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.
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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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31 Comments

  1. Erin. G
    November 19, 2013 / 1:47 pm

    I love it, it’s beautiful. My project is a vegetable and herb garden 🙂

    • November 19, 2013 / 2:01 pm

      That is a fabulous idea Erin. Mum would have loved that! xo

  2. Craftycarp
    November 19, 2013 / 1:48 pm

    Looks gorgeous, I love it and may just give it a go. I love that it has so much meaning, makes it extra special xx

  3. Juliette
    November 19, 2013 / 4:02 pm

    Clever and a lovely idea. I will have pleasure in showing our Craft Group on Wednesday. Thank you Mandy. XX

  4. November 19, 2013 / 4:38 pm

    I’m going to make this, yours look so good, thx for sharing

    • November 19, 2013 / 7:11 pm

      That’s great Yvette! I’d love to see what you come up with. I’m thinking old atlases or the kids artwork would make nice wreaths too. 🙂

    • November 19, 2013 / 7:12 pm

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate the feedback. I loved this project! 🙂

  5. November 20, 2013 / 1:46 am

    So sorry to hear about your loss, but how wonderful of you to make something so beautiful at such a sad time. I’m also loving your “creative zone”. So pretty!

    • November 20, 2013 / 9:18 am

      Thanks Kirsten. I’ve had a lot of good feedback on this project because it’s so personal to me. I’m loving my creative zone too!! i just wish i had more time to spend there. 🙂

  6. November 22, 2013 / 6:53 am

    This I a beautiful tutorial, my sincere condolences for your mum too x

    • November 22, 2013 / 8:03 am

      Thank you. So pleased you like it. 🙂

  7. Ashley
    December 4, 2013 / 8:21 am

    Yours is gorgeous. I tried to make one and it looks quite stupid. Oh well.

    • December 5, 2013 / 8:19 pm

      Oh dear! I’m sure it looks fine. Let me know if you need some helpful hints!! 🙂

    • December 15, 2013 / 8:54 am

      Thank you! This has been one of my favourite craft projects. 🙂

    • April 12, 2014 / 2:13 pm

      Thank you for reblogging this. You must share a picture of you decide to give this a go. 🙂

  8. Twineysworkshop
    June 8, 2014 / 9:42 am

    I’m so sorry to read about your mum. What a lovely idea to make something meaningful. This is a great project

    • June 8, 2014 / 3:18 pm

      Thank you. These paper flowers are now my favourite things to make. 🙂 if you decide to try one i’d really love to see a picture.

    • July 9, 2014 / 8:10 am

      Great! Make sure you post a pic on IG 🙂

  9. Laura
    July 4, 2015 / 4:35 am

    This is a lovely project and I’m trying it today. So very sorry for your loss.

    • redagapeblog
      July 4, 2015 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you Laura. I’m so pleased to read that you’re going to make one of these. Mine hangs proudly above the piano. Good luck with your project. Xx

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