Paper Christmas Wreath Tutorial

This paper wreath is easy to make with materials you probably have around the house – no fancy hot glue guns required! Think outside the square with your paper choice – you needn’t use wrapping paper, it could be magazine pages, plain old white office paper, old comic books, anything! Patterned scrapbooking paper would also look great.

the red thread paper wreath main

You’ll need the following materials:
• 1 to 2 sheets of wrapping paper – I used the same paper in 2 different colour ways.  You needn’t limit it to 2 patterns, if you kept to a consistent colour palette you could use any number of patterns or plain colours.
• 1 large and one smaller plate, salad bowls or similar to trace around (unless you have a really big compass??)
• lightweight cardboard – I used ivory card, but it could just be the side of a lightweight box because it will be hidden. A cereal box would be perfect. The size you’ll need will depend on the size of your bowls.
• scissors
• stapler
• sticky tape
• ribbon – roughly 65cm (25.5 inches)

Start by finding your plates or bowls to trace around. The diameter of my large salad bowl is 34cm (13.5 inches), and the smaller one is 21cm (8.25 inches). If your circles are much larger or smaller you will have to adjust the size of your leaves accordingly. The diameter of my finished wreath is 42cm 16.5 inches), which is a great size to hang on the door.

the red thread paper wreath 1

1. Place the large bowl upside down on the cardboard and trace around it.

2. Place the small bowl upside down in the centre of the circle you’ve just drawn and trace around it.

3. Cut around the outside of the largest circle. Then cut across your circle, through the centre until you reach the far edge of the small circle. Next cut across the line you just cut so you now have a + in the centre of your circle. This just makes it easier to cut the small circle out. Cut out the small circle so you end up with a donut shape. Join the open ends of the donut back together with sticky tape. (of course if you have a craft knife and cutting mat you could just cut around the two circles)

4. Draw a leaf shape about 12.5 cm (5 inches) long on a piece of paper, and cut it out to use as a template. Because the tops and bottom of my leaves were different shapes I cut the point off the bottom of the leaf so could easily see which end was the one to attach to the cardboard. I used 64 leaves in total, of which 16 were white. The number of leaves you need will vary slightly depending on how much you overlap your leaves.

the red thread paper wreath 2

5. Roll the bottom edges of the leaf together so they overlap and the sides curl up.

6. Staple the rolled leaf to the bottom, just off centre, of the wreath base so the open end of the leaf is pointing out and down.

7 & 8. Continue rolling each leaf as you go, stapling them in position so they overlap the previous leaf. They need to overlap and be placed close to each other so the cardboard base and the staples aren’t visible. The leaves should be positioned so that they follow the curve of the wreath base. The placing is fairly random, the leaves aren’t in rows. If you are using an accent paper (like my white one) place one for every 4 -6 of the main colour leaves. Make the colour placement random too.

Looking at the back of the wreath you can see that the staples attach the leaves to the center of the cardboard ring, and the leaves fan outwards.

the red thread paper wreath 3

9. & 10. Continue stapling the leaves in place. I found it useful to stop often and hold the wreath at arms length so I could see the overall shape that was being formed. Make sure the tips of your leaves follow the curve of the wreath base.

When you have reached half way stop and go back to your original starting point. Now start again from this point, facing your leaves the other way and going in the opposite direction around the wreath. Make sure that you overlap the leaves at the starting point, so there are no gaps. If this seems a bit too tricky you can always just continue on as you were all the way around the circle so all your leaves will be facing the same way. Complete the circle of leaves.

11. & 12. Tie a half bow in your ribbon so there is a small loop and one short and one long end. Thread the long end behind in the leaves in the top centre of the wreath. Staple the ribbon to the wreath.

The wreath is so light that it can easily be hung with Blu-Tac. I just put a blob each at the top and the bottom of the wreath and one on the top of the ribbon.

the red thread paper wreath door

And that’s it. Using a stapler makes it pretty quick and easy. If you’re going to give this a go and any of the directions are unclear I’m happy to answer any questions. I hope you have as much fun making this as I did.

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Comments

  1. Oh wow yet again another gorgeous creation Lisa. I’m getting inspired and might copy this idea. It looks beautiful!

  2. Wow, this is really stunning, I love it! I’ll be linking to this fabulous project.

  3. Kasia – go for it, that’s what the tutorial’s for. Just make sure you show me your finished creation! :)

  4. Hi Rachel, thanks for your enthusiasm and for the link!

  5. Hi, Lisa – I’ve been visiting your blog and really enjoy it. I adore this wreath. Very simple yet chic. Thanks for the tute.
    - Kaori

  6. Hello Kaori – thanks for the feedback, it’s nice to hear you’re enjoying my ravings. And you’re welcome – are you going to make the wreath? I’d love to see it if you are.

  7. i’m so glad i discovered your blog. you make the most wonderful things.

