Thursday, May 28, 2020

Newspaper Tubes Geometric Design Wreath

Have you ever been inspired by something you saw on tv? I know I have! Did you see "Making the Cut" on Amazon Prime? I love shows like this! So much creativity! Well, on one of the episodes, there was a fashion show with the models stepping through a prop or hologram of lines in a geometric open pattern. See the photo below:
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I thought it so cool!  Immediately I thought the design would make a snazzy looking wreath! Wow, just hear me out! 

Are you tired of seeing the same old, same old, round wreaths when it comes to decorating your door or wall? As an alternative, why not create a fun geometric design wreath using newspaper tubes. That's right, recycle your newspapers by making lots of tubes - and then, transform the tubes into an adorable geometric design wreath! 


Let's start by gathering the following items:
  • Newspaper section
  • Thin skewer stick 
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue 
  • Spray paint, acrylic or chalk paint
  • Parchment paper
  • Black marker
  • Floral wire (24 gauge)
To make the newspaper tubes, begin by taking several pages of a complete newspaper section like the style or metro section and fold in half. Fold again,vertically into three sections.  Cut out on the vertical folds, giving three strips per page. Depending on the section, you should have at least 18 strips or more.  But you will need to cut out more - about twice that amount!
  

Then, take a thin skewer stick and place on the corner edge of paper at an angle, as pictured. Place the end tip of the paper over the skewer and start rolling the paper with fingers pressed down on the table first.
Once you've started rolling the paper, lift up the tube so your left fingers are controlling the roll while your right hand is rolling the stick and tightening the tube. Just before finishing the roll, add glue to the corner end tip and continue rolling until reaching the end to seal. 
Thirty-six tubes are needed to make nine squares with four tubes per square shape.   Spray paint the tubes outside on parchment paper and let dry. Then cut down each tube to measure 16" long.

Next, mark each tube 1 1/2" from both ends with a magic marker.  Hot glue the tubes at the marks, creating a square. There should be about one and a half inches (1 1/2") extending from where the rods intersect.
Next, cut off four, 6" pieces of floral wire for each square set. Wrap wire around tubes where they intersect, twisting ends together and cutting off excess wire. This helps to make the squares stronger and secure - and less flexible. Paint the wires to blend in and less noticeable on the rods.
To arrange the wreath. lay a tube square down straight. Then, lay another one on top directly in the middle at an angle. And the next, slightly to the left or right - trying to keep the end sections evenly spaced on the angle in a decorative pattern. Apply dabs of hot glue where the rods meet on each layer.
Continue adding the tube squares, trying to keep the rod "X's" evenly spaced in a decorative pattern .  .  .
gluing in place with each new layer .  .  .
until all the square tubes are placed on top and glued down.  I managed to add 8 squares - couldn't get the 9th one to fit.
This geometric design wreath looks cool plain .  .  .
but prettier with faux flowers and stems added!
Perfect for this month's Creative Crafts Blog Hop!
 I am thrilled to be a part of this Creative Craft Blog Hop created by Chloe @ Celebrate & Decorate and Andrea @ Design Morsels!
It's a great way for anyone to be inspired by an array of creative bloggers!

 If you've hopped over after visiting Zucchini Sisters, I'm sure you loved Rebecca's Diy Tin Can Decor! And I hope you enjoyed my unique geometric design wreath created with newspaper tubes!

The next blog hop is to Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is

See all the lovely inspirations by “hopping” to visit all of  these  awesome creative and innovative blogs!



28 comments:

  1. Omg Gail, how awesome this is. You have so much patience creating this. Love your thoughts and creativity.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I made the newspaper tubes while binge watching on Netflix. I love how it turned out!

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  2. This is truly stunning Gail and I think I need one for my home! Great job friend and so great crafting with you!

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    1. Thanks, Chas! In hindsight, I think I'll make the tubes wider, next time! It's great crafting with you, too!

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  3. What an original idea! Simple and out of the ordinary-- it looks great!!

    Liberty

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    1. Thanks so much, Liberty! I'm really glad it worked out and came together!

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  4. How cute and different Gail!! I don't know if I'd have the patience to make all those tubes, but it sure is a unique idea and I love how you built the tubes into a wreath-like shape! It looks amazing!!
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! Time goes by quickly while making the newspaper tubes. It didn't take long, at all! I usually have the tv on, binge watching or listening to music on the radio.

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  5. Gail I love this! I can see battery operated lights on the wreath. How cool! I am pinning this to make for myself. Love the craft.

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    1. Thanks, Terrie! That's a great idea to add lights! I can see little twinkle lights all over the rods!

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  6. I like it. This would be a really cute Halloween wreath in black. Hmm. I'm getting so much inspiration. Thanks Gail.

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! Me too! And yes, a black Halloween wreath would indeed work!

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  7. Love your project. I'll be adding it to my list of to - do's. So fun hopping with you.

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    1. Thanks so much, Cynthia! Hope you get a chance to make one! And it was fun hopping with you, too!

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  8. What a creative idea! I love how you were inspired! Isn't that the best thing about crafting, that you can be inspired by something and then figure out how to create it? Thanks, Gail for joining us for another hop!

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    1. Thanks, Chloe! You're right about that! I really had fun putting this one together! And it was a pleasure joining your craft blog hop!

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  9. Gail, this is a very creative idea. I would never have guessed that you could create a wreath from newspaper. It's amazing where ideas for projects will come from.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! Newspaper crafts are my friend, lol! I've made lots of them!

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  10. I would have never guessed your tubes were made out of newspaper, amazing and more like a piece of art rather than a wreath! Happy to be hopping with you today!

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  11. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Mary! It was a pleasure to be hopping with you, too!

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  12. Que gran idea, no se si seré capaz de hacerla, pero voy a intentarlo porque ha quedado genial y muy original.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lola! I know you can make one of these - it's easy and you'll so talented!

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  13. Gail, I love this creative combination featuring geometrics and florals--it came out lovely! Pinning! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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    1. Thanks so much, Cecilia! I am quite pleased with how it turned out. It could have been a complete fail, ending up in the trash like some of my projects, lol!

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  14. You made such a pretty wreath Gail. Thanks for the blog visit and enjoy the week.

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  15. What what - newspaper tubes? What a clever idea, Gail, and I love where you got your inspiration. Love your unique and clever summer wreath idea!

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  16. Wow. I love it.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  17. CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at #AThemedLinkup 23 for Dessert Recipes (open until August 7) from my previous linkup for Crafts and DIY.

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