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Paper Pew Wreath

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2005

With their whispery petals and luminous silver centers, the tissue-paper flowers that bloom on this wintry wreath look as if they were plucked from a fairy tale. Perhaps more magical is the fact that this inexpensive pew decoration won't wilt or fade, so you can make as many as you need well ahead of time.

Tools and Materials
Low-temperature hot-glue gun
About 51/2 feet of 1-inch-wide silver double-faced satin ribbon 6-inch
Styrofoam disk (1 inch thick)
White tissue paper 20mm and 30mm silver-ball floral ornaments
White floral tape

Wreath How-To
1. Cut out center of disk, leaving 11/2-inch-wide ring. Hot-glue ribbon to inner and outer edges of ring.

2. Make flowers; you'll need about twenty for one wreath: For one flower, trace a round object on tissue paper to create three 3-inch circles; cut out. Stack circles; poke wire end of one or two floral ball ornaments through center. Slide circles up wire, ruffling them as you go, to shape petals. Wrap base of flower and wire with floral tape; trim stem to 11/2 inches.

3. To secure each flower to wreath, apply a dab of hot glue on ring, insert stem through glue into foam, and press flower base onto glue. Leave a 1-inch gap bare for hanging ribbon. Loop a 24-inch length of ribbon around wreath at gap; spread petals of adjacent flowers to cover (add flowers if needed). To hang, tie ribbon ends, and slip over removable self-adhesive hook placed upside down inside pew (check with church about restrictions first).

Comments (10)

  • 12 Nov, 2010

    brenny1953 = If you think the wreath is to large, use a smaller Styrofoam form and cut it thinner. For those of you who asked about the TEMPLATE = If you READ the instructions, you'll see that no template is offered. If you need a template, Goolge search an image of a flower, print it, then trace it out. Be creative !!

  • 5 May, 2010

    I love the wreath, but not as a pew end. They are to big and just is not what should be there, to my way of thinking. They idea of the fabric flowqers was great but not for a pew end.

  • 4 Jan, 2009

    I got married 2 yrs ago and made these for the end of the pews in the church. They turned out nice but the tissue paper was difficult to make it look like a flower. I ended up using more than the required amount as well to full the whole arrangement. I also had difficulty finding the ornaments so I had to use either white, wired berries or any other decorative item that was available like that. I am sure if I could find the actually ornaments it would have helped make them fuller and more like flowers.

  • 24 Oct, 2008

    Love this idea, can not wait to try it!

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    Anyone tried making this for their home? Do you think it would work in Christmasy colors?

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    Anyone tried making this for their home? Do you think it would work in Christmasy colors?

  • 9 Jul, 2008

    I am using this for my wedding as well. I actually used felt cloth instead of the tissue paper and found the wreath to look and feel a little more hearty because of it. I also used regular pins instead of floral ins, which worked just fine. If you decide to use cloth, do the circles like Martha says, but arrange them to look more "flower" like, because they won't crimp like the paper naturally will.

  • 9 Jul, 2008

    I am using this for my wedding as well. I actually used felt cloth instead of the tissue paper and found the wreath to look and feel a little more hearty because of it. I also used regular pins instead of floral ins, which worked just fine. If you decide to use cloth, do the circles like Martha says, but arrange them to look more "flower" like, because they won't crimp like the paper naturally will.

  • 24 May, 2008

    i tried making these flowers, but could not. HELP!please somone explain again how i put the petals together.thanks

  • 20 Apr, 2008

    i was recently married and made all of the flowers for my wedding these wreaths look great on doors of the church, and on candle arrangments.