November 22nd, 2017 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny
In my last post, I explained how you separate your mats and change the setting for materials in Cricut Design Space. Today, I am going to show you how to assemble the wreath and the best glues for each type of material used in the wreath.
2: Assemble Felt Leaves
Hot glue works wonderfully for Cricut felt. The key is to use it sparingly, or you could slightly darken the felt. It’s great because it tacks instantly and dries quickly.
Cut your floral wire into four 8-inch pieces. Put a dab of hot glue on the bottom center of one of the leaves and place the top of the wire on the glue. Pinch the leaf together. Place another dab of glue on the next leaf and put just below the first leaf. Pinch together. Pull the leaf to the right side. Repeat with all the leaves, pulling them to the opposite side of the leaf above.
3: Assemble Faux Leather Bow
You may be tempted to use hot glue with the Cricut Faux Leather, and although it’s a good option you may have noticed that if you don’t apply it very sparingly, then the dried glue can create a bump in the material. A better alternative is all-purpose craft glue such as E6000. The only downside is you will need to hold the spot you are securing together for a longer period of time.
Turn the main bow piece over and use a thin line of craft glue to secure each side to the center.
Pinch the bow together and apply a small amount of glue to the back. Add the back pieces and wrap the center bow piece around, applying a small amount of glue to the back of it. Hold until the bow is set.
4: Glue Together “Joy”
My favorite type of glue to use with paper is spray adhesive. With delicate cuts, you can risk tearing your paper when you try to use a glue stick. Liquid glue can be hard to control and you may put too much resulting in it bleeding over the edge.
Spray adhesive solves both of those problems. It coats even the most detailed cut area without risk of tearing or bleeding. You also have a few seconds to reposition your paper when you glue it together. This is nice when you are trying to place things perfectly.
Turn over the red “Joy” onto a covered surface. (I like to use a piece of parchment paper.) Shake the spray adhesive well and spray the back of the red “Joy” with the glue, holding the can about 6-8 inches away. Center on the gold “Joy” and press to secure.
5: Assemble the Wreath
Use the floral wire to wrap around the wreath frame and position the felt leaves in the pine branches. Use hot glue to secure the “Joy” to each side of the wreath and the bow to the bottom. You’re done! Enjoy your pretty new holiday wreath.
Are you making your own Christmas wreath this year? Tell me about it in the comments below!