Make A Stunning Dried Hydrangea Wreath Written by Valerie Garner
Dried hydrangea wreaths are so beautiful and versatile in a home, and a lot of fun to make as well.
You can either purchase already dried hydrangea flowers from your local craft store, or you can dry your own. The biggest trick when drying your own is timing of when you pick flowers. It is best to pick them right before you anticipate your first fall frost. If you pick them mid-summer, they just will not dry correctly.
You can either hang them upside down in a darkened room to dry, or you can set them in a vase upright, even adding a tiny bit of water in bottom of vase, although even that is optional. As long as they are picked at correct time, itís difficult to fail with them. Itís fun if you can, to pick several blooms from different bushes, as it will provide a nice variety of colors to wreath. After they are dried, pick off any dead / discolored brown blooms.
Now, pick type of base you want to use for a wreath. My personal favorites are either Styrofoam or grapevine type wreath bases. Take some floral wire and wrap it around wreath, then form a loop of wire to hang from wall, and then wrap wreath again. You might try hanging it from wall at this point to make sure it lies correctly, and then make any needed adjustments while wreath is bare.
To do a Styrofoam wreath, use a low melt point hot glue gun. Separate each bloom into smaller florets. Hot glue each floret into wreath base, actually poking stem down into Styrofoam base. With each bloom, space it out over surface of wreath, for example; a floret at top, next left side, bottom, then right side, then inside circle of wreath, and outside of wreath. Continue to do this with each bloom until you fill it.
Spruce Up Your Pages with Scrapbooking EmbellishmentsWritten by Fion Lim
Having this nagging doubt that you may upstage your precious photos or clutter your pages with scrapbooking embellishments?
One moment you're just so tempted to paste embellishment onto your page, and next moment you're questioning yourself, "Should I? Should I not?Ē You even wonder if you're just trying to force that simply irresistible page accent onto your page to satisfy your craving forÖ more embellishments.
Well, you're in good company. I still remember first time I encountered packets and packets of wondrous embellishments. My eyes sparkled with enthusiasm, and my heart fluttered in excitement and truth was, I simply can't decide. What a rush!
So for anyone who loves scrapbooking embellishments, we have to learn some balancing acts and avoid falling into trap of overwhelming pages with loads of such page accents.
Here's some tips for you to consider when you're holding that simply irresistible piece of embellishment in your hand, and pausing for that momentous decision.