Ahh, Spring is here and I cannot wait until the weather starts to warm up, the flowers start to bloom, and I can wear flip flops again!
So, in honor of Spring 2013, I have created something to put some “Spring” in our step, that was inspired by the Crepe Paper Flower Balls post from The Idea Room that I found on Pinterest.
You ready for it?
Here it is!
Isn’t this Spring Crepe Paper Wreath super cheerful? I love it!
And the best part is that it was sooo easy to make. And cheap. And fun.
And that, my friends, is a great combination.
So, would you like to know how to make it? Well keep reading and you soon will be a pro at making things with paper streamers. Yay!
First, get the following items: A floral wreath ring (I got mine at JoAnn Fabrics for 3 bucks on sale), Crepe Paper (AKA Streamers) in your favorite Spring colors, a Hot glue gun and glue sticks.
I purchased a few other floral Styrofoam pieces at the dollar store along with the wreath, so if you want a smaller wreath, you can always go with a wreath the size of the green one in the picture.
First, wrap 3/4 of your wreath with the crepe paper, making sure to overlap, so the “bones” of the wreath is not showing.
If you’re going to alternate colors like I did, glue the ends of each color of crepe paper to the BACK of the wreath with your hot glue gun. The paper sticks really well to the wreath with the glue gun, so it should have no problems holding together.
The 1/4 of the wreath you did NOT wrap is where you’re going to glue your flowers. And that is what I am going to show you how to do next. Make pretty paper flowers. So easy!
To make one flower, you’re going to measure out about 12″ of crepe paper and just tear it off the roll. Then, fold the piece in half longways and start rolling the streamer kind of loosely, but not too loose, like so:
I have found that the tighter the roll, the smaller the flower. The looser the roll, the bigger the flower. You can do a variation of loose and tight rolls to have different sized flowers, that’s totally up to you. That’s kinda what I did, and I’ll show you what that looks like in just a minute.
After you have your entire piece rolled, you’re going to pinch all of the paper at the bottom together. The bottom of the flower is the unfolded edge of the paper. This is what helps to form your rose.
See how pinching the bottom helps to bring out the different layers? Super cute (Oh, and ignore my fingernails. Clearly I am overdue for a fresh coat of paint!)!
After you make your rose, you’re going to glue it to the unwrapped part of your wreath.
As you add your flowers, be sure to glue them in a cluster, close together.
The reasons I glued them close together was because:
A)I did not want to see the actual wreath and,
B)So I could glue the flowers to each other with just a dab of hot glue. This just gives it that extra durability so it will stay on the wreath.
And that’s all that’s to it! I just love how it turned out. All the bright spring colors make me super happy.
I could totally see myself grabbing more crepe paper when seasons change and switch out the Spring colors to make a 4th of July wreath, a Fall wreath, Halloween wreath, Christmas wreath, etc.
The possibilities are endless!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Happy Spring!