Try tissue paper decoupage to make an Ombre Spring Wreath (and you might win it, too)

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.)

decoupage an ombre wreath

A bright spring wreath for a bright, spring day.

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:

how to make tissue paper flowers

The purple flowers look just like violets.

  • 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.

how to make tissue paper flowers

Layer together three flowers for each bloom.

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.

Happy crafting!


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15 Responses to Try tissue paper decoupage to make an Ombre Spring Wreath (and you might win it, too)

  1. Aaron says:

    I’ve been trying to find purple tissue paper that color. Any idea who the supplier is? Thanks,

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks for stopping in and unfortunately, I don’t know the source for these papers. However, if you can’t find something similar in the store, I’m sure you can find purple tissue paper online. Sharon

  2. LeeAnn says:

    I’ve been working on sock monkey dolls this week – but I’m thinking I may have to try this wreath!

  3. Geri Johnson says:

    So pretty! Almost looks like it’s glowing from within hung in the window! I finished up a set of docorated name letters for my new great niece & got them mailed on Monday!

  4. Birgit says:

    Lovely wreath — thanks for the chance to give it a good new home. 🙂

    I worked on a photo book this week. I guess I have more photo-related projects coming up in the next few weeks — maybe even this weekend if I have enough time. Now that the weather is finally warmer, there’s a lot to do in the garden!

    Happy weekend,

  5. Jeannie (blue) says:

    Thanks for the tut and chance to win.

  6. buggalcrafts says:

    Very nice wreath! I am going to make some more faux-vintage mini hat pins (I recently gave the directions to make these on my blog).

  7. eileenhull says:

    Kathleen George is so talented! Love this wreath- cool technique…

  8. Lindy says:

    Beautiful wreath! I actually made a moss initial wreath for my cousin’s bridal shower gift which is Saturday. I also made a canvas and I’ve started a few other wreaths.

    • Sharon says:

      I love hearing about everyone’s crafty plans & projects! Very inspiring! If you can, share a photo on the StyroCrafts Facebook page. I’d love to see them! Sharon

  9. Donna O'Neil says:

    I am going to cut out paper flowers for the burlap cones I am going to make for my cousin’s wedding. I am, of course, going to stuff them with styrofoam cones. But that won’t be for a while.

  10. ambjer s. says:

    I started a new project this week, a knit shawl.

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