I saw this spectacularly gorgeous paper cone wreath that Laura over at The Corner House blog made and I had to try it! I didn't have the 3" paper punch, but for some reason, I thought I could still do this. And somehow, that wasn't even why the first version of this was kind of a craft fail...
But luckily, I tried again and made an awesome version of this wreath for my sister's new apartment and I absolutely love it! Seriously, it was totally worth the time and effort and it's really not something difficult to make (even though I had to make it a little differently from Laura's because she had bigger paper punches and a different wreath base so hers looks much cleaner and more put together)!
Here's how I made the insulation wreath form and this pretty wreath!
- Wreath form/base (this was the first wreath I tried to use the foam insulation trick for and that's why I had issues the first time, but I got it right and you can learn from my mistake!)
- Variety of 2" circle and scalloped circle paper punches
- Scrapbook paper, dictionary pages (if desired)
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Ribbon (for hanging the wreath and a bow if you want)
If you want to make the foam insulation wreath form, you want to make sure you get the kinks out. The boyfriend actually helped with subsequent versions and made little slices in the foam.
You don't slice all the way through the insulation, but you make little cuts all along it...
And then you can just make it into a nice circle with the ends duct taped together. (You have to imagine it since I somehow failed to take a picture of it.)
Now you're ready to start making your paper cones for the wreath. Just use your paper punches and punch out lots of circles and scalloped circles.
These are the shapes I used. You want to make lots of these because they have to cover your whole wreath!
Here's how you transform the punched shapes into cones:
Basically, you make a little slice into the circle and start to fold and wrap it around like a little ice cream cone. Add some hot glue, cover it, and you have a little paper cone that looks like this:
Keep making these things in a variety of different papers and colors...
And then you want to start gluing them onto your wreath. If you use the foam insulation, the hot glue will melt a little bit of the foam, but this was actually helpful for me because I could really get the cones kind of melted into the wreath so they are never coming apart.
Keep gluing on the cones until you can't see the wreath form and you get a nice, thick group of paper cones...
You just keep adding the paper cones so it's all nice and thick like this and have a whole variety of papers in there...
And here's the bad wreath hung up...
But, if you make the insulation all nice and circular, after you've glued on lots of paper cones, your wreath will look much prettier!
To hang up my sister's wreath, I tied a little ribbon around the foam insulation and then covered that with the paper cones. After I finished covering it with the paper cones, I just threaded a ribbon through the one I'd tied on the foam and left a little bit exposed. Then, just hang it up!
I added the little bow to my sister's wreath because I felt like it needed something pretty on it.
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And a huge thanks to Laura at The Corner House blog for making her AMAZING wreath and a wonderful tutorial! Her blog is amazing and if you somehow haven't seen it, you absolutely should go check it out RIGHT NOW. I LOVE her projects!