One of my favourite Christmas ornaments is a wreath. Last month, I had the chance to take part in a wreath-making workshop in Sydney, presented by Peppermint Grove Australia. I really enjoyed it, but I was sad because I couldn’t bring my creation with me when I fly back to Canberra.
This Christmas, it wouldn’t be right without some kind of wreaths hanging in my home. I have decided to make smaller wreaths using materials and tools that I have at home. These modern style wreaths are very easy to make, and will be a great addition to your Christmas decoration or table setting!
Materials needed: Craft Glue, Scissors, X-Acto knife, round cork coasters (you may also use card boards, but I find that cork coasters are easier to cut. I bought mine from IKEA), something round that is slightly smaller than the coasters, decorative ribbon, paint swatches in colours of your choice, or you can also use this template I’ve made for you.
Step 1: Cut a smaller circle using X-acto knife on your round cork coaster using the slight smaller round thing as a guide.
Step 2: Remove the smaller circle that you just cut from the middle.
Step 3: If you’re using my colour template, open it using Adobe Reader, and print on A4 paper stock (around 100 gsm) using your colour printer. It’s best to set your printer to borderless and print in actual size. Otherwise you can set the image to fit the page, but you might need more than one set.
Step 4: fold the shorter end of the rectangle in the same size of the heart shaped guide, and keep on folding in concertina style so that they overlap. The heart shaped guide on top should still be in the front side. You might need to separate the rectangle into two shorter ones by cutting right above the middle heart in order to get a more precise shapes.
Step 5: You should be able to get around 7 hearts from each rectangle. If you prefer a thicker wreath, you may print another set and repeat step 4.
Step 6: (I forgot to take a picture of this step. Oops!) fold the hearts into two in the middle to give the wreath a more 3D look.
Step 7: Put some craft glue on the back of each heart, right in the middle where the fold lines are. Carefully stick them onto the cork coaster. I like to start from the lightest colour, and work my way towards the back with the darker ones. The middle part of the heart should follow the flow of the circle cork.
Step 8: Continue sticking the hearts, using your creativity and preference when it comes to the directions and colour flow. If you prefer a thicker wreath, you should overlap a few layers of hearts.
Step 9: Once it’s done, you can stick some decorative ribbon behind them just like what I did.
I hope that you enjoy making your mini DIY christmas wreath!
If you like this DIY project, you might also enjoy making these DIY fruit coasters.