I had promised Immy that we would make a wreath to hang on our door this Christmas and then I had the crazy idea that we could make a paper Christmas wreath from recycled magazine pages. Sometimes my crazy ideas work!
And this is one Christmas craft with the potential for working those important fine motor muscles in small hands as well!
Homemade Paper Christmas Wreath from Recycled Magazines
1. The first step was to cut lots of strips from the magazine pages. I chose pages that featured predominantly red and white print to match our Christmas theme.
2. Next I ruled the pages into 2cm widths (the width of my ruler) and Immy and I got cutting the pages into strips
3. Next we folded each strip over and stapled it at the bottom to form a petal shape.
Before long we had a big pile of red and white magazine ‘petals.’
4. I recycled a large piece of cardboard and traced around both a dinner plate and a glass to form the base of our wreath.
5. Next, 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.
We continued pasting petals the whole way round and then began a second row to overlap the first…
…and then we added a third and a fourth row of petals…
…until the whole base was covered.
6. Finally I 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.