Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tutorial for Rustic Valentine Wreath

Thank you everyone for all your sweet comments about my Rustic Valentine Heart. It got a lot of requests for a tutorial, so buckle up...cause here we go!

First cut several pieces of ivory paper twist 24 inches long.  Each piece will make 2 flowers. Then untwist and cut each section lengthwise down the middle.

Next start rolling and hot gluing, starting out tight and gradually adding little pleats to open up the flower.

This is what the back of the rose looks like after it is rolled, pleated and glued several rounds.  The larger you want your roses, the more rounds you make.  Mine are about  two inches across when fluffed out.

If the inner roll ends up standing too high above the rose, like some of mine did, just snip the excess off with one straight cut.

Make about 16-18 roses.  I made 18 for the size of my wreath.  You can adjust the size and number of  roses for your wreath.  This is a great project to work on while watching a movie,  It took me about two hours to complete them.

My name is Deborah and I'm a hoarder...there I said it.  I'm a hoarder of cardboard that is.  Okay, I recycle a lot of it, but nice clean pieces go into my stash.  I use them for so many things.  This time I cut out a heart shaped piece to use as a base for the flowers.

Start hot gluing them onto the cardboard heart.  I started with a bud in the middle, but later removed that and used all full roses.  You can see I started at the top middle of the heart.  Then worked around each arch and gradually work my way down.  Make sure you end with only one rose at the tip.

Here's where I realized my heart was too small for my wreath.  It didn't cover up the middle circle of the wreath.  So...I improvised.  You would not believe how many of my projects, that I end up improvising because something didn't work.

I took another piece of cardboard, this time I used a thinner, non-corrugated piece. Lay the rose piece on top and trace about 1 1/2 inches away from it.  Cut out the 2nd heart.  Lay your rose piece back on top and make any adjustments by trimming the 2nd heart as needed.

Next lay it on your wreath and mark where to punch holes to tie it to the wreath.  Can you see the little penciled circles near the edges?  Use a hole punch to creat two holes about 1/2 inch apart.

Flip it over and thread thin string through the holes (you could use wire if you want)  Don''t use anything bulky or you will see a lump through the burlap later.

Tie it into a knot in the back and trim the ends.

Next trace around the heart on a scrap of burlap, slightly more than an inch larger than the cardboard heart.

Cut out the burlap and begin gluing it on, wrapping it tightly to the back, but being careful not to distort the weave of the burlap.

Clip the indent at the top of the heart.

Be careful not to glue down the strings.

At the tip of the heart, glue down one side.  Then tuck and wrap like you would a present and glue the other side.  This will give you a nice crisp point.

Finally, flip the burlap piece back over.  Working quickly add lots of hot glue to the back of the rose piece, and quickly adhere it to the burlap piece.  Press in place gently for a minute.  Tie it onto your wreath, hang it up, and admire your pretty wreath!

In retrospect, I could have glued the flowers directly to the burlap covered piece, but that part was an afterthought, so I just added it.  Also, I'm not sure how centered I could have gotten it that way.  If you have any questions, shoot me a comment, and I will answer them right below in the comment section.

Until next time, keep craftin' and smilin'  Happy Valentines!

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  1. Stunning and thank you for the tutorial! Hope you'll come link this up at my link party (goes up tonight).

  2. really beautiful ! i love this idea.

  3. This is gorgeous. I'm always inspired to see the things people create! Glad you stopped by my blog so I got to see yours ;-)
    Also love your description of your style.

  4. What a wonderful wreath and tutorial! Love it. I backlinked to find you after you posted about my brother's passing. I am your newest follower- xo Diana

  5. I love this project. Anything with burlap catches my eye and your tutorial is such a help. Great job!

  6. Thanks ladies! This is one of my favorite projects.

  7. This is beautiful! Burlap is one of my favorite things to use in crafting! I just found your blog. I homeschool 3 of my 4 children, schooling 3 and one is in college. I really like your more recent project too. I love clocks. I'm also trying to make a craft room in my walk in closet... right now it looks like hoarders gone wild but hopefully it will turn out. I'd love you to visit over at my blog. I haven't blogged recently but I'm about to reveal my laundry room and kids bathroom makeover.. waiting for the sun to shine so I can take some decent photos. Have a great day!

  8. Beautiful, I love anything with burlap. I would love for you to come link up and share this at my link party going on right now.

  9. What a beautiful wreath! I love the rustic feel with the burlap!


  10. Where did you get the branches and how do you shape that into a heart?

  11. love how this turned out its super cute

  12. I am so in love with this piece! going to make it this weekend! New to your blog - will be a follower!
    Happy V*Day!

  13. Special tutorial! Beautiful; I adore burlap-based items. You are welcome to participate in my current link party and link up and share this. By the way, considering that their writers are highly educated and complete our work on time, the economics assignment help is a very reasonable option for receiving aid with our assignments. Get in touch with them immediately.


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