How about making a spring wreath, steampunk style? After posting our Steampunk Photo Cube a few months ago, I promised another steampunk craft project, and today is the day. Designer Kathleen George is sharing her tutorial for a Steampunk Songbird Wreath and authors Jennifer & Kitty O’Neil are sharing a copy of their new book Steampunk Chic.
If you like mixed media art and Victorian or vintage style, and tinkering with old watches, gears, jewelry parts, keys, hardware, and other found items, then steampunk style is for you. Here’s what authors Jennifer & Kitty have to say about steampunk: “It’s watch faces, keys and gears spun together with crystals, silk and lace . . . Steampunk Chic is the union of antique technology with Victorian charm and elegance.”
In today’s wreath tutorial, corrugated metallic paper mimics metal, and gives this wreath a hint of industrial chic. A mix of found objects and purchased scrapbook embellishments add Victorian flare. Use our wreath for your inspiration, and then mix & match what you have on hand, and shop yard sales and flea market for more fun finds. Half the fun is making it yours!
To make a Steampunk Songbird Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 12” x 1” wreath
- Corrugated paper: Silver E-flute and Riptide (purchased from PaperArts.com)
- Scrapbook embellishments: gears, locks, keys, charms, watch faces, Victorian images, paper roses, etc.
- Other embellishments: washers, buttons, bead chain light pull
- Various adhesives: Paper paste; craft pins; brads; small flat head nails; glue dots
- Tools needed: Exacto knife; pin tool or large darning needle; palette knife or narrow putty knife; small sharp paper scissors
For the Steampunk Songbird, you will need:
- 3” faux bird
- Acrylic craft paint: warm tan; silver
- Crackle medium
- Tooling metal
- Watch gears
- Silver corrugated paper, scraps
To make a Steampunk Songbird Wreath:
1. Trace the wreath on the reverse side of the fluted corrugated paper. Cut 1” strips of corrugated paper and cover the outside and inside edges of the wreath. Glue and pin paper strips to edges of the wreath. Glue and pin paper to the front of the wreath. Place a book on top of the wreath and let dry.
2. Cut out ½” strips of Riptide embossed paper. Score lightly down the center length of each strip using an Exacto knife and a straight edge. Score the paper just deep enough so that it can be crisply folded; do not cut all the way through.
3. Fold the paper strip in half, and make small snips every ¼” along the open edge. Fit strip along the inside and outside edge of the wreath, pinning and gluing in place.
4. Cut out three triangle shapes from the corrugated paper and attach to the wreath using finishing nails. (Hint: If needed, make starter holes in the paper using a needle tool or large darning needle.)
5. Arrange your various embellishments and finds on the wreath. Mix, match and overlap the different elements till you like the arrangement. Depending on the item, attach embellishments to the wreath with paste, glue dots, nails, brads and pins.
To make a Steampunk Songbird:
1. Paint the bird warm tan, brushing on paint in the direction of the feathers. Let paint dry.
2. Read manufacturer’s instructions for applying the crackle medium. Brush on a thick coat of crackle medium. After specified dry time, brush on silver metallic paint. Let dry.
3. Cut out a wing and crown feathers from tooling metal. Emboss with gears, buttons or other dimensional items. Glue on wings. Fold a 3/16” tab in the base of the head feathers and glue tab to top of bird’s head.
4. Decorate wing with small gears.
5. Cut three long, thin tail feathers from embossed paper. Glue to bird.
6. Glue bird to top of wreath.
7. Adhere beaded chain to top of the bird’s beak; thread chain down and around the gears, pinning in place as needed. Attach ornament at end of chain.
At the CHA Show in January, I met with Jennifer & Kitty O’Neil, authors of the book Steampunk Chic. When I mentioned how much Crafts ‘n Coffee readers like steampunk-style crafts, they gave me a signed copy of their book for a giveaway!
You’ll find so much inspiration in Steampunk Chic, along with a dozen different projects with step-by-step instructions. The O’Neils, who are known for their flea market prowess, will show you how to mix and match gears, keys, postage stamps, buttons, and other ephemera to create your own funky, vintage yet modern home décor.
For your chance to win, leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite crafting trend is right now – is it steampunk? Or is it something else? Leave your comment by next Friday, March 30. (I’m keeping this giveaway simple, because I have a very busy week planned for Crafts ‘n Coffee next week . . . ).
UPDATE: Kathy Jones, you’re the winner of Steampunk Chic! Please contact me by noon on Friday. Thank you!
(This giveaway is now closed.)