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How to Make a Festive Paper-Flower Wreath

May 16, 2018

by Katie Hawley

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Whether you’re in the market for a colorful new something to spruce up your front door or an unexpected 3D piece to round out your living room gallery wall, you can’t go wrong with a cheerful paper flower wreath. In this project, we’ll show you how to create a simple one in just three easy steps using the faux blossoms of your choosing.

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Adapt this project by using a wreath form of any size or shape, and don’t be afraid to get creative with your flower fixings: Mix and match colors, sizes, and textures to create your own one-of-a-kind arrangement. When it comes to blooms, there’s no shortage of pretty, pre-made options available on Etsy, or, if you’re feeling extra-crafty, you can make your own using a template like the one for these many-petaled peonies. As long as you have enough to cover the entire front side of your form, you’ll be good to go. Ready to get started?

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Time: 1–4 hours

Difficulty: Beginner

You will need:

Step 1: Plan your arrangement

Starting with the largest blossoms first, pin paper flowers onto the wreath form one by one, until you’ve achieved an arrangement you like. Pin, unpin, and move things around until the design feels just right. Fill in any gaps with smaller flowers until no part of the wreath form is visible.

Step 2: Begin attaching the flowers

Once you’ve got your design pinned down, it’s time to get gluing. First, pick a starting point on the wreath and mark it with a second pin so you’ll know when you’ve completed the circle. Then, work your way around the wreath in one direction, gluing on one flower at a time: Remove the pin, apply a dollop of glue to the back of the bloom, and press the flower into place on the form. Hold each flower down for a few seconds before moving on to the next.

Step 3: Glue, glue, glue

Continue attaching flowers to the wreath form until all but the back 1/3 of the wreath (the part that will lay flat against the wall) is covered. Let it dry overnight, and you’re all done!

Project by Julie O’BoyleAleksa Brown, and Clare McGibbon; photographs courtesy of Erik Valind

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