Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wreath much? The tale of a faux rosewood wreath (aka paper rose wreath)

UPDATE: MARCH 22, 2012 The complete tutorial is now available HERE

Greeting! So sweet of you to stop by for a visit! I hope that all is well (and warmer) in your world!

Do you have a cuppa and a comfy seat? You know my post are photo filled ha! But I must confess, I love spending the time with you!

Let's begin with this interesting little diddy. According to Dictionary.com, a glutton for punishment is: someone who habitually takes on burdensome or unplesant tasks or unreasonable amounts of work.

Hmmmmm now why does that sound somewhat familar? ha! Let's see shall we?

First, credit where credit is due!

Most of you may be familar with Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming and her post and tutorial about her stunning faux rosewood wreath here.


I was so inspired by Stephanie's gorgeous creation! (Thanks so much for sharing with us Stephanie!)

Of couse, like most things I do, I always add my bit of a twist. ha!

Some of you may recall that I left a little teaser in my last post about it.

I believe this is where we left off....



those paper rosettes (plus another 150+ more) became this....

Hello Gorgeous!




I'll post a more in-depth tutorial about how I did it in my "How To blog" soon. For now, here is the shortened version...

I covered a round 10" styro wreath form with torn strips...





filled the wreath form with the rosettes...



I started applying the rosettes without any pattern in mind as I was going to cover all sides.

This is how much (or how little) the 80 rosettes covered.



After making another 150+...



I tied the last of my favorite two-toned ribbon...



Normally I would have only covered the front and sides but this one was going on the mirror....

wreath book paper roses

So much prettier than having a plain backside showing..yes?! ha!



You would think I would just sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labor. But nooooooo not me!

NOTE: This is where the definition I posted at the beginning might apply ha!

I wanted to make one for Valentine's Day. Being the glutton for punishment that I am, I rolled up 100 of these...



See the red ink? It ends up looking pink, which is exactly what I wanted.



...covered a 12" heart shaped styro wreath form and first applied the rosettes to the inner and outter sides....



Then started filling in. I'm afraid that the 100 rosettes only covered about half



after making another 150+

can you say soooo pretty in pink?!



I added the pink satin ribbon to kick the sweetness up a notch ha!

Don't you just love it?!

Here is a look at the finished back....



I must reiterate that these are such a pain in the patootie to make. As anyone who has created one of these will tell you they are very labor intensive!

But so darn worth it!



This pink heart wreath did me in! After rolling what seems like millions of these...



I ended up with....



OUCHIES!

As they say...the price of beauty! ha! So darn worth it!

wreath heart pink paper roses


Originally I was going to make a couple to sell in my Etsy shop. I haven't because I don't know how much to ask for one. Friends and family have offered a range of $100-$150 being a fair price because of all the work and time involved.

What do you think? I know most of us all DIY, but if you couldn't, for whatever reason make one and wanted to buy one, what do you think would be fair? I've truly not a clue!

Needless to say, I'm just thrilled that I finally finished both. And I personally feel that DIY is just a nice way of saying Glutton for Punishment! ha! Maybe we should start a club? Or at the very least seek therapy....yes? ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time leave me your sweet thoughts! You are a darling!!

Cheers!


I'm linking this post up with the following fabulous hosts:

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The Lettered Cottage

50 comments:

Marilyn said...

I love hearts and have them all over in my kitchen, living room and bedroom. That PINK one would be so pretty to have here! Price? No idea. I'll need to see how they are done and dream about making one. If I start now, I might have one in 5 years. ♥♫

Char said...

Oh Tina the heart is just beautiful. I am afraid it's way to much work for me, but I love it, Char

Mari said...

HELLO TINA~I'M WITH THE OTHER LADIES I LOVE THE PINK HEART!! ITS GORGEOUS :)

XOX~MARI

NanaDiana said...

Tina- Those are gorgeous...gorgeous..gorgeous...did I say gorgeous!?! WOW! What a lot of work..but so beautiful. Because I am a crafter myself I know that you never get paid for the real work you do...and so it is hard for me to say what price to charge for them. They are beautiful. I suppose you could put one on eBay and leave the bidding open with a reserve (that only you know) and see what happens.

I love that pink one...what a great idea to use red print! Hugs- Diana

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh, Tina! They are beautiful! And well worth your effort, I would say! Sorry about your "ouchies"! I felt the same way after making a balloon wreath with 400 balloons...and yours looks waaay more labor intensive than it was! Enjoy! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Madigan at madiganmade said...

The pink heart one is lovely! Great twist on this project. Both are beautiful.

