Diminishing the magazine stockpile (i.e. wreath-making)

Last fall whilst browsing Pinterest (a dangerous pastime, I know), I stumbled upon this idea for a wreath made from magazine pages.

Not only do I love DIY wreaths using free materials around the house, like this one I made last fall from brown packing paper…

…But I also receive lots of catalogs and a few magazines to which I subscribe (mostly decor related). I thought surely I could find a use for some of these brightly colored magazine pages. Check out this tutorial for a list of materials needed. I used more magazines than she suggested because I was choosing only specific colors and I didn’t want much text to show.

First, I cut out 3″ x 3″ squares of paper. Lots and lots of them. I think I had over 200. Then the tutorial recommends using something about 3/4″ in diameter to create your cylinders. I used an extra glue stick. Wrap the paper diagonally around the item with the colorful part inside and glue together. Then crease each cylinder in the middle. I used a chopstick (also recommended in the tutorial) and it worked pretty well.


Once they’re all creased, grab your glue gun and start putting your wreath together! She used a wreath form, but I wanted this wreath for my front door and since we have a storm door, wreaths can only be a few inches thick. I opted to use a piece of foam board cut into a circle so it would sit flat against the door and take up less space. Cardboard would have worked, too.

Since my “form” was flat, I had to add an extra step to cover the edges and make the wreath look a little bit rounded. I cut a few of my cylinders in half and glued the halves flat along the inside and outside edges.


Before I glued the cylinders on, I also poked 2 holes and fed a piece of string through them so it would be easier to hang later. Then I glued the folded cylinders on the rest of the form. I found it easiest to apply a line of hot glue along the bottom of the folded cylinder, and then place it where I wanted.


This part takes a long time! Just keep going until there are no bare spots!


And that’s all there is to it! Here’s the end result of my hours of cutting and folding and gluing.


I just love the texture of this wreath and the bright colors!


And it fits perfectly behind our storm door…which needs to be replaced. They’re not always the prettiest, but they’re just too useful when you have pets that could get out!


Despite the form being flat, I don’t think it looks one dimensional at all! I’m definitely glad I glued pieces flat around the outside to create a more rounded shape. To keep the rough foam edge from showing, I hot glued really skinny, long pieces of dark magazine pages along it.


It looks kind of dark in pictures and from straight-on, but really it’s very bright and you see new colors from every angle!


As I showed above, I opted to hang mine using a simple piece of hemp instead of wrapping a ribbon around it. Not only did I not have a wide ribbon like she used, but I didn’t really want to smash and crumple all my hard work!


Andrew’s first reaction when he saw me cutting up magazines in our living room was “Really? How many wreaths are you going to make?” He can’t complain, though, because not only is this just my second, guess how much I’ve spent on making those 2 wreaths? Nada! Unless you want to count a sad wire hanger, packing paper, pre-used foam board that was going to be thrown away, old magazines, glue sticks we’ve never used, 10 inches of hemp string from a whole roll…you get the point. 🙂 Basically free.

And once he saw it, he loved it, of course!


Unfortunately, now the pressure is on to continue my streak of making wreaths that cost nothing! What should I start stockpiling for my next one? Used tissues? Food wrappers? Eh, gonna have to work on that…

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3 Responses to Diminishing the magazine stockpile (i.e. wreath-making)

  1. Valerie B. June 18, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    I love the wreath!!! That looks so good!

    • Simple House Expressions June 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

      Thanks, Valerie!

  2. Sherry December 23, 2013 at 12:56 am #

    it,s beautiful