Last week I went crazy and made a BUNCH of paper peonies with my Cricut. I love paper flowers but these in particular turned out soooo pretty! Today we’re going to take alll those pretty pretty paper peonies and add them to a fun Valentine’s Day themed wreath.
Or technically it could be a sign!
Use it however you like but this little heart shaped, peony inspired, Love is the Key piece is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Let’s get started!
- Paper Peony’s
- Heart Shaped Wreath Board
- Pink Craft Paint
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Cricut Maker 3
- Fine Point Blade
- Kraft Board: Metallic Rose Gold
- Light Grip Mat
Step 1: Paint your Wooden Heart
Alright y’all… first things first! Our wooden heart is well… wooden. Which means it’s not as pink as our actual peony flowers. Since we’re going to be gluing our flowers in place we don’t want any brown negative spots showing through.
Instead we need to paint a pretty pink background so that any bare spots blend into the rest of our sign.
I didn’t have the perfect pink to match the pink cardstock used for my paper peonies but that’s alright… I simply added several shades of pink acrylic paint to my wooden heart and blended them out. This will give us a mixed pink color that will blend with all the pink and rose gold tones going on top.
Step 2: Glue your Larger Peonies in Place
Ready to get started? Fire up the glue gun and let’s start putting these babies in their places! I created 2 sizes of paper peonies: large and small. So it was easy enough to start by gluing down a few of the larger peonies.
After a while I realized that these guys have a hexagon shape with their base being 6 sided… so it was easy enough to smoosh them on in a hexagonal pattern.
They don’t need to be lined up but we do want fairly thick coverage of flowers across the entire surface. So keep on gluing until the entire heart is full!
Step 3: Add the Small Paper Peony Flowers
Ready to make this guy pop?! Go ahead and start to add your tiny peonies… I added some to fill in the edges, some to cover blank spots and some in a second layer to add to the 3-dimensional effect.
PLUS the peonies in the second layer will help to hold the lower layer together since you can attach the smaller pieces to several of the lower pieces. Now that’s smart.
Step 4: Add your Metallic Leaves
Remember the metallic kraft board leaves we cut out our with our paper peonies? It’s time to add those! They come in two sizes (small and large… who knew!). Plus these have a longer stem so it was easy to add a few in strategic places to see if I liked them before actually gluing them down.
And I liked that a leaf at the bottom helped flush out that pointed heart shape.
At this point our little paper peony wreath could easily be finished but I wanted a little more pizzaz… so I headed back to cricut design space and cut “Love is the Key” out of the same Metallic kraft board. It’s a sturdy material and holds it’s shape so it was easy to glue across the front of the peonies.
And it’s so pretty!
Ready for the pretty finished photos?!
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