Okay, so it’s not my tutorial…but I thought on Tuesdays, I’d mix up Etsy treasuries with tutorials that I’ve tried out (and maybe even create for you – I’d like to do more of that, it’s just time is not on my side, so most of the tutorials will be ones I’m directing you to and sharing my results).
So have you seen those french-inspired paper wreaths that scream shabby chic? I LOVE them, oh yes I do.
Like this one for example:
Here’s where the beauty of the internet comes in. I simply googled “how to make paper wreath” and came upon a variety of blogs showcasing exactly how to do it. I’m kinda wishing I went for a center piece like the above picture, but decided that for my first time, I’d follow a simple tutorial, like the one that that Michele graciously shares on her blog Primp (and she is fantastic at demonstrating each individual step with photos). Overall, I’m pleased with the results of my open wreath…
…albeit shocked at the size of this monster. It’s about 3 feet wide (I’m not kidding you!). It doesn’t help that I used large music sheets from an out-of-circulation library book of nursery rhymes from around the world that I found at the used bookstore which when wrapped measured 16 inches long each! (the average size of most entire wreaths of this kind, so go with small pages if you want a normal sized wreath).
But it just so happens that we’ve had this 8 foot or so wide, empty space over our stairs that desperately needed some decoration, so I luckily had a space for a behemoth of a wreath!
Next time I’ll think I’ll make one with the tiny vintage french book I have and perhaps I’ll add a fun centerpiece to it now that I have the hang of it (it was ridiculously easy once I got the hang of shaping the cones; all in all, it took me about 90 minutes to make) .
Overall, this was an easy (and addictive) craft project and provided great results (and it helps that I had everything on hand, save for the foam wreath which I had to think outside of the box for…was a lil’ tricky but still worked and didn’t cost me a thing!).
If this is your kind of thing and you’ve got some paper you’re willing to part with, check out the above tutorial or google for one that catches your fancy. Happy crafting! ;)