Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Case of the Crepe Paper Wreath & the Missing Fingerprints

I was in love with the idea of making a wreath with crepe paper flowers after I saw the flower tutorial House of Smith's
I didn't have a foam wreath, but did have this one that I had picked up a long time ago at the Dollar Store.  So I covered it with some strips of black fabric. 

Cut the fabric into strips and wrap until covered.

Now that was the easy part, Shelly made the flowers look easy. You can read her tutorial here. 
While not hard, the flower making is tedious.
Here's what I found useful:
1. A large basket to hold the flowers as you make them.
2. At least two rolls of crepe paper (depending on the size of the wreath of course)
3. Trusty hot glue gun (I think I'll ask for a cordless one for Christmas)
4. A comfy place to sit (in front of a television preferably)
5. A weeks worth of General Hospital on DVR

I was so  tired of making flowers  excited to get started, I started attaching the flowers to the wreath before I had enough. 

Attached some ribbon to hang the wreath by.

43 Billion tiny crepe paper flowers and the hot glue gun.......
Will I ever learn. I think I burned off every one of my fingerprints with the hot glue gun.  

It's hot Brandy!!! Stop touching it! There must be some disconnect in my brain.

"Oh look, a glob of glue is oozing the wrong way.... I'll just wipe it away."

Obviously the level of my genius is astounding.

When I finished I loved it, Dears Hubs was not quite so enamored with the idea of pink wreath....
Go figure. He's a boy, doesn't get the need for pink.

She's very cute. But let me tell you a little something about southern summers.  I finished this back in August. I wasn't thinking about seasons, etc. I just wanted to see how it looked.  I came home about a week later and while coming up the driveway thought.....
It was gone! 
 Obviously I think a lot of myself that my first thought would be that someone would take it. Ha. 
She was laying on the ground. So sad :-( to see her there.
I noted that the hot glue I hastily attached the ribbon with must have come apart 
(should have sewed the ribbon, but I have warned you about my impatience)
The hot glue didn't come apart, it was GONE!!!
One week of hanging on the door in 115 degree temps during a southern summer had evaporated the hot glue!!! Wow!

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AliLilly said...

That looks great!!!! I'm making one too! I am almost done but I ran out of pink and I am having a bit of trouble finding the same shade!! :(

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Really cute! Sorry it died on you. Well the glue that is. And what is about dripping glue. I wipe it off too and then scream, Crap! Well, it might not be crap that I scream. You have a ton of patience that that.

Country Dreaming said...

Cute wreath.
Where does one get a cordless glue gun? I need one!


Brandy said...

Thank you Melinda!! I saw them at Hobby Lobby.

Matt and Kelli said...

The wreath turned out so cute. I bought some crepe paper the other day (ok, so maybe a month ago) to make this same thing but I never got around to actually doing it. You inspired me to get mine done! Thanks for being the brave one to follow me first and for all your comments. It's nice to know you're not talking to yourself! ;) Sorry I can't really remember where I got the fabric for the bedding from. I know I got it from several places but mainly Joann's.

Mama's Viewfinder said...

Hi Stopping by from the Girl Creative Party.

Love the wreath! I will have to try this soon!

Helena said...

That's really pretty. (I'm stopping by from NFF)

Life in Rehab said...

That's seriously adorable. I'll bet that would look really cute on my big pink house too...

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devin said...

I'm so glad it wasn't stolen! That is way too pretty to give up!

Kristin Renee' Wynegar said...

that pink is sooo lovevly!!! you did an awesome job. :) By the way, I am your newest follower. hope to hear from you soon!!!

Carol said...

This is too pretty, and I'm not even a pink fan. Don't worry, your fingerprints will be back someday(I think). I, too, avoid the glue gun for this very same reason.


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