Happy 2015,my lovelies! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season. I took an extended break from blogging for a month or so to relax with my sweet family. Now that all the Christmas decorations are finally down – and all the peppermint chocolate’s been eaten (booo) – it’s time to get back to real life!
I stole some free time on Friday morning to do a little crafting for the first time since early December. Our fireplace mantel just seemed so sad without its Christmas decorations (see: my Christmas mantel here). So I decided to try to make a wrapping paper wreath for my Winter mantel using leftover holiday wrapping paper.
Wrapping Paper Wreath
I really loved the white and gold polka dot/confetti wrapping paper I used for Christmas, and it seemed a shame to simply store it away.
A wrapping paper wreath has a big impact for how amazingly simple (and inexpensive) it is to make! Basically, all you need is a styrofoam wreath form, wrapping paper, invisible table and a glue gun (hot glue).
But you’ll need some time and patience to cut, roll and tape all those pieces of wrapping paper. But hey, it’s January, and that probably means you are spending more time with Netflix than before. So just do what I did and make your wreath during a few episodes of your favourite show. In total, it took me about 2.5 hours to make this wrapping paper wreath from start to finish. But it hardly seemed that long while I was catching up on my faves.
To make my wrapping paper wreath, I followed a tutorial over at Centsational Girl blog. I’ve been following Kate’s amazing blog for years, and remembered that she provided instructions on how to make one awhile back. If you want to make your own, you should follow her tutorial. You can find it here: Centsational Girl: DIY Wrapping Paper Wreath.
The only things I did a little differently were : (a) I added a third row of paper rolls to make my wreath a little fuller and (b) I varied the widths of the rolls by row (c) all my rolls are the same length.
I love how this wreath turned out. It adds some pretty texture to our family room. And, the sparkly gold polka dots will definitely help me through the winter blahs! I always need a little something-something to bridge the boring gap between Christmas and Valentine’s Day. January and February are the longest months to get through!
The rest of our winter mantel is pretty basic – just some birch logs and white candles. I love the mix of sparkle and simplicity.
So, do you decorate your mantel during the Winter? If so, I’d love to know what’s on it!
Until next time,