The craft of paper wreaths have been around for awhile and there are some truly gifted crafters out there. It's a really easy craft to make. So even if you are a new crafter or someone who just isn't artistic at all, this can still be accomplished. It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. This is listed under Christmas because the idea for this instructable is to inspire you to make a paper wreath, a holiday flower or even a small table centerpiece. Plus, they make great gifts because it shows you spent time thinking about them. I hope to inspire the young and old alike, the crafty and not so crafty. Even the newest of crafters can accomplish this craft. II have listed many different ideas you can try out. If you have any questions along the way feel free to ask
I made a purple and white holiday flower for some friends of ours. The funny thing is all I had was glow in the dark hot glue so it glows too!! Follow steps 4-5 for the Purple and white flower wreath. Glow in the dark hot glue optional ;-)
We were having an Alice in Wonderland Themed party a few years back and I was trying to come up with a big flower with a face. Since I had a two week time limit my options were limited. I found a design to use paper rolls to create a wreath and I thought why not a flower?? I will show you how to do two different types of designs. One will be like my Alice Flower and the others will be a mix of lit and unlit flowers and wreaths. My lit wreath will be posted shortly.
Google paper wreaths to see some of the wonderful ideas that are out there
Cheap, easy and beautiful!
** I will be adding several projects shortly. Each will have it's own supply list in addition to the Main supply list. Keep an eye out for the main picture to change. I will update this each time I create a new one with new instructions. **
Main Supplies needed:
1/8" plywood in your desired size - you can also use hot glue and glue 3 pieces of cardboard together (it comes out surprisingly strong and stiff) will explain measurements in tutorial
Drill with 1/4" drill bit - to drill holes for the leds to poke through so this is optional (for wood base only)
Hack saw, dremel, some way to cut it into a circle
1-2 packs (200 sheets max depending the size you make) of colored paper your choosing - Keep in mind to get a lot of fluff you gotta make a lot of spirals/petals
Hot glue gun and tons of glue sticks (5-6 bags)
Large bottle of fabric glue
Heavy duty staple gun 1/8" staples - optional
Two picture hangers - picture hanging wire - a small picture hanging kit from the $ store works just fine
One plastic tree man face - the packs that have eyes, nose and mouth to attach to your tree - toss the nose for my version
Will need to google for locating it in your area or online store
Or you could make them with some paper mache or paint them in
Pack of LED Holiday Lights - optional
Clear coat (optional)
Step 1: Making the Base - Wood - Cardboard Next Step
If you're doing a wreath for the front door then figure out how wide it should be
Draw and cut a circle the size needed for the door minus 3-4"
A good trick for this is to find the center of your circle - tap a nail firmly into the center - tie a string around the nail pull firm - measure your distance and mark it on the string - tie a knot around the pencil and make a circle - don't let the string wrap around the pencil or you'll end up with an oval :-)
You want a good base for it so it will last longer for you. If you have too much paper sticking freely from the edges of the wood, it will get too bent and damaged over time. Leaving a few inches on the ends covers the wood and bent tips are easy to fix. If they do get bent use a light coating of starch and the tip of a iron on silk setting. Use a wooden cutting board so you can hold it with one hand and use the iron to tip them with the other, to get them flat and stiff again.
*** You don't need as much paper as shown in my pic- it was my first one ever so half of the length should work fine ***
If using cardboard - measure it out the same way - glue together 3 pieces - coat with fabric glue and cover with velvet or spare cloth to cover cardboard
Create a circle with your nail, string and pencil. You want to do this again for each row of flowers you desire. Since you will be working from the edge inward you can decide this as you go. Use this line as a guide for gluing or stapling the petals
For those without power tools -Using cardboard is a great alternative. If you choose to use wood a good coping saw will work well for you.
If you need an open circle shape you will require power tools - Make measurements accordingly leaving enough wood to support the petals properly.
You can do whatever shape you choose - Squares, Ovals, Dodecahedrons whatever sparks your imagination
You don't have to cut a traditional wreath shape - just make a slit for it to fit the wreath hanger
Paint your wood base your desired color- let dry