Saturday, 11 November 2017

Craft Fayre Ideas #7 Christmas Wreath

Thank you for popping in today for the last day of my series of paper crafted Craft Fayre ideas. If you've not seen the other projects they're all inked below and each one has its own blog post and video on the Crafty Little Things UK You Tube channel, including this one... here's the link for this gorgeous paper crafted wreath.

The idea is to have a couple on your stand but to sell the kits so people can take home all of the leaves and bits and bobs and have fun gluing it all together with kids/grandkids. I pop a link to a video tutorial and to a more detailed blog post in with the kit. You can even take a box of adhesives with you and encourage people to buy one to help them make the wreath up or include it in the kit price. If you want to keep the cost of the kit down then don't include the glue. Be careful not to use a Stampin' Up! stamped sentiment though, you'll have to use something else as the rules don't allow for inclusion of a Stampin' Up! stamped image in a kit.

It all begins with a 5.5 inch circle (more like a doughnut as I cut the centre out with a 2.5 inch die) and is built up using leaves cut from scraps of green papers that you may have lying around after your Christmas themed makes (I use a lot of red and green at this time of year, not sure if you do too but I'm working on that assumption).

You can cut a ton of different sized leaves using punches or dies or by hand if you like. I used the punch which is used to make a poinsettia flower from Stampin' Up! which is retired now but it gives you three different leaf sizes in one punch so is really useful if you can pick it up on resale sites. Of course I also used that and some real red left overs to make a poinsettia as the header flower for my wreath. The centre is a tiny scrap of Daffodil Delight cardstock.

I sandwiched some ribbon after threading some jingle bells onto it, between my two layers of 5.5 inch circle. Don't throw these bits away they can be used to make a super cute mini version later. In the video I changed my mind about the ribbon I was going to use after I'd done my sandwiching and so the ribbon is wrapped around the two layers of the doughnut and held in place by masking tape until the glued on leaves give it extra hold. In the picture and video I use Old Olive ribbon.

I used three colours for the leaves which are built up however you wish by gluing around the wreath and layering over one another, I used Garden Green and Old Olive for the leaves and made my holly leaves using Pear Pizzazz. I made them by cutting out ovals using different sized stitched shape framelits and then snipping at them with circle punches to get a holly leaf effect. I then used a half inch punch to pop out some red glimmer paper circles to use as berries and to give some dimension I glued these onto real red half inch card stock circles too. I made two bundles of holly using one large leaf, two small leaves and three berries for each and attached them to either side of the wreath.

I used a real red and old olive marker to add some really random veining to the leaves and flower petals which was really easy and quick to do and just added a little more of a realistic feel to the project.

I had a sentiment ready which was from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set and I just stamped it with Real Red onto Very Vanilla and just cut it by eye into a long rectangle and then using a bone folder gave it a little bit of a curve and then attached it using dimensionals.

You can do whatever you want with this, add glitter, diamonds, tinsel, change up the colours, change the flowers, make it larger or smaller (I made it this size as a 5.5 inch circle die is the biggest I could fit in my bigshot but you could cut bigger by hand or using a cutting machine.

I'm not sure I got the leaves and petals the right way round, one end is more pointed than the other but I don't really care, perfection was not my intent with this project, having some fun was and I certainly did that.

You may find making a lot of these for a craft stall a little fiddly and time consuming but if you prepare all of your components pop them into little boxes and then stick on some Christmas music, pour yourself a cuppa and start assembling them it is such relaxing creative fun you may even persuade other family members to join in and help. Besides with  a larger project like this you may want to add just a couple to your stall as eye catching decoration rather than swamp your space with them or go for the kit assembly idea that I mentioned.

True scrap busters, really easy and really low cost to put together with a potential for a nice little profit for you or your charity or both if your fayre is a profit share.

Thank you so much for dropping in and if you've followed the series, subscribed to my blog or my You Tube channel because of it I'm really grateful.

More papercrafting projects for Christmas will be heading your way soon from me but for this week I'm paper crafted out and taking a day or two off. Next week over on our general craft blog at we'll be running a series of 5 hand made projects for craft fayres which are not papercrafting projects so if you're interested in giving another craft a go pop over and sign up or subscribe to our You Tube channel as we'll be uploading our video tutorials there.

Have a great weekend.

Andrea x

Link to project 1
Link to project 2
Link to project 3
Link to project 4
Link to project 5
Link to project 6
*All images showing Stampin' Up! products must be copyrighted to Stampin' Up! as part of the demonstrator agreement. For that reason all images on this post which contain Stampin' Up! products are the copyright of Stampin' Up

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