Friday, March 25, 2011

Recycled Magazine Wreath

Your front door can says a lot about you and your home. It is one of the first things people see, and some times how we give directions to our house.  "It is the second house on the left. The one with a red door."

"Our opinion of something or someone is formed quickly upon our first encounter. That’s one reason you should pay attention to the design of your front door, entrance, and the entire arrival and entry experience when designing your house."- Bill Hirsch Residential Architect.

A wreaths is the perfect item to dress up a door.  We think of wreaths as something to put up at Christmas, or around certain holidays in general.  But a wreath is a great way to spruce up your entrance anytime of the year.

"Displaying a decorative wreath on your front door can greatly increase the "curb appeal" of your home, and can accentuate your other outside decorating accents. Wreaths are an easy and inexpensive way to add color and class to your front door, especially if you make the wreaths yourself." - Jessica Ackerman, designer and staff writer for

So that is what we are going to do, take the wreath and give it a little of our Awesome touch.

This is what you will need.

Several sheets of cardboard
Hot Glue
Hot Glue Gun
Exacto Blade
Two different round objects to trace (We used a large lid from a cooking bowl and a lid from a coffee can.

(not pictured)
Mod Podge
2 Brushes

Start by tracing your largest circle.

Then cut.  We did this 5 times. It seemed to be a good thickness.  Depending on how thick your cardboard is, you can decide how many you want to cut out.

Place the smaller circle in the middle, trace around and cut it out.  The exacto blade comes in handy here.

 Hot glue the cut outs together.

Now it is time to paint. We decided to do this to help hide the cardboard a little better. We were not sure if it would show between the paper rods.  The only color we had on had was brown  Be creative and use any color you want!!!

While the paint dries it is time to move on to the paper rods.  Find magazine pages with lots of color. (unless you are going for an all white look, or want to paint them afterwards)  We found that food magazines had the most pages with color. Tear out as many pages as you can.  We needed 96 pages.

Now take the glue and run it over the two short edges and one long edge.

(hopefully this next part makes sense.) 
Start at the corner near the long edge with no glue and roll the paper at a diangle. 

(Example) With the paper sitting in front of you, put the long edge with glue at the top and the long edge with no glue closest to you. Start at one of the corners closest to you and roll up .

This is what you end up with.

Again we needed 96 of these; be patient this takes a while to do.  We rolled the paper into different sizes, some we rolled very tight and a few very loose. Use your imagination there is no right or wrong when it comes to art.

Next we trimmed up the edge and  hot glued them to the card board base.

You are almost finished.

Once you have the paper rods where you want them, you need to protect them (as best you can).  We painted the front, back and the top of the inside with Mod Podge. 

And as always in our house it is cut first then measure. So......we had to go back and trim the wreath just a little so it would fit in front of our door. 

And there you have it!!  A recycled wreath for your front door, perfect for any time of the year!


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