Flower Power

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACelebrate the first day of summer tomorrow with a repurposed cardboard wreath! I so look forward to summer flowers and sometimes change my walking routine to walk past little cottages here in Seaside that have whimsical flower gardens. I made up several of these wreaths for a bazaar and  Cartm, a 80% recycled art gallery in Manzanita, Oregon

You are going to need some scrap packaging cardboard, a wreath form, buttons, craft paint, wire and some paint pens come in handy. Cut about 13 3inch and 4 inch circles.  Cut wedge shaped pieces from some of the larger circles to make flower petals. Paint the circles and decorate with paint pens.  Poke two holes in the center of each flower and use a 4 inch piece of wire to thread a button on twisting one time to secure.

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Cut 30 leaf shaped pieces and paint the fronts with craft paint and decorate with stem lines after the paint is dry.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It works best to put the leaves on first by lapping the leaf shape over in the back and squirting a bit of hot glue and press down securing each leaf.  Then place each flower on the wreath form with the wire, twisting the extra wire until it is tightly held in place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is what the finished wreath looks like from the back side.  It is so fun to have a good use for packaging cardboard, and this is a fun craft the whole family can make together.

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This wreath can hang on the front door if you have a storm door, or it will brighten the wall perfect for summertime!

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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