Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November 29th-Rolled Paper Wreath

Hi everyone! It's Michelle here and today I want to show you one of my favorite ways to make a paper wreath for Christmas, or any other holiday. I've seen this wreath different places on the internet, but I've adapteded it to what I wanted and can be adapted for pretty much any style or size. This project is super easy to do, but does take a bit of time, so be prepared to do some cutting and rolling while watching a good movie. It'll go much quicker that way. Believe me!

Okay. For this project you'll need
-a wreath that can withstand hot glue:
        I used a 12" molded-urethane foam wreath I picked up from Michaels
        I used 8 12x12 sheets
-hot glue
-embellishments such as sequins, rhinestones, ribbon, die cuts.....

Step 1:
Decide on your papers. I ended up using 7 different patterns and used 12x12 sheets. You could use any size, it will just affect the size of your rolls and how many strips you'll need to cut. Cut your paper into strips approximately 1/4" wide. Don't worry about being precise. I actually like the look of slightly different sizes.

Step 2:
This is the step to do while watching tv! You need to roll your paper. You can roll your paper around a pencil or pen, like I"m doing in the first picture.
OR....you can use a little trick my husband came up with half way through my rolling. Take a map pencil, or a pencil that hasn't been sharpened or doesn't have an eraser, and slice a little slit vertically through the end of the pencil. You can then slide the end of a strip of paper into the slit and it will stay there while you roll the paper. It is much, much quicker this way.

You'll end up with lots of these -

Step 3: 
After you have a pile of curly strips, you can start your gluing.

I wanted my wreath to have dimension, so I glued some with the ends sticking up, some rolled loosely, some rolled tightly, and all at different angles. Some are inside others and they are all very close to each other. You'll glue them to the front, inside, and outside, but not the back. Remember that it needs to lay flat against the wall when you are done.
A trick for filling in bare spots and spots on the very edge is to cut some of your strips in half and then roll them tightly. It gives the wreath a little more dimension and fills in all the gaps nicely.
Keep gluing until your wreath is all filled in.
Step 4:
It's time to embellish!  I added some rhinestones to my dotted paper. I tied twine around a loop or two. I cut designs from a sheet of patterned paper and glued them to the loops. I even cut out some small mittens and connected them with twine and glued them on. You can add anything and everything - buttons, tiny little gift bows, badges....the options are endless.

Step 5:
Hang it and enjoy!  I chose to hang my wreath without a ribbon, but it would be very cute hanging from a ribbon as well. Pin It **Designer projects are not always linked in our posts, but you can always find their blogs in our sidebar or in the staff tab**


CraftyLoops said...

Oh Wow, this is an amazing idea. Thank you so much for sharing. Lee x

Anonymous said...

This is awesome!

Random Memories said...

Super cute!Thanks for sharing such great ideas!

Audrey Yeager said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!

Jayma Malme said...

Really clever...I love it!

Rachel said...

this is so pretty!!!