Paper Pew Wreath
Photography: Annie Schlechter
Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2005
With their whispery petals and luminous silver centers, the tissue-paper flowers that bloom on this wintry wreath look as if they were plucked from a fairy tale. Perhaps more magical is the fact that this inexpensive pew decoration won't wilt or fade, so you can make as many as you need well ahead of time.
Low-temperature hot-glue gun
About 51/2 feet of 1-inch-wide silver double-faced satin ribbon 6-inch
Styrofoam disk (1 inch thick)
White tissue paper 20mm and 30mm silver-ball floral ornaments
White floral tape
Cut out center of disk, leaving 11/2-inch-wide ring. Hot-glue ribbon to inner and outer edges of ring.
Make flowers; you'll need about twenty for one wreath: For one flower, trace a round object on tissue paper to create three 3-inch circles; cut out. Stack circles; poke wire end of one or two floral ball ornaments through center. Slide circles up wire, ruffling them as you go, to shape petals. Wrap base of flower and wire with floral tape; trim stem to 11/2 inches.
To secure each flower to wreath, apply a dab of hot glue on ring, insert stem through glue into foam, and press flower base onto glue. Leave a 1-inch gap bare for hanging ribbon. Loop a 24-inch length of ribbon around wreath at gap; spread petals of adjacent flowers to cover (add flowers if needed). To hang, tie ribbon ends, and slip over removable self-adhesive hook placed upside down inside pew (check with church about restrictions first).