2/6/12

Beautiful Paper Wreath

I fell in love with the idea of creating a paper wreath, which really doesn't look like paper at all, when I found this wreath by Lisa over at The Red Thread blog. She made a gorgeous Christmas wreath but I decided to adapt it to a St.Valentine's theme. This is probably one of the most inexpensive wreaths anyone has ever made!





There is really not a lot to it...all you need is a little patience and a kid or two to help out. The back of my wreath is nothing more than corrugated cardboard from one of the popcorn boxes left over from boy scouts, but you can use any type of cardboard. The leaves are simply wrapping paper. The only other items you will need are...

Pencil
Scissors
Two bowls that are approximately 13 inches and 9 inches in diameter for this size wreath.
Card stock paper to create template for your leaves
Stapler
Some ribbon
A lot of patience, but it is worth it.

First, trace both your bowls...one inside of the other and then cut out your wreath. Using the above dimensions my wreath ended up 15 inches in diameter with each leaf being approximately 3 inches long. Create your leaf template on the card stock paper and cut it out. Then start cutting out the leaves for your wreath. For my wreath I cut about 70 leaves total.

Take your leaf and with the print side facing towards you, fold the bottom of the leaf so that the paper curls up. (I followed Lisa's idea of cutting off the base part of my leaf to form a straight line...it's much easier to fold in this way)


Holding the end of the leaf together, staple it to your cardboard. Repeat until the entire cardboard is covered. I threw in a second paper in a silver to add interest but you can add a third or forth print...or do the whole wreath in one print. But don't limit yourself to just wrapping paper, you could use crafting paper, scrapping paper, even newspaper to create your wreath.





Once you are all done stapeling the leaves onto the cardboard, take your ribbon and make a loop, something like a slip knot, and staple it to the cardboard. The wreath is light enough that it can be easily attached to whatever surface with regular tape. Here I used scotch tape to tape the ribbon down.


I think it came out right pretty adding the perfect touch to my St. Valentine's vignette below!

And as a special St. Valentine's Day treat...make sure you check out my awesome giveaway going on right now! It is an incredible tote bag from 31 Gifts and the rules to enter are super simple. To see details click here. The winner will be announced on Tuesday February 14th!



Happy St. Valentine's Day!!!

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20 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful wreath! Just right for the season! great tutorial.... I need you to write mine! Have a great evening!
    Dee Dee

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  2. Beautifully adapted. Thanks so much for sharing and your detailed directions. I will pop over and visit The Red Thread. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  3. Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm glad you let me know about your blog so I could follow you :)Look forward to reading more on your blog!
    -Erika
    {www.littlebitshoppedesigns.com}

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  4. Such a great look. Love it on the window. Thanks for sharing at BeColorful's Motivated Monday.
    pam

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  5. I love the wreath. You did such a great job!

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  6. So pretty! Would love for you to add my Friday link party to your list! www.dwellonjoy.com

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  7. Barbara... the wreath is absolutely beautiful!!!! :) I want one!!

    Thanks for linking up at The DIY Dreamer :)

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  8. This is great and it's added to my to do list. The colors are endless. Nice post !

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  9. Beautiful wreath, Barbara !! Looks great in your space !!

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  10. So glad that you've been letting your inner cafter out. I like each project even more than the last.

    Thanks so much for taking part in our Pin'Inspiration Party. Hope that you are having as much fun exploring as I am and that you'll take part in helping the "Beat the Winter Blues" on Saturday.

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  11. Awesome! So pretty. Love the simplicity.

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  12. Your wreath is beautiful and tutorial so detailed. You do everything to perfection, Barbara!

    Thank you for sharing at potpourri Friday!

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  13. This wreath is beautiful, will be a great project for a rainy day. Pinned!

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  14. I love the paper you picked! this is really pretty! Thanks for linking up and linking back!

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  15. Too Cute!! I love it! Thanks so much for linking up!!


    XO, Aimee

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  16. So beautiful! I love the paper that you chose!

    ~Angela

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  17. I love your paper wreath!! Thanks so much for the directions w/pics. :)

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  18. New follower via Linky Follwers! Would love for you to share this wreath over at my place!

    http://www.threemangoseeds.blogspot.com/2012/02/features-do-it-ya-self-monday-link_14.html

    LOVE this wreath! :)

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  19. So glad you linked up at Dwell on Fridays! Come by tomorrow with your new projects!

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  20. Sharing today on my FB page! {hugs}

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