It’s How-To Wednesday
The other day I was thinking our front door could really use a little holiday spirit, and it seemed like a perfect time to attempt making a wreath. I was having a hard time choosing from the millions of wreath ideas out there so I came up with my own. Bibliophiles and librarians everywhere, I do apologize. That is a cut up book you’re looking at. I’m always a little torn when it comes to using books for crafting, but I love the look of type and I figured up-cycling an unwanted book into something my family will enjoy for years is a forgivable offense. Feel free to use any kind of paper you like however. I think some textured Washi paper would also look phenomenal.
one metal coat hanger
paper or an old book
thread to match your paper
craft scissors (I used a set with a serrated edge)
Step 1: Using pliers or your hands to bend coat hanger into a circular shape. Use pliers or strong wire cutters to clip off the hook at the top of the hanger (I saved this step for the end).
Step 2: Pour yourself a glass of eggnog (or something stronger), put on your favourite holiday movie and start cutting paper leaves using craft scissors. Don’t worry about making them all the same size, a little variation is perfectly okay. You need tons to get a full looking wreath, so cut out way more than you think you’ll need.
Step 3: Using a needle and thread attach your leaves to the wire. My approach was to knot my thread to the wire, and then I attached one paper leaf at a time, wrapping the thread around the wire after each leaf. Attach leaves in alternating directions (see photo).
Step 4: After you’ve attached ten or so leaves, gently bunch the leaves together. Keep attaching leaves and bunching until you’ve reached the end of your circle.
Step 5: Gently fold leaves in the centre making them more three dimensional, and fan the leaves out until you’re happy with the fullness and shape.
Step 6: Tie a bow out of ribbon for the top of the wreath.
Step 7: All finished! Hang and enjoy.
This was absolutely a satisfying and cost effective project that can be modified in any number of ways. Feel free to experiment with materials or the process. If you need any help with your wreath feel free to comment below and I will try to help.
All images by Eric Cator