Thursday, July 23, 2009

{Alice in Wonderland Wreath Tutorial}

In a couple weeks is my daughter's 1st birthday party! It's Alice in Wonderland themed. I did this project today though, and I cannot stop myself from posting it, I'm so excited. So I'm sharing it with you now! Enjoy! And be sure to come back in August to see how the *whole* party turns out!

{Inspired by the "painting the roses red" scene}
This project I'm very proud of - not only because {I think} it's adorable, but also because it cost me less than $10! It's an Alice in Wonderland themed wreath for my daughter's 1st birthday party this year. I'm going to show you how I made it.

Here's what I gathered:
- one 13" wood wreath from ($1 at Dollar Tree)
- 4 or 5 bunches of red roses ($1/ea at Dollar Tree)
- 1 bunch white roses ($1 at, you guessed it)
- my trusty glue gun + several glue sticks
- three 1- inch paint brushes (49 cents each at Michael's)
- a few playing cards (get a two-pack at the Dollar Tree)
- red glitter (optional, I'm a glitter fiend)
- red paint + paint brush
- white cardstock & a printer handy
(the pic below shows Mod Podge, but I didn't use it)
First I snipped my red roses, leaving a couple inches worth of stem.
With this sort of wreath, it was easy to just wedge them in.
I arranged all the red roses first until...
most the front side was covered.
Then, I took the red paint, and started painting the white roses red! {Just like the Queen likes 'em!}
Just 1/3 of the petals or so, I wanted these ones to be mostly white. Then I set those aside to dry.
I laid the paintbrushes down on newspaper, and used my glue gun to create a drop hanging off the bristles. No worries if the drop isn't well shaped, you can simply trim it with scissors after it hardens.
And no worries on the paper that will come with it once it's dry. I simply painted right over it.
Like this!
Did all three, then set those aside to dry. Also added some red glitter to the wet paint on the brushes & roses. That's just me...
When my white roses were dry, I added a few of those to the wreath.
I started to get really excited around this point!
Then, I positioned my paintbrushes, and glue gunned those down. This took some work, getting them attached to petals, leaves, and the wreath so that they were secure. NOTE: Make sure your paint drops aren't defying gravity!
Next I tucked some playing cards in.
I used the wood wreath to get them wedged in, then secured them with hot glue.
Almost complete, but not quite!
I printed off "The Queen, she likes 'em red!" on white card stock, font size 88, landscape style (so it printed sideways), using the font Grymmoire. Then, I cut the words out, like so:
Using a round pencil, I curled the edges...
Like so:
Then I positioned the words and hot glued those down, and....
A very lovely, and fun, Alice in Wonderland style wreath to greet our Unbirthday Guests!
I should also note, with words I print off like this I like to spray the paper with a sealer/preserver. Just in cases.
And I also went back over the wreath with my glue gun, to make sure it was extra secure before the big party!

And that's how I did it!
Cheers

Don't forget to come back after August 8th to see how the whole party went!

26 comments:

  1. Heather,
    Clever, clever!! I'm loving this wreath!! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I can't wait to see more of this party. I have a few ideas if you need any, I use to be a party planner! Please email me the link when you post your photos. My email is listed on my blog
    Toni

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  2. Wonderful job! I shouted 'She is so talented!' as I looked at your project and Aaron just gave me a funny look and went about his business. He would never understand the thrill of someone's crafty masterpiece, but I love him n-e-ways. I'm about to start redoing a candelier my aunt gae me. It used to have fake candles that lit when plugged in and I ripped those out. I'm going to turn it black and put real candles in it. I'll call it my 'Heather' project. No, I can already tell you that I will totally forget to take pics. Sorry.

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  3. You MUST show he your candelier! It's just not right if you do not! I'll be mad. Never talk to you again.

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  4. Tres incredible! This is awesome. Good work, you.

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  5. Absolutely adorable! I'm glad you liked my Mad Hatter party on Design Dazzle. I can't wait to see your party!

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  6. That's such a darling and thrifty idea!

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  7. Soooo good, so very good! You clever lady.

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  8. Thanks for the post! I'm making this wreath for my friend's Alice in Wonderland Very Merry Un-Bridal Shower! I could never think of something like this on my own! Thanks again!

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  9. Wow! This is just awesome! I can't wait to try this, thanks for the tutorial!

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  10. I am having a Queen of Hearts themed birthday party for my little girl this Summer and I stumbled across this earlier today and I absolutely love it! I will definitely be doing this...thank you so very much for posting this tutorial! You are so clever!

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  11. Thanks for the lovely comments! I'd love to see pictures of other's wreaths!

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  12. OooH! THANK so much for sharing such beautiful creative masterpiece:) I'm on my Alice swap in the meantime love your wreath and so inspiring:)
    Have a beautiful weekend!

    xoxo
    ♥zoe♥

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  13. that is a great idea. i have been trying to think of something with painting flowers for my girls unbirthday party. it is perfect and cheap!!! thank you

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  14. I love it! you did an awesome job.
    Thank you so much for the tutorial, i'm going to try to make one for my kids' party!

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  15. Lovely! I love your door color, do you happen to know the paint color for your door???
    Thanks!

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  16. I love it! I just bought all the stuff at my Dollar tree to make it for my daughter's mad hatter tea party we're doing! Great idea! Thanks for sharing it!

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  17. Thanks for the great inspiration...my daughter's having an Alice in wonderland inspired teaparty next week and this has given me a few ideas...so effective and most importantly not too much ££!! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Lovely font, but no idea how to put it on computer to actually use it.

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  19. The website on which you would download the font also has directions on how to install them - it's really pretty easy:

    http://www.dafont.com/faq.php

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  20. Thank you. I got it ;)

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  21. LOVE THIS! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial. I am headed to the dollar store tomorrow ;) I was wondering what font you used?

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    1. Sorry I didn't see this until now! Well, in case it's too late but for future reference the font is called Grymmoire and you can find it for free here:

      http://www.dafont.com/grymmoire.font?fpp=50

      Thanks for the comment!

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  22. Hi!
    I mentioned your wonderful wreath in my post about painting the roses red.
    Check it out:

    http://myaliceinwonderlandwedding.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/paint-the-white-roses-red/

    Cheers!

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    1. Wow thanks for the mention! I'm so glad you liked my wreath :) Nice blog!

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  23. Hi there,

    I mentioned your beautiful wreath in my post about painting the white roses red.
    Check it out:

    http://myaliceinwonderlandwedding.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/paint-the-white-roses-red/

    Cheers!

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