Since we moved out here to Las Vegas, it’s been a little difficult for me to get into the holiday spirit. After all, our version of “cold” is 50 degrees! But that’s okay, because I also don’t have much interest in creating a traditional Christmas wreath, with reds and greens, snowmen and Santas.
I do have a wreath from last year (made from old book pages) that I love, but this year I wanted something a little more colorful. And this is what was born of that inspiration – you will be so surprised at how easy it is to make!
One of the best parts about this wreath is the cost – it was less than $30 to assemble the whole thing, and I still have materials left over, in case I want to go pinwheel crazy.
Here’s what you’ll need to complete this project:
- One wreath form – you can pick any size you want, whatever you are comfortable with
- A spool of un-wired ribbon in any color that catches your eye
- Decorative papers in complimentary colors
- Straight pins
- White glue (like Elmer’s or Aleene’s)
- Hot glue gun
- Start wrapping the wreath form. The ribbon should lay tightly against the wreath form. I had to go in a slightly diagonal pattern to keep the shape nice and smooth. Use straight pins along the way to hold everything in place. (It’s okay to leave these uncovered, because this will be the back of your wreath.)
- Collect your papers. I used decorative papers from PaperSource.com (talk about an addictive site!), but you could use cardstock, wrapping paper, or anything that catches your eye – even tin foil, for a metallic look!
- Prep for your pinwheels. There are a few things you need to do before you are ready to finish off the pinwheel.
– Cut your paper into strips. Here, length doesn’t matter as much as width – the width of your paper strip will ultimately determine the size of your pinwheel. The length decides how close together the folds will be – you might want to play around some to get the proportions that seem right to you. You can see in the picture above that I’ve varied both length and width
– Get your stapler and glue all lined up, and prepare to fold!
- Fold the pinwheel – Use the same zig-zag folding technique used to make paper fans. The size of your folds will determine how much of the paper’s pattern shows through.
- Stabilize the pinwheel – Find the middle of your folded paper, and staple it, holding everything firmly in place. You’ll see that it almost immediately starts to fan out – this is a good thing! At this point you can start teasing the folds open.
- Finish the pinwheel – Using the natural direction of the folds as your guide, pull the ends together and use a small amount of white glue or hot glue to hole them together. You may find that you have to pinch and squeeze to get the edges to stay together cleanly.
- Attach pinwheels to the wreath form – Bust out your trusty hot glue gun once again to affix the pinwheels to your wreath form. You can cover part of the wreath, as I did, or the entire wreath – it’s all up to you and how many pinwheels you make. I like to have a variety of sizes to keep it interesting, and at least one bigger piece that serves as sort of an anchor for the whole thing.
It helps to have an animal overlord to keep you in check before you go pinwheel crazy.
Did you make a wreath this year? Leave me a note in the comments – or better yet, drop me an email with a picture, so I can post it here on the blog!