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Paper Christmas Wreath Wall-Art

Your friends and family will be talking about this one for years.

paper christmas wreath as party photo backdrop

Photography: Dayo Idowu

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from our friend Caroline Bailly of L'Atelier Rouge in New York City. "We imagined ours on the wall serving as a photo station background so it was large: 60 inches across," she says. "Scale yours up or down however you please." To demonstrate it's design, she recreated the wreath on a smaller scale for an equally elegant decorating idea: a paper-crafted candle centerpiece.

materials

  • Cardstock, varying shades of green
  • Cardboard
  • Heavy gauge floral wire
  • Masking tape
  • Floral tape
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Large ornaments
  • Fairy lights

steps

  1. Carve wreath shape out of cardboard with your x-acto knife — determine its size by considering where you want to mount it.
  2. Draw stencil for holly leaf shape and use that stencil to create leaves that will cover the wreath base. (Tip: We used two shades of green and one shade of teal to help create depth and the illusion of texture.) Fold large pieces of card stock in half several times to produce more leaves per cut, but be sure not to fold it too many times or else it will be almost impossible to get through with scissors! It's helpful to make more than you think you'll need to ensure you have full coverage.
    paper Christmas wreath step 1
  3. Using floral tape and heavy gauge floral wire, create a "stem" that is mounted on the back seam of each leaf.
    paper Christmas wreath step 2
  4. Arrange leaves and stems in a circular formation on the wreath, and bind them to the cardboard with masking tape. (Tip: You can use equal amounts of each color, or, like we did, select a primary color of dark green, and then use lighter green and teal to add depth to reflect the natural variations in real holly wreaths.)
    paper Christmas wreath step 4
  5. Once all of the leaves are securely attached, you can mix in some accents like ornaments, faux berries, and battery-operated string lights. If the ornaments are on the heavy side, you can loop the floral wire through them and attach is with more masking tape; the folds and spaces can also help serve as support for the ornaments.
    paper christmas wreath step 5
  6. If adding string lights, tuck the battery pack into the folds, making sure to leave the on-off switch easily accessible so you can adjust the lights as you need.
    paper christmas wreath step 6

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