Festive Wreath: Brother Scan N Cut Excitement!

OK so this machine is a little specialist, and I know not too many people are likely to have one lying about their house, but I got one for my birthday (thank you husband 😊) so I thought I'd show you my first make with it! I originally wanted one of these so I could cut my own stencils; I find getting stencils I like in Italy quite difficult, and I do love to add a little embellishment on furniture I'm painting!

So although I have this fancy machine to cut out shapes for me, I still have to do all the gluing and styling myself so I'm not completely redundant yet! AND if you don't have a cutting machine, you can cut out flower shapes and make this wreath yourself it will just take a little longer. Just to prove it I've taken a close up photo of one flower I cut myself as I thought my wreath needed just one more and I didn't want to get my Scan N Cut out and set up again - it's probably not as sharp as the others but it still looks pretty good! So the basic flower consists of 3 or 4 layers of the same shape, you just have to cut sections off each one (2 petals off of one, 1 petal off of one, none off the last one) to get the smaller inside versus the larger outside. I used a mixture of 5-7 petals with rounded and pointy petals in different sizes and preferably with a hole in the middle (it makes it easier to wire them afterwards).

The little illustration below explains how to assemble the cut outs into the petal cones. You need to cut where the red lines are and then glue petal 1 onto petal 2 to make a cone, then each cone needs to be glued together with the smallest fitting into the next smallest and so on. You can also use the cut out petals to make even smaller cones to glue into the middle of the flowers, or trim them into individual ones that can be glued inside.

I chose to use a deep red (for Christmas!) and some pages with text from an old botanical book I found in a charity shop (I already used alot of the illustration pages to make paper cone confetti holders for my wedding!). I think the text flowers add a vintage feel too :) I used fairly thick paper and card for these flowers, but I'm sure this would work with thinner paper or even crepe paper to make the flowers easier to hand cut and even do a few layers at once.

I used my glue gun to stick them together as despite the ouchy fingers sometimes it's quick and sticks the petals well. Having said that I did use Pritt Stick for a couple of the flowers as my toddler was running rampant at the time so the hot glue gun was a no no, he seems to have a radar for anything hot, sharp or breakable - anyway the Pritt stick worked fine you just have to wait a bit between each gluing to make sure the petal cones are actually stuck together. I also used a small pencil-like tool to curl over the petals outwards slightly to help give the flowers an open look. Because I wanted to attach these to a moss wreath I needed to wire them, but I think the beads on the wire look good and finish off the flowers anyway. I cut some thin wire to about 5 inches and threaded on 6 or 7 red and black beads, I then bent it evenly in half with the beads in the middle and twisted it to make a beaded loop. I threaded this through the middle of each flower and bent and cut the wire depending on where I was inserting it into me wreath. I've not glued any of these in so they could be moved if I noticed a gap or the size and colour of flowers was uneven. I remembered to add a festive ribbon to actually hang it up BEFORE I added all the flowers (this time!) otherwise it can get tricky to tie on a ribbon around all the paper flowers which are quite delicate. Finally, I wired some small pine cones to fill in a few gaps and hey presto we have a festive wreath! I'm quite keep to do some more text papers flowers and make one for display all year round 👍👍

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