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Pansy and Viola Wreath

Not all wreaths need to be three-dimensional; this framed wreath of pressed pansies and violas makes a charming wall decoration.

Introduction

Before you start, learn how-to Press Pansies.

Materials

  • Pansies and violas
  • Art paper in two colors
  • Craft glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Glass panes
  • Self-adhesive linen tape (available at bookbinding-supply stores)
  • Scissors

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Press blooms of various colors and sizes as well as many of the leaves, or use prepressed flowers. On a spare sheet of paper, use the tweezers to carefully arrange the flowers and leaves into an oval, distributing the colors and sizes fairly evenly and symmetrically throughout. Using tweezers, pick up the flowers, one at a time, and dab the back of each with a bit of craft glue using a small paintbrush. Transfer each flower to the art paper, referring to your unglued wreath as a guide.When the glue has dried and the wreath is complete, glue it onto a larger piece of paper with "Pansies & Violas" written at the bottom.

  2. Step 2

    Have a glazier cut two pieces of glass to the finished size of the wreath paper, and sand the edges smooth. Wipe the panes carefully with glass cleaner and a paper towel; be careful not to smudge the glass or trap any dust between the panes. Sandwich the wreath between the two panes. Cut four pieces of self-adhesive brown linen tape to the lengths of the four corresponding sides of the glass. Begin taping one side, making sure the width of the tape is centered so that an equal amount of tape shows on the front and back. Apply tape to the next side, overlapping it at the corner of the first side. Repeat this process until all four sides are taped.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, Volume 58 May 1998