Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Easy DIY Fall Wreath from Paper

My kids are back to school today, and I am in the mood for fall, even though it has been in the 90's around here... ugh.  I can't wait for crisp, cool sweater weather!  I thought I'd share with you my VERY FIRST blog post I wrote last year for this blog when it was just a brand new baby. ;)

Over the weekend this fall wreath was featured on Disney's Babble (eek, one of my absolute favorites!!), so it couldn't have been too bad for a first blog post, right?!  So without further ado, here's the original post for my DIY Fall Wreath... enjoy!

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.

And finally...

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.  

You might also like my Metallic Golden Acorns and this easy DIY fall headband (for boys or girls).

If you liked this project, please follow me on FacebookTwitterPinterest, Bloglovin', and Instagram.

xo, Laura

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  1. Adorable! Specially like the Halloween Wreath

    1. Thanks so much Beth! It's my favorite, too ;) Is it bad that I already have it out and it's only the middle of September?

  2. I love using this technique! I have made Christmas tree cones and a vintage sewing pattern wreath using the pencil/paper technique. I love your wreath and the added sign. So pretty!! I am a new follower of your lovely blog. Hugs, Shelly

    1. Thanks so much for following Shelly! This technique is so easy, and yet looks so cool when it's finished. Your sewing pattern wreath sounds amazing!

  3. Holy cow! What an awesome wreath!! Would love for you to link this project up with our new link party, Life Created Tuesdays. We'll be pinning and featuring blogs every week :)


  4. I am absolutely in love with this wreath - number one because you used book page paper and number two because it looks simple enough to make... I think I will definitely have to try it... found you through Snap am now a follower.... Cathy

    1. Thanks so much for following Cathy! Yes, you need to try it! it is very simple to make- my kids like to help with the paper part, so you know it's easy ;) Thanks for commenting!

  5. Very cute! Looks like you had a lot of gluing going on!

    1. Yep, I did! Once you do this for a few minutes though you get in a serious groove and it goes pretty quickly!

  6. What a cute fall wreath, I love it!!! It looks like it took a lot of time and patience to make, but it looks great! :)

  7. I absolutely love how these turned out - and to think it is THAT simple (and cheap!) using paper!? Great job. Pinning now :)

  8. This is so amazing! What a great idea!

  9. Love this! I am going to feature you! Amanda @ www.mommyiscoocoo.com

  10. Wow, this is a pretty fantastic first post, Laura! This is probably a great project your kids can even help with! Love both versions! if you have a minute, I'd love for you to share them at our Get Your DIY on Fall Party Challenge. This week our theme is Fall Wreaths! http://www.confessionsofaserialdiyer.com/get-your-diy-on-week-2/. Hope to see you there! XO

  11. The Bat/Boo wreath is recycled craft genius! I love the way you think!

  12. what size is the scalloped punch you used for the cut outs?

  13. This looks amazing!! I love it!!
    I would love to invite you to link it up at our new party Lovely Ladies Linky where you link up once and get seen on 6 blogs!!
    Link up starts Wednesdays!
    Hope to see you there :)
    Parrish @ Life With The Crust Cut Off

  14. Featuring YOU today over on my blog! Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com

  15. This was a fun little DIY project. If you're interested, you can see a picture of my mostly finished version here: http://dappledesign.blogspot.ca/2013/09/on-this-rainy-sunday.html
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. I love this idea! I'm always looking for new wreaths to make!


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