Thursday, July 14, 2011

Awesome Paper Cone Wreath Tutorial

Today I am going to give you a very detailed, step by step tutorial on how to make this wreath.  In fact sorry if it almost feels like paper cone wreath making for dumbies, but I have had a lot of questions about this wreath so I am just trying to cover all my bases.

Let's get started...

First gather your supplies.


You will want
-5 or 6 double sided scrapbook papers.  I picked 5 different papers from this wreath, but you could do 5 of the same if you wanted.
-Printed pages.  For this wreath I used a book I bought at the dollar store.  But just about any printed pages would work... copy pages... old text book...  whatever.  Just think about the color of the pages before you pick them.  Some pages are whiter than others.
- A 3 inch scalloped paper punch.
-A hot glue gun and about 10 to 15 sticks of glue.
-  A wreath base.




Now lets talk about the wreath base.  Usually I like to get mine from the dollar store, but for some reason they have been out of the 12 inch size wreath lately.  I bought a 9 in base (pictured above) but it just seemed to small and I didn't want to go out to the craft store with all the kids again, so I just made my own.

To make your own you are going to want a newspaper and tape.  Start by laying out the newspaper layers over lapping each other.

Then roll them up making a long tube of newspaper.  Then turn that tube into a lame looking circle and tape the ends together.


Then start wrapping it with more newspaper so it gets a better shape and firmness.


I think most all projects have a "looks really crappy" stage.  This is one of those stages.  Just keep going.  It will all work out in the end.


Alrighty, so now you have a newspaper circle.  Make sure you add enough tape to add strength.

Now lets move on to the paper part of this.  Use the punch to cut out your circles.


You should be able to cut 2 pieces of the thick scrapbook paper at a time.  And don't forget to get those middle punches too.


Don't throw away your paper scraps, you may want them later.

For the book pages you should be able to punch them out 4 pages at a time.  First go through your book and tear pages in sets of 4.  You are going to want a lot of pages.




If for some reason you don't punch out all your circles perfectly, don't worry about it.  You can just roll that spot to the bottom when you make you cones.


Now using your glue gun start making cones.




You will want to make cones of all different widths and try to make sure the cone it closed at the bottom.  They look better on the wreath if they are closed at the bottom.


To make a few that have book page on one side and colored paper on the other, just hot glue them together and the roll them into a cone. 


It is also cute to make a few with off center stacked circles.



I like to make quite a few cones before I start gluing them on.

Start out by working your way around the top of the wreath.


This is another one of the crappy looking stages.


Yes, I like to watch a movie on my laptop while doing this.


Once you get all the way around the top, start filling in the side.  I like to do the middle first.


When I am gluing the cones on top I like to put glue at the base of the cone, but once I am doing the sides I like to put glue on the sides and sometimes on the base.


Once the middle is looking GOOD. I work my way around the outside.



Once you think you got it looking pretty good, look for more spots where you can stick in more cones.  Holding it up to the light can help.

Then make some very skinny cones.


Kinda hold the circle in half-ish and roll it kinda tight so you have a skinny cone.


These cones are great to stick  the middle of other cones.


Then I hot glued circles to the ugly wreath base to make it more pretty.

Then I made the little welcome sign.   I cut them out of s leftover piece of scrapbook paper.


And hot glue them to a string and the glue it to your wreath.



The possibilities are endless.


Don't forget.  If this seems like too much work I am giving one away.  Go check it out.

74 comments:

  1. Very cute and creative! Visiting from Chic on a Shoestring. I'll be featuring this tomorrow. Stop by and grab a button if you'd like.
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  2. This is so pretty!!!! I love it. I'm working on a paper wreath too (well, have been for months) and mine is taking forever and isn't nearly as cute as yours. I wish I could start all over, but I've already invested a lot of time. :) This will be on my to do list for sure though. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  3. Wow!! your end result is amazing!! I can't believe this is made out of paper! Great job!!

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  4. Wow! I love the pops of color that the scrapbook paper add and the little pennant banner is the perfect touch to finish it off. Thanks for sharing and the great tutorial!

