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DIY Breast Cancer Wreath

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I knew that I wanted to hang a breast cancer wreath on my front door by the time I started my first chemotherapy and had been looking online at beautiful wreaths of all shapes and sizes. The problem was that I didn't want to spend $100.00 on one. I decided to make one myself using my crepe paper roses I make my rose balls with. I knew the cost would be drastically cheaper. These 2 photos below is of my crepe paper rose balls I made as a centerpiece for cocktail tables and dressed them up using a tall glass vase and blingy type jewels.. Items you will need to make on like mine: foam board, hot glue gun, glue sticks, streamers, double stick tape, ribbon, craft or spray paint.

   

 

Below is a simple picture tutorial of how I made my breast cancer wreath.

#1- purchase your choice of streamer paper. I wanted an ombre effect so I chose 3 different colors of streamers from my local Dollar Tree store. They come in a 2-pack and I only needed 1 of the 2 packs of each color for my ribbon. By the way, the cost for each 2 pack was only $1.00 each bringing my total to $3.00 for the streamers.

#2- cut your streamer paper in strips the same length. This helps to ensure the same size roses.  

#3 Start by holding the end off the streamer paper in your hand and twist-wrap around until you get to the end. You will see a rose shape starting to form.  

#4- When you get to the end, apply a piece of double stick tape to the secure it together (Double stick tape also at my Dollar Tree store for $1.00) 

  

#5- start piling all of your assembled roses together.   

 

#6- (this can also be step 1 & 2) - cut your Foam Board into the shape you want..in my case it's in the shape of a breast cancer ribbon. I purchased this at my Dollar Tree store also. These at 2 for $1.00.

 

#7- If you want you can paint both sides of your foam board to match your roses. I already had matching paints from a previous project, but you can use any color you want. I uses the Martha Stewart craft paints I had purchased from Hobby Lobby for $2.35 and a roller paint brush for $2.99 for a 3 pack.  Allow time to dry.

#8- plug in your glue gun and wait for it to be hot and ready to go. Meanwhile gather your roses, foam board and plenty of glue sticks. (glue sticks can also be purchased at Dollar Tree for $1.00 per bag). My glue sticks I had as well from Hobby Lobby for $5.99 for a 50 stick bag. Glue gun I had already but you can purchase one at Walmart for under $5.00 for a mini).  

#9- start placing a pea sized amount of hot glue to the bottom of the crepe paper rose and immediately adhering it to your foam board. Be careful as the hot glue is just that...HOT. I usually end up getting small drops on my fingers during this process. (a little tip: It's best to sort of squish the roses closer together so you wont have extra spacing in-between the roses like I did).  

You will see after gluing the roses that there is a tall piece sticking out from the top. All you need to do is simply trim off the tops with scissors.  

 

#10- keep gluing roses all around in the pattern you prefer  

#11- If you want to add a ribbon to the top to hang...cut a piece of ribbon of your liking, tie a bow and hot glue gun it to the back of the top. 

All done ! 

****You can also make letters and get creative. 

Below I made the letter "A" for my grandbaby Avery's first birthday party. 2016-05-27 11.42.12


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