This DIY is a tale of bruised ego and ruffled honeycomb. I hope the wreath inspires you but I share it with a warning—this was quite possibly the most annoying craft I’ve done in the last two years! I would have never guessed that cutting and gluing a bunch of honeycomb balls to rings could be so deviously frustrating! If I weren’t a part-time craft blogger who just barely ekes out new content, I would have considered tossing this one in the heap. Instead, I share it as a cautionary tale about the unimaginable horrors of crafty pursuits 😉
As with the last DIY, I got the inspiration for this one during my London vacation. While window shopping at The Conran Shop, I spied a very cool and modern honeycomb wreath. Both the logistics of travel and the price tag (£45 or $56) deterred me from buying it on the spot (though in hindsight I should have just taken the plunge.)
This DIY started going downhill from the onset. First of all, it’s remarkably hard to find good quality honeycomb paper in a variety of pleasing colors. Even online. Then, the seemingly mundane task of cutting out the balls proved endlessly tedious. Add to that the gluing and the waiting for the glue to dry. Then the glued edges systematically came undone. But the absolute worst was assembling the wreath. Nearly half of all the balls refused to cooperate. No matter how much gluing, coercing, threatening, and pleading I did, time and again they came undone. I just barely managed to get a picture taken before it all started to fall apart…again!
As an end to this traumatic retelling, I’ll say this, if you embark upon this craft be warned. Stock up on whatever your stress vice is (wine, chocolate, chips, or all of the above) because you’ll need it! Give yourself time. Take breaks. Test it out beforehand. Use industrial strength glue and if you succeed share your tale of victory for you will have my undying admiration and respect!
DIY Holiday Honeycomb Wreath
Approximate time: 4+ hours with breaks to decompress, scream, and watch glue dry
Skill Level: Beginner
Annoyance Level: 7/10
Materials and Supplies
- Honeycomb paper in assorted colors
- 12 inch metal macrame ring
- 6 inch metal macrame ring
- 1 inch metal macrame ring
- Clear bead wire
- Craft glue
- Rust-oleum Crystal Clear Enamel (optional)
- White pencil
- Half-circle stencils, sizes 4″, 3″, and 2″ (PDF, SVG)
- Interior support stencils, sizes 3″, 2″, and 1.5″ (see above attachments)
- Card stock for interior supports
As an optional first step, you may want to spray your metal rings with a sealant (I used Rust-oleum Crystal Clear Enamel). This will help the rings last longer by preventing rusting.
Take one of the half-circle stencils and align it with the glued edge of your honeycomb sheet. Trace around pattern with a white pencil.
Following the outline you just traced, carefully cut out the half circle, making sure to not let the honeycomb paper shift too much (though some amount is unavoidable).
Using the corresponding interior support stencil, cut out a support on heavy card stock. Glue to one side of the honeycomb shape.
Repeat for each side.
Repeat the above steps to create the second half of your honeycomb ball. Once you have two pieces, glue together on one side only.
Repeat steps 1 through 4 until you have all the honeycomb balls you need for your wreath. For my wreath, I ended up with four 4″ balls, five 3″ balls, and three 2″ balls.
Attach macrame rings together with craft wire. I measured approximately three inches between each ring, double knotted the wire, and glued each knot to keep it in place.
Compose your wreath and then begin attaching each honeycomb ball by unfolding it around the macrame ring and gluing it in place.
My hat off to you if you and your wreath survived this DIY! Me and mine just barely made it out alive.