My inspiration for this project came from page 13 of the autumn 2008 issue of Somerset Life. Artist Connie Govea Stuart regularly creates artwork for the Store Sweet Magnolia and her paper wreaths are one of the many stunning projects featured in this article.
To begin with I used an old wire hanger from the drycleaners and with the wire created a circle shape. Then using paper from an old novel and various papers from the Porcelain collection, I decorated the wreath by alternating the two. The technique I used was really easy - for the book paper just roll up a sheet then fold it over the wire and secure it to the wreath by stapling it close to the wire. For the Porcelain papers I cut simple strips and then wrapped them around the wire and like the book paper - you will secure the strips by stapling close to the wire. Attach all the pieces and leave a small portion open on the bottom right side.
Use scalloped edged scissors to trim the edges of all the Porcelain strips. Take a strip of cheesecloth and adhere it to the circle - this will cover up the staples and give it some vintage flair. For the decorative piece on the bottom right corner - take three rolled up pieces of book paper and glue them together. Attach the large flower die-cut sticker from the porcelain collection. If you like you can ink the edges of the flower lightly with brown ink. Then stamp a brown birdcage from the Aviary stamp set onto a piece of beige paper. Cut out the birdcage and attach it to the large flower with one of the Porcelain brads. Secure the whole piece to the wreath with leftover cheesecloth and a wooden clothespin.
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