Ready for a fun and EASY DIY project?
This past week I was fortunate enough to gather a bunch of girlfriends together at my home and host a “Coffee & Crafts” gathering. Craft parties are popping up all over the country and they are a fantastic way to not only catch up with friends, but actually do one of the 348 or so DIY projects that you have pinned on Pinterest. Don’t act like you aren’t one of these people. I know I am. I have no shame. We all agreed on this fun paper bag wreath project that I found on PopSugar. I had never heard of such a thing so I was totally game for this one. I personally have tons of grocery paper bags that were just waiting to be used. Definitely a refreshing, new twist on the ever so popular burlap wreaths you can pretty much find anywhere.
And by the way, what really could be more fun than drinking coffee while you laugh at each other’s stories, all while trying not to scorch your fingers with your glue gun? Uhh…nothing.
Here is what you’ll need to make your very own at home:
-12 inch foam round
-about 6 to 8 paper bags
-Hot glue gun and glue sticks
-decorations (flowers, pine cones, wooden letters, etc.)
You want to start by cutting out the bottoms of your paper bags. This will ensure that your bag will lay flat as a large rectangle. To do this, cut along a side of the bag until you hit the bottom corner of it. Then turn your scissors and continue to cut along the bottom until it detaches.
Plug in your glue gun to start heating it up. Next, cut your paper bag into long strips (about 2 inches wide).
Use these flat strips to begin wrapping and gluing them to your foam round. You can use any foam round of your choosing. Mine is curved in the front and flat on the back. These are great if you want your wreath to lay flat against a wall or door. Completely cover the foam round with these strips first. This is important as you do not want any of the foam to show when you are wrapping them with the twisted strips of paper.
Once your foam round is completely wrapped, it’s time for the twisting fun. Take 2 inch paper bag strips by the ends and begin twisting them. These are what you will now wrap your entire wreath with.
Wrap the paper bag twists tightly around the foam round. When I would start a twist, I would put some glue on the foam round where I wanted it to start and then glue the twist every inch or so. I made sure that every time I would glue a section of the twist I would hold down the twist for a bit to make sure it was secure to the foam round.
Once your foam round is completely covered with your twisted strips of paper bag, then you can begin adding your favorite decorations to it. Have fun and get creative!
I cannot begin to tell you how IN LOVE I am with this wreath. I was so pleasantly surprised on how it turned out. The paper bag twists are so unique and really help make this wreath stand out. We did learn that the wider your paper bag strips are, the fuller your wreath will appear.
Most of the ladies chose to go with traditional Fall colors (red, orange, brown, etc.) but I knew that mine was going to have to be slightly different. I had already planned to have it sit on a cute wreath hanger that my mother gave me years ago on our mantel. I mean this poor wreath hanger has been unused for YEARS! It was really time to put it to some use. The colors in our living room are blue, green, teal, grey, and white so the wreath had to fit well with that cooler palette.
I decided to adorn the wreath with just simple artificial flowers. Really simple and modern.
What do you think? Is this paper bag wreath something you’d like to try out yourself?
Want to see the Fall Makeover of this Wreath? Check it out!
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