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The AWESOME Scrapfreak boards did a “twelve days of Christmas” theme for November challenge projects…this was day one: Paper Loop Wreath. Instead of doing it holiday style, I first thought of using blue/silver and snow papers to make a winter themed one that could decorate the condo door of my Grandmother…while another person mentioned teacher gifts! Teacher themed double sided papers and I was ready to rock this out! SOOOO easy and SOOOO thrifty to do.
First you need a form. I found these at the local dollar store for (surprise) $1.THEN, you need to have some doubled sided paper -this can run up to $1.50 a sheet, depending on where you go and what you pick…if you want to do it like I did and go all the way around the wreath, you will need 160 loops or 7 sheets of paper. You can just do the front 2/3 of the form and get away with 5.5 sheets of paper…using that last half page to make a co-ordinating card.
Now, take that paper and cut into 1 inch by 6 inch strips…then staple the ends together to for a loop…do this with all of your paper as shown:Now comes the tricky part. The instructions said to pin the loops to the form , one row at a time, 4 for a partial and 5 for a full wreath.Yeah, that didn’t work for me, they kept popping off and I used pretty decent pins. Then I tried to staple them one…same thing. SO, I stapled a row on and then use packing tape right over those quickly to make a tight band that held them in. You can see it here:THAT seemed to do the trick and I made it all the way around, no fall out!
Once you have a full wreath, you can add those cute holiday picks to it, or – in my case, I will glue some gift cards onto floral picks and insert them.
You see, I am the class mom and just put a letter out to the other parents…if they all chipped in $5, we could put $50 in assorted gift cards for each teacher…that is a great and frugal way to recognize someone for their work!
What have you planned to do for your teachers this year?