December 13, 2013

Santa Christmas Wreath

I was going through some of my older projects and I came across this Christmas wreath that I created when I was part of the Cricut Circle Design Team. I can't believe that I have never shared it here on my blog, but I guess it's always better late than never. I've copied my original post from the Cricut Circle blog for you to enjoy. Below you will also find a complete list of the cartridges, etc. along with suggestions on products to use if you don't own a Cricut. You could easily re-create a wreath similar to mine with another digital cutting machine.

Santa Christmas Wreath by Juliana Michaels #papercrafting #cricut #christmaswreath

Hi all!  Juliana here with a Christmas wreath to share covered with holly leaves and images of jolly old St. Nick!  Even more fun though is that this entire wreath is constructed of paper!  Everything except for the foam base.  I was inspired to create it after seeing a wreath on the cover of the recent November Midwest Living magazine.  I used lots of cardstock and limited my use of patterned paper to keep the cost down on creating it.  Yes, it was a bit time consuming to cut out all of the leaves, but once you do that, it comes together fairly easily.

Santa Christmas Wreath by Juliana Michaels #papercrafting #cricut #christmaswreath

To start creating the wreath, I really would recommend cutting out all of the leaves and then adhering them first.  I used 4 different colors of green cardstock and 1 piece of green patterned paper.  I also misted one of the cardstock papers with some Glimmer Mist to add a little bit of shine. Once I had cut out all of the leaves, I used a scoring tool to create a crease down the center of each holly leaf.  I creased each leaf along this scoring line.  I then attached each leaf using a hot glue gun.  Once attached, I lightly spritzed them with water and crinkled them to help make them look a little more realistic.  A heat gun works wonderfully to help speed up the drying process!

Santa Christmas Wreath by Juliana Michaels #papercrafting #cricut #christmaswreath

The flowers were created using the Flower Shoppe cartridge.  I created 4-5 layers for each flower.  I then spritzed each flower with water.  I crinkled each petal toward the center of the flower.  The center was created using the Quilling tool that comes with any of the Cuttlebug Quilling kits.  I then used my hot glue gun to attach the flower layers, to attach the quilled center to the flower and to attach the completed flowers to the wreath.

Santa Christmas Wreath by Juliana Michaels #papercrafting #cricut #christmaswreath

Santa Christmas Wreath by Juliana Michaels #papercrafting #cricut #christmaswreath

The images of jolly old St. Nick are from the Santa’s Village Imagine Cartridge.  I printed them onto white cardstock using the print only option.   I trimmed around them, inked the edges of the white cardstock and adhered them to a piece of patterned paper.  I trimmed the patterned paper leaving a 0.25″ border around the printed image.  I then rounded the corners with a corner punch.  Finally, I attached all of this to a piece of scrap cardboard to make them more durable and trimmed the cardboard to the size of the original piece.  I again used my hot glue gun to attach each of these to the wreath.

Santa Christmas Wreath by Juliana Michaels #papercrafting #cricut #christmaswreath

The bow was created using the Ribbon and Rosettes cartridge. I used the 2.0 x 11.0″ borders to create the main part of the bow from patterned paper. I again slightly spritzed the paper with water and lightly crinkled it for more texture.  I also used my hot glue gun here to hold the loops together.  I then added the 1.0 x 11.0″ borders cut from the green patterned paper as a bit of decoration to the red bows.

Well, are you ready to create your own paper Christmas wreath now?  I sure hope you are inspired to try your hand at creating one to decorate your home this holiday season! As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

SANTA CHRISTMAS WREATH | OPTIONS FOR SIMILAR SUPPLIES

If you don't own a Cricut, here are some suggestions for similar products that you could use to create your own version of this wreath.

For the BOW:
EK Success 2-in1 Edger Punches - such as this one:







For the WREATH:
Silhouette Digital cutting files - just searching their store for Holly Leaves provides a ton of options.
I also have a FREE digital cutting file Merry & Bright that has holly leaves that you can download and use. All you have to do is remove the center cut piece to get the same look.


For the POINSETTIAS:
Silhouette Digital cutting files - again searching their store for Poinsettia provides a ton of options. They have quite a few that are 3D and will give you a look similar to the ones I created here.

For the SANTAS:
The Old Design Shop has a ton of vintage Santa images that would be perfect to use. Here is an example of one that caught my eye.



Here is a list of the actual Cricut supplies and detailed instructions for recreating this wreath using these supplies.

SANTA CHRISTMAS WREATH | SUPPLIES



Cricut Cartridges: Ribbons & Rosettes, Flower Shoppe, Winter Woodland and 3 Birds Straight From the Nest
Imagine Cartridge: Santa’s Village

CRICUT CUTS:
Cut FLOWERS using Flower Shoppe Cartridge:
1 Large Poinsettia: at 4.00″ x 2, 3.50″ x 2, 3.00″ x 1 and 2.50″ x 1 from red cardstock.
1 Medium Poinsettia: at  3.50″ x 2, 3.00″ x 1, 2.50″ x 1 and 2.00″ x 1 from red cardstock.
2 Small Poinsettia: at 3.00″ x 2, 2.50″ x 1 and 2.00″ x 1 from red cardstock.
For the center of each flower: at 3.00″ x 2 and at 3.50″ x 2 from yellow cardstock.

Cut HOLLY LEAVES using Winter Woodland Cartridge:
I cut a ton of these!  I highly recommend just using either my Cricut Craftroom or Gypsy file to help with this.  I cut one of each layer from each color of cardstock I used 4 different colors of green cardstock.  I have one layer labeled “PP Holly” and this is the one that I used for the patterned paper leaves.
The leaf sizes range from 1.00″ to 1.50″.

Cut BRANCHES using Straight From the Nest Digital Cartridge:
at 5.00″ x 2 and 4.00″ x 2 from green cardstock.
Repeat this with another color of green cardstock.

Cut BOW using Ribbons & Rosettes Cartridge:
+ Border1 x 6 from red patterned paper.
+ Border2 x 4 from green patterned paper.

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: American Crafts
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny
Foam Wreath: Hobby Lobby
Spray Ink: Tattered Angels


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8 comments:

  1. Juliana you are the QUEEN of creativity! This is just fabulous!! I'm so glad you found this project to share..and thanks for the free file!

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  2. What a fabulous wreath Juliana! It's just beautiful - obviously took ALOT of work!

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  3. This wreath looks amazing! I especially love the detail on the poinsettias.
    Thanks for the cut file! I can definitely use those for neighbor gift bags. :) Happy Holidays!

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  4. What a lovely wreath Juliana! Thank you so very much for the files... they are wonderful. I'm off to check out the vintage images - I'm a lover!

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  5. Wow wow wow!! This is gorgeous Juliana!!! Pinning!!!

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  6. girlie, you just keep getting better!!! I am snagging those files when I am on the desktop!! Hugs, Katrina

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JULIANA