  8. Love this idea….I can’t wait to try it….One of the best Christmas crafts I’ve seen blog-wide….Thank you for the inspiration….I can’t wait to actually use some of the beautiful paper I just had to buy!

    Susan Jonsson
    Kirkland, Wa.
    USA

  9. I love this! What a great tutorial – I will pass this along to my friends. Thank you! I like your blog, too.

  10. Hey Cindy, thanks for the complements!

  11. Hi Susan, please share a photo of your finished wreath – I’d love to see how you put your own personal stamp on my tutorial.

  12. Hi Jamie, thanks for stopping by and for your enthusiasm about my wreath and blog. – I appreciate your feedback!

  13. Hi Lisa! Your wreath is amazing. I just love how you make something so simple look so spectacular! Dave loves it too and wants me to try it. I think I just might! x

  14. Thanks SWMO! Yes, give it a go, and make sure you send me a photo. I’m dieing to see what other people make from my tutorials.

  15. My first impressions when I saw the photo of your wreath was “there’s no way I could possibly make that” but the way you describe everything so simply and clearly has inspired me to follow your lead. Thanks for teaching us how to make something so beautiful for the holiday season.

  16. Hi Shauna, I glad I’ve inspired you. And thanks for the tutorial feedback… it’s difficult to know when writing a tute if the directions are going to be clear to everyone else. I’m glad you found it easy to follow.

  17. That is adorable!

  18. OMG…that is so gorgeous…I have some beautiful stiffened Japanese fabrics which would look absolutely divine as a wreath….you have made it all look so easy with your step by step instructions….can’t keep blabbing on – I had better get to it…who knows who else is going to be wanting one before christmas…thanks lisa you are an inspiration as always…

  19. Love this tutorial! I saw it on the Birdie blog and can’t wait to try it.

  20. Hi there feltdivine and Anne-Marie! Thanks for your enthusiasm about my tute… don’t forget to show me your finished wreath. Feltdivine, I love your idea of using stiffened fabric – especially Japanese fabric… my fave! It would look gorgeous. Please share!

  21. Thanks for posting the tut!! I am always in awe of people’s gorgeous decorations and this is STUNNING. You can’t imagine how excited I am to actually have something so lovely!

  22. Hey Robyn, Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely feedback. I’m so happy to be inspiring others to be creative.

  23. omg~ this is the coolest thing~!
    it’s beautiful for christmas!
    maybe i should try it during the holidays~!! XD

  24. Kate – please do try it! It’s so much fun. Do it, do it… and please share the results!

  25. I am definitely going to give this a go

  26. nice and simple…you have a cute model =D

  27. I love that and I’m going to have to give it a try!

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  28. i’m so going to make this using grocery bags – they are so pretty this time of year. i love how simple it is – scissors, paper, stapler – check. thanks!

  29. Beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing, I am linking to this right away (I hope that is alright?)

  30. I see someone else has already though of substituting stiffened fabric, that’s the first thing I thought of when I saw this tut. So great, I’d like to see if I could adapt it to teach to kids. I’m an (unpaid) Leader of YTFG at the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW and we’re always looking for new ideas to inspire the kids. I just need to convert your excellent tut to fabric. I’ll let you know how it goes?
    Thanks for sharing,
    Christine
    http://missmuffettwo.blogspot.com

  31. The wreath is gorgeous my daughter and I are excited and we are making everything this year! This ones for grandma ! a present this year, popped in a gorgeous box but appreciated for many chrismases to come
    thank you

  32. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to keep up with personal responses to all your wonderful comments and your ideas on adding your own personal stamp to my tutorial. Thank you, thank you! Don’t forget to share photos of your finished wreaths!

  33. I just found your blog :D I love this wreath, I’ll be trying it out very soon!
    Kudzu

  34. Great post i really enjoyed this.

  35. Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I made a spring wreath with it =)

  36. Hi Mub – send me a photo, I’d love to see it! My email address is in the left sidebar of the blog.

  37. I just found your blog and I love it! :) And I have been searching high and low for a wreath to make and I’ve found it!!!!! THANKS!!! You have a new follower. :)

  38. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing the instructions.

  39. I don’t like to duplicate anyone’s work, but I must say, this is a lovely and easy project, I am amazed at how easy it is, I think I will be using your idea but it has to be different at the same time, I will go home tonight and look for paper to use, I will post a pic when I’m done, I think you just gave me the best idea for this year’s friend and family gift. you are incredible, love all your stuff on your site

  40. Absolute must this Christmas! Thank you for sharing! I am linking to this. Hope it’s OK :)

  41. Love this & tried it with a few modifications to use what I had on had & avoid what I didn’t have…I used double sided scrapbooking cardstock, a styro wreath form & floral pins. The card stock held the bend of the roll of the leaf base nicely. Wished I had used a stapler (kids broke it) & your wreath form instead, or denser floral foam so my pins would stay better. Thanks! Going over the mantel later today!

