Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Paper Flower Wreath ~ Tutorial

When I saw the gorgeous cover of the February Martha Stewart Living magazine with the big Valentine heart constructed out of paper flowers, I knew I wanted to create something similar for Katie's shower.  I approach all crafts, particularly Martha's, with slight trepidation.  I've had enough failed attempts to know that I'm not the world's craftiest girl, but it is fun to have something homemade so I'm willing to keep trying.  March on craft soldiers, march on... But this time it turned out to be pretty simple and very cute.  Here are the deets.....

6 packs of tissue paper, 8 sheets per package {i used three shades of pink}
styrofoam wreath {i used one that is flat on top + bottom see link, i didn't have one for this post}
floral wire
fabric strips to wrap wreath
glue gun

step 1: wrap wreath with fabric, pin in place {i like these pins, extra snug}

step 2: take one stack of 8 sheets of tissue and fold them accordion style starting along the short end. i did about 1.5-2 inch folds.

step 3. cut in half for big flower or thirds for smaller flowers.

step 4. wrap floral wire around the middle

step 5. round off ends with scissors

step 6. fan out and begin lifting one sheet of tissue at a time, till you have a pretty flower. then ohhh and ahhh at your crafty self!

{tip: the smaller flowers are a little more difficult and easier if you use fewer sheets, i did some with 6 sheets and that helped.}

step 7. once you have a collection of flowers, begin playing around with an arrangement on the wreath.  when it looks good, slather wreath with hot glue and hold flower in place.  once it dries there is no moving them so make sure you like it!  finish by pinning on ribbon.  i pinned a small loop of ribbon on the back to hang it.

If you make one I'd love to see pictures!! It really would be super fun for Valentine's Day too.


  1. Beautiful wreath. Thanks for the tutorial, hope to make one this weekend, I will let u know how it turns out.

  2. Your wreath is so lovely. I will try to make one soon. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. This is adorable Tessa! Great tutorial too.

  4. I have made the flower balls before and attached to the chandelier but never thought to make a wreath. May have to try this and how cute would this be a the head of my daughters bed:)

  5. The way you used the pom poms on the wreath is really pretty! I like the extra flair you added with that pink stripe ribbon. What a beautiful greeting for your guests. Oh, the cookies look delicious too! I would love to have a bag of those to enjoy with some tea or coffee. Yum!

  6. Tessa, your wreath is gorgeous! I don't look pretty crafty to me. Michaels used to carry a Martha Stewart kit for tissue flowers (really big like beach balls) that we hung under our deck for a birthday party once. Your pretty front door was a much better backdrop than the underside of our old deck though!

  7. What a great way to use the paper pom poms - love it!!

  8. How fun! Ijust made 4 huge pompoms for annie's birthday party....I wish they were smaller so /i could do this! A trip to Michael's may now be on my to-do list for today!

  9. I can't wait to make this wreath! I am having a shower for a former high school student of mine, and her colors are pink and sage. I want this shower to be special and it will now begin as everyone enters my front door with this adorable wreath! Thank you for sharing your idea. I will try to post a picture of my finished product for you to see. Have a simply wonderful day!

  10. This is super adorable!! I love making pom poms, so I will def. have to try this! How does it hold up being on your front door? Found you featured on Fingerprints on the Fridge linky party!

    - Fotini { }

    1. Thank you. I made this for a baby shower so it only hung outside for several hours, but it was fine for that time. I gave it to the guest of honor afterwards. She hung it on her door for a few weeks after baby arrived, but hers was protected by a storm door. Hope that helps!

  11. I'm having a baby shower on Saturday and can't wait to make this!! (Nothing like waiting until the last minute...!) Sooo glad I found you on Pinterest. I'll be doing a wreath for the door, as well as flowers to hang around the house as well - from the chandelier, as curtain ties with ribbon, hopefully from the ceiling if I can get it to work...And once the shower's over I'll at least hang the wreath in the nursery, if not find places in there for the rest of the flowers too. So excited!!! Thank you for this simple, easy to follow tutorial. =)

  12. Just made this for my daughter's 1st birthday! Turned out so great! Hot pink, light pink, orange and turquoise!

  13. Could also stick the excess floral wire (that on the end of the paper) into a straw wreath. Just a thought!