December 1, 2010

Joyful Peace

I love decorating for Christmas and I love creating my own decorations even more. For this project I was inspired to create a wreath for my home using empty ribbon roll spools. I used the fabulous GCD Studios Joyful Peace collection to create my project. Follow along below for all the details on how I created my wreath and the flowers that I embellished it with.
Here is a close up of one of the flowers.
Here is a detail of the Glimmer misting, distressing and layering of the papers.
Supplies:
GCD Studios
Patterned Paper - Joyful Peace Collection
Vintage Brads - Artsy Urban by Melody Ross
Gift Bags 4 - Homespun Chic by Melody Ross

Empty Ribbon Spools (enough to make it all the way around the wreath)
Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels in Gold
Scalloped edged decorative scissors by Fiskars
Scalloped circle punches Marvy Uchida
Distress Ink by Ranger
16 inch wire floral wreath by Hobby Lobby
Hot glue gun
Liquid adhesive
Permanent marker by Sharpie



Instructions:
Take an empty spool roll and adhere it to patterned paper with your favorite liquid adhesive.
Once the glue is dry, cut around the edge of the spool with the scalloped edge scissors leaving a small edge.
Ink and distress the edges.
Repeat this with all of the spools. Once all of the spools are finished, hot glue the back side of each spool to the wire floral wreath. There will be a small amount of space between each of them. On the front side of the wreath attach the layered scalloped circles between each of the spools to help cover the wire wreath.
To make the flowers you will need to create 3 petal templates. I drew mine on plastic packaging (the kind you have to cut with scissors to remove from the product) using a Sharpie. Make one larger than the other one. To create different size flowers just make the petals either larger or smaller as you desire.
Trace the petals onto the patterned paper.
Cut out all of the petals.
Cut out 6 of each size for each flower. Ink the edges of each petal.
Next lightly mist each petal.Use your fingers to curl the petal.
Repeat this with all of the petals.
Punch or cut out a small circle shape to use as the base for applying your petals. Attach the larger petals to the base first using a hot glue gun. You are also going to create some petals using the Melody Ross gift bags.
Use the larger petal template and trace the petals onto the gift bag using the Sharpie marker.
Cut out 6 petals from the gift bag.
You are going to scrunch the gift bag petals like you did the paper petals and then bring them to a point on the end.
However, since they will not hold their shape you will need to carefully hold them scrunched as you hot glue them to the center of the larger paper petals. And yes, the gift bag material will melt a little, just be careful not to use too much glue!
Next attach the smaller paper petals offsetting them with the other petals.
Create a center with a small scalloped circle and finish it off with a brad.
Create 3 flowers and attach them to the wreath. Apply the Gold Glimmer Mist for added shine and they hang and enjoy your wreath!

Happy Hugs!
Juliana

10 comments:

  1. Great idea. Who would have thought to use spools this way. Very pretty!

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  2. OMGosh! Your creativity and talent SERIOUSLY BLOW MY MIND!!! WOW!!LOVE this!!

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  3. Juliana.... that is just beautiful!! You always inspire me with your beautiful creations!! MISS YOU!!

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  4. What an awesome project and tutorial!!!!!!! I simply adore you to pieces!

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  5. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [02 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  6. This is gorgeous!! Now I've got to go buy some more ribbon so I can empty the spools ;) Very creative...thanks for sharing!

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  7. I have a award for you over at my blog.

    http://scrapbydebbie.blogspot.com

    Hugs Debbie

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  8. Beautiful! This is so fabulous, Juliana! I love holiday crafts! Thanks so much for sharing how you created this. I adore your flowers, and using those old ribbon spools is such a great idea.

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  9. YOU my friend are an absolute genius!! Love, love, LOVE this amazing wreath!!! You are so talented girl!

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  10. Love this! Thanks for sharing all the steps!

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Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~Mother Teresa

HUGS!!!
JULIANA