Looking for an easy way to gussy up your front door or an empty wall this summer? Why not make a bright accordion paper wreath! Paper is one of my favorite crafting materials because it comes in the brightest (and best) colors, and it is affordable enough to decorate a huge space for very little money.
This accordion-fold wreath fills a space with a bright burst of color, and it is perfect to use as a party backdrop, to welcome guests or to simply fill a corner with color.
You will need:
- 16-20 sheets of bright, colorful cardstock paper
- Hole punch
- Hot glue
Step 1: To make the accordion folds, begin at one side of the paper and fold the paper 1/2 inch along the horizontal edge. If you are using square, 12×12 inch cardstock paper it doesn’t matter which edge you fold the paper on. Continue folding back and forth.
Step 2: When all the paper is folded, use a hole punch to punch through all the folds on one side of the paper. Repeat this step on every sheet.
Step 3: Next, lay out the sheets to make your wreath. Ensure that the color placement is exactly what you want before you begin to glue.
Step 4: Place the side with the punched holes toward the center of the wreath. Using a hot glue gun, glue the edge of one paper to the edge of another. Only a couple of hot glue dots are needed to secure the papers together. Do this all around the wreath. The result will be a very wide shape that will almost look like a skirt.
Step 5: Next, take your thread and run it through every hole punched in the wreath. This is easy enough to do by hand, but you can use a needle if desired. Pull the thread tight to bring in the middle portion of the wreath. Then, tie it securely to close off the wreath. You can run the string up the back of the wreath and glue in place for hanging. If this is the plan, make sure your thread is at least 18 inches long to tie off at the top.
No matter where this wreath is placed, it will bring a wonderful, bright burst of color to your summer.
Photo credits: Victoria Hudgins.