Sunday, September 15, 2013

Halloween Paper Cone Wreath

Sorry for the delay in posting these instructions.  I did mean to get this post done by Friday the 13th, but somehow time got away from me and now it is Sunday the 15th and a little less spooky.  But there is still plenty of time to make one of these wreaths in time to decorate for Halloween. 

These are the items you will need to construct the Halloween Paper Cone Wreath:
  • Book pages
  • Chipboard
  • Double Stick Tape
  • Embellishments
  • Foam Adhesive
  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Large & Small Scallop Paper Punches
  • Pencil
  • Ribbon & Twine
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Wet Adhesive
Book Paper Cones 
Punch Large Scalloped Circles

Punch 28 large scalloped circles from the books pages.  I just use old paperbacks.  I find that you can punch 4-5 pages at once using the large paper punch.

Add Adhesive

Apply the wet adhesive to one side of the book page circle.  I like to use wet adhesive for the book page cones. I used Scotch brand quick drying wet adhesive for this project and it worked fantastically.
Roll Circle into Cone Shape

Using a sharpened pencil, I roll the scalloped circle into a cone shape.  I would work on a non-stick surface when doing this step.  Do not worry if some of the adhesive gets on the outside of the cone, it dries pretty quickly. Make 28 cones.

 Scrapbook Paper Cones
Punch Large Scalloped Circles

Punch 18 scalloped circles from scrapbook paper.  Make sure to use double sided paper, because you will be able to see the inside of the cones. 

Roll into Cones
For thick scrapbook paper, I use double stick tape to adhere the cones.  Place a strip of tape in the same position as the wet adhesive on the book pages and roll the circle into cone shapes using the pencil.  Heavily glittered paper may require the use of hot glue instead.  Make 18 cones.
Assembling the Wreath
The Base Layer

Using a CD as a template, cut a large circle out of lightweight chipboard.  Begin arranging the paper cones in a pattern.  I like to map out a pattern first, before hot gluing the cones to the chipboard.  For this wreath I use two book page cones in-between each scrapbook paper cone, so 20 book page cones and 10 scrapbook cones.
Hot Gluing the Wreath

I use a hot glue gun to adhere the paper cones to the chipboard base.  I start with a scrapbook paper cone and glue it in the 12 o'clock position and work my way around the chipboard circle.  I use the pencil inside the cone to position the cones right next other.  It keeps the cones tightly positioned and also protects your fingers from the hot glue.
The Second Layer

First, cut about a quarter from the tip of 8 book page cones and 8 scrapbook paper cones.  These will make up the second layer of the wreath.
Using hot glue, adhere the 16 cones in an alternating book page cone and scrapbook pattern on top of the base layer.  By using hot glue, you will create a wreath that is rather sturdy.
Embellishing The Wreath

To ensure the wreath stays together, I like to fill the center of the wreath with hot glue and glue a small scalloped circle in the middle.  This also provides a base to further embellish the middle of the wreath.
Adding a Ribbon Hanger

To add a ribbon hanger, first punch two small scalloped circles from chipboard and add hole punches in the middle of each circle.  Thread ribbon and knot through the holes.  Now hot glue these two circle to the back of the wreath. 
The Finished Wreath

To finish the wreath I added a number of additional embellishments to the center of the wreath using scrapbook paper, ribbon, and buttons.  I adhered the center scrapbook paper embellishments with double sided foam adhesive.  The foam adhesive provides the dimension you need to fill the center space of the wreath.  I hot glued the buttons on once I threaded them with ribbon and twine. 

Products I used

  • My Minds Eye Lost & Found Halloween papers and accessories sheet
  • Graphic 45 Staples Paper Buttons
  • October Afternoon Witch Hazel Buttons
  • American Crafts Twine
  • May Arts Black Chevron Ribbon
  • Scotch Quick Dry Wet Adhesive
  • Scotch Double Sides Tape
  • Adtec Two Temp Glue Gun
  • Lifestyles Crafts non stick work mat
  • Glue Arts glue gun tools and mat

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