I’ve been in the mood to work with vintage sheet music a lot lately I guess. I’ve done the banners with it, covered the reindeer with it . . and made these new wreaths with it.
I actually keep boxes of leaf shapes that I have pre-cut ‘on hand’, so when inspiration strikes I can start creating right away. I like to have something to do in the evenings when I watch TV.
Cutting out the leaf shapes is one of those somethings. I also ‘tea stain’ them ahead of time. (I use my own recipe for staining; it does NOT contain actual tea or coffee or vanilla. Those make it too sticky!)
I cut my wreath rings out of triple layer scrap cardboard. (just glue three layers together with tacky glue) I also use tacky glue to glue the leaves to the wreath. This picture shows how I place the leaves; along the inside and outside rim first.
It can be quite labor intensive, gluing on one leaf at a time. To speed up the process I lay out a couple dozen leaves; then dot them ALL with tacky glue (just a small amount on one end of the leaf shape). Then place them on the wreath form.
This is what the leaf placement looks like close up when finished.
On this one I used non tea-stained leaves, which do lay nice and flat; but a little TOO flat once I got it all put together. (tea staining the leaves causes them to curl up and wrinkle a little bit as they dry; giving them a more natural look)
It worked like a charm! Exactly the look I was hoping to achieve. A few of the leaves did curl up a bit too much, to where the cardboard base showed underneath. I just put a dot of tacky glue under them and glued them down a bit more.
My first thought for dressing it up was to hang a small banner across it, but that just looked too busy. I stared at this thing for WEEKS trying to figure out ‘what else it needed’?!?!?
I finally settled upon some ‘bling berries’!
I had found a packet of these amber colored crystals at Dollar Tree, and decided to use them on the big wreath.
I just glued them on with tacky glue in little clusters of three.
I don’t think I’ll make them THIS big anymore! SO many more options for ‘styling’ smaller ones; like this next one:
Perfect little wreath for Valentine decorating.