Post # 1
First, how gorgeous is this!?!?
All Martha Stewart says about it is “These ornamental intials — his and hers — were formed out of camelia leaves sprayed with gold paint and attached to a wire frame. ” I REALLY want to make this – two separate letters, a J and an S for our entrance doors. My question is how!? What kind of wire? How do you make natural leaves attach to wire? Glue? I am not naturally crafty but I can follow directions!
If you have made anything similar, please share & brag a bit! 🙂
Here is the link: http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/285485/perfect-wedding-color-palette-aqua-and-gold/@center/272434/plan-your-wedding-color#131857
Post # 3
You would need to purchase or make the initials out of heavier gage of wire (maybe around 12 -14 gauge) and then use florist wire (about 22gauge) and wrap.
This tutorial shows the process: http://saltboxinthecountry.blogspot.com/2010/12/wreath-tutorial.html
Alternatively, you could use large wood letters (not too heavy) or cut from foam board and use hot glue to attach.
Post # 4
@wabanzi: Thanks so much! I like your idea of using something besides wire, I was wondering how well I would be able to make the pretty shaped letters that they did.
Any guess on how long the painted leaves will last after I make the wreath?
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2014 - Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL & Cheney Mansion, Oak Park, IL
@BostonStacy: I would look at a craft store for large letters–they usually have them made of a thinnish wood. You could even do cardboard, since you’ll be covering them. Make sure you have a way to hang them though!
For the leaves, if you’re going to spray paint them anyhow, I would think you could just go fake. They’ll have those at a craft store too. Good luck!
Post # 6
@BostonStacy: I’m not familiar with those leaves, so I can’t help you there. If they are a waxy leaf, water based paint (acrylic) will not work very well. Otherwise a good coat of Krylon (which seems to hold up very well) will probably keep the perserved for at least a few years (assuming they are not thin, crumbly leaves).
Since they would be painted, I think you could easily get away with silk/fake leaves too. Which of course would last forever. Or even a combination (silk at the base, real leaves on top).
Post # 7
Possibly a dumb followup question: If I wanted to get the real thing…where does one buy alive camelia (or maybe even boxwood) leaves?