Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Crepe Paper Holiday Wreath Tutorial from Sarah Dennis

I'm thrilled to feature this pretty wreath to launch the Christmas season of making! Of course many of us in the States are focused on Thanksgiving at the moment, but I hope you'll revisit this project created by British guest artist Sarah Dennis when you turn your attention to decorating for the holidays. You'll discover how enjoyable it is to make crepe paper poinsettias, roses, snowdrops, and holly-inspired leaves.

Crepe Paper Christmas Wreath Tutorial by Sarah Dennis

You might remember meeting Sarah via a previous post in which images of of her beautiful paper cuttings were shared. Recently she has been working on a series of finely cut paper vegetables that I think are out of this world - so realistic!

Cut paper carrots by Sarah Dennis

Enjoy a visit to Sarah's Etsy shop where you'll find items like this lovely screen printed root vegetable tea towel...

Screen print tea towel from Etsy shop SarahDennis86

and this trio of Christmas bauble cards.
 Christmas Bauble Cards from Etsy shop SarahDennis86

And now let's get to the tutorial... take it away, Sarah!

If you have ever experimented with paper, but haven't yet used crepe paper to make flowers, this tutorial is for you. Not only is it really good fun, it's also the perfect way to get in a festive mood this Christmas. By the time your wreath is finished, you'll have a completely unique and beautiful decoration for your home, not to mention a new skill to take into the new year!

Supplies: all can be found easily online

Premium Italian florist crepe paper - red, green, white (available in a variety of shades; choose your favorites)
Florist tape - green, white
Florist wire - green - one package
Corrugated cardboard
Dinner plate, lunch plate
Paint - green - spray or apply with brush 
Ribbon - red - one piece about 1/2 inch wide x 12 inches long
Artificial flower stamens, double tip - 28 (I sourced mine here)
Pencil
Scissors
Craft knife
Stapler
Cotton buds
Hot glue gun
Piercing tool (optional)

Crepe Paper Christmas Wreath Tutorial

Step 1: Make the wreath backing board

a. Use pencil to trace around a dinner plate or other circular object that has a 12 inch diameter (approximate). Center a lunch plate inside the first circle and trace around it. Cut the outer circle with scissors and the inner circle with a sharp craft knife.

b. Spray or brush green paint onto the ring front and outer edge.

Step 2: Make the flowers

Roses: Make 4

Crepe paper rose tutorial

a. Using provided templates, cut five small, five medium, and five large petals for each rose from red crepe paper. I have found five of each size to be a nice amount, but if you want your roses to be extra full, just add more. Tip: Save time and your hands: fold crepe paper into layers so five petals can be cut at once.

b. Attach your first petal to a length of florist wire by twisting it around the wire. Apply green florist tape* at the petal base. As you add remaining petals from smallest to largest, fan out the middle of each one and curl back the top edge by rolling it around a cotton bud to create the rose shape.

*If you haven't used florist tape before, you are in for a treat! Just stretch the tape and it will get sticky, then pull it around the wire with your petal attached.

Snowdrops: Make 4

Crepe paper snowdrop tutorial

a. Take four double tip stamens and snip off the heads from one end with scissors; discard the snipped heads. Attach stamens with white florist tape to the top of a piece of wire. 

b. For each snowdrop, cut four white crepe paper petals using the provided template. Use a similar technique as with the roses... fan out the middle of each petal and curl the tip around a cotton bud. Add all four petals with white florist tape, making sure the stamens can be seen poking out of the top.

Poinsettias: Make 3

Crepe paper poinsettia tutorial

a. Fold four stamens in half to make a group of eight stamen heads. Add the stamens to the top of a wire using green florist tape. 

b. Secure the first five small petals in a star shape around the stamens. Repeat with the large petals, staggering them so the petal layers aren't lined up exactly.

Step 3: Cut the holly leaves:
 Crepe paper holly leaves tutorial

Cut about 25-35 holly leaves using the template. These are nowhere near as fiddly as the flowers!

Step 4: Putting it all together

a. Loop the ribbon and staple it to the top back of the cardboard ring.

b. Attach your flowers to the ring by poking each wire through the cardboard. Twist the wires together behind the ring so the flowers are secure against the front. Snip off excess wire. Tip: If you have a sharp paper piercing tool, it may be helpful to make holes for the wires first.

c. Attach the holly leaves by applying a bit of hot glue to the end of each one and arranging them around the flowers and upward to the ribbon loop at the top.

There you have it, an afternoon of joy and a gorgeous Christmas decoration for inside your home!

Crepe Paper Christmas Wreath Tutorial by Sarah Dennis

Thanks for sharing your wreath-making expertise, Sarah!

I wish all of my U.S. compatriots a Happy Thanksgiving, safe travels, and an enjoyable long weekend. And thank you to all my readers for your visits. Stay tuned for more holiday lovelies in the days ahead and don't forget, the Smile Mercantile U.S. double prize giveaway of diorama ornaments and a big box of holiday craft supplies ends on Sunday night, November 30th. You might be very glad you took a moment to enter!

2 comments:

SUGANTHI said...

Beautiful tutorial. A must try!!

jessica okui said...

I love the crepe paper poinsettias in this wreath.

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