After the wonderful responses to the 'Nursery Rhyme Christmas Wreath' post yesterday, I decided to make a few more Christmas Wreaths and do a simple tutorial on how to make them....my way! This method would only be suitable for home/own use as it is quick and a little 'rough' in places (but you can't see the rough bits when it is hanging up!).
You will need:
1 vintage book (I used sheet music here)
ribbon of choice
Begin by taking the staples out from the centre of the book. Cut pages down the centre so you have A4 sized sheets. Cut these sheets down the centre from top to bottom, then from the top ends cut off 2 1/2". Keep these small bits for the centre fan.
Make a cardboard ring, mine was about 7" with a smaller ring in the middle, see below.
Using a small stapler, staple each piece together.
Now, to make the centre fan.
Take your smaller end pieces and staple end to end on one corner. Be careful not to 'fold' the paper.
Staple enough pieces to create a fan, see below. Staple the bits together as you go.
Thread the ends of a small piece of ribbon through the middle, from the front to the back, leaving a loop. Through the loop, thread another piece of ribbon, I used wire edged ribbon.
Turn your fan over, pull the small ribbon tight and knot.
Place in the centre of the wreath then taple the ribbon ends to the edge of the cardboard ring
Arrange your wire ribbon into nice 'bow' shapes.
Attach a longer piece of ribbon to the back of your cardboard ring for the hanger. You can see what a mess it is on the back, hence IOFM. (It's Only For Me!)
Very effective don't you think!
This is a smaller version I made today. I only used 5" squares for this one. You can adjust the size of your wreath by playing with different sized bits of paper.
You can see the difference the size of the paper makes!
I hope this helps you 'nut' out how to make one of your own.
I'm sure that some of you will come up with a much better method than this!
Anyway, it's all about experienting and having fun!!!
I'd love to know if anyone decides to make one?
Happy Christmas Wreath making!!!