4.15.2013

Pleated Paper Wreath



Last week, Emily (jones design company) wrote up a week of pleated projects for her blog. All of her projects were so cute and easy, I decided to take on a pleated project myself - a pleated paper wreath.

As a new season rolls around, I love to change up my wreath. You've seen a couple of them here on the blog, including one made from burlap with ribbon rosettes and one with paper bows. This is a fun, budget friendly way to change up a bit of decor with the seasons. I like to use inexpensive materials and I actually use the same wreath form each time to save a trip to the craft store (and a few dollars).

I didn't write up a real tutorial for this one, because a) it's pretty straightforward and b) I made this one on a whim late one night when I just wanted to make something and not get the camera out to document it - i.e. I was feeling lazy. I know, bad blogger (you can shake your finger at me if you want). I blame the lack of good photo-taking light :). But, I will give you a few "hints" if you'd like to make your own.


The first step is to cut long strips of paper - I used brown craft paper in varying lengths - and pleat them. Second step is to run those pleated pieces through your sewing machine. I loosely used Emily's tutorial for pleated stationery as a guide for these first two steps, so if you're looking for good detail on how to do this, check that out. The third step is to arrange them on your wreath form and pin them down. Easy, right?

Your finished wreath will look something like this:


From far away, you can barely see the subtle stitches holding the pleats together. I like the irregular arrangement of the pleated pieces - it gives it a little bit of whimsy, yes? Like it doesn't take itself too seriously :).


If you look up close, you can see I used pink thread down the middle of each piece, and I added orange thread to some of them as well. Fun for spring!


This wreath is really simple, and I like that about it, but you could definitely embellish it too. A ribbon perhaps? Or maybe throw in a few colorful pleated papers in place of some of the brown craft paper?

Have you made any fun wreaths lately? Or did you read Emily's series of pleated projects last week and do a project of your own? Share please!

If you'd like more wreath inspiration, I've got a Pinterest board dedicated to pretty ones I've found. Follow it or others here.

Have a great Monday!

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3 comments:

  1. Very neat! Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods Monday!

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  2. Chaney, I love this! Such a unique take on a wreath! I really like that you could "accessorize" it differently and make it work for all different seasons too. Great job! Thank you so much for sharing this at Get Your DIY On! I hope to see you back on Sunday to link up your thrifted upcycle! Hope you're having a wonderful week!

    ~Abby =)

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