I'm a firm believer in decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving. The whole holiday season is about being thankful, so I don't feel like it takes away from turkey day. Thankful for family, friends, and for the birth of my Savior. So why does it have to be one or the other? To each their own, but as for me & my house, we will decorate early.
This year's newest decoration addition is based on a Pinterest find from a few weeks ago - a wreath made of paper straws. Bad news: it's indoor only. It is made of paper after all. Good news: you can totally make this in any color for any time of year or any celebration. You can add embellishments or a bow, or even change the size of your wreath simply with a pair of scissors. Make it your own! If I can find gold striped straws I may make a year round version…...
What You Need:
Floral Wreath Form (mine is 7 7/8 x 1 15/16 inches from the Dollar Tree)
Paper Straws (1.5 packs)
Ribbon - minimum 4 yards (be sure it matches your straws)
Hot Glue Gun & Sticks
Scissors (to shorten straws)
Embellishments of your choice
1) Wrap your wreath form with ribbon. I was able to make one roll cover my whole frame, but if you start with a larger base for your wreath you'll need more ribbon. Since I already had the glue gun out, I used it to attach the start of the ribbon right to the form. Then let the wrapping begin!
2) Once you cover the whole wreath, glue the end down on the inside of the form. Though in hindsight, it would look better if you end the roll on the back of the frame. That way there's no chance it would be seen. Live & learn.
3) Tie a loop of twine around the wreath frame in order to hang it once you are done. Make sure you do this before you start gluing down the straws.
4) I decided to have two layers of straws on my wreath to give it a bit more dimension. You can certainly alternate the length of the straws in one layer, but I always lean towards "fuller is better". Adapt the rest of the directions based on your preferences.
Glue along the bottom inch of each straw and place them on the form. I tucked them tightly along the way, with the bottom of the straw lined up with the edge of the wreath form.
You can see how spaced out the straws end up being despite being placed closely on the frame. This is why I decided to make a second layer.
5) Play with different lengths of straws to give a look you like. I settled on straws 1.5 inches shorter for the second layer.
6) Place the shorter straws in the space between straws on the bottom layer. I used a bit more glue on these, as some of it will seep into the empty space on the bottom layer. I didn't want to be hot gluing replacement straws mid-season!
7) Time for the most annoying part. Clean up all those spider web-like glue strings. I hate using glue guns for this reason alone. But I loved the look of the wreath too much to let that keep me away. Grab a handy 3M hook & find the perfect place to hang your masterpiece!
Is it me, or doesn't the center of this need a miniature reindeer? I'm officially on the hunt. Preferably a gold glittery one. Let me know if you find it, because I might need to hijack it from you.
It only took me around an hour from start to finish, so it's easily an afternoon project once you have all of your supplies. Our AC Moore had the best paper straw options, and their coupons helped make it an even cheaper project. If you are in need of twine, keep your eyes open for the next sale on Pick Your Plum. They have amazing deals for the best colors in twine a few times a year, and I can't tell you how often I end up needing twine. I firmly believe it's the most versatile craft supply - so why not stock up?
Share you creativity……..I can't wait to see what you make!