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Recycled wrapping paper wreath tutorial

paper wreath tutorial - the gingerbread house

I’m pretty astounded by the amount of rubbish we recycling this Christmas holiday. Although we had our extended family at our house we still had an embarrassing amount of bags to put out, not helped by the fact we skipped a collection due to the Bank Holidays. I try to re-use items from the recycling as much as possible and made some sweet paper wreaths from recycled wrapping paper.

Today I am going to share my recycled wrapping paper origami wreath tutorial with you. A while ago I was sent one of these as part of a craft swap and I’ve made a few every year since.

Equipment needed to make a recycled wrapping paper wreath:
Christmas wrapping paper or recycled paper, I even used the Radio Times
twine to hang

Recycled wrapping paper wreath tutorial:

I’ve made visual instructions which I hope make it easy to follow each step.

Choose your paper and cut 8 strips, each measuring 8 x 4 cm, you can make the strips larger but you probably don’t want to make them any smaller.

Take the first strip and fold it in half lengthways, fold each corner down, then fold it in half across so your paper measures 4 x 2 cm.

Now comes the fun part of slotting each piece of folded paper into the next. Fold the pointed ends of one piece into the top of another so it holds in place securely.

Do this with all 8 pieces of paper, slotting the last one into the first piece you did, forming a rough circle.

You can jiggle them a little until they all fit into place.

Mine are hung on my little white Hobbycraft tree with some twine but they would make sweet gift tags or I might even hang them from my mantle. Happy paper folding!

easy origami wreath tutorial - the gingerbread house


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    Susan Mann
    January 7, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    These are so cute x

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    January 8, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Saw this on Pinterest – reminds me of my original tutorial!

    Where did you learn to make them? Love your use of the Greek Lexicon – very stylish.

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      January 9, 2015 at 8:16 am

      Cute, aren’t they? Like I said above, I received it as part of a craft swap and immediately took it apart to see how it was constructed 🙂 My Greek lexicon is from my Uni days but sadly no longer needed.

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    Ickle Pickle
    January 8, 2015 at 10:54 am

    What a fab idea, I’ll ask mummy to make some with us x Happy New Year!

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    sharon martin
    January 8, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Great idea, there are so many designs you could make too, would love to give this a go sometime. xx

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    January 8, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Oh what a clever idea! That is a great way to use up old wrapper and reuse it again next year…as a decoration! *booksmarks* x

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    My Life As A Mummy
    January 8, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    What a lovely idea! They look fab as well! Will definitely need to give these a go! I think these would look lovely with some glitter on and hung on the Christmas tree!

    Laura x x x

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    lisa prince
    January 8, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    this is absolutely adorable , in fact my kids both received origami gifts this christmas i may need to print this of for them to give a go also now

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    Sarah Miller
    July 9, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Very beautiful! Love them. More people should consider recycling, using their imagination. So good and useful things can be created from rubbish. I have a friend who makes wallets and purses from plastic and they amazing.

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