Have you seen the pads of textured papers in the scrapbook aisles of your local craft store? The textures are fabulous, and the pads include cork, burlap and corrugated cardboard. Mix and match a few of these papers (well, they’re sort of papers) and you add instant interest to whatever you’re making. Kathleen George crafted this beautiful and Totally Textured Cork & Burlap Flower Wreath. It’s pretty right now for summer’s end, and the textures and colors will see you right into fall. Don’t you want to reach out and touch it?
To make a Cork & Burlap Flower Wreath, you will need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath with a flat front
- Self-adhesive cork paper, 12” x 12”, two sheets
- Self-adhesive burlap paper, 12” x 12”, one sheet natural and one sheet white
- Corrugated cardboard, 9” x 11”, one sheet dark brown
- Distressing ink
- Buttons, 10 in assorted shades of brown
- Ribbon, ½” x 8”
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; sponge applicator; straight pin; optional: Sizzix die #557690 and Sizzix machine*
*Note: Kathleen has provided flower and leaf patterns, so the Sizzix is not necessary. Also, this die is retired, so if it’s not already in your stash, please use the patterns.
To make a Cork & Burlap Flower Wreath:
1. Cover the wreath in cork paper:
- Trace around the wreath on the paper side of a cork sheet.
- Cut 1” strips to cover the outside edges of the wreath.
- Peel the paper backing from the 1” strips, and cover the wreath edges first.
- Adhere the cork to the front of the wreath.
2. Using the flower and leaf patterns, cut out the flowers and leaves listed below. The # number refers to the pattern number; the numbers in parentheses are the number you need to cut out:
- Large leaf, #1 – (6) natural burlap, (2) cardboard
- Small leaf, #2 – (6) cardboard, (14) natural burlap
- Largest flower, #3 – (2) white burlap, (2) cardboard
- Daisy flower, #4 – (2) cardboard, (4) white burlap
- Circle, #5 – (4) white burlap, (2) natural burlap, (2) cardboard
- Medium flower, # 6 – (8) cork
- Flower with hole in center, #7 – (2) white burlap, (2) cardboard
- Optional: If you have Sizzix die #557690, you can use the die for #1 – #5, and then hand cut #6 and #7
3. Distress edges of #6 and #7 flowers using distressing ink and a sponge applicator.
4. Dab copper ink on flowers cut from corrugated cardboard; the ink will highlight the raised ridges.
5. Layer together 12 flowers and arrange them on the wreath. Once you like your arrangement, glue the flowers down, one at a time.
6. Glue buttons to the center of the flowers, except for two with open centers.
7. Knot together the ends of the ribbon, and pin and glue the loop to the back of the wreath for a hanger. Let the glue dry before hanging the wreath.
Have you tried these textured papers? What have you made with them?