Valentines Day is fast approaching and it's one of my FAVORITE holidays! I'm not sure if it's because of the pretty pink decor that I get to spread around my house for the whole month or the fact that little reminders of love are everywhere
I've been working on decorating my kitchen shelves (surprise, surprise) and thought I would break down a few of the projects into a couple of different posts, so nothing gets lost in the mix. First up, is my DIY Doily Wreath Tutorial!
I asked people where I could purchase paper doilies for super cheap, the other day on our Facebook page, and I got LOTS of great responses (thanks!). Ultimately I ended up finding the ones I needed at a local dollar store near by. yahoo! So between the Styrofoam wreath form (that I got at Michaels craft store with a 40% off coupon) and the 4 packs of doilies; I ended up only spending about $8 for the entire project!
This wreath is SUPER easy once you master "the fold". I used 8 inch doilies for my wreath, but you can pick whatever size you want. Really, all you have to do is take a doily, fold it in half like a taco, bring one end of the doily to the middle (where your thumb is) and the other end to the middle in the BACK where your fingers are; so it sort of creates a snake or S like shape.
Then you simply add a dab of hot glue at the bottom points where the folds overlap, so the doily doesn't pop back open on ya... and that's it!
Honestly, ANY type of fold will do, as long as you only pinch and glue the doily towards the bottom, so the top maintains a billowy, curved shape. It doesn't have to be perfect because you'll be cramming all the doilies onto the form close together anyway. Personally, I like to make a bunch of doilies all at once, while I'm on a roll, because then the wreath assembly process moves faster.
You can see this same folding technique with the fabric flower hair bows I made a few years back.
Once you're ready to put the doilies onto the form, just add some hot glue to the base of each doily and attach. You might have to play with angles and direction, depending on how full or symmetrical you want your 'doily waves' to be... but again, there's no special way to do this and you CAN'T mess it up
At first I put my doilies on my form pretty loosely, but then realized I wanted my wreath to look a bit fuller, so I just went back in with more of the folded doilies and filled in random spots until I had the look I wanted.
What I love about this wreath is that it's REALLY inexpensive, takes hardly any know-how and gives my display that fancy-frilly, lacy look that I was going for.
If you want to change it up from just plain ol' white, you can add glitter to the ends, ink them with a colored stamp pad of your choice or even use different colored doilies! There are tons of different ways to customize this basic wreath tutorial for any birthday, holiday or occasion.