Waxed Paper Wreath

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

My husband is not really a wreath kind of guy. Most of the time he couldn’t care less what’s hanging from our front door. So when he told me it was about time to change the wreath, I decided that was probably a sign. Because it’s not summer yet and we are still dealing with spring showers and some gray days, I decided my criteria was that the wreath should be A)water resistant  and B) light and cheerful to combat those gloomy spring rain clouds. The result was to create a wadded waxed paper wreath that has the lightness of a paper or fabric wreath without the disolvable/moldable issues that those two materials have.

Here’s What You Need

Wreath Frame
Roll of waxed paper
Scissors or paper cutter
Hot glue gun & lots of glue sticks (5-6)
10 inches of 1 inch wide ribbon 

Begin by cutting the waxed paper roughly into squares of about  4×4 inches. You should be able to get two rows of squares out of the width of most rolls of paper. It matters less that they are actually square than it does that the edges themselves are cleanly cut and straight. But here too, it doesn’t have to be precise.

Start off by cutting 50 or so squares, you’ll need more, but this will get you going.

Fold them, not perfectly, in half and then in half again so that each corner stands out a little and then glue down the tip onto the wreath form. How you fold them can change with each as you are looking for a messier look with the finished product. You can also choose to pull the center of the square down with the point of your finger and twist to pull the corners up.

Continue folding and gluing, keeping each piece tight to the next, until you are almost all the way around. You’ll need to cut more squares as you go but it’s best to do this as needed so you don’t end up with too many.

When you have a few inches to go, glue one end of the ribbon to the front of the wreath form and continue with the waxed paper until the whole thing is covered.

Once the wreath is finished, determine how long the hanger needs to be and glue the other end of the ribbon to the back of the form to achieve that length.

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

One thought on “Waxed Paper Wreath

  1. Sharon

    I’ve seen a similar wreath made the same way but using squares of calico fabric pushed into foam wreath mold using a screw driver and secured with glue from glue sticks. My Aunt Mikie gave me the idea from a class she took many years ago. Enjoy creating with fabric scraps from other projects is a good idea too. Like those that love to quilt and don’t know what to do with all the fabric at the end of that project.

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