Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Christmas Keepsake

One of my favorite decorations each year is this white tissue paper wreath. It's easy to make, but takes a while to finish. My granddaughter and I made this one together. In fact, gathering the materials and encouraging family and friends to add a few twists during the season makes a great gift or keepsake.

This year I rediscovered a second unfinished wreath that young Emilea had started when she last lived nearby. She is a grown girl in high school now and lives much too far away in Washington state!

I am finishing it up, and thought I would share the method. I really did learn how to make this in third or fourth grade! Ha ha!

You will need a wire hanger shaped into a circle and a bunch of rectangles cut from tissue paper about 5x1-1/2 inches or so. (For a standard sized hanger make the papers a bit larger, say 6x2.)

Place a pair of papers together with the wire between them, and give a couple of twists at their center.

Slide the twists firmly against each other at the wire hook and continue until the wire is full. Add any embellishments that you wish.

Marilyn from Delights of the Heart recently shared my other paper wreath tutorial at her church retreat, and I was just delighted to see this photo that she shared on her blog!

I'm also sharing this ghostly photo of our Llorona (Yoyo), who maybe thinks she is the ghost of Christmas present as she makes a nest for herself among the twinkle lights. (In fact she is named from a ghost in a regional legend.) 

She was just bedazzled when we first brought the lights out!

I hope you are enjoying the season!
 I seem to enjoy these early days best.

Welcome to December!


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  1. Oh how fun to see my photo here. It was so fun to make them. The tissue paper wreaths would be fun too. Love the little rose buds tucked into it.

  2. The wreath is so pretty. Love the photos of Yoyo. I think she is quite happy with herself as she bedazzles the humans. Deb

  3. Ha Ha Yoyo is too cute. She wants to sparkle too. Love the wreath very pretty.

  4. Hi J,
    Ok I already loved your wreaths, now with paper roses... I am smitten! Love your sweet sparkly kitty!!! My Berry slept in piles of tissue paper as I unpacked ornaments last night, they like all the fun too :-) Those paper white are looking good, do they have buds yet?

  5. You know this just may be the year I do a tissue wreath - I have loved them for years. You have inspired me, ma'am!

    Love the church retreat gals making them, how neat is THAT?

    And your kitty on those lights? PRICELESS. What a GREAT pic, haha.

  6. Awfully pretty -- and I'm loving the photo of YoYo! Marilyn is the one who turned me on to your blog. I'm so glad she did!

  7. So simple and so, so pretty, I just might have to make one of these!

  8. Oh, how funny to see that Yoyo in the middle of the lights......what was she thinking??? Animals are so cute!!!

  9. I like this very much! Thank you for the clear instructions. I think I'll make one for the guest room.

  10. Me ha gustado muchísimo. muy buena idea. te aseguro que esta navidad la corona presidirá mi chimenea.
    Felicidades y gracias.

  11. This is so pretty and feminine. Just lovely.

    Marie Angelique

  12. Yoyo is like my cats. They are always "helping" me when I do the laundry or gift wrap presents.
    If I made one of those wreaths they would have it shredded in no time !
    Simple to make and pretty to look at.

  13. I love color at christmas,but seeing your white christmas you have changed my mine.

  14. What a pretty wreath - and so simple to make. I love the little roses. Glad your little cat is enjoying the season, too. She poses so pretty, you should tell her to go into modeling. :) Every time I visit, it is such a treat. Better than chocolate. Hugs xo Karen

  15. Little Yoyo wanted some of the action, LOL! This wreath is so pretty and really like the way you embellished it with the soft roses.


  16. Jacqueline what a lovely wreath and project. Thank you for sharing the steps. I have a wire wring that this will be perfect for. The ladies in the pic look like they are enjoying a wonderful time.
    Enjoy the day~

  17. It is just lovely and i have never made one. So thank you for teaching us how. I will need to try because it goes with my love of a white Christmas!

  18. The paper tissue wreaths are really quite pretty. And Yoyo looks quite comfy among the glowing lights. I expect they were nice and warm to snuggle next to. Hugs, Pam

  19. Hello Jacqueline,
    I love your wreath. So pretty, and a wonderful tutorial as well!
    Even though I did not have a blog for a while, I've been following what you have been sharing. Always such a treat to visit you!

  20. WOW! This wreath takes me back to grade school as well. Nice memories and lovely wreath.

  21. Nice Idea,
    i will try it!
    Greetings from Germany

  22. love your sweet kitty wrapped in lights, and that tissue paper wreath is just gorgeous, I'll be featuring it tomorrow at Be Inspired! xoxo

  23. This wreath is so beautiful and I made one myself. I also put a link up on my blog for your tutorial. Thank you for sharing this sweet idea!!


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