If you’ve peeked at Pinterest lately, you’ve probably seen that watercolor, embroidery and gold leafing are everywhere. Like really, everywhere. We ourselves have hopped on the trend train and then some. The next challenge? Combining all three in a brand new way! With the help of Curate Snacks, we created a mixed medium, watercolor-washed, embroidery-stitched, gold-leafed, silk flower wreath for springtime. And we’ve gotta say, we really outdid ourselves with this one. It’s amazing what you can create when you blend the unexpected, isn’t it?
Our inspiration came from a somewhat unexpected source, too. We found ourselves majorly inspired by the clever flavor pairings in Curate bars — like the dark chocolate, quinoa, hemp seeds, Marcona almonds and sea salt combo in my personal favorite bar, Salted Decadence — and also by the colorful and playful packaging. Each bar is made of real food, is non-GMO, gluten free *and* has less than 200 calories. At the heart of their mission is one simple question: How do we make “good for you” snacks more interesting? The answer, it seems, is wonderfully surprising flavor combinations.
Enough gushing about our new favorite afternoon snack. Let’s DIY!
Materials + Tools:
— white silk flowers
— wreath frame
— floral wire
— fabric paint
— embroidery thread
— gold leaf
— Mod Podge
— scissors or wire cutters (depending on the type of silk flowers you’ll be cutting)
— paint brushes
1. Trim each silk flower stem so that it’s about two inches long.
2. Starting with the biggest flowers, connect the stems to the wreath using floral wire.
3. Add the smallest flowers last to fill out the wreath.
4. Mix fabric paint with some water, then paint the petals. Repeat with your other colors. Let dry.
5. Once the paint is completely dry, add some simple embroidery stitches to some of the leaves.
6. Next, paint some petals with Mod Podge, then carefully add gold leaf over the Mod Podge. Wait to dry, then tear off the excess gold leaf. You’re done!
FYI, we found our silk flowers at Afloral.com.
Trim each silk flower stem so that it’s about two inches long. Starting with the biggest flowers, connect them to the wreath by wrapping floral wire around each stem, then weaving it through the wreath frame.
Psst: No floral wire or short on time? Hot glue works well, too.
Here’s another tip: If it’s hard to wrap the wire around the stem, weave it through the leafy petals instead.
Add the smallest flowers last to fill out the wreath.
Mix fabric paint with some water, then paint the petals. Repeat with your other colors, then let dry.
Pro Tip: The more water you add, the lighter the final paint color. I tended to dip my brush in water between strokes to further dilute, then would add in more pigment later for contrast.
Once the paint is completely dry, add some simple embroidery stitches to some of the leaves.
Lastly, paint some petals with Mod Podge. The gold leaf will stick to everywhere you add Mod Podge, so be thoughtful about its placement.
Carefully add a large piece of gold leaf over the Mod Podge. Wait until it dries completely, then tear off the excess gold leaf.
It’s about time floral wreaths got a 21st century update, right?
And here’s a bonus: It doubles as a flower crown! Sometimes you just gotta go for the unexpected applications, too :)
Are you making this springy floral wreath? If so, we’d love to see the results! Share on Instagram and tag #iamcreative and #TasteCurate so we can see the DIY in action.
This post is a collaboration with Curate.
Author: Maddie Bachelder
DIY Production + Styling: Maddie Bachelder
Photography: Kurt Andre