Paper Cone Wreath: Christmas Version

ideas for easy Christmas craftLast week I was invited to run a Christmas craft activity for some local carers in our community. Carers are people who look after a friend or family member that is sick, disabled, elderly or mentally ill and unable to cope without support. Most carers are unpaid, work very hard and deal with high levels of stress. They can be any age, come from all walks of life and varying cultures, but one thing they do have in common is that they need a break sometimes.

Vintage Sheet Music Paper Wreath

Paper Cone Wreath made from Vintage Sheet Music

I am extremely enthusiastic about using craft as a form of therapy and tag of lot of my Instagram posts this way – #craftastherapy As a few of you know, I turned to craft in a massive way during 2013 as my mother neared the end of her battle with brain cancer. For me, it was a way to shield myself from the stress when it was getting too much. I’ve always loved craft but #craftastherapy began for me with my first Paper Cone Wreath. You can find an updated tutorial here.

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Paper Craft – silhouette heart and Vintage Music Paper Cone Wreath

It seemed fitting that my first Carers Craft Group should start with a Christmas version of my paper cone wreath. The construction is identical to my standard wreath, but a gap is left in the centre to glue Christmas decorations. There are only three rounds, which makes it quicker and easier to construct. Christmas Wreath from paper cones

I am really happy with how they turned out and they all looked beautiful hung together in a cluster on this wall. christmas wreath from paper cones

Please come and join me on instagram and hashtag your craft projects as #craftastherapy I would really love to see any craft activities that you have created to help get you through difficult times.

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Paper Wreath Tutorial

Upcycled atlas wreathI thought it was time I created an improved tutorial for my paper cone wreaths. You can find my original tutorial made from vintage sheet music here. These paper wreaths get a lot of attention on my instagram account and they’re not that hard to make. I was delighted last week when I found an old atlas from 1965 for $2 in an op shop. The colours that adorned the pages were so beautiful that I knew it would be my prettiest wreath yet. Of course, you can use whatever paper you prefer – sheet music, golden books, a dictionary or even Christmas paper would all work well. Here’s what you’ll need –

  • paper
  • double sided tape
  • hot glue gun and sticks
  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • lacquer suitable for paper

Vintage atlas pagesStep 1 – cut up your paper. I divided the atlas pages into quarters, measuring 11 x 14cm, so this will be quite a small wreath, but you can use whatever size you prefer. The bigger the page, the bigger the wreath.Paper wreath DIY vintage atlas pagesStep 2 – stick a piece of double sided tape across the bottom of the paper. You can see in the picture that it doesn’t need to go all the way across, but it’s important that it covers the far right corner of the paper.Vintage atlas pagesStep 3 – take your paper and bring the top lefthand corner across the front. Then wrap the top righthand corner around and stick in place to form a cone.Paper wreath Vintage atlas pagesStep 4 – fold under about a 1/4 of the bottom of the cone and then staple it into place.Vintage atlas pagesPaper wreath diyStep 5 – cut off the excess paper. This reduces bulk when you glue your cones together.Paper craft vintage paperStep 6 – make around 60-70 cones. The number of cones needed depends on the size of your wreath.
Step 7 – cut a circle out of cardboard. My circle measures 14cm across.Paper wreathPaper flower tutorialStep 8 – using a hot glue gun, start sticking your cones to the circle of cardboard. I like to place cones marking four quarters and then fill in the gaps with equal numbers of cones. This helps to create a uniform and symmetrical wreath. In the picture below you can see the first round completed.Paper wreathStep 9 – continue to attach your paper cones round by round. The number of rounds depends on the size of your wreath.
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Getting close now…

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Step 10 – once you reach the centre of the wreath, you may find it tricky to fit the paper cones in place. Don’t be afraid to cut more length off your cones to help them to fit into place. Ta da! All finished.

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All finished!

Step 11 – I like to spray my completed wreaths with a couple of coats of lacquer to make the paper more durable.

