Fifteen Paper Flower Techniques on a Christmas Wreath

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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 décor 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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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Getting All Spruced Up for Christmas with Heart2Heart

Hello, and welcome to another January Heart2Heart paper crafting challenge.  This week, our design team is getting “All Spruced Up” as we create some wintry projects for you to be inspired by.  If you would like to join any of our monthly challenges, stop by the Heart2Heart blog and link up your creation before January 31st. 

When I first saw the Spruced Up Collection, my immediate thoughts drifted to Christmas. I know that it is only January, but I usually spend my Christmas Eve racing to finish and mail my cards, so, this year,  I have decided to get a head start and created an entire collection using the Spruced Up papers and card making stamp set. 

I decided to also create a bin to store them in using a My Acrylix Organizer decorated in Spruced Up paper & images. This is to keep my cards from getting bent, to add to throughout the year, and to prevent me from loosing them before Christmas. 🙄

I hope that this Spruced Up project as inspired you to create something new and join the Heart2Heart paper crafting challenge.  Make sure to stop by the blog and check out the other January challenges and the creations made by our Design Team. 

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Here is a List of the Supplies I Used on This Creation

Christmas Coaster Creations

As usual, I fell behind in the “everything” department of Christmas and, in true fashion, I am working on some holiday creations one week before the big day.  Over one month ago, I purchased some Cricut© Coasters and Infusible Ink with the intentions of adding some new Christmas decorations to my home, and it wasn’t until Cricut© held their Celebrate with Cricut contest, did I pull them out to make some of these last minute goodies. MissCarriesCreations-ChristmasCoasters

This is the very first time I have ever played with the Infusible Ink products and I am hooked. The colors are so vibrant and clear and won’t peel off like traditional vinyl.  I will admit, it did take about three weeks of research to get to this point, which is why I will be teaching a few classes next year on using Infusible Ink.

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Today, I am going to give you a quick how-to, but it will not be a complete tutorial. Infusible Ink takes time to learn and I am still in the learning stage.

The designs for my coasters were created using images from the Close to My Heart ArtPhilosophy and Artistry collection as well as an SVG image and an image from the Holly & Ivy collections. Each one was cut from the Buffalo Check and Cool Water  Infusible Ink transfer sheets. misscarriescreations-christmascoastersinfusibleink.jpg

Infusible Ink is more of a paper-like product and the “weeding” process is so much different than weeding Iron-On or Adhesive Vinyl. Once the excess was removed, I applied it to the Cricut© Coasters and used an EasyPress to set it.

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Just a few quick notes for you on this part of the process. 
  1. You MUST use the Cricut Coasters for the Infusible Ink to work. I have been researching other products, and, though some claim to work, they don’t work as well.  (I am going to keep researching to see if there are other companies that make something comparable and cost a little less.)
  2. You MUST use an EasyPress and EasyPress Mat. The Cricut© Heat Guide states that your heat temperature must be between 385° and 400°F and you should use an EasyPress Mat to protect your surface. (I don’t own a mat yet, so I have placed three layers of towels atop my All Purpose Heat Resistant Mat. It’s a temporary fix, and not recommended by Cricut©)

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Once those hot little coasters had cooled, I ended up with these wonderful additions to my holiday decor. The Infusible Ink worked beautifully following all the online directions and recommendations, which means that I am now going to start experimenting. I won’t be able to teach a class unless I have made a few errors. 😏

I hope that you were inspired by today’s projects and were encouraged to try something new.  Feel free to comment below with any questions.

♥ I can’t wait to see what you create!

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