Fifteen Paper Flower Techniques on a Christmas Wreath

It’s time for another Creative Design Team video series! This month, our team is sharing a variety of Christmas in July creations with you. If you have not had a chance to meet our team, you can view each of their channels by clicking on the Creative Design Team link in the menu above.


Today, I am sharing Fifteen Paper Flower making tips with you as I show you how to create this Christmas Clothespin Wreath. In the video, you will learn how to use up some of your paper scraps to create a holiday wreath and learn a few ways to dress up those paper flowers.

This wreath is very easy to make using wooden clothespins and a wire wreath frame. I used a mixture of patterns from the White Pines collection and Holiday Stack on my clothespins along with images from our Flower Market Cricut collection to create the wreath. This is a great project to use up those paper scraps you have from last Christmas.   

I like to use the 6×6 Paper Stacks for projects like this because the patterns are scaled down from the original design. The smaller pattern works well with the size of the clothespins making it easier to see the holiday images.

Each paper strip was cut to the size of the clothespin, then adhered to the top using a Matte Gel medium. In the video, I share a few adhesive options, but this Matte Gel is my favorite option for adhering paper to raw wood. I have added links to all the adhesives I show in the supply list at the end of this post.

If you want to make a wreath of your own or plan on using this design for a workshop, you might be wondering how many clothespins to purchase. Here is how you can determine what you will need for your wreath.

Diameter of Wreath X 3.14 = Total Number of 1″ Clothespins (12″ x 3.14 = 37.5)

Total 1″ Clothespins X 2 = Total Number of 1/2″ Clothespins (37.5 X 2 = 75)

For Two Layers of Clothespins Multiply by Two (75 X 2 = 150)

I found a batch of 50 clothespins for $0.97 each, and the wreath form was purchased at a dollar store, so this hardly cost me anything at all to make. It’s costs hardly anything if you choose to use paper scraps.


The next step is my favorite step – Decorating the Wreath with Paper Flowers! In the video, you will learn FIFTEEN of my favorite paper flower-making tricks. After you have watched the video, I will share my top three tips with you in detail.

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Did you enjoy the tutorial? How about the Flower-Making Tips? Those are always my favorite to share. When I began teaching online five years ago, I posted individual paper flower tutorials, and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed those. Every time I teach how to create paper flowers, these are the top five tips I always share.

Use Ink to Add Depth & Dimension

When you cut out a three-dimensional flower using your Cricut or die-cut machine, it is usually one-dimensional and one color. To add shadows and depth, I use ink, shimmer sprays, or paint.

I add layers of color to the edges and centers of both sides of the die-cut flowers and leaves. To create a natural vein, I fold the petals or leaves down the center and apply color to the fold adding just another level of dimension to my flower.

Alternate Thick & Thin Foam Tape

When I create flowers for home dΓ©cor pieces or a big bulky card, I alternate thin and thick foam tape between the layers. Sometimes, I double the layers of foam tape for a fluffy flower in full bloom.

Some of the layers do not have any foam tape at all. If I want to create depth and shadow, I will adhere a few layers flat against the bottom layer. On my berries, I added foam tape to a few of the buds and left the others flat against the background layer. This adds to the realistic look of the flower image.

Think Outside the Box

This might be hard for some of you, but when it comes to creating something unique, you need to think outside the box! Explore ideas that are creative and unusual and are not limited by rules. To be honest, I hate rules. If you tell me I have to do something, I will probably try to do the opposite (this coming from the lady with degrees in accounting and paralegal).

What I am trying to say is: When you are creating something new, try something unexpected. On my flowers, I used liquid pearls for berry tips, beads for pistils, vellum for petals, oxide ink for snow, and a button for the center of a flower. It’s all one big trip to Wonderland, but it looks astounding because it is unique.


I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you give one of these fifteen flower-making techniques a try. Don’t forget to check out all the other Creative Design Team Christmas in July creations. You are going to be inspired to create something new!

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Four Memorial Day Military Cards

Memorial Day is right around the corner and many of you will be remembering loved ones on this day. One way we can honor those whom we have lost is through supporting those who are currently serving. In my video tutorial, I share a few ways you can alter these cards to send to active military personnel, but many of you might know someone who is serving locally or someone who has recently served who would also enjoy these cards. I hope that you are inspired by these creations and show your support to those who are currently serving.

These four cards are being debuted for Memorial Day because I wanted to honor those who have been lost, but you could also recreate these for the Fourth of July or Veterans Day.

