I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe that it’s already December. Where did 2015 go?? So much has happened this year on a personal and professional level for me and while it’s bittersweet to reach the end of anything, I’m so very excited for the new year and what it has in store. There’s a whole month left of 2015, and I’ll be darned if it doesn’t go out with a bang! 🙂
I will say though, that despite my love of celebrations – I actually haven’t always been a huge holiday decorator over the years. If I had to explain why, it’s probably because practically speaking, decorating means that you tend to have a lot of seasonal items in storage and that goes against my life manifesto to not accumulate too many “things”. But, now that I am getting older and realize how important my surroundings are to my mood, my stance on holiday decorating is really starting to shift. And of course, now that I have this little bloggy space to share my crafts and creative projects, all the more incentive to go all-in on Christmas cheer! 🙂
So to kick off the Christmas craze over here, I’m starting by sharing this easy glitter paper holiday wreath you can make with just a few items you can get from any craft store (paper and wreath ring) and some things you already have (scissors, tape, ribbon)!
- Start by cutting out leaf shapes from your gold and silver glitter paper. Aim for your leaves to be around 2 to 3 inches long by 1.5 to 2 inches wide, but feel free to vary the shapes so that they’re organic, like actual leaves would be!
- Once you’ve made about 20-30 leaves of each color, take a couple of leaves and place on your styrofoam wreath. Use tape to temporarily secure the leaves before you glue them down, so that you can take your time arranging your leaves.
- After taping down 2-4 leaves to your wreath, place a dab of glue with your glue gun under every other leaf to permanently secure them. You can glue every leaf at this point if you’d like, but gluing every other leaf at the beginning saves you a bit of glue and also allows you to adjust your leaves as you go along.
- Alternating randomly between gold and silver leaves, continue to place, tape, and glue your leaves all the way around your wreath, but leaving about 2-3 inches empty at the base where you’ll tie your ribbon later. Go back and add glue anywhere that is loose or needs adjustment.
- To ensure there’s no white styrofoam showing through at the base of the wreath, glue down two leaves in the empty space. Then, gently tie your ribbon into a bow over this section.
Cutting out freeform leaves can be quite therapeutic. Put on some of your favorite music, pour yourself a glass of wine and get crafty!
Be warned; working with glitter paper will get some on your clothes and hands – but that’s part of the fun!
Experiment with your leaf placement. You can aim to have them line up uniformly or, instead, lay them in a random arrangement.
Remember to take breaks to step back and view the wreath from a distance. The big picture usually looks slightly different than way up close!
I used a sheer gold ribbon, but you can also use a ribbon of a contrasting color for a bolder visual statement.
And now you’re done!
Once finished, you can hang it proudly over a mantel, interior door, or even lean it against the wall on a shelf or bookcase. This wreath adds a subtle, sparkly accent wherever you put it and it costs less to make than most wreaths you could buy at the store (that aren’t as pretty!).
What are some of your favorite holiday decor pieces? Are you doing anything different this year?
Thanks for stopping by!