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
hot glue gun
round template (I traced a dinner plate onto a paper bag)
scrapbook paper rubber stamps and ink
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.
I have some exciting news...I'm going to be the Spotlight Selector for 504 Main's Tickled Pink Party next week. Even more exciting news... I'll have the link party on my blog tonight too! That's right, you can link up here or over at 504 Main and I will be selecting some of my favorites from the party to be posted next week in the Tickled Pink features. I am so excited to see all the talent you bring to the party. I hope you'll swing by again later tonight to link up!
I'm linking up at some of these great parties and