Use recycled papers to create this paper cone wreath for the holidays!
This recycled wreath can be made with just about any recycled papers; an old book, music sheets, scrap booking papers or a cookbook that’s seen better days. I love the look of recycled book pages in my decor at home. I use them to cover lamp shades, decoupage onto hat boxes and suit cases, for a wall covering as well as for this recycled paper cone Christmas wreath.
recycled papers from an old book
hot glue gun and glue sticks
recycled cardboard or cereal box
twine or jute
scissors, craft knife
Begin by using a craft knife to cut the pages from the book or tear the pages out of the book and then trim with scissors. The size of your wreath will depend on the size of your book pages. I suggest starting with a small book and making a small wreath to get the hang of it. You don’t HAVE to use a book if you are opposed to tearing into one. You can cut any papers to size. They should be rectangle in shape; 4″ X 6″ is a nice size to make a small wreath and 5″ X 8″ is perfect for a larger one. I have made them much bigger, but these are good sizes to start with.
It will take approximately 20-30 cones to complete a wreath. Roll the paper into a cone and use craft glue, hot glue or a stapler to hold it’s shape. Get cracking and make about 25 of these!
Cut a circle out of the cardboard or cereal box for the base of the wreath. Trace around a small plate or saucer for a pattern. Using craft glue cover one side of the cardboard with recycled paper to make a finished backing. On the opposite side use a hot glue gun to adhere the first 4 cones as on the face of a clock; one at 12, 3, 6, and 9. Make sure the points are at the center of the circle. Now, place the other cones between these cones and start gluing in place.
Once all cones are glued in place turn the wreath over. Cut a 7 inch length of twine; tie a knot into each end. Tuck one knot end under the circle and hot glue into place, do the same on the opposite side of the circle. Use this to hang your wreath.
OPTIONAL: To make the medallion for the center of the wreath take one book page and fold up about a half inch on the short end. Turn over and fold equally. Flip over again and continue folding accordion style till you get to the end. Try to keep the folds as even as possible. Now, fold this in half and glue the center together with craft glue. Do the same with another sheet of book paper. Glue these two half circle accordions together to make a full circle.
Flip the paper cone wreath over and glue the medallion to the center using the hot glue gun or make your wreath center by cutting a circle approximately 6″ to 8″ in diameter out of coordinating cardstock or scrapbook paper. To reinforce this piece cut a cereal box to the same size and glue to the back of the coordinating paper. Decorate with lace, glitter, vintage paper, doilies, ephemera, paper flowers, buttons, or a picture. Attach to the front center of the wreath with hot glue.
Stand back and admire your very own paper cone Christmas wreath! Wasn’t it easy? This DIY craft is not only a nice piece of decor but it also makes a sweet gift for a friend so I suggest making more than one. Making these cones are a bit of mindless crafting that doesn’t require a lot of thought and therefore they are the perfect thing to work on when binge watching your favorite TV series or Christmas movies. At least, that’s what I like to do to make myself feel a little more productive than keeping the sofa warm!
Did you enjoy my recycled paper cone wreath craft? Be sure to stop back by Indoor Outdoor Space for many more upcycled seasonal decorations to whip up yourself on a shoe-string budget. Next week I will show you how to make some sweet little last minute gifts out of recycled papers. Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest tutorials and freebies delivered to your inbox. You can find more upcycled and recycled paper decor at my own site, The Ragged Rose.
Until our next craft adventure,
DIY & Crafts Author at Indoor Outdoor Space