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Paper Wreath

This wreath is the ideal complement to a tree filled with paper ornaments and is also lovely displayed on its own.




  • Green paper
  • 12-inch single-wire wreath form
  • 20-gauge floral wire
  • Glue
  • Red ribbon
  • Small nails or hooks, to hang
  • Fishing line


  1. Step 1

    Trace a leaf, or draw one freehand; use your design as a template to cut lots of leaves out of various shades of green paper. 

  2. Step 2

    Make a cut in a 12-inch single-wire wreath form, and bend the form into a horseshoe shape; bend the two ends back 1/2 inch to form small hooks for hanging. 

  3. Step 3


    Onto the back of each leaf, glue a 12-inch length of 20-gauge floral wire (available precut at craft stores).

  4. Step 4

    Starting at the top of one side of the form, attach a leaf by wrapping its wire stem around the form. Continue adding leaves, overlapping them so that each one covers half of the previous one, until you reach the center. Repeat, covering the other side with leaves. 

  5. Step 5

    Bend leaves on their stems into just the arrangement you want. Add a big red bow in the center; hang the wreath from small nails or hooks, and suspend with fishing line.

Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1996/1997



Reviews (7)

  • hungry 26 Nov, 2014

    I made this one with my goddaughter, Stookie. She was trying to eat it the whole time, so we made an edible one too with stuff we found around the house - stuff you'd never think was edible like the couch and other furniture. All in all this is a dope wreath and I would make it again, maybe the edible one first this time so there isn't any bite marks on the leaves.

  • lyndsey21 10 Nov, 2011

    This is beautiful! I am going to make this for inside my home with the help of my children. Thank you for the idea!!

  • ikarvs 25 Nov, 2008

    i'll made this one with my kids, they'll gonna love it !!!

  • ikarvs 25 Nov, 2008

    i'll made this one with my kids, they'll gonna love it !!!

  • bettsi 2 Oct, 2008

    Or, instead of stained glass, which could be heavy, shrinky plastic could look really neat! For Christmas or Autumn.

  • HoosierAwayFromHome 13 Aug, 2008

    This could easily be adapted to use in autumn by changing the leaf and ribbon colour.

  • Bleej 1 Dec, 2007

    very nice. i am going to try this in stained glass