Malory said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

Crystal said...

The injured fingers were not mine....but I'm thinking they were well worth it!!! They are beautiful!!!!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, gorgeous, I think they are priceless, I just don't think you could get back your time in money. Kind of like mosaics, I so enjoyed reading all of your tutorials. For leveling I use the back see through plastic piece of an Ipod or cell phone. So funny that we both figured out how to level with our own little devices. You are so right a bird house is not how to start! Those mosaic ballet slippers were tons of work. I enjoy doing 3D items the most more so than tables or trays, guess I am a glutton for punishment. I did learn some great grouting tricks, thank You!

Carol

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Hi Tina, those are just lovely and you sure have a lot more patience than me to make those. They are both divine, but the heart one is stunning. Thanks for joining the party.

Anonymous said...

Wow!....so lovely....I have been inspired to try and make my own. I do not think you could ever get your monies worth, considering the time put into making one of these. They are so cheap to make....yet so labor intensive and I do not think most people would appreciate that. Your time and effort is probably worth 100 bucks but I know most people would probably only consider paying 1/2 of that. Would that make it worth your while? Probably not. Just my humble opinion :)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Wow, wow, wow!! So much work, but boy do you have two stunning wreaths! I really love the use of the red print on the heart wreath!

mary said...

Saw you on the link party at the shabby chic cottage, how BEAUTIOUS are your wreaths? That is some serious dedication too, your poor hands! Love it! XOX!

The DIY Spot said...

Your wreaths are adorably beautiful! It puts a Christmas wreath I made from shreaded paper to shame for sure. As for price, you should determine an hourly rate and multiply it by how many hours it took to make it plus your cost of materials. Whatever you decide, I hope you won't undervalue your time or the craftsmanship of your wreaths.

very merry vintage style said...

They are both really pretty. Love that two-tone ribbon, too! The pink one is really unique. I can picture it on the back of a wedding car or on a weathered gate as an amazing prop for a wedding photo shoot!
Mary

LP aka A Crafty Southern Chick said...

Gorgeous and elegant!

Shelia said...

Hi Tina! Bless your heart! I've made one small wreath and I know all of the intense time it takes to make it. The cutting and rolling and glueing and ouchies! :) I can't believe you would sell these after all of that work! :) Your heart wreath is just stunning!! I think you price sounds right. After I made mine I wanted to dip it in gold! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shelia said...

Hi Tina! Bless your heart! I've made one small wreath and I know all of the intense time it takes to make it. The cutting and rolling and glueing and ouchies! :) I can't believe you would sell these after all of that work! :) Your heart wreath is just stunning!! I think you price sounds right. After I made mine I wanted to dip it in gold! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sue said...

Gorgeous, Tina!!! I have a wood wreath that I bought for $40 back in the fall. I can use it all year around. These paper ones are beautiful and you've obviously put a lot of work into them! I especially like the heart shaped wreath. I hope you will make a nice profit if you decide to sell them.
~ Sue

Heather said...

Hello! I am visiting from Transformation Thursday. Both your wreaths are absolutely beautiful! I would like to make a large wreath to hang above my bed. I absolutely love the rosettes, but I am afraid that they might be too labor intensive. After seeing yours though, I am a bit (just a bit) tempted to make one! :)

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Def worth it! Absolutley gorgeous!!!! Stop by my party if you get a chance.

Shelia said...

Hi Tina! To answer your question and I think you meant 'what is scrunching'? Well that's just the term I used for messing up the lace cloth on the table I used with my tablescape.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sara @ thesherlockshome said...

Both wreaths are simply gorgeous! I can't wait to see the tutorial!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Both of your wreaths are incredibly
beautiful. Just love them!!
My fav is the pink one tho, so sweet and romantic, course, I love them both really. Cause I do love anything white!!
You did a fabulous job, sorry about your ouchies, did you get those from rolling them up or from hot glue.
I used to burn the tips of my fingers with hot glue all the time. OUCHIE's for sure!! lol
Blessings, Nellie

Alison said...

Those wreaths are amazing. Hmmm....I'm not nearly so ambitious...perhaps I'll start with something a bit...smaller?

Jenni said...

LOVE these! Saw these on your website yesterday and ran out today to Salvation Army to buy an old book so I could use the pages. Kind of a shame to tear up an old Winnie the Pooh book, but really looking forward to making this wreath! Great job!

Annette said...

Oh, that's the sweetest eye candy first thing this morning!

Sherry said...

