April Lemonade Wreath Tutorial.
The supplies we used for the wreath are available in a kit. When the kits sell out, we will continue to leave the tutorial up since you can follow the basic directions and choose from other products to make a similar wreath.
Supplies in this kit: Sorry but the kit with supplies has sold out, no more will be available. Some of the individual products may still be available.XX751102 - 24" Black Metallic Pencil Wreath
MD0344 - Lemonade Sign (available in the kit only)
RY810062 - Black Snowdrift (2 rolls)
RG01273X7 - 2.5" Citrus (available in the kit only)
RG100002 - 1.5" Black White Dot
RG0143829 - 1.5" Yellow Watercolor
RX9143WW - 2.5" Lime Big Dot
Other items needed but not included: Scissors; tape measure; chenille stems or floral wire
Here are the Amazon links mentioned in the video for the self-healing cutting mat and rotary cutter.
Omnigrid Self-Healing Cutting Mat60mm Rotary CutterSummary:Wreath Form: We chose a 24" black pencil wreath, this one is metallic but it doesn't matter. You could use metallic or non metallic or just a black work wreath. Our 24" wreaths measure 15" across the wire frame.
With the addition of mesh, ribbons or other products you wind up with a finished wreath of 24" or great. This wreath measured about 30" when we were finished.
Mesh: We chose mesh in the Snowdrift style. This mesh is made of Polypropylene and cotton. It has narrow foil strips. The mesh is 10.5" in width and 10 yards in length. We cut pieces 30" in length for ruffles. There are about 18 twists on a wreath so we cut 18 pieces. There was a little mesh left over.
The 30" mesh strips were laid on the table and scrunched up through the middle. Hold the ruffle pinched (its quite a handful) and secure the ruffle in one of the twists on the wreath. We started on the outer ring. We placed a ruffle in each twist on the outer ring and then one in each twist on the inner ring.
You will have some raveling, just clip strings now or later. Cutting the mesh in 30" pieces does help with the raveling since your have less cut edge you are working with. We saw Lori with Hard Working Mom do this in one her tutorials and we've tried it on several occasions too. If the mesh you are working with is very bulky, you might want to cut two 15" pieces and put two ruffles in each twist.
Lemonade Sign: These new round metal signs are great to work with. This sign measures about 12" in diameter and already has two holes. One in the top and one in the bottom for securing to your wreath. You want to place the sign on top of the mesh and not push it down into the center, otherwise you won't be able to see it well enough. Use a chenille stem (or floral wire) in each hole and find your placement in the center.
Use the chenille stems to secure the sign to the work wreath frame. You may have to work your fingers in from the back to secure the sign. Secure it lightly until you are satisfied with your placement, then secure better. It will help keep the sign from sliding around if you secure it on the wreath frame were there is a straight post.
Ribbon or Bow: We chose to make four large bows for this wreath, but you can always do ribbon strips if you prefer. We chose four different styles of ribbon, some 1.5" and some 2.5".
Using the Pro Bow (we sell the bowmaker on Trendy Tree), we made the bows using the Terri Bow technique. Terri Marshal with Mil & Dil Designs developed the Terri Bow technique. Her technique uses six different styles of ribbon, but for this wreath we were only working with four styles, so we repeated a couple of ribbons. Here's a link to a video we did a while back. It's actually my first attempt at a Terri bow so if I can do it on the first try, so can you!
Of course for this wreath, you can just make simple loop bows, do ribbon strips or a combination of both. You can use as much or as little ribbon as you like. After we made our four bows, we still had a little ribbon left on a couple of rolls and a couple were used up. We always used wired ribbon for our tutorials.
The bows have wires attached and we just secured the bows to the work wreath frame. Just find your placement and work your fingers down to the wreath frame. You may have to reach in from the back. Secure to the wire frame. Be careful not to pull your bow in too tight as to not smush up the bow. If it's too loose and floppy, you might not have it secured enough. We positioned two bows to the upper left side and two bows to the lower right side, but you can do your placement however you see fit, you might only want one bow and save the rest of the ribbon for another project. Start with one bow and go from there.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and good luck on your wreath making! As always, our goal is not to make wreaths to sell, we only want to show you how some of the products we sell can be used. Wreath making is fun and addictive whether you are making wreaths for your own front door or doing it as a business. We try to pull products together that we think look together just to get the wheels in your head turning)))