We are big fans of using recycled materials in our DIYs. At the top of our fave recycled materials list is the cardboard box. Cardboard crafting possibilities are endless… you can pretty much make anything under the sun! Wait, did somebody say sun?
Today we’re going to show you how to turn the humble cardboard box into this super fab sun ray wreath. It’s earth-friendly, kid-friendly, design on a dime!
what you need:
- Paper plate
- Acrylic paint (think sunset colors: pinks, peaches, yellows, creams)
- Paint brush
- Heavy duty scissors and/or a paper cutter
- Hot glue gun
Paint sheets of recycled cardboard in sunset colors. Try experimenting with different brush strokes when painting your cardboard. Try laying a few colors on top of each other or adding some splatters. Have fun with it!
Once your cardboard is dry, it’s time to cut it into strips to create your rays. If you have a paper cutter it will speed up this step a lot. If not, you can cut strips with a good pair of scissors or a utility knife. Remember, this wreath is supposed to be artsy and funky so you don’t have to make the strips “perfect”.
Cut the center out of your paper plate. The outside rim of your plate will become your sun shape.
Add a dab of hot glue to the back side of one of your painted strips and attach it to the paper plate rim.
Keep gluing your strips to the paper plate. Work your way around the entire circle. Remember to alternate colors and patterns so that you have a nice mix. Don’t worry about gaps on the first go around … you can go
back and layer the strips to fill your sun.
Time to hang! Hang your sun wreath on your front door to brighten up your entry way or maybe you want to bring a little sunshine indoors and hang it on your wall? All you need is a nail or a hanging hook and you are good to go.
This beautiful sunburst wreath project comes from guest contributor Arielle Goddard. Arielle is an artist, designer, teacher, magic-maker, and mama of two girls. She’s been teaching and developing art programs in Los Angeles for 20 years and shares her art adventures and DIY projects on her blog Art Camp.