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  5. Awesome tutorial!!! I am your newest follower AND I am going to highlight this on my blog soon. Will send you a message about it when I do!:)

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  6. I just highlighted this on my blog today with a link back to your page. Love love love it!
    http://thehomelessfinch.blogspot.com/2011/07/its-hot-out-there-on-blogs.html

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  7. Found this through The Homeless Finch. LOVE it! Pinning now...

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  8. This is so beautiful! I love it! And with different colored book pages you could vary the look. great idea.

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  9. Gosh! This is just so darn cute!!!!!! I am following you now to see what other great ideas you come up with that I can copy.

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  10. I love this so much. Great instructions by the way!

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  11. That is very creative! Great work! visiting from tt&j

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  12. Really great tutorial, detailed and easy to follow. Nice job!! Sabrina @ poppiesandpinwheels.blogspot.com

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  13. This is gorgeous! I absolutely love it and I might have to make one because you made it look like something I could make... with (hopefully) minimal glue gun burns! : )

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  14. Wow so stunning! I love the butterfly :)

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  15. I only wish I had the time to do this! Beautiful!

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  16. Wow that wreath is spectacular! Absolutely the prettiest bookpage/paper wreath I've seen! Thanks for sharing the how-to!

    ps - I'm your newest follower :)

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  17. I just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this on Sassy Sanctuary tomorrow (Saturday). Love it!

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  18. It is so beautiful!! What a great idea to combine the paper and book pages! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I am a new follower! I would love love love if you would link this up to my Delicately Constructed linky party!
    I hope you have a fabulous weekend and I see you around soon!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  19. Truly gorgeous! I loved this wreath so much, I shared it in my Saturday Seven lineup this week! http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/07/saturday-seven-no-18.html

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  20. I LOVE this!!! Now to figure out where I need one. I'm new to your blog and can't wait to take a look around. Hi from one Laura to another! :)

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  21. This is so pretty! I love the colors! I featured this on my Friday 5, have a good weekend!
    www.modernwivelyhood.blogspot.com

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  22. Stunning. I am definitely one of those that thought how much I wanted to make one until I went through all of those steps!
    Yours is so beautiful and I love the touch with the welcome banner.

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  23. very pretty. I especially like the bunting.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  24. Hi Laura! Oh, your wreath is beautiful! What a great job you did on the tutorial too! I've made a rolled paper wreath and now I want to make a paper cone one like yours! I love it!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  25. This would be a fun activity for a book club. Come see some of my wreaths under seasonal.

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  26. What an adorable wreath...I love just about everything about it!

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  27. Saw your link on Not Just A Housewife and another blog. I LOVE it! I will definitely have to try my hand at making one! I;m also your newest follower. Hope you will drop by Vibrant Serenity sometime and say hi!

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  28. What a lovely idea! It looks so pretty! Thank you for sharing your tutorial.

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  29. So creative, thanks for sharing. Saw you on link party, now following you via google and facebook, karima x www.karimascrafts.com

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  30. That is beautiful! Great step by step tutorial, something that someone like me totally needs ;) Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!
    Britney
    www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

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  31. Absolutely STUNNING! What a great play-by-play!
    Would love for you to share this at the Tuesday To Do Party!
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com
    Smiles!
    Jami

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  32. Beautiful! Following from Sumo‘s Sweet Stuff link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. Hope to see you there.

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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  33. ooooooohhhhhhh.....this is beautiful. I love the colors and the little welcome sign. All if it is just fabulous. I shared it on my facebook and twitter plus it will be pinned,lol. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Adorable wreath! Love the way you made the frame from newspaper too!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  35. Laura! This is fabulous!!! We featured you on Paper Issues today!! http://paperissues.blogspot.com/2011/07/sweet-wreath.html

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  36. Wow wow wow wow wow...love it...gorgeous..i need to get myself a scalloped punch....NOW..lol!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this project so looking forward to giving this a go.
    Big hugs
    Tracy
    xxx

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  37. Visiting from your feature on Paper Issues...this project is amazing!

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  38. Absolutely beautiful. I will be featuring this at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens tomorrow night at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  39. Saw this on Paper Issues...simply gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  40. Came here from a link on Childmade.com. I am so glad I did! Your pictures and descriptions are appreciated as I'm not the best crafter in the world. I will definitely be making this wreath and following your blog. For laughs, stop by www.badlycrafted.com and say hi. - Jen

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  41. Super cute, thanks for sharing! I would give it a try, but I just got over making topiaries for a party that involved way too much cutting and glueing. Maybe at Christmas I will give this a go - it looks perfect for Xmas wreaths.

