I'm afraid it's been ages since my last Tiny Brain Wave. Do you even remember this little series? Do I? Let's harken back for a moment... Ah yes! A tiny brain wave is that immensely occasional feature wherein I share an idea that, in itself, is NOT a craft but rather an idea or technique that might come in handy for making a craft somehow sometime.
Today I'm showing you how I made the simple little wreath forms above. Okay then?
You will need: a pair of scissors, strip of craft paper (or any paper), water, yogurt tub (or something equally cylindrical), microwave oven (optional)
I started by cutting a roughly 5 inch (12.5cm) strip of paper the width of my craft paper roll which I'm guessing is about 30 inches or 75 cm wide or so.
I poured a little water over the strip. I didn't completely wet it. Just mostly. And then I folded in the raw edges of the paper.
Working gently so as not to rip the paper, I twisted the entire wetted strip. I then wrapped it snuggly around a small plastic tub, the kind yogurt or sour cream come in, you know? The twisted strip made it around the tub 2 whole times.
Finally, I placed the tub with twisted paper in the microwave on High for 2 minutes. Had I been more patient I could also have let it air-dry overnight. Alas, patient I was not. Not this time. The microwave allowed me to make 4 little 4 inch (10cm) diameter wreath forms in a matter of minutes. See how cute?
These little wreath forms are very lightweight and quite sturdy because of the doubly-wrapped twisted paper. I wouldn't go so far as putting them outside or anything krayzay like that. But they are ideal for indoor decor and perfect for kids to get involved in. All you need are some paper strips, water and a cylindrical thing to act as a mold!
And now for the best part... DECORATE AT WILL! That's up next...
P.S. For a million (okay, maybe not quite a million...) wreath ideas hop over to The Wreath Blog!