Thursday, January 28, 2010

Love Everyday Wreath Tutorial



Last year I revealed that I don't like Valentines Day (at all!!) I am one of those people who thinks it is a commercial holiday where we all feel pressure to participate and spend money on gifts and dinner! But with that said, I love hearts, the colors red and pink, love notes, dinner out on the town, romance and celebrating love- I just prefer to celebrate it everyday! I decided this year to dedicate a series of tutorials in the next few weeks to heart projects that could be used everyday of the year- not just for Valentines Day! The first is a simple flower wreath made from junk mail.



I love using junk mail as much as I can and the easiest way to transform it is to paint over everything with colorful acrylic paint.
Start by painting 2-4 pieces of junk mail in different shades of pink and red or your favorite colors.


Once the junk mail is dry, quickly journal, doodle or even scribble all over the surface.
I wrote all sorts of little love notes- to myself and to my husband.


Cut up the paper into different sized circles and stack 2-3 circles on top of each other.


Scrunch up until it looks like an abstract flower.


Use hot glue applied to the back of the flower...


and attach to a heart or round styrofoam wreath.
Build up lots of layers of flowers along the entire surface of the wreath.


Go back and add beads or even buttons to the center of the flowers with hot glue.


The end result is a delicate and vintage looking wreath (MADE FROM TRASH!) to hang on the wall year round to remind you to love everyday!







31 comments:

  1. you come up with the coolest ideas, love this one...

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  2. I don't like valentine just like you, and for the same reasons!
    but love hearts!!!
    and this is a great idea!
    can't wait to see your other tutorials with hearts!!!

    have a nice weekend!
    Anna

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  3. Kittyj3:15 PM

    LOVE this! Now to find that darn hot glue gun!!! You're amazing!

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  4. I am all over this, I have a fast food salad lid that already has the center cut out of it(just now)and I will glue it to some cardboard and go from there. Thank you for sharing. Happy happies.

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  5. I don't like Valentine's Day either for exactly the same reasons but love hearts as well.
    Absolutely love this. I'm going to try this project! Thanks!

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  6. this is super...can't to wait try this...xxx

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  7. OMG...i am so doing this

    thank you sooooooooooo much!!!!

    c

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  8. Brenda6:57 PM

    What a great project. I especially like that you are using junk mail! I'm glad that I'm not alone about Valentine's Day.

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  9. Awesome!! Gorgeous wreath!! Can't wait to see more.

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  10. I love your wreath! I too dislike Valentines Day and have always told my husband not to get me a card flowers or anything, but instead randomly surprise me some other time of the year:)

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  11. peggy6:15 AM

    Love it, love your ideas and creativity. going out and buy a heart wreath. thanks, love your blog and of course your on line classes.

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  12. Everyday is valentines in our house. Always time for love notes, candlelight dinner [or dinner by camping lantern with the kiddos] and hugs. I loooooooooooooove the wreath.

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  13. I hate Valentine's day, but love hearts too! I'm gonna try this, this weekend thanks for sharing. I've never commented before, but I think it's really nice how you share these tutorials.

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  14. I love this and thank you for sharing this!
    ~Hugs

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  15. I am sooooo excited! I love your wreaths SO MUCH! I can't wait to make this. I'll be linking as well. Yay!

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  16. Very cool idea! Love it!

    Tammy

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  17. cool piece-and i'm with you on the commercialism of V-day!

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  18. I couldn't tell how you keep the various circles together - besides the scrunching - do you glue them together before scrunching? This is very cute. I have some grapevine wreaths I could do this with. (not to mention the junk mail of course)

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  19. wow, so cute, I love this and what a great green craft! LOVE IT

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  20. I am with you on the Valentine's Day issue. But your wreath is really cute - I love crafty ideas for using up junk and rubbish. Bookmarked!

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  21. This is gorgeous! I'll definitely be making one! Thanks for the great tutorial.
    ---Tif

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  22. This wreath is amazing! What a great way to reuse old things and it looks beautiful!

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  23. Love it :-)

    Yours looks very elegant - I might have to do a multicoloured one, with all the painted junk mail left over from Christmas crafts!

    We don't do elegant here ;-)

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  24. This is so pretty! Years ago - and I mean YEARS - I did something similar. I crumpled small flowers and strung them on florist wire in simple shapes and spray painted them. I used them for my Christmas tree. Your wreath is just beautiful!

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  25. Anonymous6:23 PM

    Cute, almost reminds me of old Christmas wreaths made of dry cleaning bags cut into large strips and put on a wire hanger , remember the good ol days, but I will for sure be making this for my front and back door hangers, of course after I capt it with a repellant to our weather...keep up the great ideas...

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  26. What a wonderful way to transform junk mail into something so beautiful.

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  27. I love your junk mail wreath! I would have never figured out how you did it without your tutorial!

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  28. NancyGrace Sims9:58 PM

    I am a fan of YOU and your HEARTS. I clicked thru the ALLfreeHolidayCrafts link and when you name and header popped up, I INSTANTLY SMILED because I knew it was going to be GREAT!
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity with the world!

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