Papercrafting Patriotism: A Red, White & Blue Project
Happy Monday Everyone!
Are you ready for the 4th of July holiday?
I am now!
First, I am thrilled to participate with Mandy after following her blog for some time – she always has fun shares and projects.
And well, she’s just a doll!
Second, I needed an excuse to take a break from work and do some papercrafting in preparation for Independence Day.
What’s my Red, White & Blue papercraft project?
A patriotic wreath for our home for the “Red, White & Blue” holidays.
Since I was taken with the idea after seeing a Thanksgiving version of this type of wreath in my local Archiver’s, and I thought you might want to make one (once you saw how cool it looks and how easy it is to make), I prepared a photo tutorial to share (tools used are listed at the end of the post).
Determine how large you want your wreath to be and what papers you’ll use.
I chose to make a bunch of different rosettes, in varying sizes, using the papers in my stash and a few from the newer collections.
Because this was my first attempt at making one of these, I was not sure how many rosettes I would need to cover the wreath form I made, so I simply made between 3-7 of each size and color combination, knowing I could use the leftovers for another project (like a mini album cover or table decorations).
Cut your papers in strips.
I chose to use 12×12 papers, but you could use other sizes if you prefer.
I cut my paper into 1″ strips, 1 1/2″ strips and 2″ strips.
I paired my papers so that the 2″ strips would make the base of the rosette, the 1 1/2″ strips would create the middle layer and the 1″ strips would be the top layer of the rosette.
Score your paper strips every 1/2″, then fan-fold them (with one strip being folded back first and one strip being folded forward first so they line up correctly when paired and attached).
I chose to score all of mine first then fan-fold them all at one time, but you could score and fan-fold them at the same time – there’s no right or wrong way to do it.
When attaching the strips (end to end) be sure that you maintain the zig-zag pattern by tucking the back side of one strip to the front side of the other (keep in mind that if you are using patterned paper you will need to make sure the pattern lines up when you attach the ends).
You will now have 24″ zig-zag strips (if you have used 12×12 papers).
Cut 1/2″ pieces of double-stick tape (I like using foam tape as it holds really well and you can leave the cover on one side until you need to attach the rosettes) and line the pieces up side by side on the edge of your work surface, attaching just a small portion of the tape so it’s easy to remove each strip as you need them.
Note: I don’t recommend cutting the adhesive strips/squares one by one as you need them as you have to hold the rosette’s shape and that’s hard to do with scissors in your hand!
One more idea: you could use the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to attach the strips to each other. You would just need to make sure that you position the staples inside the creases, and perpendicular to the folds, so they don’t show when the rosette is created.
Now attach the other two ends of each 24″ strip to create a circle.
Then press on the outsides of the circle to draw the upper edge of the circle toward the center and press down and then in to create the rosette.
Once you have the rosette formed, stick one piece of the double-stick tape in the center of the rosette to keep it shaped. (You’ll leave the adhesive covering on the exposed side of the double-stick tape until you attach the rosettes to each other.)
You’ll then flip the rosette over (see image below) and adhere another piece of double-stick tape to the back side. (You’ll leave the adhesive covering on the exposed side of the double-stick tape until you attach the finished rosettes to the wreath.)
You’ll now punch out shapes (in two-three different sizes so they can be stacked) to use as embellishments on the wreath.
I chose two different punch shapes (in varying sizes) and cut them out of a variety of coordinating papers.
Note: although I liked the shape this third punch made,
it really struggled when punching cardstock
so I ended up not using it.
Now it’s time for bling!
I chose to add brads in varying shapes and styles, but you can choose whatever you have on hand or can find in your local store.
Since I needed to get my brads through three layers of stacked cardstock shapes, I grabbed my Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick and created a hole in the center of each stack to make it easier to slide the brad ends in.
I then slipped a brad through each hole…
…and bent back the prongs.
Now, attach the embellished stacks to the center of the rosettes.
Once you have all the rosettes created, match them up according to size and which designs you want paired with which.
Remove the second side of the adhesive and attach the rosettes to create stacks of 2 or 3.
I chose to create some double-stacked rosettes and some triple-stacked rosettes, but again, there is no right or wrong way to do this – do what makes YOU happy!
Now it’s time to create your wreath!
For the wreath, you can buy a foam or rafia circle wreath, or create your own from a hanger or a piece of foam pipe insulation.
I chose to create one from a piece of pipe insulation I found in our garage (thanks hubby!).
To create a wreath from pipe insulation (which looks like a pool noodle with a hollow center), simply shape the foam into a circle, aligning the ends, and use duct tape to wrap the ends together.
I used white duct tape and continued the tape all around the foam insulation so the wreath was white behind the rosettes.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to attach the hanging mechanism (I used a sheer ribbon) to the top center of the wreath BEFORE you start attaching the rosette stacks. Adding it after attaching the stacked rosettes could be tough and/or bend your rosettes.
The first step in decorating your wreath is to lay out the rosette stacks around the wreath base and see what looks good to you.
Will you create a symmetrical or asymmetrical wreath?
It’s up to you!
Once you’re happy with the placement of the rosette stacks, start adhering them by removing the covering off the adhesive on the back of each stack base and sticking the stacks to the wreath base.
As you add a stack, you’ll want to add additional adhesive squares to the back of the stack (where it comes in contact with a rosette stack behind the one you’re adding) so they have more than one adhesion point.
And that’s it!
The finished wreath!
Have questions about any of the steps?
Leave a comment and I’ll do my best to provide answers.
And, if you create your own wreath
(whether for a Red, White & Blue holiday or another holiday or occasion),
please share a link in the comments so we can all see what YOU created!
(If you create something patriotic,
we’ll also add it to our “Papercraft – Patriotic” Pinterest Board)
Happy Papercrafting & Have a Great 4th of July!
- Left: Scor-Pal (for scoring paper strips)
- Right: Fiskar’s Portable Paper Trimmer (for cutting paper strips)
- On Top of Paper Trimmer: craftSMART Scissors (for cutting adhesive strips/squares and trimming paper edges when necessary)
- Left: McGill 1″ Starburst Punch (I did not end up using this punch as it had a really tough time punching cardstock)
- Center: EK Success 1 1/8″ Circle Punch
- Right: Fiskar’s 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch