Crafting | Newspaper chicks wreath

Hello, blog readers. I’m going back in time today to make a new home for some old friends.


chalk painted wreath with newspaper chicks and flowers

Loyal readers (with good memories) might remember the newspaper chicks I made back in 2015 by decoupaging newspaper onto some yellow plastic Easter chicks.

decoupage craft project

Back then, I had them displayed under glass…

decoupaged newspaper chicks

.. and made them their own miniature cheeseheads and Wisconsin Badger pennants. This year, I decided I wanted to perch them in a wreath.

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Here is the back side of the wicker wreath I picked up at a thrift store to use for this project. You might be wondering why I took a picture of the back of the wreath instead of the front. So am I. #BloggerFail

white wreath

Here’s the front side of the wreath after I had it painted with some Rust-Oleum Chalked paint in Linen White. It only took one coat to cover.

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Next I made some flowers, by first cutting a few stacks of newspaper squares in various sizes. If you make your own flowers, I’d recommend not cutting any more than four or five layers at a time because you’re going to have to fold these squares in half three times.

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Here’s my first fold.

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Here’s my second fold.

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And here’s my final fold. You’ve probably deduced already that at this point you will want to take a sharp scissors and round off the two outside corners, like the photo says. Make sure you leave the inside corner uncut.
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Here’s what the rounded corners look like.

After your corners are rounded, you can unfold the flowers and cut about an inch or so into the petals along each fold line.

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I wasn’t happy with the shape of my petals at this point, so I went back and rounded the corners a little more.

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Once your petals are the shape you like, you can give them some dimension by pulling the layers apart and wrinkling them a bit or bending them around a pencil to make the paper curl.

making newspaper flowers

I also spattered some black paint on them. Then I restacked some of the papers so I had smaller pieces on top of larger ones. To finish off the flowers, I pierced the middle of each one with an old earring.

white wicker newspaper wreath

My wreath had a Styrofoam base under the wicker, which meant all I had to do was poke the earrings into the wreath to secure the flowers in place.

newspaper wreath

The last step in making this wreath was adding a newspaper nest for my chicks. I just ran a piece of newspaper through my shredder for that.

decoupaged craft

Don’t they look happy all nestled in to their new home?

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