The Christmas wreath is one of the common holiday decorations around the globe. They vary in size, price, and design. You can spend a lot on these, especially the glamorous ones. But in this activity, you won’t need to do that, because we will be recycling a wreath out of newspapers. This wreath is 98% recycled, thus making this eco-friendly and affordable.
Creating a Recycled Christmas Wreath
Gather all the materials from the list below:
Green duct tape
A piece of red and yellow sponge paper
A short ribbon at least ½ centimeter thick
Water-based paint – red, yellow and blue (basic colors used since I just mixed yellow and blue to form my desired green)
Get 3 pieces of newspaper spread. Roll each as tight as possible.
Tightly tape one end with duct tape.
Tightly braid this until you reach the end.
Form the braid into a circle and tape it with a green duct tape. This will be the wreath body.
Paint the front and the sides of the wreath body with a green paint.
Let the paint dry.
Cut two long strips from the newspaper with a width of 12 centimeters and 9 centimeters, respectively.
Paint these two long strips with a red paint. Let it dry for several hours.
When the wreath body is dry, apply a second coat of paint. Let it dry again.
Cut a strip of paper. Roll this tightly until you reach your desired thickness. This will be the candle in the middle of the wreath. The height of the candle is roughly 2-inches. Hot glue this when you reach your desired thickness.
Cut the excess paper on the paper roll.
Paint your candle paper roll with yellow paint.
Cut a small flame shape in the yellow sponge paper, then highlight this by cutting a bigger flame from the red sponge paper. Hot glue the two sponge layers together to create a double layer flame.
Wrap your ribbon around the candles’ body. Hot glue this to secure it. Cut the excess ribbon.
Hot glue the flame shape on top of the candle once it’s already dry.
Stick your candle on the inner wreath body. Put a lot of hot glue on the base to prevent the candle from falling.
Get your two dried long red strips, then crumple both.
Get your thicker red strip and form a bow out of it. Afterward, get the thinner red strip and put it in the middle of the bow that you made. This should be equally folded since the thin strip will serve as the tail of the bow. Secure both in the middle using a small strip of the same material and color.
Glue the formed ribbon on the front part of the wreath body, just below the candle.
Put some style on the tail of the ribbon by cutting it.
Cut a piece of ribbon, this will be used to hang the wreath.
Glue the small ribbon at the back of the wreath, immediately situated on top of it.
You can now display your upcycled wreath in your front door.
Tada! Finally done!
Recycling newspapers has never been this fab! You can upscale the Christmas wreath if you want, just as long as you have a lot of newspapers with you. Who would have thought that you’ve converted plain newspaper into a beautiful Christmas wreath? Creativity changes everything! So don’t hesitate to try!
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