Thursday, December 1, 2011

Homemade Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Homemade Holiday Blog Hop!

You should have reached my blog from Ashley's.  If you are lost or want a full list of the blogs participating, be sure to start at the beginning at the amazing Amanda's.  It's your source for holiday decorating and gifts.

I chose to make a gum wrapper wreath that I made for Christmas gifts last year.  I thought they were pretty cute and easy to make.  I chose to use patterned paper in place of actual gum wrappers, but I used the same folding and assembly directions.  Below is a tutorial of how I make them and here is a link for the directions I found at the BHG website

I will be giving away the wreath I made to one random comment posted by someone who is also a follower!

Pick your papers.  I picked three patterns and colors, but you could pick more or less if you like

Cut pieces into 1" x 2 3/4" strips

Fold in half.  Be sure to make clean edges and crisp folds.  I use a folding bone.

Open up the strip and fold edges into the middle

Fold in half again

Fold the already folded strip in half lengthwise, fold edges in to the middle

Make another piece in a complimenting color and insert the ends of the second piece into  the space between the last folds of the first piece.  

Make more pieces in other complimenting colors and insert into the chain.  I find it easiest to insert the ends into the smoother side of the preceding link.  One side has extra paper edges rather than the clean edge of a single fold.

Continue to build your chain.  Mine measure 9 1/2" in total.  You will know you are done as you gently bend the chain into a circle.  When the ends meet comfortably, you are done.

Fasten the ends together.  I used floss.

Add adornment and hanging apparatus and enjoy!

Be sure to hop on over to Heather's blog for some more great ideas!


Adele said...

A fabulously fun and easy darling ornament! You could put a photo in the centre, too. CUTE!

Becky said...

Oh my gosh!!! I totally remember making those with my gum wrappers when I was in Junior High!! I had the longest chain going!!! I never thought of making a wreath! Now I know what to get you for Christmas, LOL

melshappyscrappyplace said...

I remember making those chains too!! It came out really cute :)

Ashley Horton said...

That is too too cute Laura!! Looks like a lot of work goes into it, but it is a totally adorable ornament!!

Sunny79 said...

WOW, this is GREAT !!!
Love the effect!
Want to make one myself but there is so little time!

love, Marina.

Caroleb said...

That is a neat idea.

Jennifer DeWolfe said...

Oh my goodness! That is too cute! Definitely a little more work though using paper than gum wrappers but the end result is way better !

Steffanie said...

So stinkin' cute! Love it!
PS---already a follower!

Cassie said...

Those are so cute! I spent a couple days folding gum wrappers at my in-laws house over Thanksgiving. But now it is so hard to find gum wrappers. I might have to cut up some old Christmas papers for her.

GLOANN said...

So cute. I remember making those with the foiled gum wrappers as a girl. Not the wreath; just chains.

Dottie said...

That is a LOT of folding! I've never seen anything like this, but I really like it! Great job.

CAstangs said...

I really like this project. It's a neat way to take a typical childhood activity and bring it into the "adult" world. Very pretty! (and I'm a follower)

Tulip Scrapper said...

Like Gloria, I remember making these chains in school . . it was always hard for me, because I didn't chew gum! I've been a follower for quite awhile.

yokaye said...

Oh my, a blast from the past! I totally remember making those chains...but to make them from pp and turn them into a cute lil wreath...genius!

I'm totally a follower now. :)

bfran55 said...

Like everyone else, I too remember making these chains. Love the wreath!

blsd2scrp said...

this wreath is totally cool! love it! thanks for the tutorial and the hop! I'm a follower!

charli said...

so cute!

Stacia said...

These are so cute!! I didn't get a chance to comment during the blog hop, so I'm catching up :) They are just fab!!