Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pixie Stix Sunburst Christmas Wreath {tutorial}

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I have been a little pathetic in the crafting department lately. I could go on and tell you all about my stupid mouth, the laundry, the whole being a mom & wife thing, the Christmas list etc.

It seems that the list was not getting any smaller, so I said, Forget it. (I didn’t really say “Forget it”, I said something that rhymes “drew it”) 

I had to craft! For my sanity, & for my families safety.

I decided to make a

Pixie Stix Sunburst Christmas Wreath.

pixie stick wreath cover pic

It may be the longest title ever-but it is one of the one of the easiest crafts ever.

Cheap & Easy Craft…Promise!

I was inspired by Jen’s wreath. The only problem was, I didn’t have any of those super cute, red,striped straws or a wreath form or some super cute red, striped ribbon.  Since we already discussed that I was crafting for my families' safety, they whole no supplies was a slight problem.

So I made my own version.

I did learn a couple of things along the way that I thought I would be super nice and share with you.

Your welcome!

Pixie Stix Wreath Tips

1. You really need to use good, heavy wrapping paper. I love “All wrapped Up.” If you are a local Utah gal, you can pick up this brand of fabulous wrapping paper at associated food stores and The quilted bear. It’s about $11 a roll, but this roll will last you for the rest of your life, so it’s a great deal. Cute Leslie-the owner of all wrapped up is who gave me the idea. Love her!

2. You will want to make sure that you use Gift Wrap Scotch Tape. It is smoother, it doesn’t rip your paper and you can’t see it. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t have it. I like the gift wrap kind better.

3. The only thing that would have made this craft better would have been Mint M&M’s. These are not required, but highly recommended.

pixie stick wreath supplies

Supplies needed:

Good wrapping paper

Gift Wrap Scotch Tape


The longest pencil you can find



Ribbon-for hanging

Hot glue gun


Step 1

pixie stick paper sizes

You are going to want to make 3 sizes of paper.

I made




I found that 6” was a little too big, so I folded them in half. 3” was much better! Instead of trying to cut out 3” wide strips, just fold the 6” in half and cut those. Even though the instructions are extremely wordy, it is easier.

pixie stick wreath folded paper size

Step 2

Make lots of strips of paper. You will need about 50 pixie stix.

paper tube sizing-pixie stick wreath

Step 3

You will want to roll your pixie stix on an angle. This is where your pencil comes into play. You want to make sure to roll your pixies tight, but not tight that you can’t get your pencil out.

pixie stick wreath=roll

Step 4

Tape your final corner down. I did try to make the stix straight, but they took way longer and were NOT easier.
Remember, we are going for cheap & easy.

pixie stick wreath-tape

Step 5

Now you need to roll& tape, roll & tape, roll & tape. I made all the pixie stix  that I needed while watching an episode of friends. So love that show!

pixie stick wreath-finished tubes

Step 6

Cut out 2 circle shapes out of a piece of chipboard

pixie stick wreath-circles

Step 7

Now you start taping the pixie stix onto your circle. Make sure that you vary the heights and fill in where needed.  Good old scotch tape worked quite well to stick the pixie stix on, but I did use a little bit of hot glue once all of the pixies were on.

pixie stick wreath-stick taped to disk

Step 8

This is when you need to add the ribbon to hang with wreath with. You can use ribbon or bakers twine or whatever you want. Use the hot glue to adhere the ribbon on top of the pixies. Smoosh it down.

Step 9

Now you want to glue your other circle on top of all of your pixies.

pixie stick wreath-cover

Step 10

Cut a circle out of patterned paper and adhere to your chipboard with double stick tape. Embellish to your hearts content.

pixie stick wreath-up close2         pixie stick wreath-up close3   pixie stick wreath-up close

Step 10

I hung my wreath on my cupboards above my stove. This is the cupboard where my forgotten appliances live. Or, the only used once a year appliances. Cocoa-motion (i hide it in here, because my kids love it, but their mom, not so much) Panini maker. This was a total black Friday impulse buy a couple of years ago. When I do use it, it does make yummy Panini's, but I only use it maybe once a year.

I just used a push pin and pined the ribbon behind my crown molding. Worked like a charm.

pixie stick collage-before and after

Tell your husband you are going to be doing something cheap and easy….…

pixie stick wreath-full with cupboard

Happy Crafting!

Just in case you wanted to PIN it

pixie stick collage-pin it


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  1. Good grief that is a gorgeous wreath! Totally easy, too, thanks for the great instructions. If I can't find fabulous wrapping paper, I wonder if scrapbook paper would work? Neat project, you clever lady.

  2. I LOVE YOU and I am in love with your wreath... STICKER for you my friend!

  3. Such a fun wreath tausha!!

    I love that you improvised and used things you already had. And the colors are so fun!


  4. Tausha, I love this! Thanks for linking to Thrifty Thursday.

    Printable Decor
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  5. This comment is directed towards the anonymous commenter. I just wanted to let you know that I did give a shout out to Leslie with All wrapped up. If you read the whole post, you will see that information in there. Leslie and I are actually good friends and I would never not give someone due credit on a project. I just wanted to make sure that you knew that. Thanks for your concern.

  6. Fun and bright with a vintage look. Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

  7. So fun! Great tutorial too...would you share here?

  8. I saw this in Woman's Day and just loved it. Your version is super cute and I love where you have it hanging in your kitchen.

    I'm visiting from Serenity Now.

  9. Very cute and I'm glad you were able to save your sanity!

    Angie @ Knick of Time Interiors

  10. This is so much fun and just too cute. I know what you mean about crafting for sanity:-)

  11. How pretty and festive! Love it! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  12. GOt my paper like that at good ol Smith and Edwards!

  13. GOt my paper like that at good ol Smith and Edwards!

  14. great great work! I really love this for extra scraps of wrapping paper!

    I featured you on my blog today :)

  15. So stinkin cute! Love it, Tausha! ps: Don't you just love anonymous commentors?-they can't put their real name and hide behind "anyonymous" good grief! Anyway, love it girl!! XOXO

  16. Hi Tausha, what a fabulous wreath. I have never seen a sunburst style wreath before and this is, I must say, gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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