The month of the hearts is another rich season for getting busy. Here, I'd like to share with you about creating a Valentine wreath although this may actually be an all-year round conversation piece and dainty decor inside the home. It can brighten up any room.
- bright colored papers- gift wrap, origami or scrapbook papers (glossies are used for this one creating unique patterns and colors)
- EK butterfly punch or paper shapers
- Large board paper
- 2 sizes of satin, organza ribbons for hanging. The narrower ribbon should be at least 12 to 15 inches long and the broader ribbon will be used as decorative one.
- Pencil for tracing or marking patterns
- Glue gun and stick.
- Punch out several colored papers using the butterfly shapers.
- Draft a large heart on board paper with an inner smaller heart shape creating a diameter between the two hearts of 2-3 inches. Imperfect shape is more interesting, but be sure it is identifiable as a heart! Cut out. This one here is about 15 inches wide and 13 inches high.
- Layer about 3 of the same shapes and size
- Arrange the butterflies to fill up as much space.
- Staple them on the middle, positioning on the heart board at random.
- Fill up as much space as possible.
- Punch a hole on the middle top of the heart. Insert narrow ribbon and tie on both ends to create a hanger. Tie the broader ribbon interloped with the narrow one to create accent.
- Lift edge of butterfly wings and pinch on the middle to create #D effect and volume.
- Hang in place.
- print out butterfly illustrations such as the ones here, enlarged to your desired size.
- Cut out patterns and trace on page of the most interesting colors/pattern side.
- Layer about 3 pages of same size, with the tracing marks on the top page.
- Staple the middle of the butterflies.
- Cut the butterflies out.
- Follow step 2 above.
- One by one, glue the middle part of the bottom butterfly on the heart board paper in place. Use glue gun as much as possible.
- Follow step 6 to 9 above.