Kraft Paper Flower Wreath

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Floral décor goes rustic - and recycled - in this easy-to-craft kraft paper creation. Humble brown grocery bags are reinvented as an eye-catching wreath perfect for any season.

Completion time – 2 hours

Designer – Kathleen George


  • Wreath, 9" x 1-1/4" x 3/4"
Other Materials
  • Brown paper grocery bags, three large
  • Light brown wax-style shoe polish
  • Glossy dcoupage medium


  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wooden skewer
  • Medium flat paintbrush
  • Water basin
  • Clean, soft rag
  • Scissors
  • Paper crimper
  • Circle punch, 1/2"
  • Craft knife with sharp blade
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue


  • 1. Slit each paper bag along one side seam and cut out bottom
    to create large, flat kraft paper sheets.
  • 2.Cut ten 2" x 20" strips from brown bags and fold each in
    half lengthwise. Use glue gun to secure one end of first strip
    to back of foam wreath. Wrap paper diagonally around wreath,
    keeping it smooth, slightly overlapping each layer; glue end
    of strip to back of wreath. Continue wrapping wreath until covered.
  • 3. Cut the following from brown bags: one 1" x 4" strip
    (wreath hanger); two 1/2" x 8" strips (wreath bow); two 3" x
    15" strips (leaves); four 5/8" x 1" strips (large flower
    centers). In addition, cut six small flowers from bags; cut
    and fold as indicated on pattern. Gently pull wooden skewer
    along back of each petal to add curve.
  • 4.Fold hanger strip in thirds lengthwise and glue ends to
    form loop; glue to top center back of wreath and let dry. Glue
    bow strips together in a long "X" shape to bottom center front
    of wreath; bend and glue top ends to center to create bow loops.
  • 5. Glue leaf strips together and run through paper crimper to
    add texture; cut ten leaves from strip. For large flower
    centers, cut fringe along one 1" edge of each 5/8" x 1" strip.
    Roll strip into tight tube around skewer with fringe at top;
    glue edge to secure.
  • 6.Apply light coat of brown shoe polish to two 8" square
    areas on front of brown bags; let dry. Buff polished areas
    with soft rag to impart sheen. Cut four large flowers from
    polished bag; fold as indicated on pattern. Use craft knife to
    cut tiny "x" at center of each flower; push and glue flower
    centers created in Step 5 through holes from front to back.
    Fluff fringe as desired.
  • 7.Follow manufacturer's instructions to apply one coat
    decoupage medium over remaining polished area of brown bag;
    let dry completely. Punch six 1/2" circles from glossy bag;
    glue to centers of small flowers.
  • 8.In addition, cut seven 1-1/4" x 2-1/2" strips from glossy
    bag. Cut very narrow fringe along one 1-1/4" edge of each
    strip. With glossy side facing in, roll strips into tight
    tubes around skewer with fringe at top; glue edge to secure.
    Curl fringe around skewer for visual interest.
  • 9.Refer to photo to glue four large and five small flowers
    to wreath, tucking two small flowers under bow loops at
    bottom. Glue two leaves under edges of each small flower as
    shown. Glue remaining small flower to center of bow. Tuck and
    glue fringe strips into wreath.