Post updated August 2nd, 2011…
Most of you have probably seen all the sunburst/starburst mirrors and such out there. You may even have been around our blog long enough to have seen our version of a Starburst - sans mirror because we have mirrors aplenty in the hallway.
And if you’ve read about ours, you know part of our original inspiration came from Janell’s starburst. Well, The Nester also saw Janell’s Starburst and was inspired to go in another direction. (Love the lamps and big prim bowl, btw).
Which in turn prompted me to create another (very similar) wreath.
You will need:
3 sheets of bristol board (for a nice large wreath)
a mirror or clock face
pencil, paper, eraser, ruler, scissors
glue gun, glue stick or white glue (your choice)
1. You will need three different sized petals. Basically decide how big you want your wreath, then make your petals accordingly. Create a large template for your largest petals, by cutting a rectangle the desired length, folding in half and free-hand drawing half a petal. It’s pretty easy – you really just have to shape the tops. Use pencil and erase and redraw as needed. Then cut out. When you open the fold both sides will be the same. Make the smaller petals by tracing this one and then trimming down. (See photo of finished wreath for a visual of the difference in petal sizes).
2. Once you have your three petal templates,trace onto bristol board. You will need 8 of each size. Then cut each piece out neatly.
3. Using a ruler or some sort of straight edge, fold each petal in half length-wise. Gently crease and reopen.
4. On a piece of plain or scrap paper, draw intersecting lines to arrange your petals on. After you’re happy with your arrangement, glue each petal down, one by one.
For the center, I could have used a mirror, like Nester did. But I couldn’t find one that was just right. So I bought a $2.98 Walmart clock instead. Mirror – clock? Stay with me here.
I took the clock apart and glue-sticked in some fabric that I had on hand (another Tonic Living sample) then popped the plastic cover back on. The beauty of this is that I can swap out the fabric to suit the room (or my decorating mood!).
5. Using your glue gun, glue the clock/mirror (or whatever else you choose) to centre of the petals.
And voila! For about $8.50($2.98 for clock + 3 sheets of bristol/poster board + Tonic Living fabric sample) I have a huge wall hanging. We originally hung it in our bedroom, but since we’ve recently redone the headboard and gone a totally different direction with the bedroom, we’ve moved this flowerburst wreath to the living room. Here’s where she hangs now:
What do you think? I bet you could even do this using dollar store stuff! What else could you put in the center?