When I first saw this style of wreath on Pinterest, I might have slowed down a bit while scrolling, but I didn’t stop and click on the picture. It was gorgeous, but I thought it was a little girly for our country home.
While working on some other decorations the other day, I got to thinking about that wreath and how pretty it would have been in my Mom’s bedroom. The room was painted a soft mint green with white woodwork, and decorated with white eyelet curtains. The bed had a matching eyelet bedskirt and a pretty quilt in shades of light green on white.
The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to make that beautiful wreath. I bought one wire frame and 2 packages of 8″ paper doilies from the Dollar Tree. I had everything else at home, so basically this wreath costs me $3!
Note: I had to buy round doilies because I couldn’t find the heart shaped doilies used in the inspiration post listed below.
How to Make a Lace Doily Wreath
- Wire wreath frame (my Dollar Tree frame had 6 sections)
- 2 packages 8″ paper doilies (total of 60 doilies)
- stapler with staples
- glue (I used Elmer’s for doilies & my glue gun for flowers and bow)
- 3 silk roses & a little greenery (any flowers would work)
- ribbon to make bow
- Optional: clothes pins (helpful to hold glued areas until dry)
Directions (following the picture sequence above)
- Seperate the doilies. Set 6 aside for the inner ring.
- Gently pinch together one edge into soft folds. Staple at the top of the little “tail”.
- Starting on the outer ring from the front side, slip the tail in between the top 2 wires, fold the “tail” over the top wire and against the back of the fanned out doily after adding a little glue as shown. (Image 2 shows an individual doily clipped in place a little better)
- Work from the outside ring in, adding 3 doilies between each dividing wire, on the 3 outside rings only.
- The inner ring is done differently. Lightly scrunch the centers of the last 6 doilies.
- From the back, gently work each doily half way through between the inner ring and the next ring, then fold the other half up through the center. Apply a little line of glue on the wire and press the 2 halves closed.
Inspired by: The Wicker House
For lack of a better idea, I suggest using a blow dryer on “cool setting” to blow the dust off every couple of weeks to keep the doilies looking fresh.
Paper Doily Wreath Options
I did make this paper doily wreath for Valentine’s Day, however it would also be lovely hanging over a fireplace in a rustic living room (as shown in the inspiration post). It would also be gorgeous using tea-stained doilies. Imagine how sweet it would be hanging in a little girl’s bedroom!
After seeing it hanging on the wall, I decided it wasn’t too girly for our bedroom.