Homemade Paper Christmas Wreath from Recycled Magazines

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

Homemade Paper Christmas Wreath from Recycled Magazines

homemade christmas wreath

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

homemade christmas wreath

3. Next we folded each strip over and stapled it at the bottom to form a petal shape.

homemade christmas wreath

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

homemade christmas wreath

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.

homemade christmas wreath

5. Next, it was time to start gluing.Ā  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.

6. Finally IĀ  stapled a few simple, small curls from the remaining strips of paper to cover the staples of the final row of petals.
Paper Christmas Wreath from Recycled Magazines

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

For even more Christmas wreaths, check out our collection of 12 homemade Christmas wreath ideas.


  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. 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!

  5. Great color scheme! It pops!

  6. 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!!!

  7. Rashmie @MommyLabs says:

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

  8. 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. šŸ™‚

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

  10. I love this idea!

  11. Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog says:

    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 šŸ™‚

  12. 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!

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

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  15. pearl2006 says:

    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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