We’ve had a few gray days this week and it’s nice to see the sun again today. A sunny Friday puts me in the mood for this Ombre Spring Wreath designed by Kathleen George. Kathleen used four different shades of pink tissue paper to create the subtle gradation in color that’s so trendy right now. I like the added punch from the bright posies, too. (Need more ideas? See the spring wreath round up from earlier this year, or the Ruffle Wreath from last year.)
Decoupaging is a simple, satisfying technique, and offers a lot of flexibility, too (is there a crafter who doesn’t look at a project and think “hmmm, I think I’ll tweak this a little . . .?).
- Use your favorite color.
- Position your tissue paper so the gradation in color goes from top to bottom.
- Tear your tissue into small pieces if you don’t have a 1” paper punch.
- Skip the ombre look all together and use pretty paper napkins instead.
So, here we go . . .
To make an Ombre Spring Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 12” wreath
- Tissue paper: two sheets each of light, medium, medium dark, and dark pink tissue paper (or other color of your choice); and one sheet each of light green, yellow, and magenta
- Mod Podge, matte finish
- Floral wire or ribbon, 3” length
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools: Scissors; paper punches: 1” circle, and 1” and 2” daisies; straight pins with gold heads, yellow heads, and plain
To make an Ombre Spring Wreath:
1. Punch out a handful of 1″ circles from each shade of pink tissue paper; fold or layer the tissue so that you’re punching through 6 – 8 sheets at a time.
2. Starting with the inner edge of the wreath, spread on a generous coat of Mod Podge. Apply the tissue paper circles in the darkest shade around the inside edge, and gently brush over them with Mod Podge. Brush in one direction to avoid wrinkling.
3. Repeat, working in rings around the wreath and moving from the darkest shade on the inner edge to the lightest around the outer edge. Overlap the circles as you go, and double up if you need a more intense color. Punch out extra circles as needed. Set aside to dry.
4. When dry, brush on a second coat of Mod Podge.
5. Punch out 2” flowers from yellow tissue paper and 1” flowers from magenta tissue. You will need three punched pieces per flower.
6. Layer together three yellow flowers, alternating the petals, and insert a gold head straight pin in the center. Pinch the tissue paper up around the pin head from the back so that the petal flare out and separate a bit. Insert the pin into the wreath.
7. Repeat for the magenta flowers, using the yellow head pins for the centers.
I’m going to celebrate a sunny spring day by giving away our Ombre Spring Wreath. If you’d like to win the wreath, leave a note below and tell me what craft project you worked on this week, or your crafty plans for this weekend. (I had fun this week paging through vintage craft books — can’t wait to share a few of those ideas with you, and I hope to have the time to do a little beading this weekend.)
Be sure to leave your answer by midnight on Monday, 4/30, and I’ll announce a winner on Tuesday, May Day.