Back to my attempt. It was filled with a LOT of setbacks. But keep reading. I didn't scrap this project because I knew I could get past these difficulties! And the finished product would be worth it. Such optimism!
The first thing I did was gather my supplies. I mean, buy my supplies. Aside from the hot glue, I had no Christmas scrapbook paper or wreath form. It calls for a wooden wreath form, and after checking two craft stores, I ended up ordering one from Amazon.
Then I set off to do the fun part which was cutting the stars. I got out my Slice machine and cut a perfect 4" star. That was encouraging, but when I came back to cut the rest, I couldn't get the Slice to work. It made all kinds of strange noises and showed an error message on the screen. Mark took it apart (he likes a mechanical challenge) and found that the problem was due to a cracked drive gear. (No easy fix and I've since found that the company that makes Slice has gone out of business.)
|My star template|
I felt like I was back at square one. I went into the third craft store in our area for inspiration, and there it was - a 12" diameter regular width wreath form.
Then the pretty stars went on. I forgot to tell you that I bought little stick on rhinestones and some other stick on things, but I don't know what they're called. I stuck one in the center of each star.
And here it is. After all of that, I finally had a completed wreath! All of the silly stuff that happened during its production were worth it and quickly forgotten!
2. Measure, measure, measure. 3. Work quickly with hot glue. Not my favorite glue in the world, but I can see why it was suggested for this project.
Here's a list of what I finally ended up using for this pretty star wreath.
-A 12" diameter, 1-1/4" width wooden (could be pressboard, I don't know) wreath
-3" stars for background, heavier card stock, 17 of these
-4" stars (stars of the show, haha) out of Christmas scrapbook paper, 13 of these
-rhinestones, buttons, flat-backed shiny things for the center of the big stars.
-Something to cut out those stars - scissors are fine, but if you have a cutting machine that actually works, more power to you!
-Something to crease the big stars
-ribbon for a bow, if you want one
Like this wreath? Now go make one. Because I'm not giving ANYONE this one! Please understand why!