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My take on a Modern Fall 3-D Wreath

1 Sep
I think Mod Podge might be the reason that I started blogging – LOL. I was on a mod podge kick and needed a place to keep my ideas. Over the years, I think I have tried decoupaging just about everything from frames and magnet boards to tables and trays to bar stools. I just can’t get enough of the stuff!

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In honor of one of my favorite crafting mediums, I came up with a little project — my take on a Modern 3-D Fall Wreath. 

I don’t know if you ever saw the Mary Engelbreit Home Companion Christmas magazine a couple of years ago that featured Amy Butler standing in front of her front door? 

Well there is this incredible wreath there and you can just barely see it but it’s very modern with round spheres. Ever since I saw that wreath I have been thinking about making something similar with circles.

Here’s what you need:

A round wreath form — mine is 12 inches with a flat top and sides. I found it at Hobby Lobby.

Ribbon (about 9 yards for a 12 inch wreath)

Gorilla Glue

Paint that matches your ribbon

Small Dowels or wooden beads.

Round Wooden Craft Circles (also found at Hobby Lobby) I used 2 packages – approximately 30 circles of different sizes

4 different patterns of decorative paper

Glue gun and sticks OR Superglue

Decoupage medium  (I used Outdoor Mod Podge since my wreath is going to be outside – this stuff rocks!)

Here’s what you do:

  • Put a dab of Gorilla Glue on the back side of your wreath form. Put one end of your ribbon on top of the glue and pin. Then wrap the wreath form with your ribbon tightly, overlapping the edges until the entire wreath is wrapped. End the ribbon in the same way you started – by applying a dab of Gorilla Glue and pinning it until it dries.

  • Take your circles divide the circles into four equal piles with the same sizes of circles in each pile. Trace the circles from each pile onto your four different papers. So you end up with the same number of circles and sizes for each of your four papers.
  • Cut out all of your circles.
  • Cut your dowels to three different sizes — 1/2 inch, 1 inch and 1 1/2 inch. You only need about 5 of the 1 1/2 inch sizes, then evenly split the 1/2 inch and 1 inch sizes to match the number of circles you are going to make. I used about 30 circles on my wreath. **note — you do not have to use dowels, you can use small wooden beads too. I used two different sizes of wooden bead – one was 1/2 inch and the other was 1 inch. I then cut a dowel for the 5 taller circles using a chop saw.

  • Glue the beads or dowels onto the back of the wooden circle. Once dry, paint the backs of the circles and beads the color that coordinates with your paper. let dry.

  • Mod Podge your paper onto each of the circles. I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to each of the circles and then to the back side of the paper. When I had done all of the circles, then I put a top layer over all of the circles. Let dry. **Let me just say that I love the Outdoor Mod Podge! It is thicker and very durable.
  • Then lay your circles out on the wreath to see what you want your placement to look like.

  • Glue your circles onto the wreath. When gluing, hold the dowel straight onto the wreath for a few seconds until it is cooled or dry (depending on whether you are using Superglue or hot glue).
  • Cut 2 different coordinating ribbon and wrap it through the wreath and tie at the top.

It’s the Mod Podge/Decoupage Challenge over at The CSI Project this week. Go over and link up YOUR decoupage projects and you can win!

The adorable Amy from Mod Podge Rocks is the guest judge this week!
And Plaid is giving away a package of their products to the winner! 
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Have a Great Night!
XOXO


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Modern Bird Studios Giveaway!!!

23 Aug
{Giveaway Closed — winner will be announced Wednesday night}

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I’m so excited and thrilled about today’s giveaway
that I am doing the happy dance!!!
I first came across the awesomeness of Modern Bird Studios through one of the blogs
I read and I instantly fell in love with their modern, artistic style! 

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Modern Bird Studios takes YOUR photograph and turns it into a piece of art that you will treasure forever!

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 Megan and Gregg are the INCREDIBLE husband and wife team behind Modern Bird Studios. They knew that most modern art available is enormously expensive or mass produced and impersonal.

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Consequently, they have decided to expand this new style of art to those who have the same appreciation for hip, modern style and who desire to have something more personal to them to enrich their homes. Gregg combines his original urban-style with photography, graphic design and traditional painting to create handmade, original art pieces.

I sent Megan this picture of Ella and a few weeks later an absolutely amazing work of art arrived. It is so beautiful. The image is hand-printed on wood with an incredible finish. And the back is signed and dated too.
I love it!!


And guess what?!!
Megan and Gregg are giving one of YOU your own personal work of art!!
{valued at $215!!!} 
One randomly selected winner will win a 12″ x 12″ personalized piece from Modern Bird Studios.



So how do you win?

  • Leave a comment telling me what you would want on your  Modern Bird creation. one entry.
For additional entries:
  • Tweet, mention this giveaway on Facebook, Blog or sidebar. one entry for each.

Please leave me a separate entry for each thing you do.
Rules:

*This giveaway is open to the lower 48 states only.
*No previous winners are eligible to enter.
*this giveaway will be open for 1 week — closing on August 29th @ midnight MST.
*The winner will be selected by random.org.
Also, Here’s something cool — if you want to order a piece for yourself or as a gift {Christmas is coming up!} — enter TATERTOTS at checkout and get 15% off!!! 

 Good Luck!!
XOXO