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Deck the halls with your old Playbills, fa la la la la.

Leah Putnam

While there’s no such thing as too many Playbills, maybe there’s a few lying around that you don't want to throw away. With the holidays upon us, it’s also peak crafting time. So grab some favorite Playbills from 2022 and celebrate your year at the theatre with this DIY wreath. 

If you have a big pile of Playbills, invite your entire family to make their own Playbill wreaths and show off your theatre obsession in style.

To make the wreath, watch the TikTok video below and read the accompanying guide.

1. Gather your supplies. Grab an empty cereal box or a cardboard box from a recent package delivery, 1 large circular object (I used a 9-inch cake pan), 1 smaller circular object (I used a 7-inch bread plate), a stapler, a pencil, and your Playbills.

2. To start making the wreath, first trace the outer edge of your larger circle. Then, center your smaller plate and trace that edge. Cut out the ring with scissors. If you’re using a heavier weight cardboard like a packaging box, this may be easier with a X-acto blade.

3. Next, it’s time to make the leaves. Gather your Playbills, and draw a leaf shape on a part of one of your Playbills to use as a template. Be sure to draw a flat line opposite the point—this will give you more paper to fold and create the curling effect when you staple them to the cardboard ring. Once you’ve made a shape you’re happy with (mine were about 3 inches long), cut out the template piece.

4. Now for the fun bit! Go through your Playbills and find favorite faces, words, and art that you want to feature on your wreath. Trace the template around each piece until you have about 60 leaves. Then, it’s time to cut them all out.

5. Attach the leaves to the wreath. Begin by folding the two corners of the bottom of the leaf over each other, place on the cardboard ring where you’d like it with the point angled out over the outer edge, and staple the leaf to the ring. Next, follow with a leaf with the point angled out over the inner edge and staple it into place. To complete the pattern, staple a leaf aligned along the ring’s center line to cover the staples for the two other leaves. And repeat until it’s done!

6. This wreath is super light. So you can hang it using poster tac, you can punch a hole in the cardboard and use a ribbon, or you can use a velcro command strip like I did. Hang it up and enjoy a bit of theatre at home this holiday season with your new Playbill wreath (which because its non-denominational, can also decorate your home all year long).

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