Cutting paper is therapeutic and keeps me awake after dinner. If I sit down to read or watch TV, unless the book or show is totally fascinating, I go off to sleep. Using a box cutter to cut the paper out of the wallpaper books, tracing (on the back side of the paper) and cutting the leaves keeps me engaged.
BTW, I don't just use the actual wallpaper samples: as you can see from the picture below, the high-quality stock that they use to print the frontispiece and section markers can be a great source of high quality paper! If I can't find the colors I like in the books, I may throw in a few cut from scrapbook paper.
For a wreath form, I use recycled cardboard or foam board. The Dollar store has foam board for $1.00 per sheet. It's a little smaller than the standard, but perfect for wreath making - each sheet yields 2 14" forms.
I use mixing bowls to outline a large circle, then use three smaller bowls to delineate the circles to which the leaves will be glued, and the middle. (Yes, I have used a compass or even a string and pencil, but only when I need to measure. Because the wreath form won't show, it doesn't have to be perfect.) Cut out the inmost and outermost circles.
A generous artist gave me 39 wallpaper sample books on Freecycle. If you have access to Freecycle or a similar organization, use it. It's saved me big bucks over the last two years, plus I've saved a lot of stuff from landfills - win-win!
I create the letters on the computer, print them out on regular white paper, tack the page to the wallpaper with removable adhesive, cut them out and then remove the white paper. I made two attempts at "Joy" before I was satisfied.
If you read this far, perhaps you enjoyed this tutorial! In any case, I wish you thanks, joy and peace this winter season.
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