Make a faux orange floral wreath

This Faux Orange Wreath Is Everything For Spring

March 13, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

Hi everyone! I am Jennifer Rizzo from Jenniferrizzo.com, and I am so excited to share a fun project with you today! Earlier on my blog, I showed my readers how to make faux oranges from hard foam balls (you can see the full tutorial hereIf you don’t want to make your own oranges you can buy fake fruit from the craft store. I didn’t see oranges, but they did have some lemons. I wanted to take it a step further and make a faux orange leaf wreath. It’s not quite spring yet, and there is something about citrus, even if you can’t eat them, that brings in such a fresh look and feel! The best part about this wreath, is since the oranges are fake, they’ll last forever! I used a faux floral rose spray to mimic the orange blossoms, and  I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out all of the leaves. This would have normally taken me hours, but it really only took me about 15 minutes to cut out the 8 sheets.

You’ll need:

  • Cricut Explore Air 2
  • Cricut scraper tool
  • Cricut spatula tool
  • Cricut scissors
  • Cricut 12 x 12 cutting mat soft grip
  • Use this leaf design (Cricut project file: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/53915719) or similar collages of a leaf of choice
  • 8 different sheets of heavy green cardstock, in 4 different shades of green(2 each) from light to dark
  • Wreath form with appropriate glue, I used a hard foam wreath (get green if they have it!)
  • Fake oranges
  • Floral picks
  • Small white faux floral

If you have your oranges ready, first, cut your leaves. Use the 12 x 12 cutting mat with a light grip. Place your cutting setting on cardstock. I forgot to change mine at the first run and I was left with a paper full of leaves only partway cut out. That didn’t work so well.

I make my designs on my desktop and then open them in the cloud from my phone. it is so much easier and convenient that way!

After cutting, remove the out paper and use the Cricut Spatula tool by tipping the mat and scraping down. They come off so much easier that way. You end up with a nice pile of leaves with out the aggravation of picking them off one by one.

 

Leaves

Cut 8 sheets of leaves, once they are done and you have them, give them all a quick fold in half to make them bend, and look like real leaves.

 

Paper leaf

Add the appropriate glue for your foam, and cover the piece. If I had to do it again, I might wrap it with green crepe paper first and then use a tacky white craft glue to adhere the leaves. I did have issues with the white foam peeking through. My store seemed to have a crazy sale on green foam rings and didn’t have any left, so I was stuck with white foam. Plus, the paper leave would probably stick better to the crepe paper than the foam anyway.

 

Foam wreath

Start gluing the leaves on around the foam ring. I found it worked better to use the large leaves first and then the smaller ones in to fill in.

 

Glue leaves

When adding leaves, vary the different shades of green to give it a more natural look.

 

Oranges

 Let the large glue dry on the top, and then add the smaller ones around the outside. Add the oranges with a floral pick.

 

Oranges

... And glue underneath faux orange glue to leaves. Remove small flowers, trim off any extra bottom with scissors and glue onto leaves.

 

Greenery

Flower & Orange Wreath

Let dry completely overnight, completely still for full adhesion.

And you can either add a ribbon to your wreath to hang, or enjoy a little touch of spring as a decorative piece!

 

Flower & Orange Wreath
Perfect Dresser

Making the Perfect Dresser Vinyl Accent

January 31, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo of Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

Hi There! I’m Jennifer Rizzo from Jennifer Rizzo Design Company. I am so excited to be a part of the collaboration with Cricut and Hayneedle and to share with you how I contributed to transforming the space into a dreamy and fun bedroom!

Today, I’m going to tell you a little bit about how I embellished the Hayneedle wood dresser. I worked on coming up with a design that would work with the rustic industrial style, and would also enhance the awesome dresser from Hayneedle.

 

Vinyl Dresser Image

I knew I wanted to do something that had a faux inlay feel, which I always think feels expensive. It reminds me of custom handmade, artisan furniture. When I found the vine pattern in Cricut Design Space (literally you can click in the image bank to find thousands of pre-made images), I knew it would work out perfectly. I used the silver vinyl, a 12” x 24” cutting mat, scissors, and the weeder tool. That’s literally all you need!  

 

Design Space Image

I decided on using the silver vinyl because I thought that would work the best for the look we were going for, though I think gold foil, bronze or even copper foil would be beautiful as well. Cricut has an amazing array of metallic adhesive foils that are absolutely gorgeous. This is such an easy project to add such a beautiful detail.

Silver Vinyl Image

I started by measuring the edge of the dresser, and decided to make the inlay about an inch wide. After I had the size I wanted, I cut the pattern to my size on the Cricut Explore Air 2 using a 12” x 24” mat. I then used the weeder tool to remove the excess vinyl from around the edges.

I did find it works better to pull the excess vinyl away carefully. I went a little too fast and ended up slightly ripping a few vines.

 

Silver Vinyl Image

As you can tell, working with shoes on is optional. :)

I measured and drew a line in the direct center, around the dresser, to make sure I placed my vine as straight as possible.

At the edges, I trimmed and matched them up. I decided to keep my vines and leaves going in the same direction as I moved around the dresser.

The finished project ended up looking amazing! I think it really adds a nice, creative touch and highlights the beautiful wood. And the best thing about using vinyl on furniture is if you decide you want to change your room design, no problem, just peel it off!

 

Vinyl Dresser Image

It was such an amazing experience, and the room is just beautiful and dreamy! Now is your chance to make your own space.

Make sure you enter here for more home decor inspiration, and a chance to win a Cricut Explore Air 2 bundle, a $2,000 shopping spree on hayneedle.com, plus a consult with a room stylist (me!) to pull it all together!!

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