“Saint Nickolas Wreath”
©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015
I enjoy creating small Christmas wreaths and hang them on my inside doors during the Christmas holidays, and once again I used one of my favorite Arnold Grummer/Cotton Press paper casting molds; Victorian Saint Nickolas. There are so many beautiful paper casting mold to choose from (yep, I have to admit I collect the molds and way too many other things too - smile). Follow along and see how easy it is to create a wreath for yourself or as a special gift.
- Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
- A sunny window
- Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
- Scraps of white (think junk mail, etc.)
- Cotton Press Victorian Saint Nickolas casting mold
- Beacon QuickGripTM Adhesive
- Double sided foam tape
- Pastels, Chalks or powered eye shadow in red and brown, applicators
- DecoArtTM Americana Line Dark Green paint, “Snow” paint &paint brush
- Several yards of dark green /white dot 1 ¼” ribbon
- Two 5” evergreen tree cut outs (chip board or wood)
- One 12” rustic twig wreath
- Several 6-9” twigs
- Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create one of the Saint Nickolas paper casting.
- When the castings are dry, lightly color each area with the chalks. (See sample for placement).
- Add some dark green paint to the tree part of the casting.
- When dry, add some “snow” paint to the tree part of the casting.
- Paint the two large evergreen trees.
- When they are dry add the “snow” paint to the trees.
Assemble the wreath:
- Weave the ribbon through the twig wreath.
- Tie a large 4 loop bow and attach it to the top right of the wreath with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
- Center and attach the Saint Nickolas paper casting on the right bottom of the wreath.
- Attach the extra twigs to the left side of the wreath to help brace and secure the evergreen trees.
- Layer the evergreen trees with foam tape between and attach them to the extra twigs and wreath.
Remember that I always make extra casting to have on hand when the mood to create a project strikes me. It is not unusual for me to make 50 to 100 castings at a time.