Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Wreath, a tutorial & a small give away!

Ok so I needed a little Christmas something to fill a spot on my wall. Was about to hit the stores on this crazy full weekend before Christmas. (What was I even thinking) Then it hit me........make something silly. You are crafty!! Looking through my stash I thought of how I wish I had the MS pine branch punch. There has been lots of talks about it lately. Well I do have the TH pine cone die. How in the world did I not realize that this looks almost the same only larger. So the light bulb went off & I began.....

Please read more for supplies used, the tutorial & how to easily enter my give away.
2- 8 ½ by 11 pieces of green cardstock cut into 2 by 2 ¾ pieces (light green & medium green)
5 inch wreath form cut from cereal box
Green acrylic paint
Tim Holtz pine cone die
Green distress ink & an applicator
White pearl adhesive bling
White glue & glue gun

  • Cut 5 inch wreath from cereal box & paint both sides green. (Don’t worry too much over your cut, it will be covered up)
  • While drying begin to shade pieces of cardstock with distress ink. Do so by pouncing ink around edges. I inked it lightly, you of course can ink more if you like.
  • Mist with water. This will spread the ink a little & this is what we want.
  • Lightly crumple cardstock & open up flat. Allow to dry. (You can use a heat tool if you like) 
  • Don’t be too concerned with the inking. After the misting & all the layering “perfect inking” won’t be noticed. 
  • Staple a loop of twine to wreath form for hanging. (Do this now so it can be covered by branches) 
  • Layer 3-4 pieces of cardstock over branch part of die & run through die cut machine. Run forward & backward through machine to insure a full cut through all pieces of cardstock. 
  • Now begin layering branches all the way around wreath. Working with glue 2-3 inches at a time. Now if you notice on your die cut there is a “front” side with the paper bending down on the edges & a “back” side with the edges bending up. While layering turn some die cuts front side up & some down. Not only does this mix up the texture but also then you get 4 slightly different shades of the green. Inked sides & non inked sides. 
  • Be sure not to squish the branches down flat while gluing. Let dry & fluff out. Remember……just like the real thing, it can be trimmed if a branch sticks out to far. 
  • Tie ribbon into a bow & attach with glue gun.
  • Finally add the pearls & Tada…….a pretty wreath to hang.


Now for the giveaway. All you have to do is become a follower or already be following & leave a comment on this blog post. I will be giving away a little bit of my wintery stash. I will also be adding a surprise to this stuff on Monday. I will pick a winner using on Wednesday morning.

I added this to the give away
Some presents for you!!!!!

Good Luck & as always,
Thanks so much for looking!


  1. Your wreath is gorgeous! I'm going to have to look for that die and get one for myself. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  2. what a pretty wreath! Thank you for the tutorial, maybe next year I'll have more time to try this. Christmas always comes too fast.

  3. Thank you for your directions! I've tried building a wreath and it just didn't work out right. I'm going to give your directions a go! It's so pretty and would make such pretty Christmas ornaments. Thanks!

  4. OMG I looove this!!! You did an amazing job, thank you for sharing!

  5. Your wreath turned on gorgeous. I love it. TH pine die is on my Xmas wishlist and I will give this a try is Santa brings me it.

    Thanks for sharing and for the great tutorial.

  6. It looks beautiful! I am awaiting the arrival of my MS punch!

  7. Great tutorial, your wreath is beautiful!

  8. love, love, love the wreath!!!!! i signed up to follow your blog.

  9. Thanks Julia! It looks really nice up on the wall. I hope you get to try it!