Glitter Wreath Tutorial


As seen on So You Think You're Crafty, Week 2!  Thanks to everyone who voted for this project.  I know autumn is behind us, but it is so easy to customize this wreath in seasonal or holiday colors.  It would be a great last minute (not to mention inexpensive) Christmas project, if you still need some decorations.


Supplies Needed:
  • Cardstock
  • various shades of fine glitter (do I need to mention that the Martha Stewart glitter is the best?)
  • spray adhesive
  • a wreath form (mine is 10 inches, and I found it at the dollar store)
  • wire for hanging

1.  Cut out a basic leaf shape to use as your template.  Cut out approximately 60 leaves out of cardstock.  I used a 10 inch wreath form.  If you are making a bigger wreath, you will likely need more leaves.

2.  Divide your leaves into groups for glittering.  Spray each group with spray adhesive and coat in glitter.  Shake off the excess.  I used the following colors of Martha Stewart Crafts glitter for this fall wreath:  Smokey Quartz, Yellow Gold, Cinnibar, and Fire Opal.

For a holiday wreath, a selection of green glitters would look nice, especially with a big bow and some red jingle bells. 

For a wreath to last all winter, I'd choose a variety of white and silver glitters for a snowy effect.

 
3.  Add a wire loop to your wreath form for hanging.

4.  Begin hot gluing the leaves to the wreath form, overlapping the bottom tips.  The hot glue gun will melt a styrofoam wreath form a little bit, but it holds well.
 
5.  Continue gluing leaves around the wreath form.  I changed the direction of the leaves at the bottom, but you may want to continue placing them in the same direction all the way around the leaf.

 
6.  Attach a bow.  My secret weapon for attaching bows to wreaths is a paper clip (or maybe everyone does this and it's not such a secret?).  Slide the small end of the paper clip though the back of the knot in your bow.  Then use the large end of the paper clip to attach the bow to your wreath.  This works especially well on a paper wreath like in this project, but I use this trick on all of my wreaths (it also makes it really easy to switch out your ribbons).

Need a bow-tying lesson?  You can find some tips at Martha Stewart.


 

Hang your wreath and enjoy!

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51 comments:

Amber W. said...

So cute! I may have to try this for next year. Or maybe even Valentine's Day (glitter hearts, anyone?).

Amy said...

Cute cute cute!

Stephen, Shanelle, and Sean said...

I love the colors you picked!

Linds@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY said...

This is to die for! I LOVE LOVE IT!

Fawn@Party of Five said...

So pretty... I love anything with sparkle!

Alexandra Williams said...

It looks so good, and fancy. Amber's on to something, too!

Erin said...

thank you for sharing this! i adore it!

paperseed said...

That is so beautiful Jill!

tiny home plans said...

This is so pretty! I like the colors, so festive. I have a new decoration for my door! Thanks!

Sarah said...

Very cute! I just have one question. What color cardstock did you use? Is it all white or did you use colors to match your glitter? Thanks!

Jill said...

I used a light brown colored cardstock, because I thought the color might show through a little - but it didn't. The spray adhesive gives a nice solid covering. So, use whatever color you don't mind showing on the back. :)

Amy said...

Martha Stewart glitter IS the best! It is definitely a Christmas craft staple around my house. Thanks for the paper clip tip!

~Amy :)

Sew Much Ado said...

That is adorable, and a refreshing change from a regular old wreath.

Txlonestargal said...

Red and Green or Blue and White...Christmas or Hanukkah. Use holly leaves and berries for Christmas. Something related to Hanukkah like the Dreidel. Make for any event or holiday. :) I thought about homecoming for local schools, college, or baby's. All kinds of ideas. :)

Wendy said...

That is so pretty!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Too cute....I am so happy to have a few hours to catch up on blogs...I am finally finished with trees. New pictures are up on the Christmas blog!
http://grammyababychangeseverything.blogspot.com/ then

read about a miracle and forward on to anyone that is feeling hopeless....Christmas is the season of miracles..

heddomarie said...

So cute!! I think I will make one for next year! I'm still hoping you are posting that tractor tutorial! Not much time left before Christmas!

La Fée Bril(l)e said...

All you make is so cute and your tutes are so easy to do with a lot of photos.
Even a French with a bad english can understand (can't ?).

Thanks for all.

Sylvia said...

I love this! These are just perfect. I like them because they go all year round when wreaths are normally just for Christmas. You definitely hit a home run with these!
-Sylvia
Cigar Reviews

Katie said...

I'm totally making a christmas version of this. Your blog is beeyootiful!

Jennifer DeDonato said...

Very cute wreath...great colors.

cindi said...

Love this wreath. If I remember correctly, I voted for it on S.Y.T.Y.C. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That's gorgeous! I love the glitter colors. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

kermiefrg said...

Love this! I'm so obsessed with glitter lately so this is perfect!

mammafelice said...

Merry Christmas, Jill, and thank for this wonderful year!

LiEr said...

Merry belated Christmas, Jill! I just wanted to stop by here and send year-end greetings and thank you for your lovely blog and the incredible tutorials! I hope you're settling in nicely - it's your first Christmas in your new home, isn't it? Just went and voted on SYTYC for what I think is your fabulous entry - mostly because it is excellent and also cos I'm guessing it's yours!

Katie said...

Hi Jill! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. I just went to Michael's to look at the supplies, and I have a question. I know you used approx. 60 leaves for the whole wreath, but do you remember if each set or color of leaves used a ton of glitter? The reason I ask is because Martha Stewart has a set of 24 vials of glitter for 29.99 (i'd use a coupon of course!), and I'm wondering if those smaller vials are enough. The big guys are $5, so it makes sense to get the big set. Hope this makes sense! Great blog!!!

Jill said...

Katie - the Martha Stewart glitter goes a LONG way. I am always very liberal with it, but make sure to catch the excess on a paper plate or something. Then you can shake all the extra back into the tube or jar. I am guessing that the big set would give you plenty of glitter.

Katie said...

Perfect! That totally means I'm justified in getting the big set of 24 vials. They are so yummy!

Lisa Bessler said...

I really adore this!! Is there anything anyone can suggest other than spray adhesive? I try and stay green with my crafts. Thanks so much!!

Katie said...

Jill- I just wanted to let you know I linked this post to you on my new blog! Thanks again for the idea, and feel free to check out my blog!

http://justpaisleypolkadots.blogspot.com/

ideku handmade said...

lovelyyyyy wreath :)
thanks jill..

Sarah said...

I love this project, and I plan on making one for this autumn! Thanks for sharing your tips!

Sildenafil said...

I like this tutorial because you teach us step by step how to do that, for example those crowns can be used during Christmas time.

Sarah (and Bryce) said...

I know this is way after the fact, but I LOVE this wreath and I'm just curious about one thing - approximately what size leaves did you make? I'm not good a "eyeballing" when it comes to this stuff, so any rough numbers you can give would be MOST helpful!! I'm hoping to make a bunch of these to use as Christmas gifts this year :)

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Followed a link from everythingetsy.com, that is SUPER cute!!

Anonymous said...

super cute and u can totally make a christmas version of this

Scrapbooking Ideas said...

The ordinary cardstock turned into an elegant work of art. I love how the ribbon amplified the design. And this is definitely a great project since christmas is fast approaching. =)

Courtney said...

I just made this for a prize on Bunco night!!! AMAZING!!! Took a while and I now have glitter everywhere but it looks so GREAT!!!!

Stephanie said...

Hey Jill,
Do you remember how big your leaf was approximately? I don't want to make my leaves too small and then have to make twice as many. Thanks!

Laurie said...

Love, love, love this wreath and am featuring it today on my blog along with other leaf-inspired creativity: http://sceneofthegrime.blogspot.com/2011/11/falling-for-leaves-collection-of.html
Thanks for the inspiration!

Cheryl said...

So beautiful and creative... great photos, fun to read.. joy all around (Silly pun intended)! Thanks for the inspiration!

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Heidi Szczepanski said...

This is so pretty and simple. Thanks for sharing. I love this fall wreath.
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Peggy said...

Just stopping by to let you know I featured this project on this round-up
http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/11/50-yes-fifty-fall-wreath-ideas-and-inspiration.html :)

Feel free to grab a featured button from my side bar.

Tara and Devin said...

I love your wreath! My favorite is that its easy and involves glitter! The best of both worlds! Thanks for sharing such a great idea and tutorial! I featured it on my blog today!

XOXO
Tara
Salt and Pepper Moms

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