It’s only just a few days since we had the first of May and I had another opportunity to create something.
Every first of May in Greece, we make wreaths out of all kinds of flowers and natural twig vine.
Once we make the wreath, we hang it on our houses front door until the 23rd of June which is also the saint John’s eve. Now here’s something you might not know.
There is an ancient tradition that is celebrated on the same day and many villages in Greece still keep.
On every 23rd of June, during the celebration of saint John the “Kalafouniari”, people in the villages light a fire right after the dawn and they burn the wreaths in a central spot.
In order to celebrate the defeat of evil, people jump over the fire. According to the tradition, whoever jumps over the fire is blessed with health, happiness and soul power.
As you probably understood by now, today’s tutorial is going to be a creation of wreath. This time we won’t be using real flowers though.
We’re going to make a wreath out of newspaper and upcycled flowers from egg cartons that we made on a previous tutorial.
We’ll make sure that we won’t burn the wreath but more like decorate in our homes.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Materials we’re going to need
Tools we’ll use
Let’s get started!
How to make upcycled wreath from newspaper step by step
First thing we want to do, is tear a newspaper in 15 to 20 single sheets.
I place the small wooden stick on the bottom left edge of a newspaper sheet and then I make one diagonal pass with the glue on the same sheet, just like on the following photo.
Next, I want to roll the newspaper around the wooden stick and I continue rolling right before the stick isn’t visible anymore. I take the stick out of the rolled newspaper and I continue rolling the newspaper till the end.
Once the newspaper is rolled, I apply a bit of glue on the end that was last rolled.
I follow the exact same procedure for the rest of the newspaper sheets. These rolls will later make the little twigs of the wreath.
When the twigs are done, I paint them with brown color.
You can choose any shade of brown you prefer or even any other color you feel like using. For my twigs, I chose a dark brown one.
It’s all about your personal taste.
This is the final step and we’re going to give the wreath its shape. For this reason, I’ll connect the twigs with each other as follows:
You’ll notice that on each twig, one end is smaller than the other.
First, I prepare two twigs. On the first twig, I put a bit of glue in the hole of the end that is larger and then I take the second twig and I place the smaller end inside the first one where I put the glue.
Push the twig inside the other well enough so become stable and this way you make sure that they’ll stay stuck.
If you notice that the ends don’t fit because the holes are either too wide or too narrow, you can use the scissors to cut the ends so that each twig fit in the larger one. You can even fold them in such way so that one end becomes smaller.
When the first two twigs are well stuck and stable, I wrap them around a bottle so that they get a circular shape.
As you see from the picture, I wrap the twigs very loosely.
I follow the same procedure with the rest of the twigs and wrap them around the bottle until all twigs are used.
When I’m done, I have a series of twigs stuck as one wrapped piece.
Before I proceed to the next step, I wait for a while until the glue gets dry.
Next, I take the one end of the combined twigs and begin forming the wreath. I wrap the wreath in circles with an approximate diameter of around 8 to 10 cm.
If you feel like making a larger or even smaller wreath, feel free to do so.
I wrapped it around 4 times and the rest, I begin wrapping it around across its length. I guess the below pictures can give you a better idea.
I wrapped the wreath tight enough so that it doesn’t loosen and eventually lose its shape.
While you wrap the wreath tightly, there’s a chance that the color goes away. No need to worry though since you’ll have the chance to paint it when you’re done with it and it’s going to look perfect again!
When I approach the other end of the combined twigs, I put a bit of glue on the end -or even use the silicone gun, and I place it in between the wrapped twigs. This way you can’t really notice where the twig begins and where it ends and you get a nice, uniform result.
I’m positive that the pictures give you a good idea on the process so that you understand what’s happening step by step.
The wreath is now ready!
All it needed, was just a few sheets of newspaper that in most cases, end up in our trash.
Isn’t this amazing?
Now that you have the wreath ready, you can stick on it whatever you want. Natural or handmade flowers, little plastic or paper butterflies, laces, or anything else you can imagine!
If you remember from my previous tutorial, I made upcycled flowers from egg carton box. I used those specific flowers to stick on the wreath by simply using a silicone gun.
Lastly, I applied a bit of patina with my fingers to color the wreath and the flowers. The last thing I want to do is apply a bit of sprayed varnish so that the colors become durable.
Here’s the end result!
Good luck with your creations!