How to Make a Paper Spring Wreath
The talented Carla Bagshaw is back with yet another papercraft project you’re bound to fall in love with! Handmade paper wreaths can be a fantastic alternative to real floral wreaths for so many reasons; they are cheap to make, you can swap and change the colours and blooms as the seasons change, and – best of all – they’re not too tricky to create either! With a bit of patience, anyone can achieve stunning results. Check out Carla’s stunning paper spring wreath below, and learn everything you need to know to create your own beautiful papercraft wreaths with ease.
You Will Need:
- Hot Glue Gun
- Paper or card in various colours and textures (i.e. crepe paper, tissue, cardstock)
- Wreaths (either polystyrene or vine)
- Ball tool
- Scissors or a cutting machine
- Florist tape (optional)
- Provided are three downloadable template sheets:
Carla Bagshaw’s Paper Spring Wreath Project:
I love spring; I love watching nature yawn and stretch and throw out its wonderful explosion of colour, but oh so delicately. Paper spring wreaths are one of my favourite things to make, and as someone who cannot keep a houseplant alive longer than a week, it offers me a chance to have rich blooms in my house all of the time. They are cheap to make and I can swap and change colour and blooms as the seasons change. To keep it simple, I’ll teach you how to make a rose and a peony; and with just those two flowers, you can begin to make your own intricate spring wreath creations as decorations or gifts!
Step 1: The Rose
Paper roses are wonderful, vibrant and, with very little effort, they can look wonderfully realistic! To create yours, begin by cutting out the six flower shapes on the Rose Template, so you have them ready.
On the first one, take a ‘petal’ and roll both edges inwards so that they overlap. Using a small amount of glue, affix one edge over the other so you have a ‘tube’ and four remaining petals.
Working clockwise, miss out the next petal and go straight to the third one (opposite the first). Bend this over to the tubed petal and wrap it around, gluing both edges.
Now, raise the fourth petal and glue the left edge around the ‘tube’, do this again with the fifth petal, (tucking it into the previous one) and then the final petal. Now, using tiny amounts of glue at the bottom of the petals, glue the right edges down; this will form your bud.
Hot glue the bud into the centre of your next flower shape, and begin to glue the left edges of each petal in a clockwise motion, tucking each petal into the previous one. Glue all five left edges (it will almost look ‘windmill’ shaped, see photos), and then again, use a tiny amount of glue at the bottom of each right petal, and glue them down.
Repeat this process for the remaining four flower shapes. As you get to the fourth set of petals, you can begin to bend the edges of each petal down, shaping the paper to your liking so the rose begins to really take shape. Take your time on this step, as this will give each flower its wow factor!
Step 2: The Peony
Once again, the peony can be made from the most basic of shapes. Where the rose was made up of ‘5-petal’ shapes, the peony is made from ‘9-petal’ shapes (you will need to cut six for each peony). Begin by cutting out all 6 shapes provided in the Peony Template.
On a soft surface, such as a self-healing mat (I used a spare sheet of foam paper) begin to trace the edges of each petal with the ball tool, use moderate-to-gentle pressure, and go around each petal a few times. The petals will begin to curl upward. When all the petals have begun to rise, you can rotate the ball tool in the centre of the flower shape in a circular motion; the closer you go to the outer edge of the centre, the more the petals will rise. This forms a cup shape. Each flower will need to go through the same process.
Once you have six ‘cups,’ you can begin to form the peony. Take one of your flowers and gently press it so that it ‘closes’ (this is easier if you overlap each petal in a clockwise rotation).
Once the shape begins to hold, you can glue it into place. This forms the central ‘bud’ of the peony.
Hot-glue the bottom of your bud into the centre of the next ‘cupped’ flower. Again, glue the petals together in a round formation, do not glue them to the bud, but rather each petal to it’s neighbour. This should be slightly larger than the bud. Repeat this process with the next two cupped flowers, each time getting larger.
The last two cupped flower petals do not need to be glued to each other; simply press the petals inwards toward the central flower so the ‘cup’ shape holds, forming the completed peony.
It really is that simple!
Step 3: Foliage
Foliage is hugely important, and ridiculously effective. You can cut out leaf shapes, or use the simple foliage template attached (you can re-size this for different projects). I will say at this point, that a cutting machine really is your best friend! It can be cut by hand, but the machine will make things a lot simpler, and give you time to relax with a cup of tea!
Depending on your project, you will need a varying amounts of foliage; you will be able to see, as your work progresses, whether you have enough. If, for instance, you wish to create a ‘boxwood leaf’ wreath (which is essentially all foliage and no flowers) you will need around 100 cut pieces of foliage, whereas if you are adding it as an embellishment to flowers, you will require far less.
Now you have made your flowers and foliage, you get to play with design and composition!
If you are using a polystyrene wreath, I advise you to wrap it first with florist tape; it’s not essential if you are covering the whole thing with flowers and foliage, but it will prevent any white glaring through. I strongly recommend that you place your foliage and flowers around your wreath before sticking anything down, so that you can gauge where you want each piece to be.
You may wish to cover only part of the wreath, or you may want to cover the whole thing, but an even placement will give a more pleasing aesthetic to the finished piece. Once you are satisfied with the look, you can glue down each piece (usually starting with the foliage as the bottom layer). Once it is all glued down, you can attach twine or ribbon so that it can be hung and enjoyed, with no need to water your flowers… ever!
You can choose various different paper techniques for different results, and come up with some truly gorgeous spring wreath designs!
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