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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nope, it's not a card today!

Happy Tuesday!

And Happy Birthday, Melissa!  For a change of pace today, I'm posting something that is not a card. I was in a juried craft show this weekend and part of the fun of going to them is that you can go "shopping" and find all kinds of wonderful things.  I bought the most gorgeous paper wreath for my daughter as part of her thank you for sitting with me all day.  I didn't have my camera with me & didn't think to have her take a picture of it before I left so I tried to re-create one after I got home.  It's ok, but not as beautiful as hers.  I may have to try a different version to see what I come up with.

Oops! Should have cropped the picture, but I think you get the idea. The entire wreath is made from pages of an old paperback that I punched scalloped circles from.  Once you have your circles, I shaped the bottom one around the eraser end of a pencil. Put a small dab of glue (I used my tape runner) on the center of each remaining circle (I did 4 per flower) and shape them around the pencil as well. While still on the pencil, push them into the center of the circle underneath. Your dab of glue should be enough to hold the flower petal in place.  Continue until you have all the layers you want & then using either a brad or a pin with a bead head, push the flowers into a styrofoam base.  I used a burlap ribbon with a lace overlay to make my bow since my house is decorated in shabby chic or cottage chic, whichever you want to call it. 

You can see the punch I used to get the circles in the picture above.  I just put the eraser in the center of each circle & folded & bunched them around the eraser.  Not difficult, but VERY time consuming!

Here is a close up of some of the flowers.  I've already gotten some ideas for a different version & once I get caught up on some cards, I may try another one. It would be a good thing to do on a snowy day & they are forecasting slushy snow for us tomorrow. Hopefully, it will all melt the minute it hits!

Catch you later!


  1. Oh my goodness Sherri-look at you branching out in your papercrafting. And this wreath is fabulous. I love it. I can see me using up some of my scraps for You did a terrific job. Just love it!
    Bear Hugs,

  2. Sherri
    This is a great idea for using scraps and your wreath is beautiful! I was smiling to myself because I couldn't help but think - now you have the time to try something like this and you did a great job! I will have to wait and stick with buying my wreaths;) Hugs

  3. That is so darn cute, Sherri! I love the idea of recycling an old book for this, especially if it wasn't a very good book, tee hee. It looks like a lot of punching, but easy to do while relaxing in front of the TV or something. Fabulous job, and thanks for the instructions!

  4. Very pretty wreath Sherri, you did a great job.

  5. fabulous Sherri! The book pages are awesome for this!