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Beautiful & Easy Wood and Paper Wreath Tutorial

I have been having a blast using my Spring Blooms digital papers to decorate with.  The colors are perfect for everything bright and spring time! So I started by printing out a selection of the digital papers on my new photo printer and got to work making a bunch of paper rosettes.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.
To make the rosettes, you need to cut a strip of of paper the width of the paper.  I started by cutting a 2″ x 11″ strip of paper.  Then it’s time to score it.  I don’t have a fancy paper cutter with a scoring blade so I tried a variety of different ways to score the paper.  One way that was worked okay was to use a ball point pen and pressing firmly draw the line down the back of the strip.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

But my favorite method to score was using the closed tip of my small scissor snips.  I also found that it was way easier to score the entire sheet of paper, then to cut it into strips afterward.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

I made the rosettes a variety of sizes.  I cut strips from 1″ to 2 1/4″ wide along the width of the paper (so my strips were all 11″ long).  For the strips over 1 1/4″ wide I needed more than 1 strip to make the circle so make sure you cut two of that size.  Also, I tried a variety of options when scoring, I started by making my score lines 1/2″ apart.  Then with the smaller strips (1″ and 1 1/4″) I tried 1/4″ apart and 3/4″ apart for some of the larger strips.

After the strips were scored, it was time to fold all those little score lines accordian style.  Back and forth.  Back and forth.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Then I glued the strips into a circle.  For the larger strips I glued two strips together then into a circle.  I used a Scotch Brand permanent glue stick and it worked fabulously!

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Things are looking good now.  For the next part, I used the hot glue gun and a approximately 1″ scrap of paper.  Using both hands, push down the accordion fold in the center until you have a flat rosette and the back of the rosette facing up.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Then I applied a ring of glue around the center of a square scrap of paper and placed it on back of the rosette.  Hold everything down until the glue cools and hardens.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

And there is the finished rosette!  I kept folding, glueing and making rosettes.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Then I had a big pile of beautiful rosettes.  So I decided to make a wooden hexagon for a wreath frame to attach them to.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

To make the wreath I used some scrap 1×3 pieces of wood.  I cut 6 pieces of wood 8 1/2″ long at a 30 degree angle.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

I measured 8 1/2″ from the tips of the long side then cut at a 30 degree angle again, but backward from the first cut.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Then I dry fit it all together to make sure the cuts worked.  Viola, it’s exactly how I wanted!

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

My boards are not the prettiest because I used scrap wood, but I kinda liked the knots and beat up look.

To connect all the pieces, I turned to my trusty Kreg Jig.  It’s one of the best tools I’ve bought and I use it so much that it has definitely proven it’s worth.  I put two pocket holes in one side of each board.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Because I haven’t bought any fancy clamps (yet!!!), I found a way to use the clamps I had to secure the boards while I screwed them together.  Then I kept moving in a circle attaching boards until all my boards were connected together.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Things are really starting to come together now.  I gave it a good sanding (it was really necessary because I didn’t start with the prettiest of boards).

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

And I curved the corners and edges a little extra with the sander.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

It was looking so pretty, but I wanted to white wash the wood a little bit to brighten it up.  I mixed 1 part of white paint to 2 parts of water and painted it on.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

I ended up doing 2 coats of white wash and it was perfect because the wood grain was showing through beautifully, but it had a soft white glow to it.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

After it was dry, I sprayed a coat of clear spray on it to seal it.  Then I let that dry overnight.

I didn’t want to scratch my freshly painted green door, so I put some padding on the back of the wreath.  I cut some felt into 2 1/4″ strips and then cut approximately 3″ sections of that at 30 degree angles.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Then I hot glued these onto the back of the wreath at the corners.  Make sure to do this before adding the rosettes to the front, it’s way easier, I promise!

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

The next day I grabbed my glue gun again and went to work attaching rosettes.  I dry fit everything then started glueing them down.  I put a little glue on the back of the scrap paper that I used to glue the rosette together and then held it in place while the glue cooled.  I stacked some smaller ones on top of larger ones and just kept going until I was happy.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

When I got all the rosettes down I realized it needed something else, so I cut a bow out of paper for the top of the wreath.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

I used the hot glue to put the bow together.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

And then I attached it to the top of the wreath.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

To hang the wreath, I cut a 15″ strip of white grosgrain ribbon and using my small staple gun, attached it to the back.  Again, this would have been WAY easier if I would have done this before the rosettes were attached, but I made it work.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Now it was ready to hang.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

It makes my front door look so happy!  And my soul is happy seeing my own pattern designs used in real life.

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

I’m also really loving the wooden wreath form, super cheap and easy to make and it can be decorated in so many ways.

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

Beautiful & easy wood and paper wreath tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

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Paula

Tuesday 17th of October 2017

I need to make one of your hexagon wreaths. I love the look and I'm sure there is enough scrap wood in our workshop to make one.

Kati

Thursday 26th of October 2017

I love the hexagon wreaths! So easy and they are great for using up scraps ;)

Beverly

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

This is so pretty! I've made paper rosettes before, but not with your method. I'll have to give this a try. I love the wooden wreath frame. Thanks for sharing on the Spring Craft Blog Hop.

Kati Farrer

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

I'll have to check out how you make rosettes. I'm sure there are many ways!

Lou Lou Girls

Saturday 2nd of May 2015

Looks so good. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7, we can't wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

Kati Farrer

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

Thanks you for sharing!

Despina

Friday 1st of May 2015

Really nice tutorial, your wreath is so cool!

Kati Farrer

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

Thank you! It was a lot of fun to make.

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