  42. I like,all the others here , just love the wreath!! I am going to use fabric instead of paper. Though I do like the idea that one of the other commenters(is that a word?)suggested, brown paper bags.
    thanks for the tutorial.!

  43. The great thing about this is that you can use different paper designs and add your own accents to it. Plus it’s a money-saver, environment friendly since it’s paper, fun to do with the kids, etc. etc. !

    Thanks for the brilliant idea :)

  44. Lisa! So glad I found your site! Can’t wait to settle in and check everything out. Thanks for sharing your creative talents with the rest of us!

  45. I loved your tutorial, it was exactly what I was looking for. I’ve just finished my first Christmas wreath for our front door. It turned out great. Thank you!

    http://wouldntmelt.blogspot.com/

  46. Beautiful! Thank you for kindly giving the instructions!

  47. great Idea, I will try and make one. Thanks for sharing the instruction.
    Sandra

  48. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I made our first Christmas wreath for our front door and it turned out really nice – so this means that your instructions are idiot-proof.

    http://looktotherainbow.blogspot.com/2009/11/christmas-craft-2009-ii.html

  49. Wow, this is amazing and lovely, LOVE it!!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful tutorial!

    Big hugs!
    Susanne

  50. Super cute – I may have to try this little project! Thanks!

  51. i love this tutorial, and I have made a wreath from it:

    http://nr59.dk/blog/?p=544

  52. Hi! I did some wreath search and ended here. Lucky me. I used your simple and easy tutorial but made some changes. I did some ribbon like theme.

    Here is my black and white wreath.
    http://reavel.blogspot.com/2009/11/getting-christmas-spirit.html

    Many Thanks…

  53. Just too gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, and check out my site
    http://www.creativejewishmom.com for some great felt projects I think you might like!

  54. Beautiful! I love this idea and the papers are so cute!

  55. This is a wonderful tutorial thank you for sharing, I have made my own version out of recycled brown paper http:////www.inspiringinkin.com/2009/12/ho-ho-ho/

  56. I just wanted to say thanks for the tutorial, and to show you mine!

    http://randomwittering.wordpress.com/2009/12/01/festive-decorations/

  57. Just bookmarked this page so I can make one….Love it! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Merry Christmas!!
    Jenn
    glass-block-crafts.weebly.com

  58. What a wonderful idea Lisa, I’ve written about it in my round up of Christmas tutorials.

  59. Thanks so much for this amazing tutorial!

  60. I must give this a try! Such a versatile idea.

  61. Hi Lisa! Your wreath is amazing. I just love how you make something so simple look so spectacular!
    I made one in black and white paper, so fun.
    Thank you indeed for sharing.
    Regards from Tuscany.
    Cata

  62. Thank you for the very inspiring tutorial! It was so easy to follow, I actually made my very own paper wreath. We appreciate the time you took to post this tutorial for everyone to see! Here’s a link to mine:

    http://www.jessicagreen.com/wordpress/?p=1339

  63. Hi Lisa, thanks for this tutorial, I really enjoyed making this wreath. Now I have the bug so guess what everyone is receiving from me this Christmas!! Kyrie@Messagemark

  64. what a wonderful idea!! thanks for sharing!

  65. Fantastic tutorial and really enjoyed making this

    This is my attempt

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/liccleprincess/4175134634/

    Thanks for the inspiration

  66. Hey! I loved your idea and I tried it myself. Here’s my wreath:
    http://irina.cojo.ro/christmas-paper-wreath/12/

  67. This looks great, I am going to make it with my family to replace a paper wreath I made with my sister more than 20 years ago!
    I found your site from IndieFixx.com
    Thanks for sharing!

  68. Thanks for this fantastic tutorial! I did it, you can see my wreath here: http://camaseiz.blogspot.com/2009/12/natale.html

  69. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! I used it to create 2 wreaths, for presents to family members. They turned out beautifully! Here’s a link to the pictures:

    http://jendypendy.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-wreaths.html

    Thank you for the inspiration.
    Jendy.

  70. Me ha gustado muchisimo la Corona de Navidad, y esta tarde voy a hacerla junto con mis dos hijos. Nada mejor para una tarde de frio que una bella manualidad navideña.
    Gracias por el tutorial y Felicidades por el blog.
    Kiss.

  71. thank you for the tutorial! i love it! see my wreath in mu blog: http://sendomulherzinha.blogspot.com/2009/12/guirlanda.html

    ;)

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    Outstanding.
    Wish You a Very Happy Mary Christmas.

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  74. I absolutely love this wreath and made a number of them for gifts this past year. You can check out the pictures here:

    http://browniesandflowers.tumblr.com/page/4

    Thanks so much for the wonderful idea!