Wow! These are just gorgeous! I love your twist on the wreath in the shape of a heart with a pink satin ribbon. That is so romantic. Just beautiful. Thank you so much for linking to my party!
Sherry

Susan said...

Wow, Tina, these may have been labor-intensive but definitely worth the eye candy for many years to come! Great job!
- Susan

Light and Voices said...

What a crafter you are! Impressive wreaths. Happpy Valentine's Day.
Joyce M

Manni said...

Tina, you are one talented lady!!! I LOVE YOUR blog, you have such creative ideas and the tutorials are great.
I'm a new follower and I wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog:) really appreciate that!

Have an awesome Valentine's Weekend:) Manni

Tiffanee said...

So beautiful!! I love the pink touch in the heart. Sorry about your fingers though!! No fun, but atleast it turned out so cute!!

alicesg said...

This is so beautiful and you are so creative and talented. Happy Valentine and Happy Pink Saturday.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Both of the wreaths are beautiful but I think I am especially in love with the heart shaped one...so soft and pretty.

On another note, I see that you lost your beautiful cat a few months ago...I lost my wonderful persian cat last December...I miss him terribly and hope to get a new kitten as soon as breeding season starts.

Donnie said...

Love your pink wreaths today. What a lot of work. Happy Valentine's Day and Pink Saturday.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

oh....about a 1000 dollars. :) I know they are very labor intensive. And oh so beautiful. Bobby G. tells me I am a glutton for punishment all the time. Happy Valentine! xo

Marydon said...

Over the moon GORGEOUS, Tina! I'd so love to do these ... may take a crack at trying to 'create' something on my own yet.

Happy Valentine's ~
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Tina,
My, my, what a lot of work but so worth it! The wreaths are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and thanks for your visit too. Happy Valentines PS weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Tina,

These wreaths are stunning...and I can plainly see how labor intensive they are...the heart is especially sweet using the red ink...very clever. You really should submit this to Stampington for publication!

At least $100.00 if I were to spend all that time on making one.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today.

Hugs,
Stephanie ♥

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I LOVE your wreaths and how Very Thoughtful for you to teach us how to make them...My Favorite is the "HEART", LOVE,LOVE,LOVE It!!!
I am definitely making one!
I hope you will drop in on My Land of Blog and take a peek and Stay for tea..
Happy Valentines Day to you,
Hugs,
Donna

Laurel said...

Wow-wee, I'm impressed, I've made a "few" of these rosettes for accents...but man they take a lot of time. I think I have about 15 done, hehe! LONG way to go I guess :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

MessyMissy said...

Holey moley, that Valentine wreath is lovely....especially with that pink ribbon accent. What patience you have to make all those, but I think it paid off for sure!!

Candy said...

Saw a familiar face while visiting "Look at the Nook" and had to pop over and say HI! Been a while (my fault) but getting back and catching up on all the doings. Loved looking at all your rosy creations.
Happy HEART Blessings ;-)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I love LOVE! Particularly when it is pink.

Happy hearts day to you and yours.

Bella said...

Hi Tina,
Both your wreaths look amazing... but that pink heart completely stole mine.. gorgeous!!
Bella

B and B said...

These wreaths are completely stunning! Well done! If you don't mind my asking, where did you get a book with red ink?

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

I love both of your wreaths with the lovely script rosettes! The heart one is so precious with the pink!

Sue @ House Pretty said...

Hi, I just found your blog through your link up with your heart rosebud wreath. LOVE IT!!!!!! It is so feminine. And my husband has used that same definition (glutton for punishment) on me. Would love if you could check out my new, in progress blog sometime if you have the time, in between making pretty rosebuds!

Kathy said...

Wow, Wow do you have the patience?
They are wonderful and well worth what your family said to charge.
I love all your ribbon, esp. the pink. Thanks for sharing. Kathy

Dawn Lueders said...

I have to say, I found you studio page to be such a delight and entertaining. I love your comments followed by Ha! I'm assuming you write like you speak as do I... always followed by ... but I digress. Your wreaths are breathtaking and I love love love the one against the mirror. What a wonderful way to display!!! I've made a few of these for presents and I agree....at the end you say "ouch, I'm never going to do another one", then you start cutting and rolling again...sigh.

I also have the same dilema as you with putting a price on them. I've seen similar ones on Etsy for amounts from $25 upwards to $80, and well worth it. They are very labor intense yet the time really seems to fly by when you're watching your favorite show while rolling... until the dreaded hot glue burn from not paying enough attention.

Anyway...congratulation on a great job and for making me smile today. I really needed it. You are very talented these are not "crafts", these are works of art.



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