DIY Summertime Fiesta Wreath from Paper Napkins

INSIDE: How to make an easy summertime fiesta wreath made totally from paper napkins and hot glue gun.

If you walked into my pantry right now and looked up to the very top shelf, you’d see two beverage containers stuffed to the ceiling with party crap stuff. Paper plates, plastic cups, streamers…and more paper party napkins than I’ll probably ever use in my lifetime!

If I had a nickel for every cocktail and dinner napkin I own, I’d be able to buy myself something pretty. But I really don’t want to be rich in paper goods!

So when the top shelf of the pantry starts to look like it could quickly become a hazard, you pull out the glue gun and make a wreath. Like this…
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DIY summer wreath from paper napkins

This fiesta wreath, originally made for Margarita Day/Cinco de Mayo, formed the foundation for this 100% paper napkin wreath.

Maybe keep a couple of bandages on hand (these are pretty cute!) as hot glue burns happen. I know. I’m really selling this craft!

Foam wreath 
Straight pins
– Craft scissors
– Hot glue gun
– Variety of paper napkins (cocktail, dinner, whatever you have)
– Ribbon to hang

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Step 1:
This project is Round Two of this Cinco de Mayo fiesta wreath. As you can maybe tell from the rough-lookin’ napkins, I ripped off Round One items.

Follow the instructions to wrap the foam wreath with the napkins and secure with the straight pins.
DIY Easy Summer Fiesta Wreath made with Paper Napkins. Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Wreath |

Step 2:
Open up a paper napkin. Cut it down the middle for two pieces. Fold each piece in half lengthwise.

Step 3:
For paper flower version #1: Make small slits along the folded end of the napkin. Roll into tight rosette shape. Secure the end with a dab of hot glue.

For paper flower version #2: Roll and twist the paper napkin half. Roll into a tight circle shape. Secure the end of more hot glue.

Step 4:
Arrange the various paper napkin flowers along the wreath form and adhere with more hot glue. (Have you had to pull out a bandage yet?!)

Step 5:
With the flowers in place, it’s time to add the finishing touches to the bow. (Please refer to this project for photos of how this large paper bow was made.) But in a nutshell…

Unfold ONE time each three paper napkins. Layer on top of each other. Unfold a fourth napkin and fold onto itself to form a long narrow rectangle. Use this to secure the bow together. Secure with glue and/or straight pins onto the foam wreath.

Use one more napkin to form the ribbons coming out of the bow. Secure to the wreath with pins.

Who knew de-cluttering and de-stashing could be so crafty?

What are your summertime DIY projects? Let me know in the comments.

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36 thoughts on “DIY Summertime Fiesta Wreath from Paper Napkins

  1. Laura - The No Pressure Life says:

    I love this! What a great way to add some coordinating decor for a party, too. I also have a ton of paper napkins…but most of them have My Little Pony or Ninja Turtles on them or something. 😉 I’ve taken to using them when the kids have friends over for a playdate.

  2. Leslie says:

    How fun! I used to have a problem with keeping all sorts of colorful napkins, but these days we just use them up at dinner time until they’re gone. The girls always want to have the ‘fancy napkins’. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  3. Kathleen Rupp says:

    HA!!!! That is hysterical….I love that idea. It’s so cute! I too, end up keeping a few extra stray party napkins around. For some reason they never get used because they are the “nice” napkins! haha. This is a great idea! I will have to do this. I am pinning this one! Glad I found your site from the linky party:)

  4. Teresa says:

    This is a great idea for all kids of parties. I have lots of leftover napkins here and there that would be perfect for these wreaths. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

  5. Lisa says:

    This is so clever! I have tons of slightly crumbled paper napkins left over from parties. I would never have thought to make a wreath with them. Thanks for sharing your project with Share Your Style.

  6. lauriejo says:

    Arrrggghhh!!! I just got rid of a boatload of paper napkins. If only I had seen this brilliant idea a few months ago. Fortunately I still have a modest stash of napkins. I wonder how it would look if I used my Chipotle napkins??? Thanks for sharing this imaginative craft.

  7. Theresa Boedeker says:

    Who would have thought that paper napkins could be turned into something so pretty. Love this idea. I always buy paper napkins because of their print, and here is another way to repurpose them.

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