DIY Tissue Wreath // $5

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I made major progress in house cleaning and decor the past few days and am not starting to get a little festive. We’re picking up our first tree after thanksgiving but in the mean time I want to add a few holiday touches. I started on this wreath last night while talking to Ben about derivatives (I have a husband who loves finance) and while it took almost two hours start to finish, it is incredibly easy, and incredibly cheap. You probably have most of it lying around you home (and if not, lucky you for not needing any Kleenex this cold season yet). 
I’m thinking about adding two more in different sizes and hanging them in an empty gold frame to add a little Christmas cheer to our living room gallery wall (which is still a work in progress). 
What You’ll Need:
  • 1 box of Kleenex (use this coupon for $1 off)
  • 1 piece of cardboard (I used part of a cardboard box)
  • Heavy duty scissors (to cut the cardboard)
  • Masking Tape
  • Decorative Accents (I used a $1 box of ornaments and the red flower is $1 in their gift wrap section)
  • Twine (if you want to hang your wreath)
What You’ll Do:
  1. Trace a the desired shape and size of your wreath on the cardboard. I used a big dinner plate and then a small circular container as a stencil. Be sure to make the inside circle a little larger than you want it because the tissue paper will go over it (see picture). 
  2. Cut cardboard wreath (this can be tricky, don’t worry about beautiful edges).
  3. Cut (or rip) Kleenex into quarters (they will be small squares). For this wreath I used about 60 full tissues, so 240 small squares. 
  4. Start with one square, place your finger in the middle of the square, poking it. On the opposite side of the tissue, twist the tissue paper, creating a “tissue flower.” Basically, you need to gather the tissue to make it puffy, experiment with it a little, but each one does not need to be perfect. I thought they looked horrible until I had about 15 on the wreath and realized how they looked together. 
  5. Tape the twisted portion to the wreath using masking tape. 
  6. Repeat this process until wreath is covered. 
  7. If desired, add embellishments by using a hot glue gun or needle and thread. 

If you try something like this – let me know! What other easy holiday DIY decor ideas do you have? This apartment needs a few more touches 🙂

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