How to Make a Paper Wreath – Dahlia Inspired {Under $10 to Make!}


The weather is soaring into the 60’s this week and it is giving me the itch to get our house ready for Spring.

The first change in our house is with the mantel, it was decorated top to bottom for Valentine’s Day and screamed winter. Some of the changes that I will be making are; adding a new wreath, making a sign and decorating a few fun vases to fill with beautiful spring flowers.

My theme this year is yellow, grey and white. I love this combination and it’s definitely one that can take you from Spring into Summer.

How to make a paper wreath under $10!

We are on a budget for this project and I am planning to do this entire mantel makeover for under $50. First stop, the wreath! I decided on a paper wreath with inspiration of the Dahlia flower. From start to finish, this project was done for less than $10!

What you need:

  • Yellow, white and grey construction paper. You can use card stock or even scrapbooking paper, but our budget allowed for construction paper. This is the main cost of a paper dahlia wreath.
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Piece of Cardboard
  • Scissors or paper cutter. I recommend a paper cutter for this project as it will produce nice clean lines and it’s much quicker for the job
  • Compass

We had pizza for dinner so I became resourceful and cut off the top of the box to use for my wreath. Pizza boxes are great because they are sturdy and so easy to cut into. But any piece of cardboard will work for this.

Using a compass, draw a 10 inch diameter circle and cut it out. Then on the same piece of cardboard draw another circle with a 8 inch diameter.

Then take your yellow and white construction paper and cut them into 4 x 4 squares, on my wreath I used about 70 yellow, 30 white and about 11 grey. Your wreath might use more or a little less, depending on how tight you make your cones.

Cut the grey paper into 3 X 3 as this will be the center of your flower.

How to make a paper wreath under $10!

Take each paper and wrap it just like a cone, leaving it open on top and closed at the bottom. Using your hot glue gun, place a little glue under the seam so it stays closed.

To place it onto the cardboard, pinch the bottom of your cone flat and hot glue it onto the line that you drew on the cardboard. Leave about a finger width space in between each cone.

Then when you get to the second row, place the cones in between the spaces creating a layering effect.

Do this all the way until you get into the middle of your flower.

On my flower, I did two rows of white, 4 rows of yellow and filled the rest with the grey paper. Finish it off by hot gluing a ribbon to the back for hanging.

This project is really easy to do, even for someone who isn’t much of a crafter (ME!) It turned out so cute and will look perfect next to my sign that is in progress now.


39 thoughts on “How to Make a Paper Wreath – Dahlia Inspired {Under $10 to Make!}

