Ever have one of those nights when you’ve just got to craft something? That was me tonight. I worked on the project for about 15 minutes before going to bed and when I tossed and turned from 2:30-3:30 this morning, I knew it was time to get up and finish it. That never happens to me – NEVER! So if you answered “yes” to my question above, it was a setup. 🙂
“What was my project?” you ask. It’s a wreath! Sort of. It’s round. It goes on my door – so it’s a wreath, right? You be the judge. Either way, I’m thrilled with the outcome and pretty sure it’s a wreath since a co-blogger called hers a wreath as well and it wasn’t round in the first place. I got my idea from Amanda over at Cut Bake Stitch – here’s a link to her lovely and economical wreath: Letter Wreath.
Here’s a picture of my finished project. After I show it to you, I’ll tell you how I did it.
Here’s what you’ll need:
– Printout of your letter you want to do – make it 7-8″
– Cardboard box (yes!)
– Glue – both hot and glue stick type
– Exacto knife
– A plate that is bigger than your letter
– Clear filament/string or any other fine threadlike material
NOTE: Cardboard is great because it accepts paint very well, it’s green because you’re recycling, and it can have the appearance of a wood grain. In regards to the wood grain aspect, when you lay out your design, do so in such a way that the ribs of the cardboard will accent your piece, not make it an eyesore. I chose to draw mine out so that the ribs make the appearance of wood running from top to bottom and excessive paint may cause these ribs to show up even if you don’t intend for them to.
Step One: Trace around your plate on the colored side of the box (if yours doesn’t have a colored size, trace on the side that has writing, etc)
Step Two: Cut a box around your letter and glue it, face down in the center of the circle you drew, on the colored side of the box. Let the glue dry.
Step Three: Use the Exacto knife to cut out the smallest parts of the letter first since the box is more stable at the beginning, then work your way out to cutting out the big circle. So, I first cut out the holes on my “g,” and the skinny points and connector lines, then the “g” itself, then the circle. You’ll need to keep any of the holes you cut out so that your letter will be complete (I’ll show you how to attach them later on).
Step Four: Cut a small hole in the top center of your circle so you can tie the ribbon on later.
Step Five: Apply paint – I used a faux paint technique with turquoise/teal. Amanda, who I mentioned above, used white for a great contrast against a stained wood door.
Step Six: The fun part – apply the “holes” to the letter. 1) Hot glue a filament across the space where the hole will need to hang – both vertically and horizontally. A little movement is okay, but if it’s too much your hole will sag. 2) Glue the hole to the filament. The best way I found to do this was to lay the hole under the filament and apply the glue to the top of the filament allowing it to wrap around the filament before attaching to the cardboard. Here’s a picture of that – my hot glue never is pretty, but it’s functional.
Step Seven: Add the ribbon. Your wreath is all done and ready to hang on your door!
What great ideas do you have for your door? Will you use a different font? Maybe a different design all together? What other media can you use? Share your results and ideas with me. I’d love to see your photos. You can reply here, or you can always e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org