Today, I thought I would share with you a wreath I made to hang in my tobacco basket during the Christmas season. It was inspired by a similar one I saw over the weekend while shopping with friends on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. That wreath was made on a grapevine wreath and I loved it. It spoke to me. It just wouldn't have showed up on the dark background of my basket. So, I used an artificial greenery wreath instead.
The wreath had paper "flowers" and rolled book pages - so natural looking. It just really appealed to me when I saw it. Loved it actually and knew I would use it as inspiration. I added some pine cones and Christmas ornaments and beautiful red burlap ribbon. It's very easy to make. Here is how you can make the paper "flowers."
First, cut 4 inch square pieces of paper in patterns that you like. I used my trusty paper cutter that I got at Big Lots for $19.00. It sure makes cutting things evenly and square so much easier than using scissors. I chose 4 patterns of scrap book paper and cut each 12 x 12 piece into 4 squares, 4 inches on each side.
Now, tear some pages from an old book. I have a Complete Works of Shakespeare (sorry Will) that I dismantled a year ago. It was huge and has given me many pages for book page projects. I just go get some from the stack. Roll a page and use a glue stick to glue the last edge down. You need 3 rolls per stack. I turned the plain part of the pages to the inside and attached them to each other with a small dab of hot glue. I did that so that only text is showing.
Place the paper flowers and the book page rolls on your wreath where you want them to be. Hot glue them in place. I added pine cones and Christmas ornaments to fill in the wreath, then wove some burlap ribbon into the greenery. That's all it takes. Here's a closeup of details of the wreath.
I hope the weather doesn't get too bad here or where you are. If it does, enjoy your time at home if you are privileged to stay in and create something you love. Christmas is coming!
Things to Remember:
Inspiration comes from many places. Always look around for ideas when you are out and about. donna