Summer Butterfly Wreath

I was looking to refresh my front door with something summery…after all, I potted new flowers and a new tree to gain some curb appeal..so I thought why not make a wreath to make my plain ole front door pop? I’m tired of the fake floral wreaths I see time and time again. I did some research and found the perfect DIY summer wreath!

Here are instructions for DIY wreath project I tackled. My method and materials are different from what she mentions, mostly because I wanted a bigger wreath cause I knew an 8 inch wreath would be dwarfed by the proportion of my door.

Materials I used
Kraft paper roll (looks like wrapping paper roll)
Scallop punch (mine is 3.5)
12 inch straw wreath
glue gun
unsharpened pencil
scrapbook paper and pages from old book

1. I cut long thin sheets from my Kraft roll to cover my entire wreath…I just wrapped them around and hot glued it until I couldn’t see any more straw. (see pic)
2. Punch a bunch of scallops using your punch. I didn’t count how many I punched but it was a lot. Fold paper a few times to make it quicker and get more circles.
3. Take unsharpened pencil and fold scallop around it so it looks like a blossom, place hot glue at the point of pencil on the Kraft paper. Then start gluing them one by one, close together onto your wreath. I used the pencil to push down on the wreath to make sure they would stick.
4. Continue until wreath is full.
5. Cut different butterfly sizes from colored paper and book pages. I chose lavender! (butterfly template found here)
6.  Hot glue the center backs of the butterfly onto wreath in any order you like, mine went from small to big on the right side of the wreath.
7.  Hang on door, and admire all summer long!

Vintage card…kinda

Lately, I’ve been loving the look of kraft paper for cards, layouts and more. I loved how this 1st birthday card turned out.

Materials:  plain kraft card and envelope, adhesive squares, red cardstock, corner cutter, red pen, white uni-ball pen, black 1 number sticker, Crate School Spirit Pencil paper, a Happy Birthday stamp, red and navy colored ink, and a wagon chipboard from Crate’s Toy Box collection.

Front: I rounded the corners using my cutter, then adhered a long piece of red cardstock across the card and onto the inside of  card. I took the pencil paper, crumpled it, then took my red ink pad and lightly dabbed it so the raised creases would pop, then I inked the edges. Next, I took my navy-inked birthday stamp and applied it to the pencil paper, above it I wrote in red pen the name of the cards’ recipient. I outlined the birthday stamp with the same red pen.
I stuck the chipboard sticker to red paper, and cut it to mimick the shape of the chipboard. Then I inked the edges with the navy ink. I attached that to a scrap piece of kraft paper. I cut it to a rectangle and rounded the edges and then inked the edges. Then I attached it to the card using adhesive squares. I took my number ! sticker and applied it to the card. Lastly, I took my white gel pen and made whole or dotted lines on the face of the card.

Inside: stamped the birthday stamp on kraft paper cut it and applied it to the red paper that folded from the outside in. Used a white pen to add details.

Back: stamped Made with Love on the back bottom with red ink and then wrote in my name with red pen.

Envelope: Took a truck stamp inked with red ink and repeatedly stamped it acress the bottom, I left some space for a star stamp on the bottom corner, and then stamped Little Star in the middle of the card with navy ink. I used a blue pen to create a dotted line under the trucks and a white pen to outline the star. Done!