Homemade Christmas Decorations: Magazine Wreath

I had promised Immy that we would make a wreath to hang on our door this Christmas and when Rachelle of Tinkerlab contacted me about her latest creative challenge, which is all about magazines, I had the crazy idea that we could make a wreath from the pages of magazines. Sometimes my crazy ideas work :) and this is one Christmas craft with heaps of potential for working those fine motor skills as well!

Homemade Magazine Christmas Wreath

homemade christmas wreath

First step was to cut lots of strips from the magazine pages. I chose pages that featured predominantly red and white print to match the Christmas theme. Then ruled them into 2cm widths (the width of my ruler) and Immy and I got cutting (though Immy quickly lost interest in this step!)

homemade christmas wreath

Then we folded each strip over and stapled it at the bottom to form a petal shape. Unsurprisingly, Immy was back to help with this bit ;)

homemade christmas wreath

Before long we had a big pile of red and white magazine ‘petals.’

homemade christmas wreath

I recycled a piece of cardboard and traced around a dinner plate and a glass to form the base of our wreath.

homemade christmas wreathNext, it was time to start gluing.  We used a glue stick and started arranging our first row of petals about 2 or 3 cms in from the outside edge of the wreath base.

homemade christmas wreath

We continued pasting petals the whole way round and then began a second row to overlap the first…

homemade christmas wreath

…and then we added a third and a fourth row of petals…

homemade christmas wreath

…until the whole base was covered. I then stapled a few simple, small curls from the remaining strips of paper to cover the staples of the final row of petals.

We hung our Christmas wreath with double sided tape on our front door to spread a little Christmas cheer and welcome visitors to our home :)

homemade christmas wreath

I am joining a gang of super creative bloggers who are all blogging about playing around with magazines as part of Tinkerlab’s creative challenge ~  Child Central Station, Kids in the Studio, Teach Mama, The Imagination Tree, Teach Preschool, hands on as we grow, The Artful Parent, Paint Cut Paste, A Mom With A Lesson Plan, Toddler Approved, Kiwi Crate, Art 4 Little Hands, Red Ted Art, The Chocolate Muffin Tree, Imagination Soup, Michelle’s Charm World, Messy Preschoolers, Tinker Lab, Mommy Labs, and Putti Prapancha.

You can check out their great ideas below…
And you’ll find more of our homemade Christmas ideas here!

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  1. Good use for all my mags lying around! :) Thanks for the idea!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  2. This is really awesome! Love that you incorporated Christmas into this challenge. We did ours back a month ago so I was hardly in the Christmas spirit! We are going to make one of these and I’m pinning it too!

  3. This is bound to spread Christmas cheer. I love it! What an excellent way to recycle magazines and catalogues. Gotta love an idea that turns out so well.

    I’ll have to check out the challenge over at Tinkerlab. I have been MIA from the blogosphere so it will be fun to check this out.

  4. Looks gorgeous Christie – who’d have thought there’d be that much red and white in a magazine? Stapling is a favourite activity with my guys too, it’s that satisfying ‘ker-clunk’ I think (they love the hole punch at the moment too).

  5. Oh my, you wreath is GORGEOUS! How wonderful!


  6. Wonderful! I love it:)

  7. This is a wonderful idea. We need a wreath for this winter season. I love your idea. I will get my kids on it right away!

  8. love the red glossy look of this – so pretty!

  9. Great color scheme! It pops!

  10. Fantastic idea! looks so pretty!

  11. utterly brilliant! move over, martha! make room for immy!

  12. We made a magazine wreath too… your’s looks way more simple than ours. Wish I would have seen it before I did the work because your’s is really cute!!!

  13. What a beautiful reuse of magazines. Love your wreath – so festive!

  14. That is amazing, so much fun and what a great result. May daughter would insist on the entire wreath being pink and purple but who cares when it looks that good. :)

  15. I think this is beautiful. I will have a crack this afternoon with M1!

  16. I love this idea!

  17. I love how this turned out!! It is beautiful and so festive!!

  18. Supercute wreath and love that it’s made with recycled materials! I still haven’t made our door wreath yet and this one might be it :-)

  19. Oh my goodness, I never left a comment on this awesome post and contribution to the creative challenge?! I’m so sorry, Christie. I adore the way you put this together, and tons of my readers seem to be headed over to your blog to check it out!

  20. I wanted to let you know that I featured this in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post today – stop by and see!

  21. Great idea. Would also be possible with wrapping paper too. I have lots of odd pieces left over from last year.


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