Here’s a pretty DIY wreath that can be displayed year ’round – a wooden spool wreath made with colorful scrapbooking paper. Customize the wreath to reflect your favorite color palette, or use up some of your stashed paper (or yarn!). Display the DIY wreath in your craft room, your living room, or even on your front door.
Wooden Spool DIY Wreath Supplies:
- 14″ Darice Wire Wreath Form
- Darice Large Wood Spools (18)
- Darice Medium Wood Spools (50)
- Darice Small Wood Spools (50-100)
- Scrapbooking Paper (assorted colors/designs)
- Hot Glue Gun & Sticks
- Darice Floral Wire & Wire Cutters
- Scrap Fabric or Ribbon
- Paper Trimmer
- Fabric Tape Measure
Part 1: Covering the Wooden Spools With Paper
Before you assemble the wreath, you’ll have to spend a few hours covering spools with your chosen paper — this is a great activity to do in front of a sappy movie on TV. I used a scrapbooking paper pad so all the different paper prints and color palette would coordinate once the spools were put together on the wreath.
1. Measure the three different spools so you know how wide to make the paper, and how long. To get the width, measure between the ends of the spools. To get the length of the paper, measure around the spool’s circumference, and add about 1/4″.
2. With a paper trimmer, cut various papers in the sizes you measured so that you have enough cut papers to cover your spools.
3. Glue the paper onto the spools. I used hot glue because it’s my BFF, but you could also use Mod Podge or white glue for this part of the project. If you use a wet glue, be sure to allow enough time for the glue to dry before assembling the wreath.
NOTE: If you are going to display the wreath outdoors (say, on your front door), I recommend using Outdoor Mod Podge to glue the paper to the spools. It will help protect the paper from the effects of the elements.
Alternately, if you have a large stash of yarn, you could wind yarn around the spools and secure the end with a bit of hot glue and make a yarn-themed wreath.
Part 2: Assembling the Spool Wreath
Once you are stocked with decorated wooden spools, it’s time to put the wreath together.
1. Wrap scrap fabric or ribbon around the wreath as shown to cover the wreath form. Secure with hot glue.
3. Once I was happy with the placement, I hot glued the spools to the wreath to secure them.
4. When hot glue is dry, clip the wire with wire cutters and remove it from the wreath.
I love how my DIY wreath turned out! It did take a few hours to wrap the spools with fabric, but the effect was so worth it!
I would love to see this DIY wreath made with stash yarn, too. Maybe I’ll try that idea next time I am watching Pride and Prejudice!
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Heather Mann is the mother of four boys and designs and shares clever crafts with a frugal twist at her site Dollar Store Crafts. She’s also fascinated by the unsuccessful (yet humorous) side of crafting, and explores it at her site CraftFail, and in her new book, CraftFail: When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong.