March 19, 2012

Spring Wreath Tutorial

I absolutely love wreaths, and although I love a traditional flower motif for them, I also adore coming up with fresh wreath ideas that break from the typical mold. Walking through the aisles at Hobby Lobby a few weeks back, I found this fun paintable crafting foam called Smooth Foam in a variety of shapes and sizes, and I knew immediately that the ball shapes would be perfect for punching up a wreath for my front door. 


Instead of a cluster of flowers, I adhered a grouping of the foam balls to the front of the wreath. I love the dimension this adds, and even better: it was so easy to do! To further streamline the process for creating this wreath, I opted to paint the wreath form instead of covering it with fabric as I have in many of my past wreath projects. I love how the texture of the straw in the wreath shows through here!


Although this wreath might appear complicated to put together, it really is very straightforward to make. Let me show you how!

For this project, you will need…
A straw wreath form
Spray paint
Acrylic paint
Circle foam pouncers (or, alternatively, a sponge cut into a circle to use as a stamp)
Smooth Foam balls in assorted sizes
Toothpicks
An empty box
Hot glue
Ribbon 
Raffia (optional)
Additional embellishments (optonal)

To begin, spray your wreath form with a few light coats of your chosen color, and allow it to dry completely. When it is dry, use the circle pouncers or your circle stamp to apply your acrylic paint in a polka dot pattern to the front of your wreath, as shown.

Now, spray paint your ball shapes. To easily coat all sides of each one with the paint, prop each ball up on a toothpick stuck into your cardboard box, as shown. This will enable you to keep your hands paint-free! Allow the ball shapes to dry completely.


Now, fire up your hot glue gun. Arrange your foam balls as desired on the front of your wreath, adhering them with hot glue as you work. 


Finish everything with a bow and some tails of ribbon, and some sections of raffia, if desired. 

I also chose to add two butterflies I created using my Epic machine. I first used my blossoms printing plate to create a gold pattern on my paper before cutting out the butterflies with the same butterfly die that I used to make the butterfly ornaments for my the tree in my Easter vignette.


All finished!

Doesn’t this just exude SPRING?

This yellow, coral and navy combo is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I plan to use it for my entire front porch revamp!

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