Working with the happy colors of my Primrose Fairy Collection was so much fun that I decided to create a Primrose Spring Wreath, using my Silhouette Cameo. It is so nice to be greeted by the happy Spring colors on my door, while everything else outside is still very wintery.
Here’s a tutorial, complete with a freebie for the cutting files, so you can bring a happy Spring breeze to your doors, as well. – Or use the flowers as table decorations, for card making, as garland…. there’s so much you can do with them!
If you don’t own a cutting machine, just print the included .png files and cut everything by hand.
Cardstock in the following colors: purple, red, pink, light yellow, darker yellow, green
Old-fashioned brass envelope fasteners
Willow branch wreath (or any other wreath)
Primrose Cutting Files (click image to download ;D)
Once you saved and extracted the .zip file, start Silhouette Studio, navigate to the folder with the files you just extracted and open the file CGD_primrose.dxf.
Select everything and resize to your liking (using one of the corner “handles” so you won’t distort). For my wreath I chose a height of 1.5 inches.
For easier handling I recommend grouping the petal with the round hole – that’s where the fastener will go. If you plan to glue the primrose together, delete the small circle. Repeat for the star-shaped middle and the leaf.
Move everything except the petal group off the cutting mat and duplicate the petal as often as you like. I love the “replicate” window with all it’s tools for doing this, it’s a real time saver.
My primroses have 5 petals each and for my wreath I used 18 flowers altogether in 4 different colors.
Cut the petals, then repeat the moving, copying and cutting for the flower centers (1 for each flower) and leaves. I did cut a couple more leaves and added two leaves to some flowers. If you don’t want to use the fasteners, cut the extra circles as well (again, one for each flower).
When everything is cut, get ready for the assembly
Turn one of the fasteners upside down and layer one center, 5 petals and one (or two) leaves on it.
Then close the fastener and here’s your first primrose:
Continue until all your cut pieces are used. (The little cut-out circles you see in the lower left corner would make some fun confetti to put in a card)
Next grab your wreath – I used a willow branch wreath, but you could just as well use one made of straw, Styrofoam or even cut one from green cardstock.
Glue your flowers to the wreath, attach a pretty ribbon to hang it and you’re done!