  • July 28, 2018 at 10:11 am
    Why can I not roll a pretty cone? Is there a secret I don't know?:) Reply
  • March 12, 2018 at 5:59 am
    Thank you. Your instructions were thorough and to the point. I'm making flowers tomorrow for an event next week. Reply
  • June 22, 2017 at 11:31 pm
    I got to make this ASAP, I love it my kitchen curtains have sunflowers on I have them on top of my fridge .Thanks for the info Reply
  • June 12, 2017 at 12:58 pm
    Do you move the rows in as you go? Reply
  • May 10, 2017 at 12:36 pm
    My mom has dementia but used to love to craft- i try to make wreaths w her for seasons and holidays- this is perfect- thank you- already have the supplies, just going to get everything ready for her. Reply
  • May 3, 2017 at 11:59 am
    Question! How do you go about hanging these up? I'm in the process of making one :) THANKS! -Jen Reply
    • May 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm
      Hi Jen! I just grabbed a ribbon or twine, hot glued the two ends together on the back and hung the loop up on the wall. Held with no problems! Reply
      • May 4, 2017 at 2:36 pm
        yes! I did the same thing, I thought it would be heavier than it is. Such an adorable project! I made 3 of them for mothers day! Reply
        • May 6, 2017 at 12:52 pm
          What a great idea!! I bet they will love them :) Reply
  • November 3, 2016 at 1:03 pm
    Just love this paper Wreath.I am a crafter that ?'s to make things, of all kinds.thank you. Reply
  • October 30, 2016 at 5:16 pm
    This is a fun group project. This is a great time for group projects, the oil painting, people getting together to do coloring pages. With the holidays coming up and using holiday paper, green and red or blue and silver to create decorations for parties or the home. People get a pre-cut stack of paper which they can exchange with others to make the wreath their own. It's something that can be created each season or used as decoration for a celebration. How about a 16th birthday celebration? Thanks for sharing!! Reply
  • September 18, 2016 at 9:10 pm
    I want to do a Fall wreath. I cant wait to see what it looks like. Thanks. Reply
  • March 24, 2016 at 1:22 pm
    my first post says it is awaiting moderation. Not sure what that means, but I wanted to know what size wreath your 10" base ended up measuring? I want to make a few different sizes and just needed to know how big/small my cardboard circles need to be to achieve different size wreaths. I await your reply. Hopefully Reply
  • March 23, 2016 at 11:35 am
    I want to make a few of these in various sizes. How big did your 10" base measure when the wreath was complete? Reply
  • January 31, 2016 at 9:29 am
    I am excited to do this project for the redecorating of my bedroom...Since I LOVE to craft but need very detailed instructions because Im not "crafty" can you tell me how many pieces of construction paper you had to purchase? I see how many squares of each color I need to cut after I purchase the paper. Thank you for your help! Reply
    • February 2, 2016 at 9:57 pm
      Kathy, I just purchased a regular package of construction paper (50 sheets) for each of the colors and didn't even use half of the package. The amount you use, and how many squares you need, will depend on the size of your wreath and how tightly you roll the cones. Hope that helps! Reply
  • January 8, 2016 at 5:55 am
    You can use cardboard cake rounds as the base....get whole pack at Jo-ann fabrics plus use a coupon and save more money. Reply
  • August 13, 2015 at 11:00 pm
    I just made this when I saw your tutorial! Awesome! It turned out really cute, thank you! It was just the pop of color I needed for my dining room Reply
    • August 14, 2015 at 10:15 pm
      So glad you loved it! Check out our holiday one too :) Perfect for Christmas decorating! Reply
  • July 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm
    I made this wreath as a Christmas decoration. I really like your as well. Reply
  • July 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm
    I made this wreath as a Christmas decoration. I really like your as well. Reply
  • January 10, 2015 at 10:23 pm
    I really enjoyed doing the wreaths. Although it got a little difficult for me to do the center. But overall, good. Thank you! Reply
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  • December 30, 2014 at 10:39 am
    I love your wreaths! They bring back fond memories of ones that my mom made in the 1960's when I was little. She used old computer punch cards, but she assembled it with all points sticking out and spray painted it gold and added glittery Christmas ornaments. Thanks! Reply
  • November 29, 2014 at 3:14 am
    I laughed so hard when I saw your comment WAH LAH! You do know that's from the french word Voila, meaning here it is? Reply
  • October 31, 2014 at 10:31 am
    Lovely idea for a wreath! Shall try to make one myself Reply
  • May 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm
    WOW .... This project certainly has the WOW factor. Thank you for sharing it. Reply
  • April 16, 2014 at 5:44 am
    thank-you for sharing; staff at Central Elementry Albemarle N.C. project for classrooms is going to be awesome ( spring theme ) Reply
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  • February 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm
    Ok, I think I am going to HAVE to do this! It turned out so totally cute! Reply
  • February 18, 2014 at 7:24 pm
    Wow! Great job! I love this. It looks so good, yet it's so easy! Reply
  • February 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm
    I am so loving this! I've not seen anything like it before, and it's just perfect for spring. Reply
  • February 18, 2014 at 9:25 am
    Wow! I really like the crisp look this gives! I love Dahlias to! Very easy craft to do with my 12 yrold son who is Mr. Crafter! I don't have a blog, just floating around Pinterest an saw this an it caught my eye. Gonna try it out! Thanks for sharing this! Reply

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