Friday 17 December 2010

Christmas Paper Wreath & Flower Tutorial


This wreath is made from 12 rectangles of lightweight card.
There's a tutorial on Stephanie's fab blog: Homemade Gift Ideas
The principle is that whatever size you decide to use
each rectangle needs to be twice as long as it is wide.
The fold couldn't be simpler.

I used 12 rectangles measuring 140mm (5.5") wide x 280mm (11") long
It took 12 A4 sheets to make this wreath
but it is large: 450mm (17.7") across
I recommend that you glue the pieces together
or tape them at the back- but take more time than I did
to make sure the centre circle is even!

I've included a tutorial and free template for the flowers
I stamped the leaves using See-Dees stamps 'Leaves 50052 '
stamped with VersaColor 'Evergreen', cut out and glossed.
The snowflakes were made using Martha Stewart Snowflake punch.
Punched in plumb and silver holographic card. 

The next few samples have been 'thrown together',
just to give you an idea of other options.
This one was made from 12 x 12 scrapbook paper.
The rectangles measured 4" x 8".
Twelve rectangles using 3 sheets of paper.
Finished size is: 11.5" across.

Here I only used 8 rectangles, 100mm (3.9") x 200mm (7.8").
Finished size: 250mm (9.8") across.
Another idea for decorating - simply wind decorative ribbon round.

Here I used 12 pieces of white card.
Stamped in black VersaFine using Stampin Up stamp 'Sanded'.
Decorated with a random scattering of gemstones.
Imagine decorating with sweets, masks, small presents, photographs
the list is endless.
It's a great project to do with the Kids!

Hellebore Flower Tutorial

From the template at the end of this post:
1) cut out a flower and ink the centre and petal tips.
2) I dabbed over with Adirondack Dabber 'Pearl'
3) scrunch the petals as shown in the diagram
4) smooth open and curl petals upwards & inwards,
nip the tip of each petal to give definition
5) glitter the edges of the petals and finish with
a holographic snowflake and flat backed pearl glued to the centre.

Flower Bud Tutorial

1) punch thin card using a scallop edged circle punch
and cut a five scallop section away, put this to one side
2) glue the 9 scalloped piece into a cone (overlapping one scallop)
3) cut between scallops, not completely to centre
4) fold each alternate petal back out of the way
5) roll the four remaining petals tightly in
6) roll the outer four petals tightly
7) pinch them in and over the first four

Hellebore Flower Template
Click on image & open fully before saving
This wreath can be used for so much more than Christmas -
summer party, dinner party. anniversaries, weddings, New Year
to name just a few.
It works nicely as a table centre piece too!

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and thank you for visiting!
Elaine x


  1. Thanks Elaine, this will come in really useful. Happy Christmas to you. x

  2. These are lovely Elaine. Thank you so much for sharing with us. You are such a sweetie. Happy Holidays!

    Elaine Allen

  3. Gorgeous wreath! The flowers are beautiful! Thank you for sharing the template and tutorial. Hope you have a lovely Christmas.

  4. Siempre es maravilloso venir a tu blog y ver estos impresionantes trabajos y la generosidad que tienes al compartir tus ideas y tu trabajo. Besitos desde Tenerife y muchísimas felicidades, prosperidad y salud.

  5. Ohhh Elaine, this is gorgeous and thanks so much for the tutorial. WIll definately have a go at this one, thanks so much for sharing with us. have a great Christmas
    x Michelle

  6. When I was looking at these, I realized after a bit that my mouth was still open! These are absolutely stunning! Especially the second and the fourth wreaths. They are my absolute favorites. Beautiful work on these. I hope you and your Mum are well and doing great. I wish you both the Happiest of Christmases and a bright and joyful new year! Best, Curt

  7. Hi Elaine, it's Stephanie from I love your wreaths, they're stunning! I've linked to your tutorial from mine, and also borrowed one of your photos - let me know if that's OK.

    Best wishes, & happy crafting :-)


  8. Wow what fabulous ideas, extremely pretty, this will keep me busy all winter.

    Thankyou for sharing your skills

    Merry Christmas,

    Doreen xx

  9. Simply the best.. I tried on of these
    And to my surprise I have made one with 16 rectangles, And fully decorated, thanks very much for the original idea

    Merry Christmas


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