue ribbon & cardstock was left over from my wedding a few years ago. Seriously, if periwinkle blue ribbon has gone extinct I'm afraid I'm the reason behind it because I have enough in supply to tightrope walk from here to China.
I'll be linking this baby up to the Pinspired & Rewired linky contest next week.
 I'm excited to see everyone else's wreath pinspiration!
If you'd like to play along you can read all about here.
  

Have any of you started spring cleaning yet????! Easter decorating?


18 comments :

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

That is pretty! I, of course, love the use of purple :) That craft paper creates such a super cool texture!

Lindsay said...

I think it turned out gorgeous! I am so excited to have you apart of the series!

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Tonia L said...

Yay! I love it! The closer we get to the party the more excited I am getting! I can't wait!

Michelle Paige said...

Whoa! This is so beautiful! Love your choice of creative words for the center...SPRING is perfect!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

So pretty - especially with the butterflies on it!

sherri lynn said...

What a cute wreath! I still have my winter decorations out - terrible I know! I need to get my spring stuff out!

Alexa said...

Oh my goodness so so cute! Love how it turned out.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a great idea! It looks so pretty. Megan

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Love it! I never thought about using kraft paper.

Such a cute wreath!

How to Nest for Less said...

Wow, this is absolutely adorable!! I love square shaped wreaths, too!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi! Love it so I pinned this on Pinterest and featured here. Thanks for joining Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :) Please feel free to grab the feature button.

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

This is so beautiful! I just love it! Thanks for sharing!

Take care,

Trish

Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

This is so pretty!!! I love the rectangle version that you made! xoxo- Rachel

http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2012/03/diy-trailing-dogwood-wreath-pottery-barn-knock-off.html

Tanyia said...

This looks like it took so much effort, wow! Stopping by from the wreath blog hop at Ginger Snap Crafts. http://xsurvivingmotherhoodx.blogspot.com/2012/03/finally-something-craftyakaspring.html

Jill ~ Jillify It said...

Your wreath is really cute... Love that you used craft paper! I would love for you to share it at my party going on now at Jillify It!

Jill
www.jillifyit.com

Miss Kitty said...

Oh. So. Cute! I saw your post via it being featured on the Uncommonly Yours Link Party...congrats!

salman santo said...

I love the chalkboard speech bubble and the single large letter monogram! kids wall decals

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