Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Paper Christmas Wreath

These paper baubles are everywhere at the moment (nobody said you were going to get original on this blog!). They are very easy to make, take only minutes and don't need any special materials. What's not to like? I made the ones above to string up along the wall in the hall.

And then I thought I'd use them for making a wreath for the door, because it's got to be easier than binding together pine cones and baubles etc, right?
Right! 20 minutes later I was finished and this was hanging on the door.


You'll need:
  • coloured or patterned paper or thin card
  • scissors or craft knife
  • ruler & pencil
  • stapler (a small one is best)
  • hole puncher and string




Cut the paper into strips of equal widths (mine were 2cm wide). You'll need 2 different lengths: one shorter strip for the inside and two longer strips for the outside. How much you vary the lengths is up to you, I think mine were 12cm longer strips and about 8cm shorter strips (for the outside ring).

Hold the strips together at one end and staple them. Then hold them together at the bottom (the longer outside strips will bend at this point) and staple again. That's one paper bauble finished.
 
I made 12 large green ones for the wreath, and then 12 smaller ones with red for the inside. You could carry on making ever smaller ones to fill the whole thing in if you so wish. To put the whole thing together, staple the larger ones together at the sides (where they curve) with the top of a smaller one in between. This is where it is handy to have a small stapler. Go all the way round doing this, then, to make it more stable, staple the sides of the smaller ones together too





You can then punch a hole in the top of one of the baubles and thread a piece of string through it.






And then it's ready to hang!



See? Told you it was easy :)