Hello and welcome to Crafty Love’s third ‘How-to’ blog. This time I have the pleasure in sharing with you a wonderful idea to make pretty paper wreaths.
I’d like to thank Ruth James for contributing this idea and guide, she really is a very clever crafty lady!
You can find her wonderful handmade items at her Facebook page here (you simply have to see her beautiful rainbow button cushions):
She also has a great page where crafter’s can display their work for sale and where craft lover’s can buy quality handmade items:
Now let’s get crafty!
YOU WILL NEED:
Some paper, you can use old magazines, comics , books or even junk mail.
Glue, I like to use a glue gun.
A ribbon or some sort of ring for hanging.
A little sprinkling of imagination.
1) Prepare your base
Remove the cover of your chosen magazine or book (if you don’t have a cover just use a piece of card, cereal box card is perfect ). Fold a piece into a long strip and fold in half. Place a metal ring onto the strip at the fold and glue the folded strip onto to the cover. This will be used to hang the wreath. If you would rather you can use a ribbon or piece of string instead.
Make lots and lots of cones. The yellow pages wreath took 136 cones. (see pictures below)
Fold over from the edge and roll inwards.
Roll up until the whole page is rolled into a cone shape.
Secure cone with glue.
3) Form your wreath.
When you’ve made a few start to attach to your base. They will naturally form a circle so don’t worry about the placement too much.
4) Keep going!
Now you just keep going until you get the look you are after. If you want to you can spray with a varnish to help the wreath last.
And there you have it! A gorgeous wreath! Would look great hanging above a telephone table in a hallway don’t you think?
You can get various looks by using different amounts and sizes of cones, as well as different types of paper. If you just want one layer of cones you can make a pretty flower or just add a spiral of paper in the middle to hide the center. Cutting some of your pages in half will give you different sized cones. The smaller cones look great on top of the larger ones.
You can also try using lots of different things. If you tend to collect receipts why not make a mini wreath out of them? Just add a magnet to the back and use on your fridge. You can even use old photos!
I hope you enjoyed this ‘How to’ blog.
Please leave a comment if you did! Thanks again to Ruth for her contribution.
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Until next time! 🙂 x