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Sweet Tweet! Spring is in the Air!

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I know it is only mid-February, but with 80 degree temps in our neck of the woods, I could not help but feel as if there is a bit of “spring” in the air and wanted to make this fun grapevine wreath using Globecraft and Piccolo 3-D Enamel Gels to add color and dimension to a $ find I scored at Michaels!

Since I was adding so much color to the birdcage, I decided to practice a great amount restraint in not over designing this wreath. To me spring translates new, fresh, clean and simple. I wanted to make a wreath that can be easily crafted together in a short amount of time; a great quick gift idea that will bring lots of smiles!

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Materials List:

  • Globecraft & Piccolo Cobalt Turquoise 3D Enamel Gel
  • Globecraft & Piccolo Orange 3D Enamel Gel
  • Globecraft & Piccolo Butter Cream 3D Enamel Gel
  • Globecraft & Piccolo Mustard Yellow 3D Enamel Gel
  • Globecraft & Piccolo Napthol Red 3D Enamel Gel
  • My Mind’s Eye (MME) 6×6 Paper Stack – “Sunny”
  • Micheals Laser Cut Wood Birdcage
  • Panada 6 inch Box Wreath
  • Twinery Butter Cream twine
  • Celebrate It 1/2 inch orange ribbon
  • Cricut Die Cut Machine
  • Cricut Cartridge Celebrations (pennant stencil cut at 1 1/4 inch, 1 1/2 inches, and 1 3/4 inches)
  • Stampin’ Up Pumpkin Ink
  • Dauber
  • Close To My Heart Red Assortment Buttons
  • Hot Glue
  • Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Bone Folder
  • Pencil (for tracing pennant stencil)
  • Straight Pin

Step 1: Applying Globecraft & Piccolo 3D Enamel Gel: Starting with the Butter Cream Globecraft & Piccolo 3D Enamel Gel, apply to the cage’s outline. Then begin to apply the color to the flowers using a straight pin to pull the color through to areas that are tight. You do not need to wait for each color to dry. The beauty of this product is that is has a thick consistency and does not run or spread as long as you take care in not running over the other color boarders. Set aside and let set and dry for a couple of hours (mine dried in about an hour, but I live in a drier climate – if pressed for time, you can set your oven at the lowest temp possible and the door cracked to speed the process. just keep a watchful eye on it).

sweet tweet 3Step 2: Paper Pennants: I used a Cricut die ctt machine to make the stencils for the paper pennants, but you can use a Silhouette or cut them out free handed. Using a designer paper of your choice, create a fold using a bone folder and trace the pennants using the stencils (this will create the “diamond shape that folds over the twine to secure the pennants). I cut two pennants each from three different coordinating design paper with coordinating sizes to match the design paper.

Once all pennants are cut, ink edges with a dauber, glue pennant together (ONLY THE BOTTOM PORTION OF PENNANT, so you have an opening to run the twine through), then run each pennant through a 20 inch piece of twine, tie to the back of the wreath and cut off any extra length.

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Step 3: Button Embellishments: To add the button embellishment to the top of the birdcage start by first applying hot glue to the bottom button and securing the top button. Once cooled, apply the button set to the top of the birdcage.

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Step 4: Assembling the Wreath: Assemble the wreath by securing the birdcage with hot glue and using a slip knot technique to add the ribbon at the top of the wreath for hanging. The pennants were already added, but you may need to rearrange or straighten them out a bit.

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There you have it! Sweet, simple and done in not time flat! Head on over to Globecraft and Piccolo’s online store to gather up the supplies so you can cook up this springtime wreath! Also head over to my post over at Globecraft and Piccolo’s blog and see my other birdcage inspired wreath project using their book board charms, powder enamels and more 3D enamel gels!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “spring is in the air” pie with me.

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