I love seeing wreaths on everyone's doors as Christmas gets closer! As much as I love the green foliage wreaths, I also love really colorful ones made from paper. This year Michael and I decided to make a bright and colorful one for our door. It was a lot of fun to put together and I thought I'd share our process with you, in case you need a project to fill your evening.
- A foam circle (choose one that's squared off to give your bottlebrush trees a place to sit.)
- 1 medium bottle brush trees
- 3 small bottle brush trees
- 3 colors of card stock
- 6 mini snowflakes
- A ribbon in a complimentary color
- Hot glue gun + hot glue
- Fishing line (a small weight)
- Sewing needle
- A ruler
1. Start by measuring how deep the inside surface of your wreath is and then cut a strip (or two) of paper to this width. Hot glue these around the inside of your wreath. Important: Leave a small section in the center of the top of your wreath unattached so that you can complete a step below!
2. Arrange and glue your bottle brush trees in to place.
3. Tie your snowflakes on to some fishing line at varying lengths.
4. Gently pull back the paper at the top of your wreath (that you left unglued, like the picture above) and use a sewing needle to pull the fishing line through to the other side. Determine how far down you want that snowflake to hang, and tie it off.
5. Once you have all of your snowflakes arranged, you can seal the edges of this open section of paper with some hot glue.
6. Measure the depth of the outside circle of the wreath and cut a paper strip (or three) to cover this area, just like you did for the inside!
7. Design/find a template for/cut out your leafs. Michael drew out 1 of our leaf shapes and two were grabbed from a paper flower book that I own, so I don't have templates to share with you. There are so many templates online, though! You could even grab a leaf from your yard (if you still have any hanging around) and trace it!
8. As Michael cut out the leaves, I took each one and scored down the middle of each leaf using a ruler and some scissors to help me create pretty folds. This gave them more dimension. Be careful not to cut all the way through your through your leafs as you score them!
9. Pick a spot on your wreath and start gluing the leafs down. Layer them under and around each other to your liking! I started at the "bottom" of the wreath so that I could make sure the bottle brush trees didn't risk getting blocked by the leafs.
Tip: Don't focus on gluing the entire leaf down! As you can see below, I focused on gluing the bottoms and some sides down, but also let them stand up and have texture. This also helped when I wanted to add a few more small leaves in here and there towards the end!
10. Make your way around the wreath layering your leaves.
11. Hang your wreath up on your door and enjoy!
How do you decorate during the holidays?