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A Makeshift Christmas: Mini Paper Wreath



I saw these beautiful paper wreaths on Living with Lindsay, fell in love with them right away. The only trouble being that I do not have a hot glue gun (I really need one, haha) and I couldn't find one of the wreath hoops anywhere (admittedly I didn't look that hard). So I came up with a plan.




You will need

Cardboard
Tape (I used electrical tape, it seemed to stick the best)
Scissors
Two circular objects to draw around, one for the inside and one for the outside.
An old book (I used Dracula, not particularly festive but the book was old and falling apart anyway. See how guilty I feel about cutting up a book, I have to try and justify it.)

My book was already old and yellowed, so I didn't need to make it look vintage. If you like you can paint the edges with brown paint or coffee stain it to make it look old.

Draw around your two circles on the cardboard and cut it out, you should now have a cardboard hoop.
Take some pages from your book and cut them into 4 pieces each for the mini wreath, or you can judge the size you need by the size of your cardboard hoop.

Fold up the pages like a fan and tape to the edges of the cardboard, the inside and outside edges. Fold them over to the other side.

On the side you've folded the pages over to, continue to tape on more pieces until you've filled the cardboard. Tape a little ribbon to the back to hang the wreath with.

 

You have to be careful with this, mine fell apart on me a couple of times... mostly due to toddler intervention.

For more detailed instructions, here is the original guide from Living with Lindsay. You may find it easier to follow her instructions. I'm going to make one of hers when I can get the materials.

Next on my list are paper snowflakes for Mikey's room, crocheted decorations, paper cutout garland, Finger Knitted garland, a christmas hanging jumble of decorations and some sewn, stuffed christmas shapes made from fabric scraps.

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I am a 24 year old British stay at home mother to a two year old boy. Married to a U.S. soldier and currently living in Germany.

I have seen the Vatican from the very top of St Peter's Basilica, the mud in the World War I trenches outside Ypres. I have walked through Montmartre side streets bustling with people in the evening, gotten lost in the streets of Greenwich Village NYC, run through cornfields on the Welsh border and sat outside with a cup of tea watching fireflies in the fields of the outer Chicago suburbs.

I have held the hands of others through addiction, fear, suicide, despair and come out the other side. I have left everything behind to begin anew.
I have fought mental illness and walked through snow in the mountains of the lake district, England. I have explored the morgue in the bowels of an abandoned hospital on a summer evening, climbed to the top of scaffolding on the outside of a five floor warehouse to look at the city lights of Nottingham at night and I have watched the sun setting on the Texas horizon.

I have held my son's tiny hand through the plastic window on an isolette in the NICU ward. Walked, speaking only in whispers, through the catacombs beneath the ground on the outskirts of Rome and seen the fireworks over Heidelberg castle.

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