It’s Never Too Early To Start Christmas Crafts

Hello My Fellow Crafters,

Well today is October 1st and I want to get an early start on Christmas ~ I should have started in August 🙂

So, as I was going though my Christmas Cardstock I found some that I knew I used a few years ago for our Christmas Cards so I couldn’t use it again this year so what to do with all this paper?  Maybe cut it into strips and make a wreath?  I remember seeing a wreath and I thought  looked great and of course now I can’t find it, so I am going to “wing it” from memory and see what I come up with.

Well after a few cuts of paper all different sizes I though the best was to cut the strips in 1/2″ or 1/4″ and 12″ long, only because it was easier to curl the paper at this width.  The bigger size didn’t curl and I was so afraid of getting a wicked paper cut.  I curled the paper just as you would with gift wrap ribbon and a scissor, but used a bone folder and paper/cardstock.

So after cutting and curling I have this  big pile of curled paper in front of me.


The next step is to get some sewing satin push pins and a Styrofoam wreath and start pushing the pins into the center of the strips of paper and then pushing the pin into the Styrofoam.


Then keep doing it over and over again and it will start looking like this.  It will take awhile to do this so, put on your favorite radio station and start singing along OR this would be a great project if you don’t really like football but want to spend time in the same room with your family who do watch football all weekend 🙂


I forgot to take a picture of this part, but while the white Styrofoam is still not totally covered up with the paper curls, I wrapped a piece of twine around the wreath so when it was done I could hang it up without messing up the paper.


I just love the way it turned out!  And the best part is that I used cardstock that would have been sitting in my drawer collecting dust but instead, I used it in a way that I don’t think I ever would have.

Now that it’s done, I betcha I can make wreaths for every occasion with the right colors of cardstock, and maybe add some paper embellishments onto the paper curls with a glue dot. Like I always say,  the possibilities are endless when you create your own crafting projects.

Make It A Great Day and Don’t Forget To Leave Time To Craft!


Cricut Christmas Crafts ~ Making A Family Snowflake Wreath

12 Days of Christmas with Joans Craft World

On the eight day of Christmas…

We are at the final stretch until Christmas and today I am making a Family Snowflake Wreath.  I will be using two Cricut cartridges and my Cricut Expression machine.

For the base of the wreath, garland and bows I used the Christmas Noel Cricut solutions cartridge .  I cut the wreath at 6″ using the shadow function key.  Then for the garland and bows I cut them out at 2 1/4″.

I then decorated the wreath with Snowflakes.  I used the Winter Woodland Cricut cartridge.  There are a few snowflakes on this cartridge but I really liked the one that is called Snowflk4.  I used the layers function key and cut this snowflake at 2 1/2″ on white cardstock.  I also cut some out at 1″ to fill in the blank spaces on the wreath.

Now for the really fun part.  I want this snowflake wreath to be my family wreath, so I wrote the names of each family member on a snowflake.  Then on the garland I decided to write Our Family ~ A Bunch of Flakes.  I wrote this with a Zig 05 Millennium black marker.

I glued each flake onto the wreath with a Zig 2 way glue and finished it all off with some Stickles at the end of each Snowflake for that special shimmer.


I Love the way this Christmas Snowflake Wreath turned out, and I don’t mind being a flake as long as my family is with me.

Make it a Great Day and don’t forget to leave time to Craft!