These super cute Christmas wreaths are also super simple to make. It took me less than 20 minutes to make each wreath. After making a couple I think I could cut down the time to about 10 minutes now that I know what I am doing.
Fold the construction paper in half where the fold runs the long length of the paper. In the picture above the fold is along the 18" side (not the 12" side).
Mark along the open side one inch from the edge. This one inch strip is the NO CUT zone. You will be cutting through the folded side down to the line.
The photo above shows all the marked cut lines, 1/2 inch apart, running from the folded edge to the line you made 1 inch from the open edges.
Once all the lines are cut, unfold the paper. You will be turning the paper into a tube lining up the uncut edges and stapling them in place. Roll the paper into a tube with the marked side on the inside. That way no one can see your cut lines (or my writing).You may want to enlist the help of another set of hands for this step. I did manage it by myself and even took pictures (as you can see in the photo below the cat did try to help). Line up the uncut edges at one end of the paper and staple them together. Start at the edge and then staple further along the uncut edge every inch or so until the stapler cannot reach any more. (See the last paragraph of this post for additional hints I learned making a few more wreaths).
Then do the same stapling to the other end. In the middle you will need to work the stapler between the cut loops to staple the uncut edges together. I found that with the construction paper, the more staples the more stable the wreath (it made a better circle with more staples). With the cardstock, fewer staples were needed.
The wreath above is made from the 8.5"x 11" cardstock. The thicker paper held its shape better and made a better circle.
A day or so later after writing this post I made another wreath out of the construction paper. This time I used more staples and a little tacky glue when making the tube. This worked much better. you can see how the center has held its circle shape. This wreath in the picture above is hung with a strand of yarn without distorting its shape.
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