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“I always try to think outside the box when it comes to crafting so when I was asked to do this project, I had a look around my craft room to see what I had lying about. I came across this MDF wreath and knew I had MDF letters as well. I didn’t want to just do a floral wreath as this has been done by so many other crafters out there, so I thought I would give this Family wreath a try, and I have to say I’m rather pleased with how it turned out.” - Louise Dunbar
Take your chosen ribbon and start wrapping it around your wreath, overlapping as you go. I found that by leaving the ribbon on the reel it made it easier to wrap round without it curling up on itself. I also added glue as I went to secure the ribbon in place and stop it from slipping. Wrap the ribbon quite tightly to ensure a neater finish. When you get to the end of the wreath, snip off the ribbon and tuck it in, securing with a small dab of hot glue. (mind your fingers of the glue, it’s hot – I am speaking from experience!!)
I decide to do a monochrome design for my wreath, so I stuck to this theme for the letters, although I decorated them all slightly differently. That ‘s the beauty of MDF, there are just so many options you can choose form for decorating it.
For my ‘F, I and Y’ I used patterned papers. I traced round the letter then cut it out then glued it to the front of the MDF letters. Top tip – when drawing round the letters it’s always best to do this on the reverse of the side you want to use to avoid and pencil lines showing up after, but you’ll also need to remember to flip the letter round before drawing, otherwise the side you want to use will be cut out the wrong way round, (again, I speak from experience)
For my ‘M’ I painted it with a few coats of white gesso, allowing it to dry between coats, then when all the coats were dried, I added some black Nuvo drops to give it a bit of dimension.
The for the ‘A and Y’ I painted these black, then when dry I stamped onto them using some background stamps and white ink.
When all the letters were dry, I laid them out across the wreath deciding where they would fit best. When decided where I wanted them, I glued them in place using the glue gun. Always make sure you add plenty of glue at this stage to make sure the letters take a good hold.
I then finished off the wreath by adding a hanging loop from the same ribbon that I used to wrap the wreath, and a white organza ribbon at the bottom.