Springy Recycled Paper Tube Wreath

Hi-de-ho, neighbor! Are you having a good post-Easter week so far? Well, it's been a while since I've shared a paper tube craft with you. I can't seem to have them sitting around for long before my mind starts conjuring up projects to use them. That's how this Recycled Paper Tube Wreath came to be. I shared it last week with the Frugal Girls' readers and this week I'm going to give you the scoop on how you can make one for yourself.
You know that toilet paper tubes and paper towel tubes are some of my favorite "free" supplies to use in crafting.  I've made pumpkins out of TP tubes, and treat boxes too. No household is without these wonderful 'craft supplies', and I have made full use of them. In this case, I used paper towel tubes that I had on hand. 
What you'll need:
Paper towel or toilet paper tubes
ruler
scissors
hot glue gun
round template (I traced a dinner plate onto a paper bag)
book pages
scrapbook paper rubber stamps and ink
buttons
burlap ribbon
First, you'll need to flatten your paper tube (this makes the cutting easier and creates the nice "leaf" shapes) Using a ruler, mark off 1/2 inch increments along the paper tube. Cut the tube on the marks to create the paper ring leaves.
Using a large plate, trace a circle as a guide for your leaves. Once you've laid out the leaves for spacing, begin gluing the leaves to one another using the hot glue gun. 
After you've made the first "ring" of leaves, begin filling in on the next layer, all the while adhering the flat sides of the leaves to one another. I decided on three rings of "leaves" for my finished product, but you could easily add a fourth or even fifth for a really full wreath.
Feeling it was a bit plain as is, I thought adding some paper flowers to the wreath would be fun and perk it up a little. So, since I'm on a bit of a book page kick lately (Book Page Butterfly Garland and Book Page Decoupage Eggs), I incorporated some book pages to the mix. I happen to have a large flower stamp that I used on the book page, but you could just as easily make a flower template, cut it out of the book pages and sponge on some ink for some color.
Once I stamped the book page, I cut out the design and repeated this two more times. 
Next, I stamped the image on card stock and made a template to trace onto some colorful scrapbook paper. I used three different pieces of patterned scrapbook paper.
Utilizing my glue gun, I layered the book page flowers with the scrapbook flowers.
I finished the flowers off with a grouping of buttons from my "collection".
Next, I put a dollop of hot glue on the back of the flower duo and adhered it to the wreath and repeated a couple more times.
Don't the flowers add a nice punch of color to the otherwise drab wreath? To finish off the wreath, a blue burlap ribbon serves as the wreath hanger.
So, is this something you think you could make? I would bet that most of you have all the materials already at home. (All I bought for this craft was the ribbon and scrapbook paper. I probably could have found something at home to use, but I couldn't help myself...I had a gift card to Michael's that was burning a hole in my pocket).

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26 comments:

  1. I love this - it's just so cute and what a fun project that you could do with (older) kids! :)

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  2. This is so cute. I love the idea of using something recycled to make such an adorable decoration.

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  3. That is so sweet! Who would have thought?

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  4. What a fun idea and a beautiful way to use up paper towel tubes. It's a lovely design. Your stamped book page flowers with button are darling, too! I love that this could be made without costing a lot.

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  5. I was saving my tubes in a box for a future project, but my husband thought they were destined for the recycle can and out they went. Your cute wreath is making me think of starting another stash of them.

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  6. Super cute - I love it! I wouldn't have guessed from the picture it's made from paper towel tubes.

    Natashalh

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  7. I wish I was that creative! It looks great! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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  8. What a neat way to use paper rolls!!!! I have seen some ideas for them since I started blogging, but never anything quite so cute as this!!! I really like the paper flowers you created to spice up the wreath! Great job! (visiting from The Home Girl's blog party)

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  9. Adorable wreath! I've never seen one like this before. I really like the flowers!


    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday
    http://usscrafty.blogspot.com/2013/04/submarine-sunday-26.html

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  10. This is a great looking wreath. I will definitely be making this for my spring wreath. I was going to buy a twig wreath at Michael's but thought it so ugly and then I would have to store it, I didn't buy it. This is a much better answer. I already have everything I need to do this project. The tubes could be painted, textured, covered with paper before cutting, so many creative possibilities, so many different looks. Thank you for sharing this project.
    Jacquelene L
    Canada

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  11. Just goes to show you... anybody can make something pretty for their home!
    ...with a few simple household items.
    Pat

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  12. This turned out so great! It's amazing that it's just toilet paper rolls.
    Sara

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  13. Beautiful wreath and tutorial! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ Hugs, Maria

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  14. Thank you for linking up to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell. You've been featured! http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/04/show-tell-features_9.html

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  15. What a cute wreath! Such a good idea to use the toilet paper tubes! Thanks so much for sharing at Time to Sparkle Tuesday : )

    xoxo Liz

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  16. Wow, this is great! Thank you for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  17. beautiful and perfect for the spring!!!
    if you want can share it in my italian link party! http://www.paroladilaura.it/2013/04/share-your-link-16/

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  18. ooo pretty! Fun that its all recycled materials!!! Emily@nap-timecreations.com

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  19. So dang creative! I love this recycled idea! Please come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/04/centerpiece-wednesday-and-wrap-up.html and share this post with us! Karin

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  20. Congrats, Nici!
    Your recycled paper tube wreath tutorial was picked and featured by our Bowdabra Designers in our Eco Friendly collection today from last week's Crafty Showcase. *awesome*

    http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/04/12/feature-friday-bowdabra-top-crafty-showcase-picks-43/

    Stop in to see your feature. See you tomorrow at the new Crafty Showcase!

    Susie @Bowdabra

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  21. So cute! I really am going to make one of these. Thanks for showing me how. :)

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  22. Oh the patience!!!! LOl..it's super cute Nici!

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  23. Nici I absolutely love this for the different way it looks and how easy it is to make and cheap. We're going to be in a craft show in early May so need some different kind of things to make and sell, (hopefully). Love big paper flowers also, one of my favorite crafts is paper crafting. Lets hope I can make them look as cute as yours. So glad you shared this in Sunday showcase. Happy week

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