Saturday, July 30, 2011

Paper Flower Wreath w/ Vintage Baubles

My favorite crafting projects involve discarded vintage costume jewelry (aka - Vintage Baubles).  I think that vintage costume jewelry is absolutely gorgeous, whether it be the patina of the finish, the dull shine of the rhinestones, or the intricate details of the metals.  I usually find these in the "junk pile" at estate sales saying "take me home Melissa, and give me a new purpose!"  Yes, vintage jewelry talks to me .... sign me up for Belleveu Hospital.

 This project was really simple.  First I took a foam wreath and wrapped it with twine.  It was a little tedious, but it went fast since I did it while watching Whale Wars.  (Confession - I secretly love the crazies on Whale Wars and spend my Friday nights watching their drama unfold.  Yeah, I know, you are jealous of my super exciting social life.  I hope that doesn't change our relationship.)

After I got the twine on the foam wreath, I cut out hearts from magazines using my heart cut-out-contraption.  (Yes, that is its patented name).  I cut out I-dont-know-how-many hearts, and I grouped them by color as I went along.    I also cut out five hearts from the newspaper, just to give it a little contrast.

I took five hearts of similar color, folded them in half to give the petals a crease, then attached them together into a flower shape.  I then glued the flower to the wreath.  Simple!  Then I decided that these flowers need a little dazzle.... so I dug out my vintage jewelry baubles and glued some to the center of each flower :)

Here is the wreath, in its new home on my back door.  Of course, this first picture is an embarrassment to the photography community not that good, so I took a few more pictures on an old shutter that came out much better but still not great

Here is a close up of some of the flowers.  


I will stop inundating your brain with photos now :)   Have a fantastic day!

This was shared on Shabby Creek Cottage's Transformation Thursday, Home Stories A 2 Z's Tips and Tutorials Link Party and Passionately Artistic's Linking Party.


  1. What a great idea! Thanks.
    Someday :) I may give this a try.

  2. I love this, and your little story made me laugh! I'm a new follower :)

    -rachel w k