7/17/11: I have decided that since you all love this wreath so much, I am going to give it away. To enter the giveaway go HERE. The giveaway ends at 11:59, Wednesday July 20.
I can't really express how happy I am with how this wreath turned out. Sometimes I find that I try not to make wreaths using paper because I kinda feel like that is just what I always do. But here's the deal, I just like wreaths made out of paper. I just love the texture. So I am going to just keep making them until I get sick of them.
One thing, in particular, that I love about this wreath it that it cost me nothing to make it. Well at one point I did buy a wreath from the dollar store, some scrapbook paper, and hot glue sticks, but when I decide to make a new wreath I just went into my craft supplies, took the wreath I used for Emma's Tangled wreath, borrowed a 3 inch scalloped paper punch from a neighbor and glued a couple hundred paper cones to the wreath. Then I added a little stick with a little butterfly. Super easy and cheap.
Here I will even show you the back. Just take the little circles and use a little dot of glue to secure them in a cone shape. Then add a little glue to the bottom and wedge the point into the wreath. For the scrapbook paper cones, the paper was a little heavier wight and they were staying rolled very well, but I found that if I folded the bottom tip over a little before gluing it down they held their shape a lot better. I also found it worked best to go around putting the middle row of cones on first. Glue them so they are sticking straight up. Then just keep working your way around. When you are about half way there you may look at it and think "oh crap this isn't going to work." (Not that I did that.) But just keep going and you will love it when you are done. Once you have covered the whole thing add more cones. Make some cones the are really skinny and stick those cones inside other cones and then add more cones. For the butterfly I just cut one out of some of the scrapbook paper I used for some of the cones. I bent its wings up a little and glued it to the little branch.
Update (6/21/11): Due to the fact that I have had a lot of questions about this wreath and a lot of interest in it I am thinking about doing an more in depth tutorial and giving away the one I make for the tutorial. Does that sound interesting to anyone?