Grateful Wreath Tutorial

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Grateful Wreath - A DIY Paper Wreath Tutorial

I’ve wanted to make a Thanksgiving themed wreath for a few years now, but never had good enough idea of what I wanted to make to get started.

Grateful Wreath - A DIY Paper Wreath Tutorial

Then I saw the new Grateful Glam digital line at Rhonna Designs and I knew I wanted to use it!

Grateful Wreath - A DIY Paper Wreath Tutorial

Here’s what you need to make it:

– 14″ Straw Wreath (you could use 16″ or 18″ easily)
– U shaped pins
– Paper & Printer
Grateful Glam Backgrounds Kit & Brush Kit or  Tags N cards kit
– Old book
– Ribbon
– Glitter
– 2″ satin ribbon

Print out several copies of the grateful glam background elements on white cardstock.  I used 12×12 paper since my printer will print that large, but you can use 8.5×11 easily, just print more copies.

Cut paper into 2″ strips lengthwise (you will have 2″ x 11″ or 12″ strips).

Cut up an old book into 2″ strips also.  The book pages can be a bit shorter than the printed strips.

Glue one book page to the back of each paper strip.

Using antique linen distress ink, lightly distress the edges of all of your pieces.

Fold your strips in half (do not crease) and start pinning them using the U shaped pins to the wreath.  You will have 2 strips across the front of the wreath and one on the outside edge of the wreath.

Keep pinning overlapping your strips until you’ve covered the entire front.

Side view

Using 2 2″ wide strips form a rosette by folding the paper accordion style. (you will be working with 2″ x about 20″ strip of paper).

Print off the bee element and punch out with a circle punch. Attach to rosette.

Embellish with lace and glitter.

Glue a piece of satin ribbon to the back of the rosette, and glue to your wreath. I used hot glue for this part.

Grateful Wreath - A DIY Paper Wreath Tutorial
Use some extra satin ribbon to hang your wreath, and your done!
Grateful Wreath - A DIY Paper Wreath Tutorial

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Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  1. says

    Beautiful example of how gorgeous doesn’t have to be complicated. Love that yellow/gray color scheme. That Rhonna’s a genius isn’t she? So glad you’re on her Cteam sharing your spark w/ us!


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