DIY Kiwi Lane Wreath

home decor

gail_owensHello there!

Gail Owens here with a few more tips to share along with a home decor project! I know, ANOTHER home decor project?! Yes, but this is the last one in my three part series. Then it’s back to cards and layouts… and maybe another decor piece thrown in on occasion.

So, here is the project that I came up with using my Kiwi Lane Designer Templates:

Fall Wreath - Home decor

This beautiful wreath was so much fun to make! I found the grapevine wreath at a thrift store with some rather scraggly looking flowers and ribbon on it. It was just begging to be turned into something beautiful, and I took it upon myself to make it so!

The first thing I did was rip out all of the dusty, faded flowers and throw them away.

*TIP: When you repurpose an older item, make sure you look over the entire item and note any areas that you may have to cover or work around, and adjust your design to accommodate those areas.  

I did notice that there were a few spots that were damaged. A bit of white paint, a glob of dried glue that wouldn’t come off and a small part where it looked like something attempted to smash the wreath. Just a few minor things that needed to be covered by my design.

Now that my wreath was ready, I needed a plan. I knew this decor project would be going on the wall with the two other home decor pieces I had previously made (you can find the blog posts for those HERE and HERE) and I knew I wanted it to group well with them, so that meant I would be using warm colors. I also wanted some sort of flower. With that in mind, I gathered some paper in shades of yellow, orange, red and brown and began the Play to Create process with my Kiwi Lane Designer Templates. I ended up with a few different sizes of something resembling a sunflower.)

sunflower

I started cutting out a bunch of different flower shapes in a few color combinations along with brown circles (for the center of the flower). Here are a couple of examples of what I ended up with:

assembling a flower

creating a flower

Along with the obvious sunflower/sun shape found in the Nature and Tiny Nature template sets, you can use the five-pointed flower/star shape found in the Christmas and Tiny Holiday template sets (just make an additional layer to create more petals).

*TIP: Use multiple layers to build a full, dimensional flower.

I ended up cutting out way more layers than I needed, but I’d much rather have too many layers than discover that I have too few later on in the process.

Now that I had all my layers cut, I wanted to make them look a little less…well, flat. Did you know that if you run a large ball stylus around the edge of paper, it will curl your paper? This is exactly how I made my flowers a little more three dimensional.

Here’s what it looks like: