Hi everyone. I wanted to share a tutorial with you all for the wreath that I created to put on my shutters. I have seen something like this on a couple different blogs and thought it would be super cute to create for the shutters. I followed this tutorial on the House of Smith’s Blog- Hanging Roses
, on how to create the flowers. Believe it or not, they are made out of paper streamers!
(Note: For some reason blogger decided to flip some of my pictures and I have done everything to try to correct them and can’t. So there are a few you will have to just turn your head to view the picture the correct way- SORRY!)
Here are my supplies:
-A glue gun- I used a low temp glue gun (so I didn’t fry my fingers off!)
-Roll of streamers in your choice of color
-A wreath form
-And not picture- ribbon
Cut or tear the streamers into 24 in strips. I recommend tearing a bunch or a whole roll before you begin that way you have them all done already and won’t have to keep going back to do it.
Crumple up the strips to add more texture to the roses. Then straighten them back out.
To Begin the Roses:
Roll one end of the strip 3 or 4 times. Add a small dot of glue to hold. I added just a little bit of glue near the edge right where my thumb is in this picture.
(TIP: I HIGHLY/STRONGLY recommend that you practice making your rose before you start gluing. It took me about 5 or 600 times of playing around for me to actually like what the rose looked like or even understood what to do. They will even get better as you go.)
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I then just twisted the strip and placed it where I wanted the petal to be. Start off a little tighter than slowly loosen up the petals to be like a real rose. As I went, I would add a dot of glue to hold it all together.
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This is just a picture to show how I twisted the strip.
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It is now coming together. Twist and place with one hand, while you hold it with the opposite. Again- glue as you go
This is about halfway through my flower. Continue twisting, placing and gluing.
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As you go, a point will be created on the backside of your flower. As I made the petals, I worked my way down this point, like a stem.
View of the stem
This picture is a little hard to tell what it is but it is a side view of the flower to show you the twists and how to work it way down the stem.
Backside of the flower.
This is my flower complete. I had some loose spots of paper when I was finished so I just added a few dots of glue where needed to clean it up a bit. But the stem will either disappear or you will have some of it still showing, depending on how loose you make your petals. You can leave the stem and just glue it down or carefully tear it off. Your preference, but I left mine.
Here is my completed flower.
I made a few flowers at a time before I started gluing them to my wreath form.
To hang, I just tied a ribbon around the wreath form before I began gluing the flowers down.
I then just glued the flowers directly over the ribbon to hide it.
Work your way gluing the roses around the wreath form. Be sure to glue them close enough to hide any gaps so your can’t see the form between the roses.
I started at the top to hide my ribbon but then made rows starting in the center and working my way to the outside.
And here is an up close shot of my finished wreath. I actually sat it outside in the sun for a few minutes to let it fade a little because the blue was just a little to bright for the other colors I had in our living room.