Deck the Halls with This DIY Wreath

Want to show your Nerdmas spirit with a fun, easy project? Don’t have much change to spare? Look no further than this lovely little craft!

Excited? Yeah, I thought so.

From your utility belt, you’ll need: 

  • Old comic books
  • Large piece of cardboard or cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Piece of string or yarn
  • Yard stick
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Ribbon or bow

Step 1: 

Cut the pages of the comic books into even strips. You’ll need a lot, so I suggest buying two or three old comics. The best place to get these, if you don’t have any yourself, is at a used or half price bookstore.

Step 2: 

 

Unless you have a big circular item to trace, this is the best way to trace a circle onto the cardboard. Taking your piece of cardboard, the yard stick, and the Sharpie, draw an X to find the center. Attach a piece of string to the Sharpie, and affix the other end of the sting to the middle of the cardboard piece. I used a thumbtack for this part. Pull the Sharpie so that the string becomes taught, and the tip of the marker is even with the surface of the cardboard.  That’s right, you’re making a good old-fashioned compass.

 

Because I can’t math too good, I MacGuyver shit
Step 3: 

Cut out the cardboard circle, and repeat this same process to create an inner circle.


Cut out the inner circle so that you have a wreath template.


Step 4: 

Find a good area to lay out all of your supplies. Plug in your glue gun, and prep your comic book strips like so:

 

I didn’t know how to explain this shape, so hooray for visual aids!
Make as many of these, uh, petals (?) as possible. Like I said, you’re going to need a lot.

Step 5: 

Begin to glue these petals onto your wreath template. Go with the curve of the template as you glue. The easiest way to adhere them is by gluing down the flat parts, and adding on from there. If you try to layer by adding on to the larger end of the petals, it becomes tedious. This is also hard to explain, so cue another visual aid!


Gluing them down like this is much easier. Follow this patter all the way around until you’ve filled up the template.


For my wreath, I used three different comic books. Ther’s an X-Men comic, a JLA one, and a Superman one. There are two strips per layer, and I organized each layer by comic book type.

Step 6: 

Taking a piece of ribbon or string, loop and secure it to the back of the wreath with hot glue.


Step 7: 

Tie your own bow or buy a pre-made one and adhere it to your wreath. I’m used to making bows, so I made my own with Christmas ribbon. I decided to place mine on the bottom and have the tails creep up the sides.

You’re done! 

 

In total, all the materials for this project cost me around $4. It’s economic, fun, and super quick to throw together. Plus, it gives those boring traditional wreaths a run for their money!

Just like the last craft, if you decide to make one of these, I would love to see it! Tag me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! And while you’re at it, why not enter that picture into the Nerd•ily Giveaway? Entries are still being accepted! Giveaway ends December 18th.

Happy Crafting!

Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for? 

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