Time to prepare for Spring and Easter with this charming wreath made of curled cardstock strips. This versatile technique works year around – and is a great way to use up leftover cardstock.
While perusing Pinterest for Valentine and Easter ideas, I came across this great idea for making wreaths with curled cardstock: Valentine’s Day Heart Wreath Tutorial from Sweet and Simple Living. Since Kim already had heart-shaped wreath idea covered for Valentine’s Day with her blog about a DIY Tulle Heart Wreath, I decided to use the method for a spring and/or Easter wreath.
Here are supplies needed:
- Cardstock (7 sheets of 12″ x 12″) – I used Authentique Collection Imagine Paper Pad 12″ x 12″
- FloraCraft Extruded Styrofoam Wreath 12 x 1-3/4 in.
- Paper Trimmer – I used the Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer 12 in.
- Bone Folder
- Dressmaker pins
- Paper Accents Chipboard Shape 2 pc. 12 in. Wreath Natural
- Paper Accents Chipboard shape Egg 8 pc. Natural
- Wood letters
- Paint brushes
- Acrylic paint to coordinate with paper colors
- Embellishment buttons (optional)
- We R Memory Crop-A-Dile and eyelits
- Craft glue or hot glue gun with glue sticks
- Wonder Clips (optional with craft glue)
- String or cord I for hanging – I used Aunt Lydia’s Size 3 Crochet Thread White
My well-used paper trimmer at home was years old so I decided it was time to buy a new one to use at work. My new Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer 12 in. works great for this project! I started measuring the paper from the pull-out arm on the left, advancing the paper every 1/2″. I did not have to lift the clear bar – the paper just pushed the strips out of the way. Especially helpful is the line on the bar that shows exactly where the cut will be.
Double-sided cardstock works well because you can get 12 strips of each side for every sheet. I used all of seven sheets of 12″ x 12″ double-sided cardstock cut into 1/2 strips to cover my 12″ foam wreath. I did not use the darker, busy side shown above – the cut up journal cards stood out too much from the other colors. I made twenty-four curls using the green side of the paper instead.
I used a bone folder from my sewing supplies to curl the cardstock strips.
The curling motion is the same as curling ribbon with scissors – although scissors were too sharp and tore the paper. I found it was best to start in the center and curl to each end – twice.
If the curls were still a bit loose, it was easy to make them into tighter curls with my fingers.
Seven sheets of cardstock cut into 1/2″ strips makes a lot of curls! Curling them was easy and relaxing. I used dressmaker pins to secure them to the wreath. I started out pinning them too densely but soon figured out a good balance for covering the front and sides of the wreath (none on the back).
I was pleased with the results! Then, I had to decide about embellishments.
My original idea was to use a scalloped chipboard rectangle, but the wooden letters were too large for it. I decided to cut a chipboard wreath to fit the letters and round off the corners. The effect was too busy and took away from the lovely effect of the curled paper strips.
Just gluing the letters to the curled strips was an option, but they tilted different ways. I decided on using one chipboard arc with letters.
The paper had medium brown color in it that looked good with rose gold paint – so I painted the chipboard arc with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Acrylic Paint Rose Gold and added 3D dots of Ranger Liquid Pearl in Rose Gold to the letters.
Since I chose to use the word SPRING on my wreath, I added an Easter touch by hanging an embellished Easter egg in the center. After painting the egg pink and adding stripes, I added more 3D dots with the rose gold paint and FolkArt 3D Acrylic Paint White. The coordinating buttons are Jesse James Dress It Up Embellishments – Easter Cotton Tails and Bunny Hop. I used a We R Memory Crop-A-Dile with a copper eyelit to make a grommet for hanging.
I covered the back of the of the chipboard with glue. I was sitting down when I positioned and glued the chipboard in place. Standing up, I probably would have noticed how low it was and moved it higher. Oh well… too late now! The wreath and egg were hung with Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Thread Size 3 – because that is what I had handy.
This wreath was a fun project! The technique of curling cardstock strips is verstatile and has year around possibilities. A big thanks to Sweet and Simple Living for the inspiration!
Just a note… If you like the Authentique Imagine Collection used for this project, act fast because both Collection Kit and Paper Pad are on Clearance with a limited supply remaining. I chose this collection because of the spring colors not realizing how quickly seasonal cardstock comes and goes! Certainly other papers will work as well. You only need seven 12″ x 12″ sheets of cardstock. Single color paper will work but double-sided provides more variety.