If you’re looking for an easy way to decorate for the holidays, this DIY styrofoam wreath is perfect! It takes no time at all to make and makes a big impact. Plus, it’s cheap to do—all you need are some supplies and some recyclables.
To make this Styrofoam wreath, you’ll need the following supplies:
- Styrofoam wreath form (available at craft stores)
- Green spray paint (I used Rustoleum’s Flat Polyurethane in “Lime”)
- Green ribbon (or whatever kind of ribbon you’d like to use)
- Floral wire (to wire together your flowers and greens)
- Getting Started
- Gather supplies:
- Styrofoam wreath form or other round object (if you don’t have a styrofoam wreath form, try using a large flower pot or bucket)
- Pencil and pen (or sharpie) to mark the foam with measurements if needed
- Use a template to cut the styrofoam: If you’re using a foam wreath form, this step isn’t necessary because the foam will be in shape already. Otherwise it’s best to use an old plate or bowl as your guide when cutting out your circle of foam. Trace around your object on top of the polystyrene sheeting with a pencil and then mark off where each hole needs to go by poking through with your scissors tip so that they’re all evenly spaced apart from one another (don’t forget about any extra holes needed for attaching ribbons/decorations later). Then just follow along these lines while cutting out your circle shape!
- Cut the styrofoam into circles of varying sizes and shapes. You can use a hot glue gun to glue the pieces together and create a wreath form, or you can leave them as they are and showcase them individually on your wreath base.
- Once all of your foam circles have been glued together and/or glued onto your wreath form, you’re ready to decorate! Use acrylic paints or markers to draw on some pretty designs or write happy holiday messages that will look great hanging on any wall in your home this winter season!
- Place the styrofoam ball on the wreath form, then glue it down with a hot glue gun.
- Use a hammer to attach the wreath form to the styrofoam ball, making sure that it’s nice and secure so that your wreath won’t fall apart later on when you hang it up!
Now that you have your styrofoam wreath, it’s time to cut out the middle. This is where you’ll be adding the greens and greenery. You can either leave the whole thing open or cut a small hole in the middle of one side for hanging later on.
- Using a sharp, serrated knife and starting at one point on the top edge of your circle, cut along all four sides until you reach another point on another edge (ex: 1-2-3-4).
- Repeat cutting around until there’s nothing left but scraps! Discard these little pieces so they don’t accidentally get mixed into your greenery pile (and cause confusion!).
To create the wreath shape, you’ll need to cut a circle out of the styrofoam. You can use either a sharp knife or scissors for this step.
Once your styrofoam is cut into a circle and it’s just slightly bigger than what you want your design to be, use hot glue to attach the two ends together where they overlap (you should end up with one large ring).
You can also cut smaller rings of varying sizes out of other pieces of foam and attach them around this main piece as well—this will give your wreath some dimensionality and allow you to customize your design!
Once the basic shape has been created using these pieces, all that’s left is attaching it all together with wire hangers! Simply twist one end into place before wrapping it around several times until there is enough excess material at each end to bend down and create hooks by hand. To finish off our project we used wire cutters*(https://www.*dotcom/)in order to make sure no stray threads were left hanging around.*dotcom/
- Use hot glue to glue the flowers to the wreath. Let it dry, then enjoy your new wreath!
Step 7 (optional):
You’re almost done! Now it’s time to add a bow, ribbon or both to your wreath. If you want to add a ribbon, do so now. If you want to add two ribbons and two bows, do that now. Or just one bow and one ribbon if that’s more your style. Just remember: whatever decoration(s) you choose should be subtle enough not to steal the show from the wreath itself.
It’s easy to make a DIY styrofoam wreath.
First, you’ll need a styrofoam wreath. You can buy one at any craft store, or use an old one if you’re feeling thrifty.
To make the DIY styrofoam wreath:
- Fit the ring to your styrofoam base by cutting out a circle of foam slightly bigger than the base
- Measure and cut out three “petals” from your foam sheet (they should be about half as long as your outer ring is wide).
- Glue each petal onto its respective side of the outer ring so that they overlap slightly in a staggered pattern (see photo above). Be sure not to glue them all together! If necessary for stability, add some additional glue underneath each petal where it overlaps another piece of foam.
- Wrap ribbon around top edge of inner “flower” layers so that it rests just below bottom layer when viewed from above; then wrap remaining length around backside of entire circle so it touches bottom layer; tie ends together tightly with double ties knots or bow tie knots.
You’re finished! Now you have a beautiful DIY styrofoam wreath for the holidays.