A Beginners First Project: Poinsettia Wreath

This poinsettia wreath is a beginner first project designed to get you familiar with your machine.  If you don’t like the layout change it to however you want.  Just don’t be afraid to try it.

This poinsettia wreath is designed to hang on the wall. But you can put under a candle or attach them to another Christmas decoration.  I just wanted to design a project that would get the beginners to take their machines out of the box and make something.

What you will need

Paper Selection

Poinsettias come in various shades of red, white and pink.  But use any colors you want.  Glitter and patterned paper would work and any weight paper works well.

Cutting

The first step to making this Christmas Poinsettia Wreath project is to hit the “Make it” button in the software.  It will take you to a page that looks like this:

 

You can look at each mat by clicking on it on the left.

The cricut lays the flowers out in its own way. But you can change the position or rotation of the flowers to save paper.  To see how to do that watch my video.

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Once the layout is how you want it, load the mat into your machine.  Do this by hitting the arrows button on the machine.  The mat only loads two ways, with the little cut out at the top or the bottom. 

Then hit the continue button in the right corner.  It will take you to a page that will let you select the paper, tell you the tools you will need, and get you ready to make the project. It looks sort of like this (my page may look slightly different because I have selected some of my favorite papers ):

 

If you have the Air machine, I would keep the materials dial set to custom materials. This is so you have to choose your material each time.  The maker makes you choose by default.

When you are ready press the C button on your machine and it will cut the mat.  When it is done unload the mat by pressing the arrow button on your machine. Take the cutouts and extra paper off the mat. Load the next color paper and repeat the above steps until all your mats are cut.

Assembly
Once all your pieces are cut, build the poinsettias by putting a small one on top of a large one.  Glue them together.  I use Art Glitter Glue.  It is the only glue I use.  There should be 8 total.  Attach a leaf to each one then stack them on the green base circle, gluing each one down once you are happy with the arrangement.

 

And your Christmas Poinsettia Wreath is done and you made your first project!  Now try another.

 

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