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

 

Vintage paper wreath tutorial

vintage paper wreath display wallI spent quite a bit of time constructing this wreath out of the pages of an old music book. Craft is therapy for me and when times are stressful i find it easy to immerse myself in a project. This paper wreath was no expection. I began this project a few weeks ago, when my Mum was in the final stages of brain cancer. I choose this project because i knew it would be meaningful, for her and me. My Mum’s father, my Pop, introduced me to music at a young age and spent time teaching me how to play the organ. The pages for this wreath are from one of Pop’s music books called 101 Hits for Buskers.
paper wreath wall display tutorial

You’ll need – paper, double sided tape, glue gun, stapler, cardboard and string.

Step 1. Making the paper cones. Place two strips of double sided tape on the right hand bottom corner of the page, as per the picture. Fold that corner around to form a cone shape, making sure the upper right hand corner is centred and straight.

paper wreath construction

Step 2. Peel off the cover of the double sided tape and stick the lower right hand corner down. The taped area should be around the back of the cone.

paper wreath constructionpaper wreath constructionStep 3. Fold up the base of the cone and staple in place. Continue to make paper cones. Make lots! My wreath has approximately 70 cones. You can make your wreath any size you like, but for intensive therapy, i recommend making loads!! You’ll find yourself getting quicker and more accurate as you go along. 
how to make a vintage paper wreath

I really like that i can see so many of the song titles sticking out the top. LOVE!

vintage sheet music paper wreath tutorialStep 4. Alright, when you think you have enough cones you can begin to assemble your wreath. Cut a circle out of stiff cardboard to use as your base. Heat up the trusty old glue gun and start gluing the cones around the edges. vintage paper wreath tutorialStep 5. Continue to glue the cones, making sure that each layer sits in between the layer before, so that you can see all the cone points. Fill in each layer until the entire cardboard base is covered. I punched a hole through the base and threaded some string through, so i could attach it to the wall. 
vintage paper wreath progress

Here it is all finished and hung in my creative zone in the office. This has been one of my favourite projects and so extremely meaningful to me. I know Mum would have loved it and now every time i look at it i’ll be reminded of her and Pop. Rest in peace Mum. xo

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