DIY: Holiday newspaper craft – success at last!

Finally!! After two previously documented attempts, and a few really miserable undocumented tries, I finally figured out how to create something that I don’t mind hanging in my house. The challenge was to create something that looks magazine-ready, using newspaper and flyers. The beauty about this particular craft is that it only took 20 minutes to put together, and I didn’t need to use glue OR tape!

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Here’s the end result. It’s a pleated wreath made from strips of flyers, threaded onto a thicker gage wire (think big paper clip thickness). The bow gives the wreath added sparkle and festiveness.

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Here are some instructions on how to make the wreath. Be forewarned, the wire can get pokey, but I’d rather that than sticky, glue fingers.

  1. Cut flyers into strips about as wide as your hand. You can decide how many strips to use based on how loose you want the pleats to be.
  2. Next, estimate how big you want your wreath to be by making a circle out of the wire and then cutting it accordingly. I recommend making a little loop/knot at one end of the wire so you can thread the flyers on without worrying that they’re going to slip off the other end. Kind of like beading a necklace.
  3. For the pleats, thread the flyers onto the wire by flipping the paper back and forth to make “S” shapes (from a side view, see below). Again, it’s up to you how tight or loose your pleats will be.
  4. When you have the coverage you desire, bring the two ends of the wire together and secure them together by twisting and wrapping firmly.
  5. You may need to shape the wreath at this point in case the wire gets wonky. Also, you will need to face the pleats so the open sides are around the edges of the wreath.
  6. You can choose to add a bow to the top, bottom or use a ribbon to create a hanger for the wreath. I recommend using wire ribbon because it’s easier to shape the bow.

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And that’s it! If you want to start small, you can try a modified version of this craft. Rather than a big wreath, you can make tiny wreaths to use as tree ornaments, door handle accents, or toppers on gifts.

If you like this idea, please share it around! And, if you make one of these yourself, I’d love to see it!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah 🙂

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