I dug into my stash (hoard) of paper ephemera to create this paper cone wreath. It was a pretty quick project but I think it adds a warm and welcoming touch to our entryway.
The first step to making your own paper cone wreath is to collect some ephemera! "What's ephemera?" you might ask. Wikipedia defines it as transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved. Think old ticket stubs, bingo cards, book pages, sheet music, the kind of thing most people would toss out without a second thought. Us crafty folk know better though - save everything :)!!
If you haven't saved a stash of ephemera over the years, try collecting some by visiting thrift shops, antique dealers or even shopping on Etsy where there are several resellers that offer great ephemera packages.
For my wreath, I used miscellaneous old book pages and a scrap of card stock for the base.
Step 1: roll each book page into a cone and tape the edge with a piece of double-sided tape. You can also use glue if you prefer.
Step 2: trim each of your cones so they have a flat end and are all roughly the same length (my wreath required 18 cones)
Step 3: cut a piece of card stock or cardboard into a circular shape (it's hidden on the back so it doesn't have to be pretty)
Step 4: using hot glue, attach each cone to your card stock in a circular fashion until the base is covered and you have a finished wreath
Step 5: decorate the front center with additional ephemera! I used a bingo card, old scrap of cardboard and gold paper from a postcard. I decided to stamp "hello" onto mine to be extra friendly.
Now enjoy your new wreath and ephemera collecting hobby!
Mareth blogs about crafts and life as a "dog mom" on her blog Lime Riot. Be sure to head over and check it out.