August 15, 2011

Tutorial: Book Page Wreath

Tutorial time! I’m sure you have all seen the “book page wreath” phenomenon that has been blowing up the blogosphere, but I decided to jump in on the action. Goodwill=a great place to find books. Here is one that Jennie did that has been on Pinterest. I first saw the tutorial that I based my wreath on at Corner House.

I started by tearing pages out of an old book I found at Goodwill. I chose to use an older book because I wanted the vintage look of older, worn pages. And, don’t worry, it looks super old, but it’s really just from the 1960’s and it’s a second edition, not a first. I would probably never tear the pages out of a first edition book.

I used a drinking glass to trace and cut circles out of the pages. I cut several pages at a time.

I threw some scrapbook paper circles in there–just for good measure. Next, I rolled the circles into cones and tacked each cone with a bit of hot glue to hold it in place. Do this about a million times. Just kidding (sort of). Don’t let the monotony of this step deter you. Press on!

I hot glued the cones to a basic foam wreath (I used a 14″). Start with the front, then move to the inside and out.

Here is where you can learn from my mistakes. I didn’t want any of the green to show, so I cut strips from the book pages and glued them to the remaining sides/ back of the wreath. If I could do it again, I would have wrapped the wreath in book pages from the beginning. Live and learn.

I won’t lie, this wreath took a long time. After 6 hours, I stopped counting, but I’m fairly sure that I invested 9 hours in this lovely little charm. And, it was totally worth it! I love the way it looks.

This wreath may have taken a few hours, but it only cost about $5 (book +wreath). For a $5 wreath that looks like this, I would (and may) do it again!

Enjoying the Good Life,
Kendra

18 Comments

  1. I love the wreath! What a great idea, and the intermittent scrapbook paper definitely adds charm!
    Oh, and I love this blog! You’re so cool and crafty. Can I be like you when I grow up and good will moves to my town?

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks, Carrie! If you go to http://www.goodwill.org, you can locate a Goodwill near you!

  2. This is out of control amazing.
    Props for your patience.

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks! I like it, too!

  3. …annnnd worth every hour. LOVE the finished product!!

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks, Hannah! It really was worth it.

  4. This would make a GREAT gift to a teacher! Or, a great class project! I love it!

    • goodwillsc

      Good idea!

  5. Wow, wow, wow. How do you people come up with these ideas?? 🙂 I love it!

    • goodwillsc

      Lindsay, you should give it a try! Totally worth it.

  6. I love it! I just went to Goodwilll & purchased a book to make one of these and I found a great wicker table for my sister! I’ll try & post before and after pictures of the table & my wreath too!

  7. I am totally making this. Thanks, Kendra, for a fabulous idea!

    • goodwillsc

      Cathy, I want to see a picture when you are finished!

  8. Guurrrrl! Way to take something everybody’s doing and put your own twist on it! Love the pops of color! I WIILL be featuring this! : )

  9. I’ve done my fair share of paper wreaths – but I’ve never seen or thought of doing one like this. I love the way it turned out, it’s gorgeous! thanks for sharing.

    • goodwillsc

      It was so fun! You should give it a try!

  10. This is so pretty!!! Amazing that it is just paper!!! I am visiting from the Pinspired and Rewired… http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2012/03/diy-trailing-dogwood-wreath-pottery-barn-knock-off.html

  11. Wow great job! This is just beautifully done!

    Stopping by from the wreath blog hop at Ginger Snap Crafts. http://xsurvivingmotherhoodx.blogspot.com/2012/03/finally-something-craftyakaspring.html

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