Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Greta Wreath - super fun and easy!

This wreath was designed by very talented Greta Leonard of our Y Knot Stamp Everything team.   This is in the Daisy Delight paper and takes about 1/3 of a pack of designer paper (all the details and dimensions in this post).  

I created this instruction set as I made a bunch of mistakes the first time I tried to create it.  So I hope these tips and ideas make it easy for you.  I’m using the lovely Daisy Delight Designer Series Paper.

The wreath – funny but several brands say they are 12” but turns out they are not 12” (really!).  The left wire wreath is from Walmart $1 and the right one is branded Panacea and you can buy them on Amazon.  The price varies but you can buy 12  of the Panacea for about $1.25 each.   These instructions are for the Panacea which is 12”. 

You need 48 pieces 2” x 4”.  I found it easy to cut 4 x 12 strips, score at ½” (you don’t need to but it makes it so much faster and easier and more even when putting it together. 

I think you also need 12 strips of 1” x 4” paper, and 6 strips of 1 ½ x 4.  I’ll point out where these go.

You MUST have a glue gun… the first wreath I did I tried with snail and tombow… ugh.. It did not work.  I figured if I kept adding tombow liquid it would stick. Nope.  Paper strips still keep on coming off.

I used about 2 mini glue sticks.  I got my glue gun for $3.50 at Walmart and about 10 sticks for $3. 

Triple banner punch essential… or you need to hand cut each piece (crazy talk).  Love this punch.

So now you are set up…  Fold over the top of the 2 x 4 strips and put in a small squirt of hot glue.  It dries fast so put the strip right on the wire and squeeze it closed. 

Start with the bottom layer. There are 6 sections to the wreath.  You’ll add a 2” strip next to the dividers and in between a 1 ½ strip (see my red arrow). Do all 6 sections.

Row 2 you need only two of the 2 x 4 (don’t worry about the gap.)

Row 3 you need two of the 2 x 4 and one of the 1 x 4 for each of the 6 sections.
Finishing it up

You are now on the last row, the inner circle.  

As you glue the strips down you’ll find they stick up at first so just push them down (or turn your wreath over and let it sit upside down over night).

You’ll need two of the 2 x 4s for each section.  However you can still see the “struts” of green that separate the sections.  See my red arrows.  May not bug you.. did for me :)

So the last thing you do is adhere down 1” strips on each of these struts and then embellish the wreath.   See my red arrows below.. the struts are covered.

So sorry I don’t have a final picture with the cut ribbon!  (oops!).  You could add daisies and ribbon.  Burlap looks nice.  I used wide ribbon in a bow.

Do you think you'll try it?  I took me about an hour from start to finish including cutting the strips, punching, gluing, and then the bow.  

I'm thinking of offering this as a class -- are you interested? 

I think it's going to be fabulous in Halloween paper.. and there's a spooky cat punch coming and I'm imaging the cat with black striped ribbon as the embellishment!!

Let me know if we should have a class on this!!

Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question

Happy stamping!

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