Thursday, November 10, 2011

Realistic Paper Flower Wreath How To

My daughter Kirsten had a baby boy she named Rylan in August. I knew she was going to be off work several months for maternity leave and thought in between feedings, changing diapers and so on we could get some crafting in. I know, I know what was I thinking? At first I did think it was a stupid idea, but it turned out to be a great bonding time for my daughter, Rylan and myself.
We used McGills Paper Punches for most of the flowers, I also did some quilled roses, and then my new Silhouette Cameo came and I cut several sheets of rolled roses to add to the mix. I am very happy with the results!
See supply list below for what you will need to make a paper flower wreath.
This how to really is more of where to gather supplies what you need to get started and how we made our wreath.

Cut from the Silhouette Cameo

These Roses were cut with the Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine they are rolled roses, I rolled them using a skewer.

UPDATE Here is the result, it turned out lovley and it was so quick using my new Silhouette Cameo! I used  shape 3d paper rose but you could easily use the paper rose of the week for (February 2012) Rolled Rose

This is a photo of the Hydrangea Flowers before my daughter added the  Pssst! Sheer Shimmer Spritz by Tsukneko in Frost, she added the mist to all the flowers as you can see below.

~Supply List~

1. One Bookboard Wreath Form (you can find this at Michael's or online at Papersource).
2. McGill Paper Punches in your favorite flowers (McGill Paper Punches)
3. Make your own paper flowers we made rolled roses using (Silhouette Cameo)
4. Glue and Paste (Yes Paste) and (Crafter's Pick The Ultimate)
5. Card Stock 65lb weight and 80 weight in Various Colors
6. Various Colors of Marking Pens
7.Colored Pens
8.Tim Holtz Distressed Inks and Alcohol Inks we used on the tips of some of the flowers for definition.
9. Fiskars circle punch in various sizes
10. tiny sponge for adding ink color on the tips of the flowers or Tim Holtz Ardirondack
alcohol ink applicator
(Tip) I would just put the color on the tips of the pads and tap the edges of the flowers this method worked great for me.
11. Pssst! Sheer Shimmer Spritz by Tsukneko in Frost
12. Paint Brushes and Toothpicks
13. Quilling Supplies for Paper Mini Roses, Slotted Tip Tool
14 Swarovski Crystal Rhinestones
16. Ribbon for Hanging Wreath
17. Styrofoam Balls for Hydrangea's
18. Green Chenille Stems for Buddleja (Butterfly Bush) stems
19. Tweezers
20. Rubber Mat
21. Paper Tool Kit by McGill
22. Scissors

How To:

After you have gathered the supplies you need, punch out the flowers you will be making, this is a huge convenience if you do it before you begin. Put the flowers by name into separate storage boxes or baggies, which we used and then wrote the name of the flower we punched on the bags. You will find you can use some of the punched pieces on several flowers.
You will need the Paper Tool kit to roll and shape the flowers.

Assemble your flowers using the directions on McGill's Paper Punch website you can find the assembly directions here.

To make the Buddleja you will need McGill Paper Punch Mini Petals Punch. You will need to glue the petals onto the Chenille Stems, using the rounded shape petal. Use your tool kit to roll your petals using the 5mm stylus in the Paper Tool Kit by McGill.
Use the tweezers to put the tiny petals onto the Chenille Stems after you have dipped the petals into glue. Try to cover the all the green on the Chenille Stems, you can let the first layer dry and then go back and stack petals to help cover the green.

To make Quilled Roses you can either handmake them or buy the roses that are pre-made and the use the slotted tip tool to roll them.

To make rolled roses you can use the Silhouette Cameo to cut out your 3-D purchased rose 99 cents, so you don't have to cut out them by hand, or you can search google for a ruffled edge paper rose template and cut them by hand if you do not have a cutting machine. This will take a lot of time. Another cutting machine that is great for this is Sizzix also has several roses to use with their cutting machine. Roll your flowers using a skewer or pencil.

Once you have finished all your flowers, punch two holes into the bookboard, then arrange glue or paste the flowers onto the bookboard, leave a tiny space to add the ribbon through the holes to hang your wreath.

You're done enjoy!

My thoughts, the McGill Paper Punches are a big investment, but out of every way I researched before purchasing any supplies I think their paper punches are very detailed and I love the 3-D realistic results of the flowers and there are so many flowers to choose from.

I loved using the Silhouette Cameo to cut the rolled roses, it's so quick and easy, the Silhouette is another big investment and well worth it, because you can use it for so many projects, not just paper.

If you're going to make a lot of 3-D paper flowers I think the McGill paper punches are a great investment and you can find many punches for sale on Ebay, but do check McGill's website first to be sure if you're getting a good deal or not. I notice that some punches of McGills are going for more than what you would pay if you purchased your punches directly from McGill.
I bought all mine there except a few I purchased where I get my quilling supplies which I purchase at Custom Quilling Supplies by Denise.

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  1. This is so great. What a fabulous example of the rolled rose shape. I'd love for you to share this post on my link party:

  2. Where did you get the hydrangea paper flower design from? Its so pretty:D

  3. The hydrangea is from McGill Paper Punches they are beautiful also. My fav!


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