Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday & Linky Party - Bamboo Silk Spring Wreath

Goooooooooood morning bloggers! It is a crisp, cool, BEAUTIFUL morning here in Texas, and I am fully enjoying the sun streaming in the windows as I write this. :)

I am so excited to finally share this one with you all. About a week ago I finally took down my Valentine's Day wreath {yeah... I know...} and replaced it with my new Spring Wreath!! What do you think?

I LOVE it! I had been rolling around several ideas in my head about what my spring wreath was going to look like for awhile, but nothing was really calling to me. I'm not a big fan of the egg-inspired style, as I'm not planning on taking this one down for awhile, and also not really a huge fan of silk flowers and greenery etc. just... because. Haha!

So here we have landed on a little more "modern" look to a fresh, bright spring wreath, and I couldn't be happier about it! It makes my front door look so friendly! And guess what? It was super easy to make...

Here's what you need:

Foam wreath form 
{any size will do}
Choice of yarn 
{or even twine!
I used Paton's Silk Bamboo... mostly because I'm in love with bamboo products right now, but also because the texture is oh, so yummy, and the color is perfect for spring. And I had it in my stash, haha!
Glue Gun
Straight Pins 
{preferably with colored heads, as you can see, mine are metallic}

aaaaaaand... the secret ingredient: 

YAY for working with fun, new mediums! Now, let's get started...

First, wrap your foam form completely with your yarn or twine. 
{don't you just love the sheen of the bamboo silk?? yum!}
I cut strips of yarn to make wrapping the form easier. 
Just be sure to wrap it tightly so it stays put, and overlaps the end pieces completely. 

Next, we're going to make the flowers using our TP roll.
Flatten your roll for easier cutting. Cut 12 pieces each about 1/2" wide {keeping the circle intact}. 
I used my crappy scissors since we're cutting cardboard here.

For the large flower, we'll glue 5 flattened circles together using a dot of glue between each.
I used an extra cut circle, rolled very tightly, and wedged in the center to make it look more substantial.

Then take your remaining circles, fold flat in half, and glue together to make the small flowers.
The flatter they are to start with, the easier they are to work with. You can always "fluff" them later.
Put a little dot of glue in the fold to help them hold their "petal" shape.
Put a tiny dot of glue between each folded set to hold it all together.

Now it's time to paint!!
In hindsight, I would not use "Fusion"... takes quite a few coats to work on cardboard.
But... I didn't have any other spray paint that would work, so I made do with what I had.
Antique White Krylon Fusion.

Once your paint is dry, grab your wrapped foam, your straight pins, and get ready for the next step.
Use your pins to attach your flowers to the foam. The longer your pins, the better!
I used the purple metallic straight pins, because hey- I love purple! 
Plus it makes a pretty perfect pairing with the spring-y green of the yarn.
I used 4 for each small flower, and 6 for the large one. 
You could probably get away with only using one per flower, but I wanted a noticeable pop of color.

Once my flowers were in place, I decided I needed more purple. 
{Can you ever really have too much purple?}

So I added some purple satin ribbon that just happened to match my pins almost perfectly!

Now I am finally and completely finished with my Spring decor, and have to say I am pretty proud of myself. It's good to have goals, haha! ;)

Now it's time for YOU to link up!

But first...
Have you entered this week's giveaway?
If not, go NOW!

OceanBelle Etsy Shop is giving away a beautiful Tree of Hope made with the most spectacular natural stones, and brilliant Swarovski crystals. It's okay, I'll wait while you go check it out...

There's about a bajillion ways you can win, so go enter! 
Be sure to check out the rest of her amazing shop while you're at it!

Ok! If you're linking up, grab a button! I can't wait to see what you've been working on!



Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

I love the wreath! Love it! Thanks for hosting the party. :)

Prairie Patch said...

Beautiful wreath! I never would've guessed those flowers were from a toilet paper roll!

Thanks for having another fun party!!

Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

Rachel said...

Lovely wreath! I love green and purple together--those were my wedding colors! :-)

Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

Lolly Jane said...

that wreath is ADORABLE!! clever too!! (: thanks for hosting!

ps: you should link it up with us this sat-sun. just sayin! ;)

laxsupermom said...

Love the wreath! The purple ribbon looks great against the green of the yarn. Love your tp tube flowers! Thanks for sharing and for inviting me to your party.

Nicky said...

Thanks for the invite.. I LOVE, LOVE your toilet paper tutorial! ... I'm putting it on my to-do list!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for hosting the party! I love your wreath, I had no idea you'd used TP rolls and paper towel rolls, that's so clever!!! :) Heather @ 500dollarwedding.blogspot.com

glamourpuss said...

Thank you so much for the invite to your linky party! I added my sleepy oil! :)

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

What a sweet wreath! Thank you so much for inviting me to your meme party! So many wonderful projects for the spring season :D

Suzanne said...

Your wreath is fabulous. I love the springy feel of it -- so original and cute...

Just wanted you to know that I answered your question in the comment section of this post today...


Sarah @ Sarahndipities said...


Love your wreath! Sooooo cute! Come link up at our new SAHM of Etsy Link party!!



Rebecca said...

Love the tp roll flowers! Especially the smaller ones.

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