twenty-five to thirty sheets of really great printed craft paper (I LOVE this line)
twenty-five to thirty sheets of solid color paper
an old book
buttons (thirty or so)
glitter(oh my I do love glitter)
needle nose pliers
foam wreath form
Using your craft paper and old book, cut out "X" shapes in various sizes with rounded edges. The largest should be around 6-8 inches and the smallest should be about 3 inches. Cut four each from the printed paper, solid paper and old book pages. Do not worry about uniformity. It looks better if each petal is unique. Also cut out circles for the flower centers. I use a 1 1/2 inch die cut.
Cut a length of floral wire (I like to use heavy gauge wire for more stability). Thread a button onto one end and using your needle nose pliers, curve the wire so the it goes back through the button.
Follow with a circle.
If you want to glitter your flower, use some glue to coat your paper and sprinkle and tap off excess. Start to crumple and shape your petals. I like to curl mine inward. Stack the petals one by one on the wire.
After you have stacked all twelve petals, use your needle nose pliers to make a curl with the wire in the back to hold the petals tight.
My wreaths are fairly large and require twenty-five to thirty flowers. Yes, it does take me forever.
It lasts forever. The flowers never die.
And you can always make a small one if you don't think you can handle hours of crumpling paper.
Poke the wire from each flower into the foam wreath. It may take a little tweaking to get them arranged just right.
Oh, and send me a pic of your finished wreath!
*****Okay I'm writing this very small because I don't want to come across as a intellectual property freak, but I would like to say that you are welcome to use this tutorial for personal use, but please ask before you publish it somewhere. After all, It's the polite thing to do.