After the Christmas in July feature, I had several readers ask for more Christmas crafts. So, Merry Christmas! I’ve planned several easy, sparkly and colorful Christmas crafts this week. Like this Paper Loop Christmas Wreath accented with glittering balls. I’m sharing photos of the wreath in several different color schemes, so use your favorite Christmas colors. Or, consider this Paper Loop Wreath for Halloween. I think it would be fun in a punchy combo of orange, black, purple and white.
You’ll notice the loops are made from double-sided paper, so they’re as colorful on the inside as out. Designer Kathleen George chose to make her own double-sided paper by gluing two sheets together. If you find double-sided papers that you like “as is”, you can skip this step.
To make a Paper Loop Christmas Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 2” half wreath; 24, 2” balls; block or scrap piece
- Scrapbook paper*: Four shades of green; and one each bright pink, patterned pink and patterned red
- Micro glitter: Hot pink, red, green and light green
- Wire, 5”
- Spray adhesive*
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; toothpicks; stiff paintbrush; box lid or newspaper
* If you are using double-sided paper, you will use only 4 – 5 sheets of scrapbook paper and you will not need the spray adhesive.
To make a Paper Loop Christmas Wreath:
1. If your paper is already double sided, skip to Step 2. Otherwise, glue together sheets of paper using spray adhesive. Let adhesive dry.
2. Cut paper into 1” x 5” strips; glue into loops with low-temp glue. You’ll need 15 – 20 dark green loops and 12 loops from each of the other colors.
3. Glue green loops to the wreath, overlapping loops ½” and alternating the shades of green. Arrange the red and pink paper loops at the top, bottom and each side of the wreath. Cover wreath completely.
4. Add a dab of glue on one end of the toothpicks and insert into the 2” balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
5. Spread newspaper over your work surface, or work over a box lid. Brush glue onto balls, covering them completely. Working over newspaper or a box lid, sprinkle balls with glitter, making six glittered balls of each color. Insert toothpicks into foam block or a scrap of foam while glue dries.
7. Arrange glittered balls on wreath, and insert toothpicks into the wreath form. If needed, add a dab of glue on the toothpicks first, before inserting them into the wreath.
8. Make a hanger from the wire, and insert ends into the back of the wreath. Add a dab of glue and let glue dry before hanging.
Now, to announce the winner of last week’s sweet Peeps Pop Art Prize Package (I love alliterations). The winner is Ellen! Please contact me, Ellen, so I can arrange for your prize.
See you soon with more Christmas cheer.