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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Recycled Paper Heart Wreath

I think my family has a cereal addiction. Really if I would let them, there are certain kids around here that would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! This is just a small amount of the cereal boxes that I save for art and craft projects (and I put alot out in the recycling bin to be picked up!)

I wanted to come up with a Valentine project using a recycled cereal box, since we have so darn many of them.

 I tore it open along the seams and cut out a heart shape from one side.

I folded the cardboard in half and cut out a half-heart shape and opened it up. I'm just no good at drawing a heart shape freehand, but you could do this any way you like.

Then I folded the heart in half and cut the center section out of it, leaving the wreath form. (save the solid heart for another project) The edges don't need to be perfect because it's all getting covered up anyway.

I was doing this very quickly on the kitchen counter last night, so my photos aren't the greatest. 

 I punched a hole at the top center of the heart form to put a hanger through.

Now I grabbed a pile of paper packing shreds  (came in a box of coffee someone sent me as a gift!)  and started gluing them to the heart shape. I covered a small section at a time with hot glue and just squashed a handful of paper into the glue.

Once it was all covered I checked for thin areas and just glued more bunches of paper in where needed. 

{At this point I decided to double the cardboard heart for extra stability, and reinforced the folded areas by hot gluing another small piece of the box to those spots (punching a hole in the top piece). If you were using a stronger piece of cardboard for the heart shape, I don't think it would be necessary.}

Wide fabric ribbon? Yarn? I decided to use a torn piece of cotton fabric for my hanging loop. 

 I think it turned out kinda cute for an old cereal box and some packing paper!

Now I just need to decide if I want it hung with or without the vintage hanger. What do you think?

I'll show you where I'm using this soon! 

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  1. Om, I'm in love! I STILL haven't done a Valentine's wreath. But I do happen to have cereal boxes and the exact type of shredded paper! Yay me :)

    I like it better w/out the hanger, mainly because it gets more "attention"

  2. Such a cute craft from recycled things! I love it. I like it without the hanger, too. Jean

  3. This is the cutest, cleverest wreath idea/tutorial. I just love it. So sweet. Definitely w/o hanger. Good Job!!

  4. Recycling and a pretty result - doesn't get better than that! Take care, Laura

  5. That's really cute! Love that it's from recycled materials. Pinning it!

  6. So clever! I knew there was something else I could do with those cereal boxes other than put them in the recycling bin :) thanks for posting...Pinning it! I hopped over here from Debbiedoo's PPP!

  7. I think this may be one of my top recycling projects ever! It's just stinking cute! Visiting from Funky junk.

  8. Love the way it turned out! Great recycle tutorial... and love the color!

  9. What a clever idea! I like it best w/o the hanger

  10. Adorable! Best without the hanger.

  11. Love your wreath! Such a creative and great idea!!

  12. Jeanette,
    I discovered your blog on Pinterest because I LOVE this wreath. So clever and really pretty. I saved some bright green packing shreds from a box of Christmas fruit. Maybe a St. Patrick's wreath ... or ... save for next Christmas???

    I clicked over to your beautiful daughter's wedding. I loved it too. I'd much rather attend a DIY shoestring wedding that's done with so much love and creativity. By the way...the Mother of the bride was lovely as was the bride.

    Best of luck with your blog. I'm now a subscriber.

    1. Sibbie,
      I was unable to reply to you by email, so wanted to say thank you for your sweet comment here! Maybe it would be fun to do a Spring wreath out of your bright green paper? Have fun creating!
      Thank you for visiting and for following now :)


  13. LOVE this idea! thanks for sharing. I love that shredded packing paper - I have some in a few different colors.

  14. Stopping by to pin this to my wreath board. I love simple, love using stuff I have on hand, and love when it's really cute. This wreath is all three and I just might be making one today. Love it.


  15. Adore this and will be pinning and sharing!

  16. I love it!! And I love it WITH the hanger!! Well done <3

  17. This is so cute & creative! Thanks for linking up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  18. This is a gorgeous wreath!!!
    Beautiful job :)

  19. Wow I would never have thought to make this out of cereal boxes!! This is awesome. Come link up to Centerpiece Wed and share this idea with us.

  20. Clever and creative recycled paper art and good for the environment too.

    Paper Shredder

  21. I think I can do this. As soon as I get my craft space reorganized after moving EVERYTHING from the house to the garage, I am going to try.

  22. Brilliant. I've just joined hometalk, where I found you. I can tell it will be addictive like Pinterest...uhoh! Anyway, I love this project and would like to feature it in my upcoming 'Treasure Chest Thursday" project. (On my blog) Hope that's ok!


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