12/30/15

Paper Wreath

I have wanted to make a paper cone wreath for a long-long time.. no time like the present right? I didn't really overthink this project and just used the materials I had on hand. The book pages I used for each cone were a smidge on the brittle side but in the end it all worked out. I like the yellowed color of the books pages and didn't want something pure white as I was planning on hanging it on a stark white wall. (if it turned out) I like to address a new craft endeavor with the attitude, "If it doesn't work out, I'm just going to toss it out." No pressure... just give something new a try. Actually the book I used was my glue pad for my hot glue gun. I pull off the front and back covers of a book and then I place my hot glue gun on the book--- and as the hot glue gets a page messy, I just tear it off and toss the hot glue mess in the trash. Works like a charm.
I premade a lot of cones ahead of time and then just glued them on one at a time in place. I thought I made enough cones... nope, it took a bazillion, a bazillion and one actually.

The first round of cones went down easily enough. I not only glued it to the round of cardboard base but I also put a spot of glue between each cone to help keep them uniform in shape.
The next row of cones were placed on the wreath while being mindful not to cover up each opening of the previous cones. It took a little bit of fiddling with the first two cones, but after that I figured out where to hot glue it so it was uniform. I kept adding cones to each round of the wreath...
 
The center was a little harder as the cones didn't want to fit so nicely together. I used the same size cones as the previous rows, but the remaining rows I squeezed the cones at the base to create an almost boxed end which actually made the cones a little narrower while keeping the same cone shape.

As you can see the wreath turned out, so it is hanging on my fireplace and not in the trash. I love it. The only down side is it is fragile and I suspect a dust magnet....
big hugs,

6 comments:

Amy at love made my home said...

It looks fantastic! Well done!! xx

Jeanie said...

Fabulous! My favorite of all your projects! Quick question -- did you use battery lights in there and how were they attached? It looks like it's glowing!

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

It looks great! And when it gets too dusty, it would make a great fire starter. Let's hope it stays decently clean for a good long time though, because it is quite beautiful.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Wow it is just Beautiful, I love the aged look to all the pages, great attitude to have about your creating endeavors.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did a good. I thought about trying to make one similar some time ago, but I am not a very patient person, so did not follow thru.
Wishing you and your family a Wonderful New Year!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Suppose to be "You did good". Time to call it a day.