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Paper-Doily Wreath

A delicate-looking wreath that creates the magical effect of candles flickering in the snow is easy to make and surprisingly sturdy. Wreath frames are strung with twinkling lights that are nestled in frothy, doilylike paper bouquet holders known as "Biedermeiermanschetten."


Tools and Materials

  • 24-inch wreath form, from
  • 30-inch wreath form, from
  • 24-gauge wire
  • White spray paint
  • 20-foot strand of white holiday lights
  • Scissors
  • Paper bouquet holders (we used ten 8.8-inch ones, twenty 6.4-inch ones, twenty 4.8-inch ones, and fifty 3.2-inch ones), from

Paper-Doily Wreath How-To

1. Working on a covered surface, lay a 24-inch wreath form inside a 30-inch one. Attach them with 24-gauge wire at 6 to 8 evenly spaced points.

2. In a ventilated area, coat combined wreath form with white spray paint. Let dry.

3. Wrap wreath form with a 20-foot strand of white holiday lights (test lights beforehand), leaving the plug end unwrapped (as much as is needed to plug in).

4. With scissors, widen the center-hole slits slightly in paper bouquet holders (we used 10 8.8-inch ones, 20 6.4-inch ones, 20 4.8-inch ones, and 50 3.2-inch ones). Poke a finger through center hole of each bouquet holder (from front to back) to create openings large enough to accommodate a lightbulb.

5. Beginning with largest ones, place bouquet holders evenly around wreath, slipping a light through each hole so that bulb bases, not bulbs, rest against paper. (From time to time, hang wreath, and step back to ensure that the arrangement is balanced and attractive.)

6. Add remaining bouquet holders in descending size order. Use smallest bouquet holders to cover centers of larger ones and to fill in any gaps. Hang near an outlet. Unplug when unattended.


Comments (1)

  • soon2bsonju 6 Dec, 2013

    the result is beautiful but it was not easy. 1) the lights do not hold the larger papers in place. 2) wire wreath frames the recommended size are almost impossible to find. 3) putting it together took hours. 4) due to how delicate this is, it is almost impossible to store. i would look for another project.