When it comes to Christmas decorations, a wreath is one of the first things many people think of. Get hands-on with the help of our Live For Less DIY gurus, Eleanor and Paulina, as they show you how to create your own Christmas wreaths in part one of: DIY Christmas Wreaths.

Toilet Paper Roll Wreath

DIY Toilet paper wreath

Christmas can be one of the most wasteful times of the year for Australian households. So how about getting festive and creative to re-purpose and recycle this year? Toilet paper rolls are in abundance at our houses and we’ve come up with a way to turn these usually thrown-away items into something beautiful to decorate your door.

What you’ll need:

  • Toilet paper rolls (the number of rolls you need will depend on how big you want your wreath to be)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Stanley knife
  • Newspaper
  • Spray paint
  • Spray adhesive
  • Eco-friendly glitter
  • Christmas bells/baubles
  • Ribbon
  • Protective gloves

Tools to make wreath

How to make it:

1. The first step to any DIY is to find a clean open space. Once you’ve done this, lay out some newspaper to protect the surface you will be working on.

2. Gather your toilet paper rolls and individually cut them in thirds with your Stanley knife. For this DIY, we used 13 rolls for a medium sized wreath. The more rolls you have, the bigger your wreath will be. Depending on the width you would like your wreath to be, you could even cut the rolls in halves for more depth.

Cut up toilet paper rolls

3. Once you’ve cut up all your rolls, separate which ones will be spray painted and which ones you would like to coat in glitter. For our wreath, a third of our rolls were covered in glitter with the rest of them spray painted.

Spray painting toilet rolls

4. Place your gloves on and start spray painting the rolls individually. We decided to make our wreath gold but feel free to customise the wreath colours to suit. Once you have spray painted them, place them aside to dry.

Dipping toilet paper rolls in glitter

5. Now it’s time to grab the rest of your toilet paper rolls and one by one spray them with the adhesive and then dip them into the glitter. Make sure to also cover the inside of your toilet paper rolls to ensure they’re covered all over. When you’ve finished this, place them aside to dry.

Drying toilet paper rolls.

6. Most spray paints dry rather quickly so in the meantime, start heating up your hot glue gun.

Laying out wreath

7. Once your rolls have dried, make sure to shake off any excess glitter and start laying out your rolls into the desired shape of your wreath. When you’re happy with the layout, carefully start gluing the pieces together making sure to keep it consistent to avoid disrupting the wreath layout.

wreath

8. Allow your wreath to sit and dry for approximately 10-15 minutes. Finish by putting bells inside some of the rolls to add some more character.

completed-wreath

9. Finish off by threading through your favourite ribbon at the top of the wreath to hang up and adore.