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Dahlia Wreath

Did you see the wreath I made to finish off the Scrap Floor Wall Art episode? I received a ton of requests for a tutorial so here you go – an easy Dahlia Wreath!

You’ll need: (affiliate link proceeds are donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations):

* A large piece of cardboard

* Empty planter or other circular object. This should be about 10 inches smaller in diameter than you’d like your wreath to be. For example, I want my wreath to be 30 inches across so I’m using a 20 inch planter.

* Paper - you can use printer paper, scrapbook or craft paper, heavy duty wrapping paper, or even pages from an old book. I don’t recommend anything too flimsy, like tissue paper, as it needs to be able to hold its shape and not crush easily.

* You’ll also need a Utility knife, ruler, and self healing mat ... or a paper cutter.

First, use your circular object to trace a circle on the cardboard. Cut out your circle with the scissors.

Create a loop with the twine or string and tie a knot with the ends. Place the loop so it sets at the outer edge of the cardboard circle. Apply a generous amount of hot glue over the knot and lower part of the twine.

Next, cut out squares of paper that measure about 4 inches on each side. The squares don’t need to be an exact four inches however they do all need to be the same, whatever size you go with. I’m pointing this out because printer paper and many books are 8 and a half inches. If you are using these kinds of paper, it’ll be easier to cut the pages in half, resulting in a 4 and a quarter inch square. Try not to go any larger than 4 and a half inches.

You’ll need quite a few paper squares – my 20 inch piece of cardboard will need 328 squares to make all of the petals.

Create cones by wrapping each square so that it has an open end and a closed, pointed end. Secure with hot glue.

Once you have a pile of paper cones, begin gluing them to the cardboard circle. Glue down each closed end and position the cone so that the open end’s point is in the middle. Leave a small space and glue down the next one.

Continue all the way around for the first layer.

For the second layer, glue in between the cones of the first layer.

Continue gluing in this pattern for all additional layers.

The cones will begin to layer at more of an angle as you go.

Carefully glue the last few in the middle.

Once the glue has cooled, the wreath is ready to hang!

Watch the step-by-step video tutorial here: (All proceeds from my YouTube channel are also donated to no-kill shelters and rescue organizations so please watch!)

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