Making a Papercraft Poinsettia Wreath: A Tutorial

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Posted on December 19, 2021 by Kate Wilson
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‘Tis the season to be jolly…and decorate for Christmas! Do you enjoy decorating for Christmas? There’s a whole spectrum of decorating when it comes to Christmas, from not decorating at all to decorating everything…and early! Where do you fall on that scale? For me, I’d say I’m solidly in the middle. I like decorating for Christmas, but I don’t start until after Thanksgiving. I like classic decorations and family traditions. I tend to use the same decorations every year unless I find (or make!) something that really catches my eye.

Recently, I’ve been working on indoor wreaths. You may remember my knitted and crocheted wreath tutorial; I decided the next indoor wreath I wanted to make would be made primarily of paper. I’ve seen tutorials for wreaths made out of paper cones, and paper curls, but I wanted to make something different. I decided on making a wreath with 3D poinsettia flowers, using Cricut Access for the cut file.

About The Wreath…

For this wreath, I used the same size foam wreath form as I did with the knitted and crocheted wreath – 15.8 inches in diameter. I didn’t want to see the foam behind the flowers, so I wrapped the wreath form in twine. You could use any number of different materials to cover your form, if you wish – ribbon or burlap would’ve been my second choice. Fair warning, though – covering your wreath form in twine is rather tedious. It took me almost an hour!

Before I started adding the flowers to the wreath form, I glued and pinned a small loop of ribbon on the back, at the top, of the wreath form to act as a hanger. You can choose any color or size of ribbon that you want; I chose a deep red that was 7/8ths of an inch wide.

Next, I cut and assembled my flowers. I love how easy it is to achieve a 3D look with this cut file – the score marks along the petals of the flowers are easy to fold at and really make the flowers stand out. I glued the flowers together with hot glue and attached the leaves to the back. While they dried, I cut out my banner and my Merry Christmas letters and assembled them as well.

After everything was ready, I began to assemble my wreath. I put a red flower directly under the ribbon loop and followed that up with one directly across from it. Then, halfway in-between these two flowers, I added another red flower on each side, and then did the same thing halfway between those points as well, to have a total of 8 evenly spaced red flowers. I filled in the empty spots with 8 white flowers and then glued my banner in place. After everything was dry, it was ready to hang!

A close-up look at the flowers.

Are you ready to make your own? Here are the detailed instructions….

You’ll Need…

  • Foam wreath form, 15.8 inches in diameter
  • A 150-yard spool of natural, or off-white, twine (You won’t use the whole spool, but it’s better to have extra than to not have enough)
  • A Cricut machine, mat, and Design Space software on a compatible computer/smartphone/tablet
  • Cardstock in deep red, green, pale yellow, and white
  • Patterned cardstock for the banner
  • Low-temperature hot glue gun & sticks
  • Your choice of ribbon
  • Straight pins
  • Tacky glue

Directions:

  • Wrap twine around your wreath form, securing with tacky glue. Add a straight pin on the back side of the wreath every 6 inches or so for extra reinforcement.
  • Cut about 6 inches length of your choice of ribbon, and form into a loop. Glue and pin this loop on the backside, at the top of the wreath form. Let the wreath form dry for an hour before adding anything else.
  • In the meantime, cut and assemble your flowers. Using Cricut Design Space, find image #M5258CA. Add this image to the canvas, and set the dimensions of the grouped image at 6 inches width by 3.8 inches height. (For this image, all of the individual images are grouped together. It’s easier to adjust the size and make everything proportional this way, but you can ungroup the elements and size them individually if you want to.)
  • Follow the directions on the screen to cut the images out, using a fine point blade and a scoring wheel or stylus. You’ll want to do 8 flowers in red, 8 flowers in white, and your leaves in green. The image has two leaves per flower, but you can cut out extra if you’d like for a fuller look.
  • After you’ve cut the flowers and leaves out, add image #M44334 to your Design Space canvas. Set the image at 11.5 inches wide and 2.25 inches in height. Click “text” to add text to the screen and type out “Merry Christmas”. I used the Edwardian Com Medium font, but you can use whatever font you’d like. I set my font size to 58 so it would fit on the banner while leaving plenty of space. Go ahead and cut the banner out of patterned cardstock, and the text out of white cardstock.
  • It’s time for flower assembly. Fold the petals of your flowers at the score lines to make the petals curve. Glue the smaller flower section on top of the big flower section, and then glue the pale yellow flower part on top, in the middle.
  • For your leaves, apply glue to the small tab part that sticks out at the bottom of the leaf, and press it to the other side of the leaf, directly opposite it. This makes the leaf stick out a little more and gives it some dimension, instead of lying flat. After your leaves have dried, glue them to the back of your flowers. (For the red flowers, I used 3 leaves. For the white flowers, I used 2. I liked there being a small difference in the two flowers, but you can use however many you’d like to.)
  • Carefully glue your text to your banner using tacky glue or papercraft glue, and let it dry for 1 hour.
  • Gather all of your supplies (the twine-covered wreath, your flowers, the banner, and a hot glue gun & glue sticks) and get ready to assemble the wreath.
  • Starting at the top front of the wreath, directly in front of the ribbon loop, glue a red poinsettia flower to the wreath. Glue another one across from it, on the bottom part of the wreath. Then add another poinsettia halfway between the bottom & top flowers on both sides. This leaves you with four equally-distanced poinsettia flowers on the wreath. (For example, if the wreath was a clock, you’d have a flower at 12, 3, 6, and 9.)
  • Glue another red poinsettia in-between the flowers you’ve already glued, so you have 8 equally-distanced red poinsettias on the wreath. Fill in the remaining spots with the white poinsettias, so you have an alternating pattern of red & white poinsettias.
  • Glue the banner in place on the lower part of the wreath, making sure to glue it behind the petals of the flowers to hide where it’s attached.

One of the things I really love about this wreath is that it’s simple but eye-catching. It’s easy to personalize – you could change the words on the banner or do a different color for your flowers. This may be a time-consuming project, especially when you factor in wrapping the wreath form in twine, but it’s definitely worth it in the end.

What do you think? Would you like to make a wreath like this one? Let me know in the comments!


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