This was a little something I did for the front door last year. It's been hiding in my front closet for months. Now I finally have an excuse to pull it out. Christmas is just around the corner. If you're looking for something fun and festive to add to your home this year, this is the project for you. It's actually quite simple to put together. Here's the details:
The Supply List:
Pattern Paper (choose a mix of various size patterns, styles, and colors)
Fiskars Circle Cutter (any circle cutter will work as long as it cuts up to 8" in size)
Cutting Mat (So you don't cut up your table)
Ranger Distress Ink Pad (Walnut)
Making Memories Word Chipboard (Joy-though this is last year's product. You may have to substitute with other large chipboard letters)
Acrylic Paint (to paint the chipboard/and wood circle frame)
Diamond Glaze/Glitter Glue
Wooden Circle Frame (base of wreath-I picked mine up at Joanns in the wood department)
Wide Ribbon (match color with wreath)
Pop Dots/Wet Adhesive
1. Paint the wooden base of the wreath with acrylic paint (something dark that won't be noticeable if seen through the front). Paint on two coats. Let the first coat dry and then add the second coat.
2. Cut out various size circles from pattern paper and solid cardstock. Distress the edges of each circle with Ranger Distress Ink using a sponge. Combine and layer circles to use on the wreath. Don't adhere them to wreath just yet.
3. Paint the word "joy" (or letters you've purchased) with acrylic paint using a color that will blend well with the glitter. Sand edges of word/letters with sandpaper. Distress edges with Ranger Distress Ink using sponge.
4. Coat painted word/letters with wet adhesive (that bonds well with glitter-I used Martha Stewart's Glitter Glue). Sprinkle on glitter and shake excess off. Set aside.
5. Now we're going to start adhering the circles you made in step #2 to the wooden wreath base. This takes a bit of creativity and experimenting to get just right. Do this slowly and carefully. Don't glue down the circles immediately until you know for sure that the placement of each circle is correct and where you want it to be. I added one circle at a time. I moved them around to make sure I felt ok about my placement choices. Think balance. Keep the wreath circular in shape. Use pop dots to adhere some of the circles to the wreath as shown below:
8. Adhere word/letters to wreath as shown with wet adhesive.
7. Cut two long pieces of wide ribbon. Staple ribbon pieces to back side of wreath base with staple gun. Tie the two pieces together at the top. Finished.
Hang your wreath on the front door or in your home on a wall. Feel free to send me a pic..I would luv to see what all of you have come up with. Keep the photo's small in size though cause my email box will crash if you send me really large file sizes (keep'em at 72 dpi/500 x 350 pix). I invite you to tell other's about this project...Share some "joy" this Christmas season.
Now for some sneak peaks from Studio Calico's December Kit. This kit arrived at my front door a few weeks ago and when I opened the box, I was so excited. I loved everything in it, especially the paper. Everything about it was so enchanting and delightful. A creative escape to celebrate winter's arrival. Now, I can't give too much away..but be sure to check out the sneak peaks posted at Studio Calico to get an idea of what's to come on December 28th. In the mean time, this is what I've been creating these last couple of days: