I made a tea wreath for my mom's birthday. I got the idea from blog-surfing and found an awesome tutorial.
Here is what it looks like:
And here is how I made it.
-pieces of cardboard, 12x12 or smaller. It all depends on the size you want to make. (I used two pieces from a box from work. Glued together for stability)
-hot glue and white glue
-clothespins (the dollar store-I used 14)
-scrapbook paper in coordinating patterns
-a bowl or plate
-Measure the inner and outer circles onto your cardboard
When measuring wear to put the inner circle, place a clothes pin to determine how small the inner circle should be.
If you're using thin cardboard, glue together two pieces and then cut out the circles.
(I did it backwards and cut the two circles and then glued them together. It makes it a little more difficult making them the same. Just FYI.)
Trace your circle onto the backside of your paper and cut about a half inch to an inch excess outside this circle. (Again, I did it backwards and glued the paper to the cardboard and then cut it all out. It works, but makes it more difficult.)
Pretty paper I chose that matches my mom's kitchen. :)
Glue your circle onto your paper and make notches in the outside rim and the inside rim, so you can fold the pieces over and glue them onto the cardboard as you go. I didn't take pictures of this part because I got so wrapped up in the folding and.....I burned myself with the glue gun in the process.
BUT here is what it should look like on the under side.
Ice your hot glue burns
Cut coordinating paper into strips wide enough to cover the top of your clothes pins.
Glue on the strips with hot glue. Watch your fingers. Then arrange your clothes pins where you like and glue them down with the "mouth" of the clothes pin facing out. I didn't measure this, just glued and guessed. :) It works!
Glue a ribbon of your choice to the back and let it dry. I cut out a circle in a matching brown and glued it over the back just to give it a polished look.
Let it dry and then hang it in your kitchen or wherever you like.
My mom loved it and I'm almost finished making one for myself, but mine is going to be for pictures instead of tea. I don't drink it as much as she.
Here's the blog where I got the idea. Her instructions might be a little clearer than mine. Hope it inspires you to make one for yourself!