How To Make A Paper Floral Wreath

How to make an easy paper floral wreath for spring.

Video Transcript

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- To make these beautiful folded paper flowers and leaves, you're going to need a few different materials. First, you'll need some either origami paper in different sizes and colors or a light text weight paper cut into squares. I like using different sizes because those will create different sized leaves.

You'll need some templates-- these are available to download on our website-- a pair of scissors, a ruler, a pencil, and some double-sided tape. And then if you want to turn this into a wreath, you'll need some sort of flat wreath form.

This is a pre-cut MDF wreath form that I bought at a craft store. But you could also cut out your own circle from a piece of cardboard or heavyweight mat board. And then you'll need a glue gun to attach your leaves to the form.

The first shape that we're going to make is this really basic kind of teardrop-shaped leaf. And to do that, you are going to start with a square of paper. And you're going to fold it in half. My paper has two different colors. So I'm going to start with the white side on top and fold it in half lengthwise.

Then I'm going to take my ruler. And I'm going to create a line from this top corner to the bottom corner here. And I'm going to draw along that with a pencil. Then I'm going to cut along that line. So now we are left with a triangle shape when you smooth it out.

So we're going to start. I'm going to fold mine up about a half an inch. You can make yours a little bit bigger or a little bit smaller. You just want to keep the folds about the same width from the bottom to the top.

So I folded it up about half an inch. I'm going to flip it over. And I'm going to do the same thing from the top down-- so folding it about half an inch, then flipping it over, and continuing all the way up.

One trick you can use to get nice, clean folds is to use the handle of your scissors. So once you have your fold set up, use the handle of your scissors to make a really smooth crease.

And so that was basically the hardest part. Now we're going to sort of magically turn this series of folds into a three-dimensional leaf. And all we're going to do is fold this in half. And you'll see that this turns into a cool leaf shape.

So all we're going to do is take some double stick tape-- you could also use a glue stick-- and put a piece right here to seal it up. Press the tape down. Fold it. Give it a good press. And then you get this really cool folded leaf.

Once you've mastered that first basic leaf shape, you can play with the shapes. So this leaf has a really cool sort of scallop edge-- almost looks a little bit like a shell.

So in order to do that, you can download our template from goodhousekeeping.com and use this as a guide. So I'm going to start, again, by folding my paper in half. And with this, we'll actually be able to get two leaves out of one square of paper.

So I'm going to cut this in half. Set one piece aside. And then I'm going to fold this in half again. So we have a smaller square.

So I'm going to keep the side that's folded on the left. And then I'm going to lay my template on top and trace around it. And then now we're just going to cut along that line. And then when you unfold, you have this cool sort of scalloped half-circle shape.

And now we're just going to do the same thing that we did with the other leaf. We're going to accordion folds from the bottom to the top-- so again, folding it up about a half an inch. You can do less. And then just keep folding.

So again, we have our series of accordion folds. And all we're going to do is fold it in half and tape the center together. So fold it in. Give it a good press. And we have this cool scalloped leaf shape.

So then the last shape we're going to make is a flower shape. This is the most complicated just because it requires a little bit more cutting. And you're actually going to make four different folded sheets and put them together to create a flower.

So you'll need four sheets of paper in the same color and size. And you'll need this template from our website. So what we're going to do is just trace this onto our paper. And since this paper is nice and thin, I'm actually going to cut all four of them at once and save myself the extra steps.

In order to create this fold, we are going to fold this top to the bottom and create a crease along the center. And then we're going to create a series of evenly spaced folds from the bottom to the center and the top to the center.

So I think the easiest way to do that is to first fold this bottom section in half. So bring the bottom to the center fold. Make a crease. And then segment these two portions in half by folding the bottom to this new fold that we just created-- and then doing the same thing here, taking this center fold and segmenting this in half.

So now you see we have a series of evenly sized folds. So now what we're going to do is fold them from the bottom to the top, making sure that they're going in the correct direction. So it might mean folding over a fold you already made in a different direction.

And then just like we did with the leaves, we're going to do the same thing. We're going to fold this in half. And then we are going to tape these pieces together. And you can see that we have about one quarter of our whole flower completed.

So now we have all four of our flower sections. And all we're going to do is tape these together now. So I'm going to use the same double-sided tape. Again, you can use a glue stick. And just attach one segment to the next. And there we have a beautiful folded paper flower.

So now that I have made a whole bunch of these beautiful paper leaves, I'm going to attach some to a wreath form. I'm going to maybe start with this pink color. And I'm going to take just a little bit of hot glue, dab it along the wreath form in a few spots, and then just press the leaf in place. And then I think I'll do one going in the other direction-- again, a few little dots. And press it down.

So you can keep it just leaves or you can add your pretty flowers. I might just add one pink flower. I sort of like that it's a little bit brighter than all the other colors.

So again, I'm just going to add a little bit of glue on the back, or a lot of glue, I guess. And then stick it in place. Actually, it's kind of perfect. It looks like this little green leaf is sort of growing from the same plant. And so now you have this really beautiful sort of layered textural wreath made all out of paper, which is great because you can then reuse it year after year.