Aleene's® Looped Paper Wreath
The inspiration for this project comes from a 1966 Aleene's® book featuring paper projects. With the wide selection of scrapbook papers available, you can easily create a contemporary version of this Aleene's® vintage favorite.
Designed by Tiffany Windsor, courtesy of Aleene's®.
- Styrofoam® Shape – Wreath
- Acrylic Paint – Color of Choice
- Paper Trimmer
- Wire Snips
- Scrapbook Paper, 12"x12"
- Christmas Pick – Red Berries
Cut scrapbook paper into strips measuring 6"x½", 4"x½" and 2"x½". (The quantities needed will be determined by the size of your wreath.)
You can use a Styrofoam® wreath for the base of your project (I prefer the flat Styrofoam® wreath) or cut a piece of cardboard to desired size and shape. Paint wreath with acrylic paint on all sides. Let dry.
Cut scrapbook paper to cover front side of wreath (on this example, I am using a cardboard wreath.) Use a squeegee to apply a thin layer of Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue™ to the back of paper and press in place on front of wreath. Set aside to dry.
To speed up the gluing process, pour a puddle of Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue™ onto palette. (I like to let my glue sit for a few minutes to make it even tackier!)
To glue the 6" strips into loops, first decide which side of the paper you want to the inside of the loop. Drag one end of paper strip through the glue (remember that less glue is better on paper!).
Cross over ends of paper to create loop.
Hold glued ends of paper with clothespin. Repeat gluing process for all 6", 4" and 2" loops. Let all loops dry for approximately ten minutes, then release from clothespins.
To glue first row (6" looped strips) to wreath, dip end of loops into glue and press in place on front of wreath. Continue to glue entire row in place.
Glue second row (4" looped strips) to wreath by dipping end of loops into glue and pressing in place over first row.
For the third row (2" looped strips), I suggest that you cut the ends of the glued strips in a straight line. Since this is the last (inside) row on the wreath, you want a nice clean edge.
Cut individual berries from pick with wire snips.
Dip berries in glue and place at ends of 2" loops.
This wreath features three rows of loops with berries but depending on your desired look, you can more rows of loops.
It's easy to create a matching tree! Use a Styrofoam® cone for the base, cover in scrapbook paper and glue your loops in place. Top the tree with a pretty bow!
NOTE: If you have any leftover loops, you can glue them together to create a quick and easy ornament.