When it comes to decorating you need either time or money. And very rarely are things quick, cheap, and easy and end with something beautiful. So when I am able to put something like that together, I am super excited.
For my Christmas table centerpiece I started out with a gold charger, picture frame, vase, candle light, glittered flower (all which were from the dollar store), and wrapping paper and faux snow from the Paper Store and Hobby Lobby.
While I liked where the look was going, it still needed a little something more than just assembling a few dollar store items. It looked too bare. The trick is finding some the that is “quick, cheap, and easy”. I didn’t want to have to spend hours of tedious work to make something eye catching, but I also didn’t want to blow my budget by using something convenient. So what did I come up with?
A paper wreath. Literally cost me pennies to make. Yes I did need to buy an $11 pair of scissors and throw in 8 staples but even then, it you spread out the cost of the hardware, computer paper, that only makes the 10 wreaths just over $1. (And these scissors have a lot of like in them yet! The cost will go down the more I use these.)
The paper wreath as the perfect amount of texture and complexity, yet it is soooooo easy to make. Do you love it?
I know when I am happy with the finish product when I can leave it out in open sight and if I walk past it through out the day and can get excited every time I see it. I know its done. (Versus when I pass it and cringe inside slightly and think, “hmmmm this isn’t working like I was thinking when I first started out.”)
So how do you make the wreath?
1. First “treat yo’self” to a pair of fringing shears from Jo Ann’s.
2. Next take 8 sheets of paper. Divide into stacks of 4 and fold in half lengthwise.
3. Staple close to the center fold by only slight bending over the paper (not creasing it) so that
you can slide your stapler in close. Also staple just to the side of the center fold on both ends.
4. Using the fringing shears cut through 4 layer at a time moving down one edge from right to left and then to the other side. I like to cut down to almost 1″ from center fold. I do this by cutting 3/4″ and then carefully/partially opening the scissors and sliding them down a little closer and then cutting to the tip of the scissors. This doesn’t always work perfectly and sometime gets a little munched, but don’t worry it will still look great. If needs be, go back over a few parts with regular scissors.
5. After fringing both sides of each of the two stacks fold them each in half and staple in the center close to the fold line.
6. Then staple the pieces end to end and in a loop.
7. Spread and crunch the fringe to texturize and open it up.
Isn’t it so fun? Its hard to believe its just plain old computer paper. And just think of all the possibilities with other paper.
To finish off the rest of the center piece I used basic black acrylic paint and a circle sponge brush to paint polka dots on the glass vases.
I also use a black magic marker and a gold magic maker to color the backside of the paper insert to say “Joy” inside a gold heart. For the rest of the 10 frames I might make them in black and white on my computer and then embellish them with the gold marker.
When I totaled up the cost (correctly) I am easily under $5 for this center piece which is my book is a total win. I am now setting my sights on some other ways to utilize these fringing sheers!