Have you ever wondered why in some photos the eyes appear to follow you and in other photos they do not?
I thought for a Halloween decoration it would be fun to create something with an eye that follows you around. I also wanted an indoor decoration versus something for the outside of my house.
Mix together some Queen & Co. paper straws, washi tape and pave gems and you have the perfect Watchful Eye Wreath!
To get started, you need to decide how large you want the wreath to be and cut your centre circle out of cardstock. Cover one side of the cardstock with adhesive. Depending on how durable you want the wreath to be, you can use hot glue or a dry adhesive. Choose which colour paper straw will be your background colour and create a plus sign with four straws of that colour.
Once you have the main cross pieces of straws attached to the cardstock, start placing more straws halfway in between each cross piece until you have filled all the space on the cardstock.
As you are adding in more and more straws, you will see that the original straws are shorter than the other straws. That is correct and we will also add shorter straws in later.
Layer two begins by adding another piece of round cardstock that is slightly smaller than the first piece you used. Adhere the cardstock to the first layer of paper straws and also cover the top side with adhesive as you will be adding the second layer of paper straws directly to this cardstock.
Follow the same steps for this layer as you did for the first layer. You can use the same colour or a different one, either way you will be adding depth to the wreath. When you start to attach the second layer, offset the straws slightly to fill in the spaces left in the first layer of straws.
Before attaching the last round of straws, cut the next set of straws in half before placing them in between the other straws.
Next we will embellish the centre of the wreath with a washi tape flower. Begin by attaching your third and smallest piece of cardstock to the centre of the wreath.
To create the washi tape flower, you will need a piece of cardstock 12 inches long. I made mine the width of three pieces of washi tape. Place the washi tape the full lengths of the cardstock. Depending on how you place the washi tape, your flower will look different. I chose to have the ghost washi tape on the inside and the outside of my flower with the orange polka dots in the middle for a nice pop of colour.
Fold the cardstock like an accordion where the smaller your folds the flatter the flower will sit.
Once you have folded the entire length of cardstock, adhere the two ends together. You can use a strong adhesive or staple the two ends on the underside. When the two ends are connected, the flower will sit up like a teepee.
You will need to push the flower flat and use a large dot of adhesive to keep the flower sitting flat on the cardstock. In the centre of the washi tape flower, there will be a gap. Place a black pave gem in the middle and push it flat onto the cardstock. You have now created the watchful eye.
Here is a close up of the layers in the wreath.
In our house, the wreath is hanging on the wall in the entrance way. I therefore decided to attach the wreath to the wall using adhesive on the centre of the backside. If you would like to hang the wreath, when you create the first layer of straws, poke a small hole in the centre of the cardstock and thread a long piece of twine through the front and back and knot it.
We would love to see any wreaths you create using our paper straws or washi tape flowers. The options are endless. Enjoy!
Designer Stacy Cohen shows her creative genius on her layout using Stylish Stix!
When asked for her opinion about the new paper straws, Stacy said, "Your
straws are great because they are very sturdy (not like cheap paper
straws), so they will hold up and won’t flatten out on cards and
Available in a number of colours and patterns, you can purchase them directly from the Queen & Co. website or one of the many stores who carry our products.
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The Queen & Co. team is thrilled to have a warehouse filled with Stylish Stix. But, what are Stylish Stix and what can you do with them? Stylish Stix are paper straws. You can use them for drinking but more importantly you can use them on your cards, layouts and papercrafting projects!
Vicki Boutin created this layout "Party Girl" and used the black and white flower stix for the stems on the flowers.