Paper Christmas Wreath

Paper Christmas Wreath
Paper Christmas Wreath
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This lovely wreath was made from wrapping paper, though you could just as easily substitute magazine pages, plain old white office paper, old comic books, or scrapbook paper.

You will need

1 to 2 sheets of wrapping paper
1 large and one smaller plate, salad bowls or similar to trace around
lightweight cardboard
scissors
stapler
sticky tape
ribbon - roughly 65cm

What you do

Start by finding your plates or bowls to trace around. The diameter of my large salad bowl is 34cm, and the smaller one is 21cm. If your circles are much larger or smaller you will have to adjust the size of your leaves accordingly. The diameter of my finished wreath is 42cm, which is the perfect size to hang on a door.

Place the large bowl upside down on the cardboard and trace around it.

Place the small bowl upside down in the center of the circle you've just drawn and trace around it.

1


Cut around the outside of the largest circle. Then cut across your circle, through the center until you reach the far edge of the small circle. Next cut across the line you just cut so you now have a + in the center of your circle. This just makes it easier to cut the small circle out. Cut out the small circle so you end up with a donut shape. Join the open ends of the donut back together with sticky tape. (of course if you have a craft knife and cutting mat you could just cut around the two circles)

Draw a leaf shape about 12.5 cm long on a piece of paper, and cut it out to use as a template. I cut the point off one end of the leaf so I knew which end was the bottom. I used 64 leaves in total, of which 16 were white. The number of leaves you need may vary slightly depending on how much you overlap your leaves.

2

Roll the bottom edges of the leaf together so they overlap and the sides curl up.

Staple the rolled leaf to the bottom, just off center, of the wreath base so the open end of the leaf is pointing out and down.

Continue rolling each leaf as you go, stapling them in position so they overlap the previous leaf. They need to overlap and be placed close to each other so the cardboard base and the staples aren't visible. The leaves should be positioned so that they follow the curve of the wreath base. The placing is fairly random, the leaves aren't in rows. If you are using an accent paper (like my white one) place one for every 4 -6 of the main color leaves. Make the color placement random too.

Looking at the back of the wreath you can see that the staples attach the leaves to the center of the cardboard ring, and the leaves fan outwards.

Continue stapling the leaves in place. I found it useful to stop often and hold the wreath at arms length so I could see the overall shape that was being formed. Make sure the tips of your leaves follow the curve of the wreath base.

3

When you have reached half way stop and go back to your original starting point. Now start again from this point, facing your leaves the other way and going in the opposite direction around the wreath. Make sure that you overlap the leaves at the starting point, so there are no gaps. If this seems a bit too tricky you can always just continue on as you were all the way around the circle so all your leaves will be facing the same way. Complete the circle of leaves.

Tie a half bow in your ribbon so there is a small loop and one short and one long end. Thread the long end behind in the leaves in the top center of the wreath. Staple the ribbon to the wreath.

The wreath is so light that it can easily be hung with Blu-Tac. I just put a blob each at the top and the bottom of the wreath and one on the top of the ribbon.

 

About The Author

Lisa lives in Sydney, Australia and blogs about her creations at The Red Thread