With the help of Curate, we created a mixed medium, watercolor-washed, embroidery-stitched, gold-leafed, silk flower wreath for springtime. And we gotta say, we really outdid ourselves with this one.
Our inspiration for the wreath came from a somewhat unexpected source. We found ourselves majorly inspired by the clever flavor pairings in Curate bars and also by the colorful, and playful packaging.
Each bar is made of real food, is non-GMO, gluten free *and* has less than 200 calories. Their mission is to make "good for you" snacks more interesting with wonderfully surprising flavor combos.
Enough gushing about our new favorite afternoon snack. Let’s DIY! Trim each silk flower stem so that it’s about two inches long.
Starting with the biggest flowers, connect them to the wreath by wrapping floral wire around each stem then weaving it through the wreath frame.
Psst: No floral wire or short on time? Hot glue works well, too.
Here’s another tip: If it’s hard to wrap the wire around the stem, weave it through the leafy petals instead.
Add the smallest flowers last to fill out the wreath.
Mix fabric paint with some water, then paint the petals. Repeat with your other colors, then let dry.
Pro Tip: The more water you add, the lighter the final paint color. I tended to dip my brush in water between strokes to further dilute, then would add in more pigment later for contrast.
Once the paint is completely dry, add some simple embroidery stitches to some of the leaves.
Lastly, paint some petals with Mod Podge. The gold leaf will stick to everywhere you add Mod Podge, so be thoughtful about its placement.
Carefully add a large piece of gold leaf over the Mod Podge.
Wait until it dries completely, then tear off the excess gold leaf.
It’s about time floral wreaths got a 21st century update, right?
And here’s a bonus: It doubles as a flower crown! Sometimes you just gotta go for the unexpected applications, too :)
For more about our DIY wreath, click here: go.brit.co/1ZGWUi5