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My DIY Paper Wreaths

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Paper Cone Wreath made from a vintage atlas

Some of my paper wreaths are now available for sale at Tomolly in Millthorpe. Please pop in and see the lovely Belinda at Tomolly if you’d like to check them out in person. Currently, i have two golden book wreaths and one vintage sheet music wreath available. You can also follow Belinda on Instagram or FB if you’d like to see what she has in stock.

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Paper Cone Wreath Made from Vintage Golden Books

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Paper Craft –  Vintage Music Paper Cone Wreath

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Close up of Vintage Atlas Paper Wreath

Vintage Sheet Music Paper Wreath

Paper Cone Wreath made from Vintage Sheet Music

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Golden Book Paper Wreath – image by Belinda from Tomolly

Golden Book Upcycle – Paper Wreath

easy kids wall decor I love making these paper cone wreaths and they are a great way to upcycle old books. I finished my third paper cone wreath recently and this one is made from the pages of preloved Golden Books. golden book craft paper wreath This Golden Book wreath looks quite different to my other my wreaths, one from atlas pages and the other from sheet music, but that’s the beauty of making these wall hangings. The process may be the same, but the outcome is different depending on the paper used. diy kids wall decor I can really envision this one hanging in a child’s nursery or play room. It’s bright and fun! With my youngest turning 10 soon there isn’t a place for it in my house, so I hope I can find a home for it.  The tutorial for this project can be found here.  golden book craft

DIY Paper Cone Wreath – Map Pages

paper cone map wreathI completed a paper cone wreath from vintage music paper last year and was so happy with the end result i’ve been keen to make another one. This one was created from the pages of an old atlas i picked up at a secondhand store. I love the end result with the different shades and colours of the old map pages. This project isn’t difficult or expensive to complete. If you’re interested in trying to DIY a cone paper wreath the original tutorial is here. paper cone wreath from mapsdiy paper cone wreath

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DIY Map of Australia Heart Print

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I’ve seen a few map silhouettes in frames for sale and have often thought that they were overpriced. So when my Aunt was admiring one online for almost $100 i thought i should have a go at making one. This craft activity is super easy and quick to complete. If you’ve got all your materials on hand it only takes about 10minutes to put together. You’ll need –

1. small map of australia about 12x12cm

2. square frame 20x20cm

3. heart template

4. white cardboard

5. scissors, pencil and double sided tape
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Trace an outline of a heart onto the map of Australia using a template and very carefully cut it out. australia map heart Cut a square 20cmx20cm from the white cardboard and stick the heart in the centre using double sided tape.  australian map craftI used good quality card for the backing with a little gold shimmer in it. I’m not really happy with the colour of the map, so i’m going to see if i can find some vintage atlases to make a more colourful option. Overall, a super quick and easy paper craft activity. 🙂
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Vintage paper wreath tutorial

vintage paper wreath display wallI spent quite a bit of time constructing this wreath out of the pages of an old music book. Craft is therapy for me and when times are stressful i find it easy to immerse myself in a project. This paper wreath was no expection. I began this project a few weeks ago, when my Mum was in the final stages of brain cancer. I choose this project because i knew it would be meaningful, for her and me. My Mum’s father, my Pop, introduced me to music at a young age and spent time teaching me how to play the organ. The pages for this wreath are from one of Pop’s music books called 101 Hits for Buskers.
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You’ll need – paper, double sided tape, glue gun, stapler, cardboard and string.

Step 1. Making the paper cones. Place two strips of double sided tape on the right hand bottom corner of the page, as per the picture. Fold that corner around to form a cone shape, making sure the upper right hand corner is centred and straight.

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Step 2. Peel off the cover of the double sided tape and stick the lower right hand corner down. The taped area should be around the back of the cone.

