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diy project: paper leaves wreath

by Kate Pruitt

Every year I look forward to making a wreath for our house. I use whatever materials are around me. Sometimes it is natural… using some branches or leaves from the backyard. Sometimes our wreath is warm and fuzzy… using fabric and yarn. It is always different. This year, given the abundance of paper grocery bags in our cupboard (the ones I was promising to reuse the next time I went to the store), I decided to make a wreath of paper. I think green is always a good color for the holidays, so I remembered the soft green of the masking paper in the paint aisle at the hardware store, which I have always been strangely inspired by. To give it a little love, I added metallic silver. Happy holidays! —Brenna (paper + ink)

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  • paper grocery bags, or stiff paper
  • masking tape
  • 9” wide green masking paper (paint section-hardware store)
  • silver spray paint
  • scissors or exacto knife
  • hot glue gun and sticks


1. Tear the grocery bags down the sides to make long pieces of paper.

2. Twist the grocery bags creating a rope, and adding in new twisted bags as you go… twist together to make a thick rope using the masking tape to secure.

3. Join the ends of the rope together to form a circle in the size that you want.
Don’t worry if it is not round.

4. Straighten the circle by squeezing and bending. Use the masking tape to help
keep it in place and round.

5. Wrap the wreath form with the green masking paper creating a smooth surface
to glue the leaves onto. Tape in place all around the wreath.

6. Spray one side of the masking paper with the silver spray paint. I used about
30 feet of silvered paper. allow to dry before rolling up again.

7. Accordion fold the paper in about 5 inch sections.

8. Cut a curved shape on each folded side of the paper. I was able to cut 4 or 5
at once. The fold will be the vein of the leaf, so the shape you are going for is the
shape of half of a leaf. You can use the extra paper to cut some smaller leaves.

9. Start gluing the leaves on the wreath form. Glue the leaves on by their “stems”
and work forward, placing each new leaf on top of the last.

10. As you near the end, keep working in the same direction tucking the leaves
under the leaves at the starting point.

11. Hang your wreath and admire!

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