Monday, December 03, 2012

Wrapping Paper Wreath

I learned how to make these paper bows 10 years ago when I worked at a toy store
and ever since then I have been making them for gift packages.
Since the bows are so festive and cute
I thought they would be great for Christmas decorations
so I made a wreath with them.

This is how you can make one too. . .

Items Needed:

wrapping paper (thicker is better)
hot glue gun and glue
18 inch round wood wreath
flowers (optional)

Cut a strip of wrapping paper and fold in half.
Then cut out rectangles.

Fold the bottom up about 3/4 of the way (don't fold to the top)
and cut strips stopping slightly below the fold.

When you are done cutting,
your folded paper should look like this. . .

Now unfold your square and fold your strips back and forth like an accordian.
 Tie some ribbon in the middle to hold the strip in place.

Hold the center of the strip with one hand
and with the other hand place your scissor blade on the wrong side of the paper
and gently pull the blade up at an angle.
Thick paper is sturdier and curls nicely,
thin paper tends to curl tightly and tears easily.
 Don't get discouraged if you tear a few pieces, it happens :)
(dull scissors work well)

 When you are done curling you will have a beautiful bow.

I used 35 bows to complete my wreath.

For the finishing touch I used some curly blue ribbon and silver flowers.

This is very simple once you are able to make the bows.
It might take a few tries to perfect it, but don't give up!
And of course, this would be an indoor wreath.

Don't forget to make some bows for your Christmas packages.

Wrap your packages in ribbon
and tie a pretty bow on top for a delightful-looking package. 

Happy creating, my friends!

** If you gently wrap your wreath in a large plastic bag and store in a dry place 
than you will be able to enjoy this paper bow wreath for many years. **


  1. Cute winter decoration! This would also be a fun project (in bright colors) for a birthday party!

  2. Fabulous idea! I'll be using this tip for presents, and I just might make that wreath. L-O-V-E it!!!

  3. What a great wreath. I am definitely going to have to try making these. Thanks for stopping by and following. I am following you back. Have a great day. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog.

  4. What a cool project. :)

    I find myself thinking of your blog daily when I want to sit and think to myself "not to eat the bread of idleness." - That's a tough one! Thanks for having a reminder up for me. :)

  5. Love this idea for a beautiful wreath! I always need help in the bow department, so I'll have to give this a try.
    Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.
    Mary Alice

  6. Beautiful! So easy and the results are so worth the time. I've pinned this one!
    Debbie :)

  7. What a beautiful Wreath! I love the color and you picture capture! I will try the bow:-) Thank you for your step by step.

  8. What a clever idea - I'm going to try to make some bows for packages. Thanks for the inspiration. Sally

  9. What a beautiful wreath! I'm not sure I would have the same results, bit it's so pretty I may have to try.

  10. What a marvelous wreath! So simple, but so beautiful! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! And thanks for your visit! Have a great week.

  11. Hi Stephanie,
    This is so beautiful! I think the pops of brighter blue at the bottom are so pretty. I love the idea and I can see how this could be done for other things too, like a pretty pink or blue one for a baby shower even.
    I hope to try this. Thankyou so much for sharing your beautiful craft, I really enjoyed your post!
    Your wrapped presents are so lovely also, love the papers you used.

    Have a blessed day!

  12. Thanks for posting this, I love it! I will have to make the wreath, so pretty :)

  13. I LOVE it!! Your presents look beautiful too :)

  14. You are so clever! I absolutely love this idea, however, I am useless when it comes to crafts. I'll just admire yours. :)

  15. Hi, stopping by from Make It Pretty Monday.

    This is such a fantastic wreath. Great tutorial!

    Please feel free to stop by my blog:

  16. That is a great idea for a wreath! Thanks for the tutorial.

    Take care,

  17. What a great way to recycle the wrapping paper that is to small to wrap a gift! Very cute!

  18. So beautiful, at a quick glance on the link party(TerrificTues) I thought it was hydrangea flowers. I just made a sample ribbon as a guide for myself. Wonderful project. Thanks, Blessings, Lisa

  19. Beautiful! Oh the possibilities! Come link up at my Linky Party.

  20. Ohhh so beautiful Stephanie! You know I just love those bows! I agree with some of the other women, so many possibilities.
    Your gifts look beautiful as always!

    Love you!

  21. Beautiful! Amazing what you can do with paper. Thanks for sharing!!

  22. Wow...I didn't know you could curl paper like you curl curling ribbon! This is a gorgeous project! Thanks for sharing on the homemade holiday party.


