How to weave a wreath of artificial flowers
In past times, in many countries, there was a tradition of weaving wedding wreaths. The wreath symbolized the crown, as well as feminine beauty and chastity. In France, since 1800-ies, such wreaths (after the wedding) were covered with wax, dried and placed under a glass cap. It was a way for lovers to keep in memory the pleasant moments about the wedding and marriage. Later, the wreath lost the symbolism that was attributed to him in the beginning. Now the wreath is perceived as a summer decoration. Today we want to invite you to make such a wreath of artificial flowers, which you (hopefully) did earlier, guided by the previous article. If not, then you can read about it here. So, let's get started.
You will need:
- artificial flowers (how to make them read here);
- leaf samples (downloadable here);
- wire (preferably green);
- green crepe paper;
- glue gun or glue;
- ribbon (if you also want to decorate your wreath);
- Scotch tape (optional);
- wax (optional);
- brush (optional).
1. The first thing to do is make a few leaves for our flowers. Therefore, use the samples of forms and cut out the necessary form from the green creped paper. Pay attention to the shape of the paper pattern - it should be located along the petal. Then take the stalk and brush the tip with glue.
2. Glue the sheet, and then at the base, roll with your fingers. In the end, you should get something like this.
3. Take a pen or pencil and twist the pieces a little to shape them.
4. Coating with wax. This step is not necessary at all. However, it will give the flowers and leaves of paper a more realistic look. Therefore, take a candle and melt the wax, and then with a brush gently apply the wax on the petals and set them aside so that they dry up a little.
5. All, now you are ready to put the wreath together. Start by cutting slices of green crepe paper about 1-1,5 in thickness. And then start wrapping this paper around the green wire. Periodically use glue to ensure better fixation. Continue until you get enough length to wrap the wire around your head (plus about 15-20 cm on each side - for a fit in the future). Then use the wire cutters, cut off the excess part of the wire, and bend the base of the wreath in an arc, like the Latin letter "U".
6. Take a few flowers and leaves, and then collect them in a small bouquet. Attach this composition so that flower buds are in the center of the base for the wreath. Then wrap the stems of flowers and the base for the wreath with green crepe paper and do not forget to use the glue for better fixation.
7. With the help of a clipper, trim the extra tips of the stems.
8. Next you need to repeat the steps of 7-8, each time going down a little lower. Thus, each successive bud of the flower will cover the place of attachment of the previous one. Continue until until the end of the wire will not be about 15 cm.
9. When you finish one side of the wreath - switch to the opposite. Start from the center and follow the steps of 7-9, but in another direction.
10. Your wreath is almost ready, it remains only to sort out the tips and adjust the wreath to the required size. To do this, one of the tips of the base bend into a ring and crepe paper in the base. Cut off the excess part.
11. Now put the other end into the loop and adjust the wreath to the required dimensions. When you decide on the size - bend the tip of the wire and form a ring (similar to the 11 step).
12. Well, lastly, if you want to hide the attachment, then use a silk (or other) ribbon. Wrap it around the place of attachment and tie a beautiful bow.