This year, I decided to bring a handmade touch to our holiday decorations by creating a stunning poinsettia Christmas wreath.
I made this stunning poinsettia wreath using crepe paper and pan pastels, which are used to give the crepe paper petals. a more realistic look. I have always wanted to make one of these and although it took a while, I love how it turned out!
A Handmade Christmas Wreath
Crafting a Poinsettia Christmas Wreath with Crepe Paper
As the holiday season approaches, the poinsettia emerges as a quintessential symbol of Christmas cheer. Known for its vibrant red, blush, pink, and green foliage, the poinsettia is a festive addition to any holiday decor.
I finally made a poinsettia wreath by making crepe paper poinsettia flowers.
This DIY project is not only enjoyable but also results in a beautiful, lasting piece you can display year after year.
Let’s get started.
- Crepe paper – Choose your flower colors. I used red, blush, white, pink, green, and light yellow.
- Pan pastels (or any pastel crayon in colors to accent the flower petal colors)
- Floral wire
- Floral tape
- Wire wreath frame
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Tacky Glue
- Soft sponge or makeup sponge
- Tweezers (optional, for detail work)
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Creating the Poinsettia Petals
Make Your Pattern: I made up the pattern for my poinsettia flowers by looking at photos of poinsettia plants online. I made four different-sized petals for each flower and made a “test flower” to make sure it would work.
Cut out your petal patterns: I then made patterns for the petals with the stem and made three varying sizes as I wanted different sizes of flowers on my wreath.
Cutting Petals: Begin by cutting the crepe paper into petal shapes. Cut six petals of each size or 24 petals per flower. The grain of the crepe paper should go vertically down the petal to allow for natural stretching.
Shaping Petals: To shape the petals, use the edge of the scissors or a pencil to curl the edges and create a more natural look. Gently stretch the center of each petal to give it a cupped shape.
Coloring Petals: Use the pan pastels and a sponge to add depth to your petals. Apply a darker shade of red at the base of the red petals and blend it out towards the edges. For the green leaves, add some dark green at the base or edges for a realistic look.
Making the Center Flowers (Cyathia)
Cut six pieces of yellow crepe paper each 8″ long and 1/4″ high. Cut six pieces of floral wire 3″ long.
Using a glue gun, attach one side of the yellow crepe paper to the end of the floral wire and wrap it around the wire until it is about 1/4″ thick. Continue wrapping down the rest of the wire to cover what is the stem. Secure with glue.
Dip the end of the cyathia in the Pan Pastel (using a color that somewhat matches the petal color) and twist it to add color to the end of the cyathia.
Wrap the six pieces together with floral tape.
This is now the base and it is what you will attach the petals to.
Assembling the Poinsettias
If desired, cut the petal vertically and reattach the pieces with craft glue. I used Tacky glue. Do not use your glue gun for this step. This creates a seam in the center of the petal but it isn’t necessary to do. I did it, but it might not be worth the effort and time.
Constructing the Flower: Start with your base, the Center Flowers (Cyathia). Begin gluing the six small petals around the cyathia, spacing them evenly. Create the next row of petals and add the six of the next size. Add the last two rows of petals, using the largest petals for the last row. Wrap the base of each flower with floral tape to secure it.
Constructing the Wreath
- Preparing the Wreath Frame: Wrap the wire wreath frame in green crepe paper or floral tape to provide a base color and to help conceal the frame.
- Adding the Poinsettias: Position your crepe paper poinsettias onto the wreath frame, and once you are satisfied with the arrangement, attach them by wrapping the floral wire around the frame.
- Filling In: Fill in gaps between the flowers with green leaves and red bracts, ensuring a lush, full look. Bend and adjust the leaves and petals until you’re pleased with the overall appearance.
A Few Tips
To hang your wreath, attach a ribbon or a loop of floral wire to the back of your wreath for hanging.
When working with crepe paper, always keep your hands dry to avoid color transfer or tearing.
Use high-quality, heavy crepe paper for the best durability and effect.
If pan pastels are not available, you could use a bit of craft paint or even regular pastels, though the effect may vary.
Creating a poinsettia wreath from crepe paper and pan pastels is not only a crafty endeavor but a delightful way to personalize your holiday decor. This project allows for customization in color and size, ensuring that your wreath perfectly complements your home.
Furthermore, the techniques learned can be applied to other crepe paper flower projects, offering endless possibilities for year-round crafting. So gather your materials, and let’s usher in the festive spirit with a flourish of handmade beauty.
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