Friday, September 30, 2011

Wreath and Lollie Tutorial

Happy Friday!
I had many requests for a tutorial on how to make a wreath like my Fall wreath. There were questions about how big is the wreath, the lollies, how many I used, the size of lollies, placement of lollies, etc. I hope this tutorial will answer your questions and encourage you to give it a try.

I started out drawing around the outside of a 12" wire wreath.
Use a 12" x 12" sheet of card stock.

Trace the inside and cut out.

Inside the second circle I cut a "X" and cut away the card stock.

This is the back side of my completed, I didn't have another wreath but I think you can get the idea. Turn the wreath on the other side and using a glue gun,  glue the card stock to the wire frame and set aside.

I used 3 different sizes of paper strips for my wreath. 1: x 12"
1 1/4" x 12" and 1 1/2" x 12".
Using the new Simply Scored Tool from the HolidayMini, I scored each strip 1/4" all the way across.

You can see the 1/4" score marks here.
Next, using an accordion fold...fold the entire strip. When finished folding this is what your strip should look like.

Using Sticky Strip, attach one piece on each end. Notice the end fold is facing up.
This end is facing down.
Bring the two ends together, making sure one end fold is up and the other fold is down. This way it makes a smooth fold.

Turn the lollie so it looks like this. Decide which side you want to face up. Here I'm holding the lollie and I have placed glue all around the opening on the outside of the hole using the glue gun. Be careful not to get any glue on your fingers.

In the beginning, I used a lid and placed the lollie inside after turning it inside out. This kept the lollie in place so I could use the glue gun. It works really well and helps to keep your fingers from getting burned by the hot glue.

Have a circle already punched and place over the glue and hold until the glue cools.This is the bottom so the color of the circle isn't as important. I punch out several circles to have ready when I'm making a lot of lollies.

This is the front of the lollie that will be decorated. I used the glue gun to apply glue to the circle here too. It gives the lollie stability.

Here are three competed lollies like the sizes I used for my wreath. The lollie on the left started out as 1" x 12" and finished is 2 3/4".
The middle lollie started out as 1 1/4" x 12" and finished is 2 1/2".
The lollie on the right started out as 1 1/2" x 12" and is 3 1/4" finished.

1. I used (22) lollies for my 12" wreath. I stared at the left hand side of the wreath, using a glue gun  and glued my lollies until I had the entire wire covered.
2. If the wreath looked uneven, I added another lollie beside one or on top of another lollie. I did this until I felt it looked balanced.
3. I used a variety of designer series paper and card stock.
4. I made my lollies up before hand choosing the colors I thought would compliment each other.
5. I left a small space open on the left side for my ribbon. I used (retired) 1 1/4" Stripped Grosgrain Pumpkin Pie because I didn't have any other color that looked good with my wreath.
6. Decorate as desired. I used a variety of different embellishments to give the wreath interest and add to it's appeal.
7. If you hold the lollie tight while using the glue gun, the circle will be smaller in circumference. If you want a larger circle let the circle open a little bit. 
Products Used 
Tools: Simply Scored, Table Top Paper Cutter
Designer Series Paper: Paisley Petals, Beyond the Garden, Paper Stacks..Brights Collection and 2010-2012 In Color Collection.
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Melon Mambo  and Chocolate Chip.
Buttons: Antique Brads, 5/8" Neutral Brads
Adhesive: Multipurpose Liquid Glue and Sticky Strip
Punches: Boho Blossoms, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer, 1" Circle, 1 1/4" circle and 1 3/4" Scallop Circle.
Ribbon: 1 1/4" Stripped Grosgrain Ribbon

You can purchase any of the above products from my online store. 
Just click on shop now and it will take you to the Holiday Mini and the Big Catalog. If you have any questions, please let me know and I'll do my best to answer them for you.

Happy Stamping!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial! The dimensions are very helpful.