Fall_Hydrangea_Paper_WreathIt is time for a new Fall wreath for the door and me being one who likes to push the color boundaries and traditions, decided to make it in deep plums and purples with a touch of lime. For that color palette, the paper flower of choice must be a hydrangea, right? I started with 5 metallic papers in text weight from paper-papers.com. I chose Ruby, Punch, Kunzite, Violette  and Opal and to add an extra layer of color, printed them with a watercolor wash on a laser printer. You can dowload the purple, blue and green washes here. I then chose three leaf colors, Botanic, Emerald & Fairway.  I picked the Emerald to coordinate with the color of my front door so you may choose a more traditional green if you prefer.

To make the 11 flower heads, each is a mix of two colors to add depth. I printed 5 sheets of each color to make 25 sheet total. Plum watercolor on Ruby, Violette and Punch, blue watercolor on Kunzite  and green watercolor on Opal. I then used my Cricut Explore to trim the 30 petals per sheet until I had a pile of 750 petals. For the leaves, I cut 3 sheets of Botanic and Fairway and 2 of Emerald to make 48 leaves. If you do not have a cutting machine, I have also included a PDF template that you can use to hand cut the petals and leaves. Once all is cut you can follow the tutorial below to assemble your wreath.

For this wreath I am using a different technique than the hydrangeas I made for the hydrangea bouquet as it does not need to look as delicate on the wreath form. Instead of a wire dome, I used the 4 inch foam balls cut into half and attached to a wreath form. This is also a quicker method to assemble the hydrangea blooms into a wreath. Absolutely gorgeous results, don’t you think? Thank you paper-papers.com for hosting this stunning Autumn statement piece. If you use the button below, you will be able to go to their blog and download the PDF printable pattern or the SVG cutting machine file for this project. Enjoy! ~ Lia

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