Believe it or not, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is next Tuesday! Today’s DIY Mardi Gras wreath is easy and colorful, just like Mardi Gras. Fringed tissue paper always reminds me of piñatas and parties, and I decided that a Fringed, Tissue Paper Mardi Gras Wreath was the perfect way to celebrate. So, last night I pulled out the tissue paper and made a Fringed, Tissue Paper Mardi Gras Wreath in about an hour’s time.
To make a Fringed, Tissue Paper Mardi Gras Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
- Tissue paper in purple, green and yellow
- Ribbon, 8 – 10”
- Optional: Mardi Gras Jester Jingle Wand
- Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; optional: rotary cutter and cutting mat
To make a Fringed, Tissue Paper Mardi Gras Wreath:
1. Cut tissue paper into strips 2-1/2” wide and 8” long. Layer together four strips of one color and cut fringe. Your cuts should be approximately 1-1/2” long.
2. Wrap the fringed strip around the wreath, pinning the strip in back.
3. Continue wrapping the wreath in fringed strips, alternating colors as you go. If needed, make a small pleat in the tissue paper to keep the strip smooth as you go. I wrapped the wreath in eight strips of each color, for a total of 24 stripes.
4. If there is a small gap between the first strip and the last, add a small strip of fringe to help close the gap. The ribbon hanger will also help camouflage the gap.
5. Thread your hanging ribbon through the wreath, and knot the ends together.
6. Optional: Add a Jester to your wreath:
- Break off the wand handle, leaving about 4”
- Carefully lift up the fringe and with scissors, poke a hole through the tissue and into the wreath
- Add glue to the hole, and insert the Jester.
Here are four more, super-easy Mardi Gras Wreaths that I made last year. (At this time last year, the temperature was -15° with the wind chill. This week, we had a sunny day when the temperature hit 60°. Crazy!)
If it’s Mardi Gras, you know there will be beads. Why not use the beads to make a Beaded Mardi Gras Wreath.
Kathleen George used her Mardi Gras beads to make these Mardi Gras Bead Cones.
Here in Cleveland, due to a large eastern European community, you’ll find more people celebrating Fat Tuesday as Paczki Day versus Mardi Gras. Here’s what I know about Paczki Day – it involves eating pastries similar to jelly donuts. I’m on board with that!
Do you have plans to celebrate Mardi Gras Or Paczki Day?
Have a crafty weekend!