Check out this wreath made from hymnal pages I put through the paper shredder and then dipped in tea. Very easy to make, and you can use it for lots of things like gift bag filler....or a wreath! Take handfuls of shredded paper and dip into a large bowl of tea( add vanilla and a scented oil if you like, as long as it's the kind made for skin; the wrong kind will burn you!!) Squeeze out excess liquid and lay out on a cookie sheet to dry. Flip it over now and then to dry, and pull apart if they're stuck together.
a cardboard circle the size you like
wire or a paper clip for a hanger
hot glue gun
I used a dinner plate and a small bowl for my circle templates and an old cardboard box.
This is how it looks from the back, you can see how I cut out the cardboard circle. I hot glued a paper clip to the back for a hanger. To start....squeeze some glue out and grab a handful of shredded paper and stick to it. You want to make sure you cover the outside and inside edges with the paper. You may need to go back with a second layer, like I did.
Just handfuls like this..until it's as fluffy as you like it. You can trim any pieces off til it has a nice shape.
I finally decided on the larger cherub, mostly because it was already painted. But now I have three small white cherubs for a future project! I cut off two strips of black tulle; one is folded in half and twisted and glued down in places. The other is tied in a bow and glued on. Then the cherub is hot glued on one side. This is it hanging in my bedroom.
I almost forgot!! Mamie's puppies! Yep, she had six. I think they have a few different daddies. The two boxers resemble the boxer nearby. Hmmm...is it just a coinky-dink?? One looks suspiciously like Uncle Pedro. The other three look like Jack Russell's. (not Uncle JACK...but terriers, heh! Except huge front feet, and tiny little back feet. This photo is right after birth.