Unicorns are the fun, whimsical, and magical pretend creature we are all in love with! This easy little paper unicorn wreath uses paper quilling methods for rolling basic paper into flowers to create a beautiful look. I love that this wreath looks difficult, but is really very simple to make. In fact, it’s a great project to make with your kids! Ideal for decorating a bedroom, giving as a gift, or even using it as a craft for a party!
Paper Unicorn Wreath
Unicorns are very popular now and there is a whole new generation that is in love with them. Crafting unicorns have never been easier! I grew up in the time of Lisa Frank’s products and the full rainbow of colors with unicorns. My love of unicorns goes back to the 1980s!
The fun part of unicorns is that there are no rules. Other than a horn on their head, they are so easy to customize in whatever way suits your mood. For this wreath, I used a combination of white and pink, but you can definitely make them into something totally unique. Have fun making a wreath that fits your color scheme, needs, and personality.
What Paper is Best for Quilling?
Whenever I am making paper flowers, I like to use a lightweight paper that will still hold its shape. The paper needs to be light enough that it is easy to quill into the flowers but that is still thick enough to hold the shape that you fold it into.
I have used copy paper, craft paper, construction paper, and lighter cardstock. All work well for different purposes, but for these flowers I find the construction paper or cardstock to work best for holding up on the wreath.
When making just the simple rolled flowers like this that don’t have intricate shapes, the basic paper is fine. If, however, you add flowers with more scalloped edges, you’ll want the thicker paper that is stiff like cardstock.
Variations for Decorating a Unicorn Wreath
I love the white and pink in this wreath, but unicorns can be any color you want! Of course, you can add any colors you want to your wreath, but there are some other fun ideas below for how to add just a bit more uniqueness if you wish.
- Use glitter foam paper in place of paper for the accent colors
- Add glitter to the edges of the paper flowers and ears
- Replace the artificial flowers with stars, moons, hearts, or beads
- Add streamers of ribbon to hang down from the wreath
- Make a name sign to go across the center if putting in a kids room
Can I Cut Flowers Using My Cricut Instead
If you prefer to have the flowers cut out, instead of using a rolling method, you can hand cut the flowers or you can use the Cricut. This is an easy way to get more detailed flowers that will not take as much time. You can, of course, cut the flowers by hand too.
I love that there are tons of great SVG’s on Cricut Design Space or through Etsy for different styles and sizes of flowers. Load the files and then print as many as you want on various colors of paper to then pull apart and roll into the flower shapes.
I love that you don’t have to have a Cricut to make paper flowers or to quill paper. It’s simple to create paper flowers out of just about any material. Just have fun making the flowers to add to your wreath and turn it into a stunning unicorn.
- Styrofoam wreath form
- White craft paper
- Dark pink craft paper
- Light pink craft paper
- Gold foam paper
- Pink glitter foam paper
- Mini artificial flowers
- Craft glue
How to Make a Paper Unicorn Wreath
Using a lid or cookie cutter, trace circles onto your white craft paper.Cut out the circles.
Starting on the outside, cut the circle into a spiral.
Once the circle is in a spiral, begin with the outside and start rolling the spiral of paper inwards keeping it tight until it forms a flower.
Glue the end in place and repeat this process with approximately 50-60 white circles. You will then do the same with 10-15 pink circles in various shades.
Once the rolled paper flowers are all ready, you will begin gluing them onto the wreath form.
Start with some of the pink rolled flowers then continue with the white flowers going in rows around the wreath form.
I added the paper flowers in three rows making sure the front, middle, and outside are covered. You will not be adding these to the back.
Next, you will place miniature artificial flowers or beads in between the flowers randomly to add accents around the wreath.
Now, you will draw a horn shape onto the back of your gold foam paper.
Cut out the horn and set it aside.
Next cut out 2 pointed ear shapes on white paper.
Then cut the same shape, slightly smaller, onto the gold paper.
Attach the gold onto the white ears, and then glue them onto the back top of the wreath.
Cut strips of pink glitter paper and glue or stick onto the horn at an angle.
Then glue the horn on top of the wreath.
Feel free to add streamers and ribbons if desired and hang!
If you don’t want to cut out the flower patterns yourself, you can grab this set of paper flower files on Etsy. While these are originally designed for use with a Cricut or similar die cutting machine, you can use them to print the design on paper. Then all you have to do is cut them out. It’s just a super easy template to use!
- Trace large circles onto the white, light pink, and dark pink papers, then cut them out;
- Starting on the outside of a circle, start cutting a spiral into the circle;
- Continue this process with all of the circles (around 50 white and 10-15 pink);
- Now, use a quilling pen or pencil, and begin rolling that spiral from the outside inward into a flower shape;
- Once the flower shape is created, secure the end with glue;
- When you have made flowers out of all of your paper circles, you will begin gluing them in place on the wreath form;
- Add the pink flowers toward together, then continue around the outside in 3 rows using the white flowers;
- When the wreath is covered in paper flowers, you will then begin gluing the artificial flowers between the paper ones as accents;
- Now, trace and cut out a horn shape from gold foam paper;
- Cut strips of pink foam paper and stick or glue them onto the horn shape at a diagonal;
- Now you will cut out 2 large white ear shapes from white paper, and then 2 slightly smaller ears in gold;
- Attach the gold ears onto the white ears;
- Now, attach the ears and horn to the back of the wreath;
- Display on a wall or door!
Add ribbons or streamers to the wreath for more pops of color!
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