Paper Wreath Tutorial

Upcycled atlas wreathI thought it was time I created an improved tutorial for my paper cone wreaths. You can find my original tutorial made from vintage sheet music here. These paper wreaths get a lot of attention on my instagram account and they’re not that hard to make. I was delighted last week when I found an old atlas from 1965 for $2 in an op shop. The colours that adorned the pages were so beautiful that I knew it would be my prettiest wreath yet. Of course, you can use whatever paper you prefer – sheet music, golden books, a dictionary or even Christmas paper would all work well. Here’s what you’ll need –

  • paper
  • double sided tape
  • hot glue gun and sticks
  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • lacquer suitable for paper

Vintage atlas pagesStep 1 – cut up your paper. I divided the atlas pages into quarters, measuring 11 x 14cm, so this will be quite a small wreath, but you can use whatever size you prefer. The bigger the page, the bigger the wreath.Paper wreath DIY vintage atlas pagesStep 2 – stick a piece of double sided tape across the bottom of the paper. You can see in the picture that it doesn’t need to go all the way across, but it’s important that it covers the far right corner of the paper.Vintage atlas pagesStep 3 – take your paper and bring the top lefthand corner across the front. Then wrap the top righthand corner around and stick in place to form a cone.Paper wreath Vintage atlas pagesStep 4 – fold under about a 1/4 of the bottom of the cone and then staple it into place.Vintage atlas pagesPaper wreath diyStep 5 – cut off the excess paper. This reduces bulk when you glue your cones together.Paper craft vintage paperStep 6 – make around 60-70 cones. The number of cones needed depends on the size of your wreath.
Step 7 – cut a circle out of cardboard. My circle measures 14cm across.Paper wreathPaper flower tutorialStep 8 – using a hot glue gun, start sticking your cones to the circle of cardboard. I like to place cones marking four quarters and then fill in the gaps with equal numbers of cones. This helps to create a uniform and symmetrical wreath. In the picture below you can see the first round completed.Paper wreathStep 9 – continue to attach your paper cones round by round. The number of rounds depends on the size of your wreath.
Paper wreath tutorial

Paper cone wreath

Getting close now…

Paper flower tutorial

Almost there

Step 10 – once you reach the centre of the wreath, you may find it tricky to fit the paper cones in place. Don’t be afraid to cut more length off your cones to help them to fit into place. Ta da! All finished.

Paper cone wreath DIY

All finished!

Step 11 – I like to spray my completed wreaths with a couple of coats of lacquer to make the paper more durable.

DIY paper wreath




  1. October 18, 2014 / 9:10 am

    Stunning styling – your top image is divine! Snap on the tutorial – it is the season :). Am going to make one of these for my door for Xmas – love them!

    • October 18, 2014 / 9:16 am

      Rachael! Yes! They will be perfect for Christmas. I’m planning on making some from scrap booking Christmas paper. Please post a pic on IG when you’re done as I’d love to see yours. 🙂

  2. Dianne Mapleson
    October 18, 2014 / 4:45 pm

    Hi Amanda, I follow you on Instagram, and really love this, so am going to make one. Was just wondering if I wanted to do a bigger one, obviously the paper should be bigger but what about the cardboard circle, should that also be bigger?

    Cheers Di Mapleson

    • October 18, 2014 / 7:35 pm

      Hi Di! Thanks for popping over to my blog. I really appreciate it. Yes, the inner circle will need to be bigger. I don’t have an exact formula, but if you make your circle width about the same as the length of your paper, you shouldn’t go too far wrong. Have fun!

  3. October 19, 2014 / 5:09 pm

    Wow. Looks easy. I’m definitely going to give it a go. I already have an old atlas that I use for wrapping paper so that might be the go. Thanks so much for the instructions.

    • October 20, 2014 / 8:40 pm

      Great! I can’t wait to see it. 🙂

  4. October 21, 2014 / 7:17 am

    Hi Mandy- Love this…and love your first image.Styled so beautifully! Im very inspired to attempt this tutorial. Also follow you on Instagram and love your feed xxx Thank you xx

    • October 21, 2014 / 7:30 am

      Hi Kylie! Thanks for popping over from IG. Please tag me in a pic if you decide to make one. I’d love to see it 🙂 xo

  5. November 1, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    Wow – thanks for this – I am going to give this a try for my next Christmas wreath Thank you!

    • redagapeblog
      November 28, 2016 / 2:15 pm

      You’re welcome. This is a favourite project of mine. 🙂

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