February 13, 2011

Shabby Flower Tutorial & a Winter Wreath

It's a beautiful Sunday in my neck of the woods today & I hope it is where you are also! For the past several weeks we have been dealing with A LOT of snow & I am so very glad to see it warming up...we are even supposed to get into the mid 70's later this week - yay! However, it's still technically winter so I wanted to share a winter themed wreath I whipped up for the YMH DT this week. I'm also gonna share with you a lil' tutorial on how to make these gorgeous shabby flowers as well. So get ready for some fun...& a kind of lengthy post!

I have been noticing a lot of these yarn wreaths in the blogosphere lately & wanted to try my hand at one. I had this gray yarn sitting around for a scarf I was gonna make for our fur baby (yes, doggies need scarves too!) & decided to use it. I picked up the 12" foam wreath form for a buck at my local $ Tree & that is pretty much all that this wreath cost me since I had all the other items on hand...cool, huh?! All of the paper I used was leftover from other YMH projects...a perfect project for scraps! A gal can never go wrong with cheap, fabulous home decor!! To make the wreath, I simply wrapped yarn around the wreath frame, making sure to keep it taut, & secured it at the end. Very simple. I did use my Tattered Angels glimmer mist to dye the Prima lace that lovely shade of orange & that tulle, which was recycled from a past gift, used to be a crisp white until I made it that fab grungy color, again using my much loved & adored glimmer mists!

The inspiration for the handmade shabby flowers came when I stumbled upon this blog HERE. It was totally by accident that I discovered Irene's blog & that the first post I seen was for these gorgeous flowers! I came up with my own little tutorial to share with you crafty peeps, but do take the time to visit Irene's blog HERE...you will definitely be glad you did because she has some awesome ideas!

Step 1 - Cut 8, 3" circles out of double sided patterned paper ( i went ahead & distressed mine in the pic & for some of the flowers I also used 2" circles.)

Step 2 - Layer them, poke a hole in the center, & add a brad (you won't see it so any will do!)

Step 3 - In the sink, starting w/the 1st layer, wet the paper & begin to crumple it. Work from the top to the bottom until you get it all ruffly & tight..just like a flower bud.

Step 4 - Now that it is all crumpled, let it dry for a bit, at least a 1/2 hour or so.

Step 5 - Now that it has dried a bit, start to shape the flower very carefully by unfolding some of the layers until you achieve the effect you want. Now, you get to let it dry some more!

Step 6 - Once it is dry, which will take a full 24 hours, you can add some glimmer mist to accent those gorgeous layers you've got going on. It should be noted I went ahead & sprayed on my glimmer mist while the flowers were still wet. I figured since they were already wet, why add more drying time! It worked like a charm, but I definitely recommend making these flowers at least 1 day in  advance of a project. Definitely not a last minute embellishment due to the length of drying time & patience required! Also, trying to speed up the drying time using a hairdryer doesn't really work too well. I tried it & failed so you don't have too...LOL!! All the flowers were attached with a hot glue gun as well...those babies aren't goin' anywhere! ;)

YMH Supplies
Patterned Paper/Crystals/Lace - Prima
Glimmer Mist & Glimmer Glam - Tattered Angels (orange, fall breeze, & sand)
Additional Patterned Paper - SEI & Pebbles, Inc.

I have to admit, I just LOVE how these flowers turned out! I can't wait to make some more of these because they really were simple & would look beautiful on some cards or layouts. If you'd like a lil' more info & photos, check out my blog HERE. And if you want to get some of the items I used in my wreath, simply visit the YMH Store! There are some gorgeous Prima, Tattered Angels, SEI & Pebbles, Inc. products there for you to check out. Plus, there is always a sale going & more new goodies coming in every day... especially since so much fun stuff was just released at CHA! Until then, Happy Craftin'!!!!