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I really like that i can see so many of the song titles sticking out the top. LOVE!

vintage sheet music paper wreath tutorialStep 4. Alright, when you think you have enough cones you can begin to assemble your wreath. Cut a circle out of stiff cardboard to use as your base. Heat up the trusty old glue gun and start gluing the cones around the edges. vintage paper wreath tutorialStep 5. Continue to glue the cones, making sure that each layer sits in between the layer before, so that you can see all the cone points. Fill in each layer until the entire cardboard base is covered. I punched a hole through the base and threaded some string through, so i could attach it to the wall. 
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Here it is all finished and hung in my creative zone in the office. This has been one of my favourite projects and so extremely meaningful to me. I know Mum would have loved it and now every time i look at it i’ll be reminded of her and Pop. Rest in peace Mum. xo

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How to make a washi tape heart card

how to make a washi tape heart card

We attended my brother-in -law’s wedding over the weekend. I needed a card for them and knowing the couple to be completely down to earth and relaxed, i wanted the card to suit them. It is no secret that i am a fan of washi tape. Who isn’t? Its uses are limitless. Just search ‘washi tape’ on Pinterest, i dare you, and see the massive number of creative projects that people all over the world have completed.

My card is simple but effective and easy to make. You’ll need –

1. cardboard

2. kraft blackboard heart (or another heart as a template)

3. pencil

4. assorted washi tapes

5. scissors
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Step 1 – trace around the heart template so you have an outline on your card. 

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Step 2 – stick lengths of washi tape to the heart template. Don’t stick them down too hard because you will need to be able to lift the pieces of washi tape off easily.  Keep sticking until the heart is completely covered.

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Step 3  – carefully cut off the overlapping  bits of washi tape.

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Your heart template should look like this.
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Step 4 – Once your heart is covered, very carefully remove the pieces of washi tape and attach them to your card using the pencil outline as a guide.

washi tape card constructionIt is easiest to start in the middle of the heart. Place your first two strips of washi tape in the centre.

how to make a washi tape heart cardAnd here is the card complete.

washi tape card complete

And finally, here it is all wrapped up with a bit more washi tape and string. I used the kraft chalkboard heart as a tag, which echoes the theme of the card inside.

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The wedding itself was nothing short of stunning! Check out the lantern lit tent where we dined on delicious, simple and hearty food. And finally, a pic of the gorgeous couple. Congrats! xo 
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Zentangle Basics

IMG_1020We visited Kinokuniya (twice) during a weekend away in Sydney recently. It is seriously the most amazing bookstore! The kids were in nerd heaven and just quietly….so was i. The kids headed off to find Sailor Moon and The Legend of Zelda graphic novels. I headed off into the craft and decorating sections, while my husband explored the map and natural history area. I confess i went a little overboard and bought myself a healthy armful of beautiful books, but in my defence i could have purchased at least half of the craft section.

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This year i’m trying to choose craft projects that i can complete in a week or less. I’m tired of starting elaborate projects only to get bored half way through or just not having the time to finish them. I think ALL crafters can relate to my cupboard full of half finish projects. So, i’m committed to trying out new, simpler crafting activities. One of the books i picked up at Kinokuniya is this book on Zentangle Basics by Suzanne McNeill. On the first page i saw the words “no artistic talent is needed”. SOLD! 🙂
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Zentangles are a wonderful form of relaxation. They are simple to do and only require a few basic tools – paper, pencil, eraser and felt tip pen. And given i spend more than a few moments waiting in the car for the kids to finished their variety of afternoon activities, i thought this would be the perfect portable craft. I’m going to try and finish one zentangle a week. Here is this weeks zentangle that i combined with my silhouette art. IMG_1004 IMG_1019 IMG_1006

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Silhouette Art by Vana Chupp

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I love craft projects that do not cost the earth or take weeks to complete. I found this gorgeous all in one book on Silhouette Art by Vana Chupp last weekend. It’s just perfect if you have a spare hour to spend doing some craft.

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And the beauty of this book is it contains a handy little instruction guide, templates and papers. Almost everything you need to create your own modern heirlooms. The instruction booklet has a basic guide to silhouette art and a few little projects to get you started.

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Here’s my first attempt using papers from the book. This literally took one hour to complete. Simple but effective! I’m keen to do silhouettes of all my family members and hang them grouped together on one wall. Anywho, that’s one down about 50 to go!! I have a big family!! 🙂

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