Make this stunning summer wreath, designed by Sharon Callis. The warm colours and full blooms make for a beautiful addition to your home this season. if you don’t have a polystyrene ring, why not cut a ring of strong card (corrugated card would be ideal) instead?
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How to make a summer wreath
You Will Need
- Polystyrene wreath, for the base
- Crepe paper, green
- Dies, flower and leaf
- Die-cutting machine
- glue gun
- adhesive gems
For this tutorial, we’ve opted for dies, but feel free to create your flowers in whichever way works for you!
For the stamens, we’re using the Floraristry Traditional and Universal Stamens. Once you’ve die-cut your stamens, make a tight coil with the Traditional Stamen, and wrap the Universal Stamen around the outside. We’re using a quilling tool to help us out here!
If you prefer – you can also buy ready-made stamens, like these ones, from Crafter’s Companion:
Here’s a top tip: add texture to your petals by dry embossing the die-cuts before forming your flowers. The folding dies work best when using double-sided papers to save time on glueing and assembly. However, if you are using single-sided papers, simply cut along the perforated line, turn over one of the strips, layer over the other and glue in place.
You can mix materials when forming the flowers – why not try vellums for the centres to add a delicate touch?
Now add some leaves to your flowers. We’re using the Fabulous Foliage dies to add to the base and a pearl, button or gem in the centre to finish. Repeat to make flowers using different paper colours and petal shapes. Add leaves to the larger flowers.
For the main body of the summer wreath, cover a polystyrene wreath base with 30-40mm wide strips of green crêpe paper. Wrap around the wreath base overlapping slightly and secure with
glue at the end.
Instead of crêpe paper to cover the wreath you can also use fabric, felt, hessian or simply paint it!
After making plenty of flowers for your summer wreath, glue them to the wreath base with a hot glue gun or silicone glue. Work in a clockwise direction, sticking them close together and mixing the colours, shapes and size attractively.
Continue until you have filled the whole wreath with flowers, adding more foliage if necessary. Attach a hanging loop to the reverse, spray with a lovely scent, and your summer wreath is ready to hang.