My Craft of the Month:
Supplies for wreath:
cardboard or poster board
various printed paper (from old books, magazines, scrapbook paper etc.)
craft glue or hot glue gun
paper napkins or tissue paper
yarn and ribbon
Instructions for holiday wreath:
Step one: Find a piece of cardboard or poster board big enough to trace a large plate sized circle on it ( I like to use the cardboard backs to Jacob's comics cus it pisses him off) if you can't find a piece big enough just tape a couple smaller pieces together, then take a large plate and trace a circle with it, then a smaller plate to trace a smaller circle inside the larger one. Cut this circle out (I like to used scalloped craft scissors to make the edges cooler looking).
Step two: Next you need to gather a bunch of different printed pieces of paper, I have an old textile designs book I found at Goodwill for like two bucks that has some amazing prints in it but you could use pretty much anything you like (for example for the Ernest Saves Christmas wreath I used old xmas wrapping paper and gift bags that I have saved over the years because I am a hoarder). Just cut a bunch of about three inch leaf shape pieces out of the paper. Sometimes I go for a theme like color (black and red goth prints for the vampire wreath)
or patterns (I picked prints related to the ponies cutie marks for the My Little Pony wreath)
and just go crazy cutting out a bunch of these (I also use the scalloped scissors for this) make enough to completely cover the circle all the way around. Then get busy glueing them on the circle, I suggest listening to some bad dance music like Flo Rida while doing all this, it makes all the cutting and glueing seem less tedious.
Step three: Now you are gonna want a few pictures to decorate the wreath so pick a theme it can be something normal and boring like a turkey and leaves for Thanksgiving or Santa and xmas trees for Christmas, or if you are not normal like me think of your favorite xmas movie or cartoon or better yet a holiday themed horror movie cus I bet you'll be the only one on your block with a Thankskilling wreath for the holidays! Just find the pictures online and print them out or cut them from magazines or old books and glue them on. Make sure to space them out evenly to make room for the paper flowers.
Step four: Okay now for the paper flowers, I use old party napkins from the kids birthday parties but you can make these from tissue paper or even kleenex, or if you are really desperate use toilet paper! Just cut a bunch of squares out (for the bigger flowers I used 6x6 inch napkins) about six, but you can use more if you want to make them fluffier. Place them together in a stack and accordion fold them up like you did when you were a kid and made those paper fans. Then take a piece of yarn or string and tie the middle securely. Then comes the fun part, pull each layer one at a time towards the center on both sides of the yarn, very carefully so you don't tear them, until they are all pulled up and you can then mush it and fluff it until you are happy with how it looks. Make a few of these, enough to fill in the spaces between your pictures, then glue them on.
Step five: And last you cut a piece of yarn or ribbon long enough to hang your wreath, tie it into a loop, and glue it to the back side of your wreath, let it dry and it is done and ready to hang! Have fun coming up with your own crazy and nerdy wreaths for the holidays!
And that is all for now, I want to give a special thanks to my hubby big goth daddy Jacob the prince of darkness for creating my super rad Legend of the Crafter logo for my blog! Keep on craftin and wear those hot glue gun burns like a badge of honor, peace out from the crazy crafter!