215 Love Bird Wreath Project


Love Birds & Rose Wreath
Clay Casting Project

This project can take on any color scheme,
so use your imagination and have fun. 

The main theme of our wreath is love birds. The dominant color in our wreath is deep cranberry wine in 
the leaves, in the background on the castings, and in some of the silk roses. Small amounts of gold give it sparkle.

215 – Love Birds    and    #125 – Rose

Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp each: 215 – Love Birds    and    #125 – Rose
Clay - we recommend Creative Paperclay® which is non-toxic and air dries to a paintable pure white 
4 castings*:  215 – Love Birds
1 casting*:  #125 – Rose  (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions)
1  2"-diameter crimper cookie cutter
1 heart cookie cutter
Sandpaper or emery board (fine grit)
Acrylic paints: cranberry wine, boysenberry pink, island coral, mistletoe green

Rub ‘n Buff® or gold acrylic paint, foam brush or Spouncer™ by PLAID®, soft cloth
9” grapevine wreath
Moss, silk flowers and leaves
Gold berry decorations
2 flying birds
2 3-inch pieces of floral wire
Hot glue

*Note:  Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from paper instead of clay (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions). The choice is yours. 

1.  While clay is still wet, use crimper cookie cutter to cut out love birds castings. Use heart cookie cutter to cut out rose casting. Let castings dry. Then sand any rough edges smooth.
2.  Prime the castings on both sides with the dark background color (cranberry wine). This may take 2 or 3 coats to achieve the desired effect.
3.  Use a small-tipped paint brush to paint Rub ‘n Buff® on the small heart in the middle of the love birds.
4.  To achieve the color highlights, use a foam brush and the dry brush method (see Techniques for Special Effects) to dab a tiny bit of boysenberry pink paint onto the raised surface of each casting. While the pink is still wet, dab your foam brush into a tiny bit of island coral, and apply it (1) to the base of each flower, the tips of the tails, and the tops of the birds’ heads; and (2) to the rose petals.
5.  Make the light green by mixing a small amount of mistletoe green with the island coral. Brush this light green onto the stems and leaves on each casting.
6.  Apply Rub ‘n Buff® (see see Techniques for Special Effects) onto the edge and sides of each casting, especially the tips of the crimped edges on the love birds castings.
7.  Arrange all the elements of the wreath. Think in terms of groupings or areas of interest. 
8.  Hot glue the moss, leaves, flowers, berries, and castings onto the wreath.
9.  Insert the end of a 3” piece of floral wire into the bottom of each bird. Then insert the wires into the top of the wreath and secure with hot glue.
Wreath project designed and created by Sue Moore. Photography by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR.

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... or perhaps some Shortbread Cookies painted with luster dust!

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