How to Paper Fold Wreaths
Paper folding is a popular pastime. This how-to is about tea bag folding and an easy paper folding wreath for Christmas cards or all occasion cards, as well.
Paper folding using tea bag folding techniques is easy and a bit addicting. It has an element of surprise because the finished project pops color in ways that can not be predicted.
If you add a little psychology it is "variety is the spice of life" approach. Creating something that is different almost every time. You get a little of something new with each folding project.
We are talking subtlety here. So get some paper to fold and start your card embellishments or scrapbook wreaths now.
Paper Fold Christmas Wreaths
First you need to find paper.
Make copies or use old sheets of music to cut squares. Any pretty paper will do.
Try a few and see if you like the process and then we will go into assembling the card. I have many ideas for that, even reusing old cards.
Yellowed sheet above is used to cut eight 2-inch squares, or tiles, keeping in mind to have the motif at three of the corners of the tile. (Or else the tile will pop plain paper or no motif.)
Click each photo below for the step by step task.
Paper Wreath InstructionsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Instructions for AssemblingClick thumbnail to view full-size
Ready to Make Holiday Cards?
Now that you have practiced the Christmas wreaths and decided to make your own Christmas cards I will outline what you will need and the best places to get it.
At right are a few examples of what you can do. The two wreaths at the top are made from tiles that are identical. 8 tiles can be cut from a notepad like the one shown or other paper that has repeat printing.
A page of old music can be copied on your printer eight times to make several wreaths without even leaving home. My preference.
What You Will Need
- Craft Card Blanks - The big craft stores have these in boxes of fifty or smaller packages. The wreaths I show here will fit nicely on A2 size cards or 4.25 X 5.5 inches. The white or cream cards could be used with coordinating background papers to put the wreath on.
- Ribbon - In various colors for tying bows on the wreaths.
- Glue and scissors or a paper cutter.
- Coordinating background papers or old Christmas cards - Do not forget to look at Tuesday Morning, Big Lots, and the Dollar Store for holiday-themed papers for backgrounds. You can go through your cards sent to you in years past and find motifs that will match your wreaths.
Assembly of Your Holiday Greeting
I like to get all my color components in one place. This way, I can take one wreath and glance through all the colors and mix and match up the best eye pleasing combination. Round up the blank cards your finished wreaths, background papers, and glue.
Find the matches you like the best, glue the wreath to the background paper or directly on the card.
Step by Step for A Valentine Day Door WreathClick thumbnail to view full-size
Assemble the Door Wreath
Go to the small paper wreath assembly instructions to glue your pieces together.
When glued together, it should look like this without the bow. You will notice that it is too floppy at this point. The following pictures show how to cut a support ring for the back.
Cutting a Support RingClick thumbnail to view full-size
Finishing the Door Wreath for Valentine's Day
The ribbon hanger should look like the one at right. I found a scrap of fabric and pasted it onto the bottom of the green wreath.
I also scanned the fabric and printed it to make 3-inch squares to put inside the square folds to rid the wreath of white from the backside of the paper.
The Red Wreath
At this point, you can put a cloth or ribbon bow on your newly crafted wreath.
For the red wreath, I did not put any 3-inch tiles into the Square folds because the paper bow I made has white in it. The white flash from the folds coordinates with the white in the bow.
During the Valentine season, I had the red wreath hanging on the porch. One day it rained. The wreath did not get wet, but it came unglued. Several parts of it were on the floor. The Yes! glue is water based and does not hold up to moisture. Consider this when putting your wreath outside.
The green went a little limp after a few weeks hanging on the porch, but pressed back to good shape with a heavy Shakespeare volume. These wreaths do best indoors if hung for any length of time.
© 2010 Sherry Venegas