  75. i tried and tried and tried and tried & tried & tried but could not make it as beautiful as shown in the picture.

    My job was a disaster.. i will try it all over again and i am sure that this time i will make it.. but it was so much fun while doing this..thanks for the wonderful idea..

  76. I am here for the first time. Fantastic piece of work! I like all your work.

  77. And you’re welcome – are you going to make the wreath? I’d love to see it if you are.

  78. I am writing to request permission to reprint this adorable project on Craftown.com. We would of course give you full credit and will happily link back to your blog. Please let me know if this is acceptable. Thanks!

    Amanda Formaro
    Chief Editor – Craftown.com
    http://craftown.com

  79. Hi!

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog, PaperFriendly.

    Nancy Ward
    PaperFriendly
    http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

  80. Hi,i just love your Wreath.That is Great. I make Wreaths with Tallow Berries and i also sell the Berries on E-Bay in case you ever want to make this type of Wreath!Thank you again for the Great ideals you have given us! Tallow Berry Man

  81. I love this wreath! I have some gorgeous scrapbook papers for xmas and will have to give it a try! love your recycling too!!
    TFS!

  82. Hi..this paper wreath is nice..may be if proper color papers are used to give the snowy and greeny effect the wreath will come out even too good..i will try and post it in my blog.

  83. Wow, great pictures. I love the design of them and also the colors used. I would thank the designer to print such great designs and also to post them here. I would be very thankful to you to provide me the complete details and shop name to purchase them.

  84. Just darling! I am going to provide a link to this on my site! happy Holidays!

  85. This is such a great idea! I work in a Nursing home and I am trying to find things to make it look wonderful without alot of money. I think I will try this for work and as well as my home!

  86. It is an easy and cool design.

  87. This is so cute! I’ve featured it in my Christmas Wreaths Roundup! http://unvagalume.blogspot.com/2010/12/nadalfeitoaman-coroas.html

  88. Hi there! I absolute love this DYI wreath and I adore your blog. I will be linking it to my blog :)

  89. I like this wreath. would love to make one when i get time and display on my blog

  90. Just tried this out! Thanks for the tutorial.

    http://sweetathena.blogspot.com/

    ~Jess

  91. Really Pretty. Have just put one on a gift wrapped in Pale pink papers. I made the flower in cerise to match the cushion inside. I used Italian silk hand made paper. Thank you.

  92. I want to thank you for this one. Very pretty and I love it. I just made some for all the doors at home.

  93. This is great craft tutorial…nice..i enjoyed it.

  94. Cherie Hartwick says:

    I volunteer as a craft teacher at a senior center and we mainly do crafts with whatever is donated. We have tons of scrapbooking paper which is double sided and will make wonderful wreaths. Most of the ladies that do the crafts live in apartments and like smaller wreaths for their doors, so I plan on using paper plates for the form and maybe I will scale down the size of the leaves a bit. My only problem might be rounding up a bunch of staplers. We also have limited time to do a completed craft so I like this one because we don’t have to wait for glue to dry or run the risk of burns from the hot glue guns. I plan to work on a sample today. Many thanks!!!!

    • the red thread the red thread says:

      Hi Cherie! Paper plates sound like a good alternative especially as it will save time for the seniors. You could always try using tape to secure the leaves. I haven’t tried it myself, but it might be worth a shot? Happy crafting!

  95. Beverly Browning says:

    Oh, it’s time to eat and this is what I’d rather be doing. LOL It’s gorgeous, I love it. Thank you so much for giving us the tutorial.

  96. several years later…and people are still talking about your wreath. it’s beautiful. (Love your website title font–please share–what is it? )

    • the red thread the red thread says:

      Oh, that’s great Sonya!!
      Which font do you mean? ‘the red thread’? That’s my handwriting. Or do you mean something else?

  97. Thank you for this fantastic tutorial. I have posted my wreath with links to your tutorial onto my blog; vonniemayblog.blogspot.com

  98. Linda Ashby says:

    Hi there – I don’t know if you have many followers from the UK but I am one of them, your wreaths have given me a lot of inspiration, but the one thing I envy you is the super papers you can use, we in England don’t seem to get the nice ones like you do. But once again fab wreaths.
    Linda

    • the red thread the red thread says:

      Hi Linda, thanks for taking the time to say hello. I’m happy to have quite a lot of readers in the UK! Really, there are no good papers? That’s a shame. Have you tried Etsy perhaps? I’m sure you’ve done an internet search? If I come across any good sources I’ll let you know.

  99. Hey!
    This tutorial is great- and the wreath is completely lovely. I LOVE it. My younger sister and I would like to try it out! Props to Shadowplay for linking me here.

  100. Love it! I’ll make for next Christmas and maybe one for the spring!!!

  101. Sunshine Amthauer says:

    Please add me to your blog postings, if possible. Love the wreath idea!

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