Hi everyone! Today I’m really excited to show you how I made this super cute, super easy fall wreath for under $20! When I was planning my wedding last summer, I happened upon this concept of “pinwheels” and really latched onto it. My entire wedding was centered around these things, and I spent months making around 300 of them to decorate my reception. So when I came up with the concept of making a wreath out of them, I was pretty excited!
I bought all of my supplies at JoAnn Fabric and Michael’s. Here’s what I started with:
-6 pieces of 12×12 paper (ranging $.59-$1.99 from both Joann’s and Michael’s)
-5 pieces of 8.5×11 paper (in a pack for $6.99, on sale for $3.49 at Joann’s)
-4 pack of burlap flower embellishments ($3.49 at Joann’s)
-Fall colored rhinestone embellishments ($2.99, on sale for $2.09 at Joann’s)
-Letter stickers ($4.99, paid $2.99 with 40% off coupon from Michael’s)
Brown Ribbon ($.99 From Joann’s)
-Cardboard (Got for free from work)
Note: These supplies made a small-ish wreath, but of course you can always make a larger wreath with more paper.
The great thing about both of these stores is that you can get coupons if you sign up for their mailers, but if you just look at their websites under “coupons” you can get a one-time mobile coupon sent to your phone. That’s where I got my 40% off one item at Michael’s, and I used a 20% off my entire purchase at Joann’s, also from their website. I spent roughly $16.45 for this wreath! And now, on to the how-to!
I made my pinwheels in a variety of different sizes. I started by cutting my papers into squares. I used 5×5 inch, 4.5×4.5 inch, 3×3 inch, and 2.5 inch squares. You’ll need two of each pattern for one pinwheel.
You’ll start by folding your square in half so that the pattern is showing, then unfold it. This isn’t totally necessary, but I learned that it made things easier later on.
You’ll then fold your square like an accordion, with the accordion folds being perpendicular to the half-fold you made before. I don’t typically measure how big my folds are, because I’m not super picky when it comes to making crafts for myself. But if you want to, I find that half-inch to 1 inch folds are best.
You’ll end up with something like you see above.
Here’s where that half-fold you made before comes in handy. Now you just fold your accordion in half, and hot glue those two ends together. You now have the first half of your pinwheel!
When it comes to gluing the two halves of the pinwheel together, I typically prefer to have one half have an end that is folded up like this:
And one half with an end that is folded down like this:
This way, when you glue the half with one end folded down and the other half with one end folded up together, you have a less noticeable line of where the two halves meet. Sometimes when you’re folding the accordion it won’t always end on a side folding up, so you can cut the paper to make it that way, or just make a small fold in order to make that side fold up. Again, this is just personal preference!
Sometimes, depending on the paper, when you glue it all together, your pinwheel will pucker in the middle like so:
In this case, I’ll pull it apart just enough to get a little hot glue in the two puckering spots:
Press back together…
And it’s done!
For this wreath I made 16 pinwheels (which felt like nothing compared to the amount I made for my wedding!) In order to attach them all together, I just used cardboard which I cut into a circle. Again, if I were making this for someone else I would use something a little more sturdy, but since it was for myself I didn’t mind.
To get the right sized cardboard circle I just laid out my pinwheels on the cardboard in the way I wanted them.
I then found a bowl that was about the right size for how big I needed my circle to be.
Then I traced the bowl and cut it out, and hot glued my pinwheels to the cardboard circle. Since I don’t have a box cutter, I just used scissors so my circle was a little rough around the edges (literally) but again, since it wasn’t showing, I didn’t really mind! Here’s what it looked like from the back:
And from the front:
I originally wanted the banner to spell out “Happy Harvest” but since the stickers I got were so big, I really could only fit “Fall” in the middle, which ended up looking really cute! For the banner I used the burlap paper that came in the 5-pack I got, and just cut out triangles that fit the stickers on them. Then I hot glued those to the ribbon, and it was done! Of course you can always sew a small banner using applique or use real burlap with letters stamped/painted on them. It just depends on what you want!
Then I just glued the banner onto the back of the cardboard, and there you have it, the finished product!
I really loved the way this turned out! It is really festive, inexpensive, and best of all, easy to make! I love that I’ll be able to make variations of this for other occasions. I’m definitely planning on making one for Christmas!
I hope you have as much fun making this as I did!
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