Did you know that Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day? Due to so many lives being lost during the Civil War, more lives than any war in U.S. history, there was a need to create our first national cemeteries. Decoration Day was a springtime tradition spent decorating fallen soldiers’ graves, reciting biblical scripture, and singing hymns.


All four of these cards were created using our Sunburst Background thin cut die and the Because of the Brave stamp set. The minute I saw that stamp set and the Stars & Sparklers papers, I knew that I wanted to create some cards I could send to our local base.

I created each card a little differently from the rest and made a few feminine cards for some amazing women who are currently serving. The card with the female officer was a very simple one to make.

After creating the background, I layered two circle shapes behind the stamped image, then completed the card with a floral sticker, gold thread, and a simple sentiment.

The floral card was inspired by so many cards I have seen with sunburst backgrounds. I just fell in love with that floral paper pattern in the Stars and Sparklers collection and wanted to compliment it with a simple red, white, and blue element.


Here is another little Memorial Day tid-bit for you. Did you know that one of the earliest commemorations was organized by newly freed African Americans? Over 250 of their fellow freed soldiers died in a prisoner camp in South Carolina and the bodies were hastily burred in a mass grave. In May, after the war ended, a new, proper burial site was created decorated with flowers and showered in hymns. This was considered one on of the first Memorial Day ceremonies of remembrance.


I am a bit partial to the red, white, and blue and these last two cards just scream Fourth of July and Memorial Day, don’t they? A friend of mine told me that one of the cards reminded her of a firecracker.

To create the multi-colored “Brave” sentiment with the Because of the Brave stamp set, I used a technique where I create a simple mask with a sticky note. It is very easy to do and creates amazing results.

In my video tutorial, I walk you through the process to create each of these cards. I share tips for designing a Sunburst background, show you how to create a masked stamped image, and share a few fun cardmaking tricks. I hope that this project inspires you to create a few red, white, and blue cards of your own.


For those who are remembering lost ones they love this Memorial Day, I send prayers of peace and gratefulness. For those who are currently serving, I want to send you blessings and thanks. May you remember those who have been lost, support those who currently serve, and honor those who have given so much for our country.

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** more information about Memorial Day can be found at https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

Back to School Layout | Video Collab

Our Creative Design Team is back with another video collab for you. This month, we are sharing a variety of Color Theory projects and showing you ways you can combine color on your designs. If you are new to my blog and haven’t heard about our Creative Design Team, you can read more about them here.


I was a little late to sign up this month, and ended up choosing Secondary Colors for my Color Theory project. Before I share more about that color palette, let me warn you that I went waaayyy outside the box – which is something I usually do. Instead of your typical bright secondary colors, I “shifted” the color wheel a little and used a version of orange, green, and purple in the tertiary shades.

My Back to Virtual School layout features peach, peacock, and mulberry. This is a version of secondary colors in the tertiary color palette. I love how all of these colors came together on this page.

If you have no idea what I am talking about when I say Secondary and Tertiary colors, let me give you a quick little color wheel lesson.

All colors are based on three Primary Colors – Red, Blue, and Yellow. It is these three colors that make up all of the other colors. By simply adding white, black, or combining the colors, you get another color on the color wheel.

Secondary Colors are the colors created when you combine primary colors. Red mixed with Yellow creates Orange. Blue mixed with Yellow creates Green. Red mixed with Blue creates Purple or Violet.

If I were to use just secondary colors on a layout, it would look like this. Here is a birthday layout I created a while back using Purple and Green with a hint of Orange.

Now let’s take a look at how I “shifted” the color wheel to create a secondary-like combination on my Back to Virtual School layout.

On my page, I used Peach for my orange, Peacock for green, and Mulberry for violet. These three colors are considered Tertiary colors. Tertiary colors are combinations of primary and secondary colors.

Did she just say mulberry?? Yes, I did! On this layout, I just gave you a sneak peek at a NEW color and paper pack coming in May. πŸ˜‰

Throughout the layout a used a few patterns and stickers from the upcoming You Are Enough collection. I am just loving these new colors and the addition of Rose Gold and I can’t wait to share more projects with you.


Now that I have explained how I created this twist on a Secondary Color palette and explained to you what Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary colors are, let’s take a look at the process video.

In this video, I share a few more twists on secondary colors and show you how this scrapbook layout came together.

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So, are you ready to give this color combination a try? This little twist on the secondary color palette is just one of the ways you can combine color on your projects. I want you to be able to expand your thoughts on color and try new combinations on your upcoming projects.

Our Creative Design Team has quite a few other Color Theory ideas for you this month. Make sure you stop by each of their channels to see what they have made for you. If you missed any past videos, you can view our Creative Design Team playlist.

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