My creative juices are kicking into high gear with spring coming soon. You can’t even imagine all the ideas running through my mind. One thing I’ve been wanting to make is a spring wreath.
I decided to make it using a natural color kraft paper. Side Note
: It may seem I have this “thing” for paper crafts based on past DIY projects
. Okay, I admit it I do love crafting with paper. There are so many possibilities. Plus, it kind of goes with my blog’s name. I am happy clipping not only coupons but paper for craft and home décor projects.
Anyways…back to the kraft paper. I decided on this material because it’s lightweight and easy to work with. I also like the natural brown color.
I am so HAPPY with the way this wreath turned out. I love, love, LOVE it! It is so pretty on my mantle. But I must tell you it is also sturdy. Seriously. Touch it. Love it!
It’s lovely with the flowers.
It ‘s even lovely without the flowers.
For this project I used a 9 inch wreath form, kraft paper (natural color), ribbon, circle template, pencil, brown marker, scissors and a hot glue gun. Wreath form is from my local dollar store. Circle template is an old ribbon spool about 3.25 inches. I recently purchased a roll of craft paper which cost $3.99. I used about 20% of it. Everything else I already had. Total cost was $5.99 or really $1.80 if you consider only 20% of the craft paper cost.
The flowers were made using scrap book paper and a flower puncher.
Here’s how I made my ruffly kraft paper spring wreath:
I first wrapped ribbon around the wreath form using a hot glue gun to secure it at the beginning and end points.
For the circles, I used about 4 feet of kraft paper (30 inch wide roll) to make 96 circles. I did not cut all 96 circles one at a time. I saved time by first cutting 4 inch strips of the craft paper. I folded the strips so it would make 8 circles at a time when cut. So, I did the circle cutting thing 12 times.
Right after cutting a set of circles, I held onto them and colored the edges with a dark brown marker. This is optional. I then placed a pencil eraser side down the middle of a circle and wrapped it around the pencil. You want it to look ruffly. (I like that word.) See picture above. Repeat for all circles. Start gluing your circle ruffles onto the wreath using a hot glue gun.
Be sure to check the wreath often to make sure you’re placing things evenly. I initially thought I would only need 50 circles because I did a “test” section on a paper plate. The difference was the circles on my “test” were not placed as tightly. I like the tight look. But if you want your ruffles to be looser looking then you probably won’t need as many circles.
I made the flowers using a flower puncher. I also used a hole puncher to place a small yellow circle in the middle. I glued all the flowers onto a branch-like shape which I cut from scrap book paper. I wanted the flowers to be glued onto the wreath as “one-piece.” I used a small dab of glue on only two places to secure to wreath. My hope is I’ll be able re-use and redesign this wreath for other seasons. (We shall see.)
Have I told yet how much I adore my newly made spring wreath?!
My daughters like it so much they want me to make them one. A blue wreath and a rainbow wreath. I think I’ll use tissue paper for their wreaths.