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I was given my Cricut for Christmas and it’s been so amazing to have! It really makes crafting time much easier and less time consuming. Anything that makes my life a little easier is a must have in my book.
I absolutely love wreaths and decided to make a paper floral wreath using my Cricut machine.
I have a wreath on our door year round for whatever season we’re in. A wreath is a wonderful addition to a door and makes the home inviting.
This project turned out beautiful but boy did it take a long time putting those little flowers together. I imagine if I had to cut manually and did not have the use of my Cricut machine I’d be looking at well over 16 hours for the project.
But due to being a mom and a full time job, I worked on it at night and it took about 6 hours to complete. Oh, how I wish I was able to complete projects without stopping and starting.
The paper floral wreath was definitely easy to complete, just a bit time consuming. Go into this project by setting time aside for yourself each night to complete it little by little. This was my first time using rolled flowers, so I bet with practice I could complete this project much faster!
Also making the wreath completion time way too long was my desire to use crafting materials I already had. I didn’t have a wide ribbon to use and opted for white yarn. Yikes. I would have saved an hour just by heading to the craft store for ribbon!
How To Make A Paper Floral Wreath With Cricut
What You’ll Need
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12 x 12 Card Stock Paper In Different Colors – I used 3 various greens, pink, red, purple, light blue, light purple, dark purple, and ivory
One Foam Wreath – I used this ten inch wreath
Yarn or Ribbon To Cover Wreath
Hot Glue Gun & Additional Sticks
Time Spent On Project
Step One – Creating The Flowers Using Cricut Design Space
Using the Cricut Design Space, I searched for flowers and chose free ones that come with my subscription.
I chose these images for my paper floral wreath that I found in the Cricut Design Space:
Rose #MC8B7E1 (7 Small Pink; 8 Large Red)
Peony #MA3BFE (3 Blue; 2 Ivory)
- 3D Flower #M3F171 (12 Small Light Purple, 4 Large Dark Purple, 6 Large Ivory)
3D Flower #M451E6 (4 Small Light Blue, 6 Large Light Blue)
Leaf: 3D Flower #M40852 (6 Various Green Colors)
In parentheses are the exact amount of flowers and colors I chose for my wreath. I did make more than necessary just in case. I made quite a few and when attaching to the wreath I randomly chose which paper flowers to add. No rhyme or reason. Just looked, picked which color to go with, and glued on.
In addition to the 3D Flower Leaf, I used the leaf cut outs that came with the roses in random spots as I attached each flower.
Prior to attaching, I did size the flowers. I kept the Peony the same size. I used the template size for the roses and the other 3D flowers and also made a few larger flowers by expanding the selection in the Design Space.
Most of these are rolled flowers, which I will show you how to assemble in the next step!
Step Two – Assembling Flowers Using Hot Glue Gun
This was the time consuming part for me!
Once you’re done cutting and removing the flowers from the paper, you’re left with something that very much does not resemble a flower. It’s basically a swirl! I was so very confused how these were going to become flowers, but voila!
What you’ll need to do is use a rolling tool or be cool like me and use a bobby pin. Begin at the end of the swirl, not the center, and wrap the paper around your rolling tool. Once you’ve made it to the center, you will let the flower go to expand around that circular center and the inside will basically stand on it. Be careful not to let the flower expand too much or else you will have to tighten the flower again.
Hot glue the spiral and the circle center once you have your desired look. You’ll want to make sure to get a decent bit of paper or else the flower will completely unravel.
These flowers will be SMALL. You can adjust your sizes in Cricut before using the machine to cut which I did for a few of them. Play with the sizes before deciding.
Once I had all of my flowers rolled and glued, I attached leaves randomly. I did not attach to each flower!
Pro Tip: You can ink the edges of your paper flowers, which means to add a similar color to the paper so the white edges do not show through. I decided not to do this as I did want it to look like paper and a bit more abstract. This will add time to the project but will make your paper flowers look more lifelike.
Step Three – Wrap Your Wreath
You can choose a wooden wreath if you prefer which would be really awesome too! I had a green foam wreath and needed to wrap the wreath to cover any spots when gluing. I used white yarn to keep the wreath bright, but you can use whatever you have or want to use to wrap the wreath.
If you choose yarn, check out my yarn wrapping tutorial here.
Step Four – Attach Flowers to Wreath
I used a hot glue gun to attach my flowers to my yarn wrapped wreath. I first attached my Peonies in the bottom right (when facing the wreath) corner. Add enough glue to secure the flower to the wreath. Hold the flower down for a few seconds to set and move onto the next flower. I attached my three blue peonies to the bottom and filled in the top row with my two ivory Peonies.
Here’s the fun part. As previously mentioned, I made more flowers than I ended up using. Personally, I like randomly choosing as I go along as opposed to having my projects completely mapped out.
I don’t like to overthink my crafts even though I have a plan. I started just choosing colors and placing where I could. Once I attached a lot, I ended up combing through and adding a few more smaller flowers towards the inside and along the outside of the wreath.
Continue to add enough glue to each little flower and pressing down to hold until all filled in.
Step Five: Hang and Admire Your Work!
And I mean admire and share on all of your social media channels because, man, you worked hard for this. Seriously, it looks beautiful and let those compliments roll in. You deserve it.
There you have it! That’s how I made a paper floral wreath with Cricut!
Do you have a Cricut or similar machine? What projects have you made using 3D rolled flowers?