Project Found On: Ruffled
Woman’s Day Magazine featured a paper straw wreath on their December cover in 2011, and I have been in love with them ever since.
Wreaths are fun, and they are fun to make. If you have been to my house, you know that it is an addiction of mine. I have made wreaths out of dried peas, grapevine, melted spoons, you name it, so why not paper straws? Follow these simple instructions and learn how to make this adorable wreath.
For this project, you will need:
- 75 striped paper straws (available in many colors at Sincerely Liz)
- hot glue gun and at least 5 glue sticks
- a 4″ floral ring (or a ring cut out of a strong recycled box)
1. Place a layer of full length straws around the floral ring, and glue with hot glue. Leave some space between the straws. Line the straws so that they hang over the inside of the floral ring just a bit.
2. Take a straw and cut about 1.5 or 2 inches from the end. Use this as a template for the rest of the straws you cut.
3. Place these cut straws in between the full length straws and glue in place. Line the inside of the straws up with the long straws from the previous step. By now, there should barely be any of the floral form showing, but there will be large gaps on the outside of the wreath, between the straws.
4. Take another straw, and cut about 3 inches off of one end (from the original length). Glue these on the second layer. Try to place them on the gaps between the straws on the first layer.
5. Finally, to fill in the last areas of the wreath and to make it look fuller, take a straw and cut it almost in half (use your judgment on how short you would like it to be). Pinch one end of the straw, and glue this in the small gaps that remain on the second layer.
6. Once that step is complete, you should have a full looking wreath!
I want to give credit for this project again to Ruffled, Stop by their site and check out all of their wonderful projects and wedding ideas!
Please share your finished creation here, we would love to see it.