I am so excited to share with you how to make this easy DIY fall thanksgiving wreath. I whipped it up yesterday morning in under two hours from start to finish, less time than it took the kids to watch Star Wars! It is so easy, is made from punched paper, and cost me only $2.50 to make. Let’s get started!
Okay, here’s what you’ll need to make the wreath. I punched the paper with a scalloped circle punch, but you could use a regular circle punch as well. The scalloped paper with words on it were from a book I bought for this project at the dollar store, and the scrapbook paper I already had. I browsed through my collection for patterned paper that had oranges, yellows. reds, browns, and creams to go with the fall theme of the wreath. You could use patterned or solid paper, but I liked the look of the patterned paper the best.
I didn’t take even take the plastic wrapping off of the wreath. It makes more of a mess because the pieces start falling off, and you won’t see the plastic anyway.
Remember making those tissue paper art projects way back in kindergarten? You’re going to be using that same technique to make this wreath. Told you it would be easy! First, take one of your punched circles, and wrap it up and around the eraser end of your pencil.
Next, use your glue gun to put some glue on your wreath, and quickly stick your scrunched up circle onto the wreath. Push it in with the pencil eraser and wiggle it around a little. Then repeat with more circles, mixing up the book circles and patterned colorful circles.
Now step back and admire your lovely wreath! Look at it from all angles, and make sure that you can’t see any of the wreath when it is hanging up. I left the back bare so the wreath can lay flat.
Now your wreath is all full and beautiful, but it looks a little plain, don’t you think? Let’s make a little banner for the bottom.
I just took a strip of patterned paper, folded it, cut the ends, and added scrapbook letters to the top. If you don’t have letters, or don’t want to buy any, you could also use a stamp, or put the patterned paper straight into your printer and print your banner. Be creative!!
My banner needed a little something more to make it stand out, so I took a brown ink pad and rubbed it along the edges to give them a little definition. Then just glue your banner on with your glue gun, and voila, you have a new beautiful fall wreath! Your friends will be so impressed with your amazing crafting ablilities 😉
And if you have some time before Halloween, or want to get a head start on your Halloween decorations for next year, you can also use this same technique to create an adorable Halloween wreath, like this one. I made this one last year, and it is still in perfect condition this year!
I cut out bats from black glitter paper, and used Halloween paper to make the banner. I stamped the word “boo!”with some Martha Stewart Halloween stamps, but you could print it on using your printer just as easily if you don’t own any stamps.
I hope you try making one of these wreaths! You will love how easy it is to make. Happy crafting!
P.S. I would love to hear what you think about this project, so be sure to leave a comment below.