  23. Hi Stephanie! Beautiful job on your wreath. It's so nice and full. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.

  24. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Wow!!!! Beautiful! This is the first wrapping paper wreath I've ever seen, and it's gorgeous! Such a great idea!

    Submarine Sunday Link Party

  26. That is a beautiful wreath. very clever idea

  27. this is so beautiful! what a great idea and it is beautifully executed!

  28. Thank you so much for sharing your wreath at my party at House on the Way. I love the colors and the fullness! Have a great week!

  29. Dearest Stephanie,
    What a beautiful header! It's so peaceful and inviting. It reminds me of a quiet winter morning.

    I love your tutorial and can hardly wait ot try it. It's amazing that simple wrapping paper can be transformed into something so elegant.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind comment!

    Blessings and Merry CHRISTmas!
    Carolynn xxx

  30. very sweet...with love Janice Happy Holidays

  31. the wreath is so pretty and they make great decorations for the packages, tfs!

  32. That wreath is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for linking to Mom's Library.
    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

  33. Stephanie your pretty ribbon wreath is wonderful!
    Love the colour!
    With supervision, this would be a great craft for children to do over the Christmas holidays.
    I learnt how the make the curled ribbons when I worked in a drapery and babyware shop years ago.
    It's a fun way to dress things up :-)
    Hope you'll be getting some nice cooler days over there soon.
    I'd send this chilly Aussie wind your way if I could,lol!
    Thanks for linking up and leaving such a kind comment.
    love and blessings..Trish

  34. What a beautiful wreath and great tutorial! I am pinning it :)

  35. Stephanie, your wreath is adorable! It's very full and very pretty. Thank you for the tutorial. The bows would be lovely on gifts; a wonderful finishing touch! I appreciate you sharing this with my HOME and your prayers for my boy. Have a lovely week, dear friend.


  36. Your wreath is beautiful, and your packages look great! Looks like you have a lot of your Christmas shopping completed! Merry Christmas!

  37. great idea thanks going to use on packages this year maybe a wreath next year!

  38. Love the wreath for a college dorm!

    The Darjeeling Darlings

  39. Very pretty, and an easy craft to make thanks to your tutorial.

  40. Stephanie - this is awesome!! Will have a go at the parcel bows and see how it goes from there!!


  41. Beautiful idea! I love them as little bows for gifts! So cute! :]

  42. This is lovely and so inexpensive to make. I am going to have to try this. : )


  43. This is a beautiful and creative project! Thanks for sharing, I'll have to give the bows a try ASAP!

  44. I have made bows similar to that. How fun to think to create a wreath out of them. Very creative! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    p.s. love your new header!

  45. Hello Stephanie,
    Your wreath is beautiful. The little bows are so pretty. Thanks for showing how to make this.
    Have a good day
    Barb from Australia

  46. I love this! I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop, the party runs from Thursday evening until Tuesday:

  47. Your wreath is so beautiful and how smart. I love it!!!!!!!!

  48. I love this! I wanted to make a wreath this year. Now I know which one to make! I have everything I need right here to do it! Thank you for the inspiration! I am stopping by from Moms Library Blog Hop

  49. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial at the Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    These look so fun to make, your wreath is beautiful.
    Adorned From Above,
    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

  50. That is so cute, I love that idea! Thank you so much for participating at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!


  51. Love, love, love! You will be one of the features tomorrow at Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button. The party opens at 8am CST. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  52. I really love this wreath. I will be featuring it tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  53. I love this!! I hope I can find time to make bows like this or even a wreath.

    Thanks for linking up over at WholeHearted Home this week.

  54. I love this wreath! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!

    Submarine Sunday Link Party

  55. Stephanie,
    This is the cutest wreath. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. This weeks party is live. I hope to see you there.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee's
    Linda @ With A Blast

  56. You are so creative! Your wreath is beautiful and a wonderful idea. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent!! Hope you are having a wonderful week. :)


  57. What a beautiful wreath, Stephanie. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Can't wait to see what you link up this week. Thanks, Nichi

  58. that turned out so pretty! How long did it take you make it?!?

    Just a wanted to let you know our Silhouette Cameo Giveaway ends tonight, if you haven't entered yet (or if you wanna get more entries! :) Have a great weekend!

  59. Hello! Thanks for linking up at Submarine Sunday! I just wanted to let you know that I featured your gift wrap wreath at this week's party! Stop by and grab a featured button and please link up again soon!!!



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