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I love playing with different types of surfaces for wreaths and wall hangings! Flat surfaces sometimes can be a little tricky but here are some of my tips and tricks for working with them!
Here is what I used:
For this project, I spray painted my wreath form a muted copper and did a mix of dip dyeing and hand painting the flowers in a soft pink!
If you've been able to check out our other two wreath week tutorials, you probably know the drill by now!
Mark Your Edges and Start with Your Largest, Flattest Leaves:
To start your greenery base, select your largest, flattest leaves and mark your edges by placing greenery at the points where you want your greenery to end (see far left photo for an example). I marked the top edge, the bottom edge and the widest points on both sides. Once happy with placement, glue them down**
Next (middle photo), fill that section with the same greenery or another flat leaf greenery. You don't have to worry about covering everything as you'll be adding more greenery and then flowers to fill in!
When your leafy greenery is all in place, it is time to turn to your longest, wispiest greenery/filler (far right picture)! I do this second because they can be a little wild and unruly but the layers after this step will help tame them.
**One big change for this type of wreath is that I use E6000 instead of hot glue to put together the greenery base. I know E6000 is stinky and you need to use it in a well ventilated area and it takes 24 hours to fully cure/dry but...once it does, your greenery will be completely secured to the flat surface.
If you are making the wreath or wall hanging for indoor use, away from direct heat and sunlight, you should be okay to use gorilla hot glue. Do make sure you have several points on the greenery or anything else directly touching the flat surface glued down.
Since we covered most of the flat surface with greenery, there is more for your hot glue to grab onto if you wanted to switch to using that for the remaining steps. I'm sticking with E6000 (I like the option of having some extra time to change my mind on flower placement!).
When adding the flowers, I started with my largest flower first, then moving to the next largest and so on and so on. We will be adding more fillers after this step so embrace the gaps and spaces left behind after adding your flowers
Quick tip on arranging flowers - the rule of 3! For flowers of the same style and color, I will add them in and form triangles of different shapes (you can see this best with the solid pink American Beauties in the picture above). This creates balance in a piece without it needing to be completely symmetrical!
Remember those spaces left behind after we added in the flowers? Use your extra fillers to do just that - fill them! It brings in additional intrigue to your piece with different colors and textures.
And there you go! Another wreath type learned!
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