Recycled Magazine Wreath for Earth Day

smoothfoam wreath with recycled magazinesWhen one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
—John Muir

Earth Day, April 22nd, will soon be upon us. I love to celebrate this day honoring mother nature. I designed this hydrangea-inspired recycled magazine wreath as both a tribute to spring and a means for recycling some old magazines. Try one of our Earth Day craft projects today!

You will need:

8″ Smoothfoam disc
Mod Podge
Sponge brush
Flower punch
7/8″ wide Offray ribbon (5 yards)
Straight pins, paper clip
Scissors

Punch out several dozen flowers. I worked with interior design magazines, so I chose pages that were primarily blue or rust. I glued the flowers into place with a little Mod Podge, working from the outside inward, overlapping the petals slightly as I worked. This gives both a visual and slight physical texture to your collage. Be sure to coat the surface with a layer or two of Mod Podge. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Obermeyer Hydrangea 3

Cut twenty 3″ lengths of ribbon. Roll each ribbon into a circle and pin it to the edge of the disc with two pins. Repeat this process until the entire circumference of the disc has been covered. They end up looking like fluffy petals to a flower.

Cut a 15″ length of ribbon and pin to the back of the disc, allowing the majority to show below the flower as a stem.

Open a paper clip and push it into the back of the Styrofoam to make a hanger. Hang it on a wall as decoration or adorn your door with it.

Hint:  If you have no ribbon, then cut 1″ wide strips of magazine pages and use them in same manner around the edge!

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