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  42. Here's another thing to add to my to-do list once the kids are back in school. This looks fabulous!

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  43. Hi Laura, I love this project and the tut is amazing! I featured it on my blog with a link to you and a shout out. I love your blog and thank you so much.

    Blog Hugs,
    Sheila

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  44. Hi, I'm popping by from Paper Issues, your project is stunning, and a great tutorial too, brilliant step by steps!! GORGEOUS wreath!

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  45. This is so amazing. Thanks for the detail, I appreciate it for replicating. Did you make this idea up? Seriously so gorgeous! Would love you to link it up to my party HERE if you have time! Have a great Wed!

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  46. Hi there! Me again! I was so inspired by your wreath that I decided to make my own! You can see it here:
    http://deedeecampbell.blogspot.com/2011/08/book-page-wreath-pinterest-challenge.html

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  47. Just found your blog, courtesy of Today's Creative Blog and LOVE this wreath! Want it, have plenty of paper, and am going to make it! I may have to add a few strands of beads and maybe some glitter since I'm into sparkles. LOL Thanks for the tutorial!

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  48. Beautiful wreath and great tutorial!
    I just came across your site through Stumble Upon and you've got a new follower.
    ~Jenna
    www.sasinteriors.net

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  49. This wreath is awesome. It's cheap yet beautiful and has added a nice touch to my apt. Thanks for the tutorial!

    PS I blogged about it and linked to your tutorial here: http://kcm702.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/wreath/

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  50. Great tutorial. i love it so much, thanks for sharing

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  51. Neat! Gorgeous wreath!! Thanks for sharing your creative tutorial. Appreciated...

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  52. I really love your wreath, it's so colorful and unusual. I thought I had seen every type of wreath there was to see, but along came yours and I must say it's my favorite!

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  53. I made this over the weekend and I love it! Thanks for sharing your idea!! If you want to check mine out, you can visit Mrs. Duck's Domestic Doings .

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  54. I did a bookpage wreath using your instructions this week, check my page out www.thecardswedrew.com

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  55. http://www.thecardswedrew.com/2011/12/cone-bookpage-wreath.html

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  56. Saw your beautiful wreath on the Wreath Blog.
    Really liked your tutorial too.

    thanks for sharing your creativity
    Annette
    byAnnettedotblogspotdotcom

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  57. Just Beautiful, I love this, and you can make it for any Holiday. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Mary

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  58. This is AMAZING!!! I stumbled upon your blog while clicking through others...i got side tracked so I am not at all sure from where now! Haha! Anyway, I am so glad I did! I am loving it so far! Such wonderful projects! I also just LOVE those heartbreaker shirts you made for your boys! I have 3 little boys as well and I am SO making something like that next year!!

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  59. Such a pretty wreath!!! So springy too! :)

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  60. Seriously just spent 4 hours on this and I'm not even halfway done.. WHAT a project!

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  61. It took me two days to make this but I did it! Thanks!

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  62. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
    Thanks so much for the tutorial :)

    Shar

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  63. Beautiful - thanks for the inspiration! I was wondering what kind of scissors you used for the pennant? It made such cute tiny scallops.

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  64. This is a great tutorial. I really like how you covered all your bases! Sometimes, even the tiniest and easiest step can be missed even though it seems so simple. Thank you for sharing!

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  65. Thank you oh so much for the tutorial. It is very cool all the possibilities that you can do with paper. Thank you again for sharing this with us.

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  66. This is such a great project! I am getting ready to make one of my own (yay, spring!) and I always have trouble figuring out how to hang these things. What did you use to hang it, and how did you attach that to the wreath (and at what point in the process) as you were making it? I know you posted this a couple of years ago, so I won't hold my breath for an answer! If anyone can help me, I'd be so appreciative!! Thanks :)

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  67. Wow! you have worked simply and nice work. Such a great effort. I will definitely try to do this as beautiful as you have done.


    smoking papers

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  68. Yes what a lovely wreath, such a shame you had to destroy a book to make it! Clearly literacy and intellectualism is right at the bottom of your priority list. The Huns also destroyed books... bravo

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