Book Page Wreath

photo 2I’m seeing book page Christmas-themed crafts everywhere lately- just take a look on Etsy and see all the great book page home decor products people are selling.  Why spend $30 or more (see here) for a book page wreath when you can make one yourself for a fraction of the cost? As promised to my faithful 2 followers, here is an easy tutorial (my first ever!) for a lovely, ruffly wreath- just in time for your Christmas decorating or to give as a gift.  However- if you make this wreath and decide to give it away as a gift, don’t send them the wreath recipients to this website, or they will realize you spent all of about 30 cents on their Christmas gift!

Supplies needed:

  • 1 piece of cardboard on which a dinner plate can be traced.  (I used a jumbo sized Raisin Bran cereal box)
  • Scissors
  • 1 old paperback book- the ones with the yellowing pages are the best.  (I used 130 pages)
  • 1 hot glue gun and enough glue sticks (I used 7 mini-glue sticks)
  • 1 pencil or pen
  • Shimmery, iridescent sparkles and white glue- (I used Stampin’ Up’s Diamond Dust and Glitter ModPodge)
  • Ribbon, twine or fishing wire for hanging the wreath
  • 1 movie to watch on Netflix while creating your wreath

Instructions:

1.  Trace your dinner plate onto your cardboard.  Inside that circle, trace a side plate.  Cut out the inner, smaller circle, so that you are left with a cardboard wreath.

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Here are most of the supplies I used- the book is an old biography on William Carey I got from my favourite librarian friend who donates books to me when she’s ready to downsize her library.  I love that some of the pages are stamped like this:

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2.  Rip out a handful of book pages, being careful to tear right at the seam so that the pages don’t rip in half.

3.  Cover your cardboard wreath with book pages so that the cardboard won’t show through later

4.  Rip out more book pages, carefully and cut these pages in half.  I used approximately 120 pages for the wreath itself.

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5.  Wrap one piece of ripped paper around the eraser end of a pencil, like so:

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I found it was helpful to add beads of glue to the book page so that each page maintained its shape:

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5.  Starting with with the inside, glue a circle of pencil-shaped pages around the inner ring of the ‘wreath’. Once you get right around the inner circle, it will look like this:

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6.  Create a middle row of book pages, so that it eventually looks like this:

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7.  Finally, fill it in with a third row of book-pages.  Brush some white glue on some of the ruffly edges and sprinkle with glitter, if you want a hint of sparkle.  You can also glue some ribbon, twine or fishing wire onto the back so that you can hang your wreath, if you wish.  I chose to display mine on my shelf and so didn’t use a ribbon.  Here’s how it turned out!

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Not bad for 2 hours, 7 glue-sticks, an old book and a recycled Raisin Bran box!  If you make one from this tutorial, I’d love it if you posted a picture here in the comments and let me know how your experience went!  Good luck!

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