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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,