by Kate Newton
Like Zoe, I am not a crafty person: I’ve had an empty scrapbook in my closet for 10 years, just waiting to be filled, and my glue gun actually belongs to my husband. So I’m here to tell you that if I can make this sweet and festive tissue paper wreath in less than two hours and proudly hang it on my wall, anyone can.
It’s not just the ease of this craft that I like but its versatility. You can make them in various sizes or colors for any occasion: in red or pink for Valentine’s Day; pretty pastels for spring; or baby blues, pinks, or metallics for baby or wedding showers. I think making a few of them in different sizes and colors would also make a lovely wall collection. You can pick up the supplies at your local craft store, if you don’t already have them lying around the house. Now let’s get started…
- Styrofoam wreath (mine is 9 inches)
- One package of tissue paper in your desired color(s)
- Measuring tape
- Pen or marker
- Sharp-tipped knife
- Glue gun
- Small screw and twine of choice for hanging (I used fishing twine)
1) Cut your tissue paper rectangles. I started by stacking about a quarter of the sheets of tissue paper to make this go quicker. Along one of the long edges of the paper, mark off a 7″-wide strip and cut; next, cut that strip into 5″-wide segments. It doesn’t really matter if some of the pieces are a bit fatter or longer; no need to be too precise here. Repeat this step until you’ve got a good-sized stack of rectangles. I used about three quarters of the tissue paper package, but depending on the size of the wreath you’re making, you may need more or less.
3) Make holes in the wreath for the flowers. Take your knife and punch small holes along the circumference of your wreath. I made mine about half an inch deep and put them on the top and outside of the wreath (you don’t need to do the inside of the wreath). The key with making the little holes is to keep them close together and not to cut too deeply, since you don’t want to break your styrofoam.
4) Insert the tissue paper flowers. Once I was done covering a quarter of the wreath with the holes, I got to work with my glue gun. Insert a dab of glue into a few holes at a time (don’t do too many, or it will harden before you get your paper in there). Then take a flower and insert the pointed tip into each hole.
5) Hang the wreath. I used a small screw in the outer edge of the wreath and tied on my twine, then I hung it from a small notch on a curtain rod. Alternatively, you could probably use a nail/hook combo to hang it on a wall.
I hope this inspires even the most craft-challenged SlowMama readers out there to pick up a glue gun and make a tissue paper wreath for a spring or summer party! (By the way, any child who can handle a glue gun might enjoy helping with this one, too.) Happy wreath-making!
PS — For more easy paper wreaths, try Mags’ wreath made of book pages (and see it in action at a baby shower) — and for another tissue paper project, check out Leah’s branch mobile with tissue paper flowers.
Images: Kate Newton