Monday, 22 December 2014

DIY Christmas Wreath Card

Today I am sharing a quick and simple Christmas card make which I find myself going back to repeatedly for its simplicity and versatility.  This button wreath card is a good project for someone who wants to make up a batch of Christmas cards without spending all year making them.  But shh...don't tell your grandma if you're raiding her button tin!

image diy tutorial button christmas wreath fabric card ribbon bow

Supplies needed
- greeting card blank or cardstock cut to desired size
- cotton or polycotton fabric in a small print
- iron on adhesive/fusible web such as Vliesofix or Heat N Bond
- 10 x 15-20mm buttons to complement the fabric
- 20cm length of 10-15mm wide ribbon to match fabric and buttons
- fabric scissors or rotary cutter
- Teflon ironing sheet or non-stick baking parchment
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- iron


Method
1. Cut your fabric and fusible web about 1cm wider on each side than the card blank.  Iron fabric to ensure it is crease free.  Iron the fusible web onto the wrong side of the fabric, making sure to use your teflon sheet or baking parchment so that your creation doesn't stick to the iron or the ironing board.

image diy tutorial button christmas wreath fabric card ribbon bow

2. Once cool, remove the backing paper from the fusible web and fuse the fabric to the outside of your card blank.  Allow to cool and then carefully trim off the excess fabric and fusible web.

image diy tutorial button christmas wreath fabric card ribbon bow

3. Arrange the buttons until you are happy with the way your button "wreath" looks.  Attach the buttons to the front of the card with hot glue, then leave to cool.  If you want a more precise circular shape for your wreath, you may like to lightly trace a circle onto the card front in pencil.

image diy tutorial button christmas wreath fabric card ribbon bow lay your buttons out in a circle shape

4. Tie the length of ribbon into a bow, making sure to neaten the ribbon ends.  Glue the ribbon to the bottom of the button wreath and allow to cool.  Hey presto - you now have a cute, handmade card!

image diy tutorial button christmas wreath fabric card ribbon bow

Variations
Play around with different designs for the card, such as creating a button Christmas tree or star for the embellishment or using your favourite colour combinations rather than traditional Christmas colours.  

image diy tutorial button christmas wreath fabric card ribbon bow

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