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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.

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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.

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Cut eight 2 inch squares or tiles from old music paper. Fold each square diagonally.Fold each triangle in half. Fold each lower side point up to top point. Like the tile to the left.
Cut eight 2 inch squares or tiles from old music paper.
Cut eight 2 inch squares or tiles from old music paper.
Fold each square diagonally.
Fold each square diagonally.
Fold each triangle in half.
Fold each triangle in half.
Fold each lower side point up to top point. Like the tile to the left.
Fold each lower side point up to top point. Like the tile to the left.

Paper Wreath Instructions

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Fold the points down to lower point.Use a tool to squish the top fold on the right side down to center, as shown. Your tile will look like the one on the left.Unfold left side and fold down to the center fold line as shown.Use a pointed tool to squish down half as much as the right side.Your tile unit should look like this.Fold all eight squares in the same manner.
Fold the points down to lower point.
Fold the points down to lower point.
Use a tool to squish the top fold on the right side down to center, as shown. Your tile will look like the one on the left.
Use a tool to squish the top fold on the right side down to center, as shown. Your tile will look like the one on the left.
Unfold left side and fold down to the center fold line as shown.
Unfold left side and fold down to the center fold line as shown.
Use a pointed tool to squish down half as much as the right side.
Use a pointed tool to squish down half as much as the right side.
Your tile unit should look like this.
Your tile unit should look like this.
Fold all eight squares in the same manner.
Fold all eight squares in the same manner.

Instructions for Assembling

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Put a dab of glue as in the picture. To assemble the wreath match up the two edges indicated by the arrows. Put the left unit on top of the tile on the right matching the light green dots.This shows the first tile glued in place. Add the remaining tiles in the same manner, working around to form a circle. Dabbing with glue and putting the tile on the left side on top of the one on the right.Three glued.Seven units are glued.Here the eighth is glued and is on top of the very first tile.Slip the eighth tile under the very first one. Use a dab of glue. The wreath is complete.The back.
Put a dab of glue as in the picture. To assemble the wreath match up the two edges indicated by the arrows. Put the left unit on top of the tile on the right matching the light green dots.
Put a dab of glue as in the picture. To assemble the wreath match up the two edges indicated by the arrows. Put the left unit on top of the tile on the right matching the light green dots.
This shows the first tile glued in place. Add the remaining tiles in the same manner, working around to form a circle. Dabbing with glue and putting the tile on the left side on top of the one on the right.
This shows the first tile glued in place. Add the remaining tiles in the same manner, working around to form a circle. Dabbing with glue and putting the tile on the left side on top of the one on the right.
Three glued.
Three glued.
Seven units are glued.
Seven units are glued.
Here the eighth is glued and is on top of the very first tile.
Here the eighth is glued and is on top of the very first tile.
Slip the eighth tile under the very first one. Use a dab of glue. The wreath is complete.
Slip the eighth tile under the very first one. Use a dab of glue. The wreath is complete.
The back.
The back.
paper wreaths for card making
paper wreaths for card making

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.

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Papers I thought I will use.Craft card blanks in various Christmas colors.Mix and match.This shows the sticky notes and list pad I used for many of the wreaths on this page. Notice how the finished patterns are all different.Tying the ribbon bow.Back of wreath.These are card samples from the mail. I will trim and use the one on the left.
Papers I thought I will use.
Papers I thought I will use.
Craft card blanks in various Christmas colors.
Craft card blanks in various Christmas colors.
Mix and match.
Mix and match.
This shows the sticky notes and list pad I used for many of the wreaths on this page. Notice how the finished patterns are all different.
This shows the sticky notes and list pad I used for many of the wreaths on this page. Notice how the finished patterns are all different.
Tying the ribbon bow.
Tying the ribbon bow.
Back of wreath.
Back of wreath.
These are card samples from the mail. I will trim and use the one on the left.
These are card samples from the mail. I will trim and use the one on the left.

Step by Step for A Valentine Day Door Wreath

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Pack of eight 12 X 12 inch scrapbooking paperExcellent buy at Big Lots!I aligned all the sheets so the pattern will be the same for each folded unit. First fold diagonally. Do them all at once.Fold in half starting at the top point.Open with crease facing up. (mountain fold) Fold each corner of the triangle up to the center.Fold the right side down to the bottom point. Fold the left side down to the left pointSwish the folds open. All sheets should look like the one above.Get some paste glue.Put paste in area shown above.
Pack of eight 12 X 12 inch scrapbooking paper
Pack of eight 12 X 12 inch scrapbooking paper
Excellent buy at Big Lots!
Excellent buy at Big Lots!
I aligned all the sheets so the pattern will be the same for each folded unit. First fold diagonally. Do them all at once.
I aligned all the sheets so the pattern will be the same for each folded unit. First fold diagonally. Do them all at once.
Fold in half starting at the top point.
Fold in half starting at the top point.
Open with crease facing up. (mountain fold) Fold each corner of the triangle up to the center.
Open with crease facing up. (mountain fold) Fold each corner of the triangle up to the center.
Fold the right side down to the bottom point. Fold the left side down to the left point
Fold the right side down to the bottom point. Fold the left side down to the left point
Swish the folds open. All sheets should look like the one above.
Swish the folds open. All sheets should look like the one above.
Get some paste glue.
Get some paste glue.
Put paste in area shown above.
Put paste in area shown above.

Assemble the Door Wreath

Go to the small paper wreath assembly instructions to glue your pieces together.

Paper crafted wreath
Paper crafted wreath

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 Ring

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Find a used shipping box for making the cardboard ring. Trace the inside of your wreath.Using a blade tool cut it out bigger than your tracing.Center anything round over your cut out and trace. Cut the circle out.The finished ring looks like this one when complete. At this point before gluing down use a hole punch to tie a ribbon hanger on. Now glue it down with paste glue.
Find a used shipping box for making the cardboard ring. Trace the inside of your wreath.
Find a used shipping box for making the cardboard ring. Trace the inside of your wreath.
Using a blade tool cut it out bigger than your tracing.
Using a blade tool cut it out bigger than your tracing.
Center anything round over your cut out and trace. Cut the circle out.
Center anything round over your cut out and trace. Cut the circle out.
The finished ring looks like this one when complete. At this point before gluing down use a hole punch to tie a ribbon hanger on. Now glue it down with paste glue.
The finished ring looks like this one when complete. At this point before gluing down use a hole punch to tie a ribbon hanger on. Now glue it down with paste glue.
Hanger for Paper Wreath
Hanger for Paper Wreath

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.

Closeup below.

Hand Crafted Door Wreath
Hand Crafted Door Wreath

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

Do you have new ideas for the paper wreaths? 20 comments

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paperfacets 2 years ago from La Verne, CA Author

Asha, thank you for writing about this craft on your blog.


Asha Martins 2 years ago

What an amazing idea. I've made one based on your tutorial on my Blog and linked it to this Page. Thank you so much for sharing.

xxx Asha

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Jogalog 3 years ago

This method makes beautiful cards - I'll have a go for some of my Christmas ones.


burntchestnut 3 years ago

This would be a great craft idea for schools, summer camps, etc.


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SheSue LM 3 years ago

These are awesome. Reminds me of fabric folding craft my sister does.


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