Make an easy and festive 4th of July Paper Rosette Wreath out of scrapbook paper! | littleredwindow.com
When I was growing up, our town had a 4th of July Festival every year complete with tilt-a-whirl and cotton candy and everything. I loved going with my friends and playing skeeball or ring toss and crossing my fingers that I’d get enough tickets to win one of those colored feathers on a clip (know what I mean?) or a lucky rabbit’s foot (in retrospect…ewwww!!!) and then at night they have a big fireworks display. And they also always had a bike parade where all the kids decorated their bikes with as much red white and blue as possible. I totally remember carefully weaving crepe paper streamers through my wheels and being really excited for the parade.
This year, we’re new to a new town so we don’t really know what kind of 4th of July festivities there are. But we do have a wraparound front porch that looks so stereotypically American that I thought we need a little 4th decor to spruce it up.
At the craft store I picked up a few sheets of scrapbook paper in red and white stripes and blue and white polka dots. Everything else I already had so the whole project cost under $5.
And because we have no shortage of cardboard boxes at the moment (since we just moved) I used a cardboard circle as my wreath base. It doesn’t really matter how it looks (because yes, I realize that is not the best cutting job) because you’re going to completely cover it up anyway.
If you’ve never made paper rosettes before, here’s how I do it, it’s really easy! Promise!
2. Cut the scrapbook paper into strips perpendicular to your folding lines. So in my case, I cut the strips alone the red and white stripes. I cut two sizes, 1 1/2 inches wide and 3/4 inches wide. Since it was scrapbook paper, both sizes of strips were 12 inches long.
3. Using the scored 1/4 inch lines, fold the strips of paper accordion style.
5. Carefully gather one end of the tube toward the center, gently pressing down as you go. As it gathers it will start to flatten down until it makes a flat rosette!
6. Most rosettes are secured with a circle of contrasting paper over the middle but I just secured mine with a glob of hot glue on the back side. Repeat the steps to make rosettes until you have enough for a wreath.
7. I arranged mine around the cardboard circle and hot glued them in place until the wreath was full.
8. Hang it up and enjoy!
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