How to Make Paper Wreaths: Handmade Craft Home Décor Ideas

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These are some of the most popular options for wreath bases.

  • Styrofoam
  • Paper/cardboard (purchased or you can cut it yourself)
  • Wire
  • Wood

What size do you want? Most wreath forms are available in a variety of sizes.

Themes that many people use for paper wreaths include:

  • flowers
  • fans
  • loops
  • ruffles
  • stars
  • cones

The concept of the paper wreath is very versatile and can be customized any way that you like.

Paper wreaths are an inexpensive option for home décor. You can make them for a particular season or holiday or for general decoration all year round. While some paper wreaths are time consuming to make, almost all of them can be made with materials that you have on hand or can easily purchase at most craft stores. The steps are usually simple enough for just about any kid or grown up to follow. Paper wreaths make wonderful décor for your own home and also make great gifts.

I decided to arrange the tutorials in this article by type of paper. Many tutorials can be made with just about any of the papers listed here and anything else that strikes you. Scroll down to the end of the article for additional paper suggestions. Also, any popular wreath base will work for almost any tutorial.

You'll see that many of the same themes appear throughout the different paper types. Again, these themes can be interchanged with different paper types.

Many of the tutorials show color palettes that are suited for specific seasons or holidays. Don't let this stop you from customizing your wreaths however you like. Happy crafting!

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Scrapbook paper and cardstock are by far the most frequently used materials for paper wreaths. As these materials can be used for so many types of paper crafts, many people have them on hand. For most wreaths, you will need 6 or less 12x12 sheets. A few tutorials do require thicker papers and/or double sided papers. Make sure to check the paper requirement before selecting materials.

Do you want to make that flower wreath? Check this out!

How to Make a Scrapbook Paper Looped Wreath

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Another very popular medium for paper wreaths is old books. If you can't bear to tear up an old book that you have at home, pick one up the next time you're second hand shopping. If you still hate the thought of tearing up a book, even if it's second hand, look for something that is outdated, such as an old travel guide or encyclopedia.

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If you want to make a wreath with a natural or aged look and don't want to dye the paper (i.e. using a tea stain), Kraft paper is a great choice.

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Pick up an extra pack of coffee filters the next time you're at the grocery store or Target and store them in your craft materials stash. You never know when they'll come in handy. If you're looking for really cheap filters, check the dollar store the next time you're there.

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This is another good item to check for at the dollar store. Additionally, look for clearance packs at craft stores right after Valentine's Day.

Crepe Paper Wreath Tutorial

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A wreath constructed entirely out of paper cups is one of those ideas that blows me away because it is so simple and yet so effective. The example here is very plain, but of course you can decorate your wreath any way that you like. Even a few embellishments can completely disguise the paper cups.

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Tissue paper is another very popular choice for paper wreaths. Check for tissue paper at a party discount store or the dollar store. You may sometimes find smaller packs of it in the dollar sections of big box stores as well.

If you have leftover plates from a party or other big event or if you are shopping for an event and want to pick up an extra pack for crafting, this is an easy option and very versatile.

Curly Paper Christmas Wreath

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This is yet another good dollar store item. Additionally, you can pick up rolls from just about anywhere that are on sale after Christmas. Alternatively, save wrapping paper that can be salvaged after opening presents. If you aren't in the mood to start making holiday items in January, hold on to the paper for next year. It will keep!

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While you don't have to use origami papers for these tutorials, I thought that this deserved its own section, as it's really a different skill set from the rest of the tutorials here. You can create a wreath made entirely from origami or you can include origami components in a larger wreath.

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I simply could not pick just one or two of Alisa Burke's paper wreaths for this article. If you read her blog regularly, I'm sure that you understand my dilemma. I've included a picture of one of my favorites with a search link below for "paper wreaths" on her blog. Head over to her blog to check out many more great ideas.

Additional papers you can use for paper wreaths.
 
butcher paper
toilet paper rolls
magazines
old greeting cards
junk mail
newspapers
old calendars
catalogs
old sheet music
paper napkins
crepe paper
 

© 2012 Rose Clearfield

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cruelkindness 4 years ago from an angle view.

Amazing hub, well put together. Very informative, insightful, and easy to use.

Thank You

Cruelkindness (Subliminally Thoughtless)


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Heather Says 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

That leaf wreath made out of old book pages is absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to make one for fall. Love it. This hub is very inspiring and full of ideas and now I'm itching to do a project!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much cruelkindness!

Thanks Heather! That will be a perfect project for fall. After researching all of these amazing ideas, I'm ready to do a project, too!


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Paige Ronchetti 4 years ago from Chicago

Oh my gosh, these are a TON of great ideas! Voting up for sure.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks Paige!


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vox vocis 4 years ago

These paper wreaths are awesome! Do you make them yourself? A while ago, I bought a couple of punches to start enjoying this amazing hobby myself. I was surprised to see what great things man can do out of paper. This kind of work is not just artistic, but also extremely environment-friendly - it's a great way to recycle paper. Voted up and saved for future reference :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks! No, I don't, but I may be inspired to make one at some point now. You're right that projects like this are a great way to recycle paper. Now that I've started writing articles about recycling paper for crafts, I can't help brainstorming ideas any time I recycle paper. So glad that you enjoyed this. :)


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vox vocis 4 years ago

That's great! I can't wait to read more! Keep up with the great work :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks! I'll try! :)


kelleyward 4 years ago

I love making wreaths! I use to do this a lot before having kids. This inspired me to get started on this again! Thanks for sharing! Take care, Kelley


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's awesome, Kelley! Paper wreaths are a perfect project to make with kids. Have fun. :)


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europewalker 4 years ago

Very creative and pretty wreaths, will have to try my hand at making these. Thanks for sharing:)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks! Have fun with your wreaths!


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meditatio 4 years ago from North Vancouver

I had never thought about looking for how to make wreath out of paper ! I always assumed it was something made with either real or imitated piece of nature (ie pine cones, leaves, twigs, etc)... Thanks for this useful piece of information ! Will definitely give a try to this craft :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Obviously you certainly can make wreaths out of real or imitated nature pieces, but there are a lot of other options out there as well such as fabric and paper. I'm glad that you enjoyed this! Have fun. :)


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vnsatakopan 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Great ideas. Beautifully creative.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much!


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Eileen Goodall 4 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

Wonderful hub - thanks for sharing.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thank you!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks hydenz123! This definitely can be a fun hobby.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a great assortment of patterns and ideas with which to make paper wreaths. Thanks for collecting them all into one spot. Voted up, useful and interesting.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much Peggy!


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Magdaleine 4 years ago

very creative!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thank you, Magdaleine!


Ruth Pieterse 4 years ago

Stunning hub! Loved it. Voted up and awesome.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much, Ruth!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Great ideas! Very creative. Thanks for sharing.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much, Thelma!

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