What is Wreathing?
Wreathing all started in the 16th century when the Lutherans in Germany when a priest made a wreath from a cartwheel to educate children about Christmas. Other history buffs claim that the Greeks and Romans also used wreaths using fresh tree branches and leaves. What it all comes down to is the fact that wreaths are used to celebrate almost everything you can image.
I have seen wreaths for Easter, Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Anniversaries, and definitely weddings! You can make a wreath just because you want to make one! There is a whole segment of people who make wreaths as a hobby. You should check out Facebook for some of the groups that are listed there.
How to Get Started
Getting started is truly easy. All you need is something that will make a round circle so you can attach items to it. Sounds ridiculous but you can cut a hole in a paper plate and use the outer rim, or you can rumple newspaper and create a right that way. You can also use wire, twigs, or almost anything you can bend.
I am going to walk you through the process of making a very simple wreath. I took photos along the way to show you what I did. As usual, please feel free to improve on anything I do.
Materials You Will Need
Here are the items I used for my project.
- Self-sticking shelf paper
- Glue gun
- Transparent tape
- Cardstock 12 x 12 in 4 pastel colors (you can use the size that works best for you.
- Cricut Explore Air 2 - to do the cutting of the flower pieces - you can also cut by hand if you do not have a machine.
- A template of the rolled rose shape (you will need to roll and glue the flowers. I made 4 large and 6 small on each of my sheets of paper (40 in all). See below for the template.
So here is my step-by-step with images to help you along the way. Let's start with the end result so that you will know what you are working toward.
- Roll pieces of newspaper and tape them double thick into a circle.
- Cover the circle with self-sticking shelf paper or something similar. This will thicken the wreath wall and make your circle more stable.
- Next, cut out the flower pieces and roll them up and glue them to make 40 different sized flowers.
- Glue each flower onto the wreath in any pattern you wish. I chose to place all my flowers in one location to crowd them together. I will likely finish the visible ring with jute at a later time.
And you are done!
I do hope you had fun trying this project. There are so many different styles of wreaths you can make. Here are a couple of YouTube videos to help you out.
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