This past week I was at the Dahmen Barn Artist Demo Day. This wreath is what I shared at the event. Since I invited participants to come hang out with me at my blog, I felt I should share this post. This is actually a reprint of a post from our World’s End Store blog. That blog is going away in a couple months.
As I was moving the post from there to here, I realized there are a number of changes I have made since I made this particular wreath, starting with the fact that I attach the first layer directly on the cardboard base instead of putting it together first and then attaching. I think I like that better.
I do spray the cones after I attach them on the base. Now the wreath I made this weekend, I opted to spray the smaller cones separate from the wreath and then attach them once they were mostly dry. That worked nicely as well.
The last change I have made is that I now glue down the side of the paper to make the cone. To be honest, I didn’t realize that this project had evolved so much until I decided to share this post. There is no wrong way. I love that this project is forgiving and so versatile. It can be for any event and in any theme. And it can be temporary – minus whatever you use to hang the wreath, you can recycle the project when you are done.
Now to hang, I’ve discovered what I like is a ribbon that I add a little glue and a thumbtack to secure.
This was a really fun wreath to make. Like the newspaper wreath last week, you can easily alter this one for any season or holiday. To make this, you need a book with pages that are about 6 1/2 to 7 inches wide, glue, cardboard, glue, acrylic paint, water and a spray bottle (if you want to add color). A bit of scrapbook paper in the center also gives the wreath a more finished look but you can use a variety of decorations to finish it
You need about 26 squares that are 6 inches and 20 that are 3 inches. I found that I didn’t need quite that many but the number you need depends on how tightly you roll your cones. Since I was learning as I went I had a lot of different sized cones meaning I didn’t need as many as I had made. Always have extra squares for mistakes.
On one corner of your square, apply some glue. I used rather cheap school glue. The advantage of a thin glue here is that it stays wet long enough to reposition as necessary. You will have to hold the cone for a few seconds to make sure it sticks.
Once you have cones made up, start to glue them together.
I found it worked best to glue half of my cones together, laying against the edge of a table. This allowed me to see if I needed more or fewer cones as I worked. The first round is larger than you would think so it made it more manageable.
Once you have your rings completed, you can add some color. I know spray inks are popular right now so I opted to make some of my own. Just a few drops of acrylic paint in a small spritzer with some water (about 2 drops to 1/4 cup water). Shake well and spritz your pages. You’ll know in the first spritz or two if you have the water/paint ratio right.
The larger ring I spritzed outside but the smaller one fit in my work sink.
I meant to spritz the color lightly so there was just a hit of color but it was so much fun, I practically covered the entire thing.
Glue the larger ring to a cardboard circle (about the size of a dinner plate).
Glue on the smaller ring and any decorative touches you desire.