book wreath from living with lindsay

by @according2kelly on July 21, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is one of my blogging & crafty idols, lindsay from living with lindsay. she is sharing with us one of my all-time  favorite projects ever, the original “book wreath” tutorial. it would definitely make a fabulous gift, it’s easy on the wallet & looks way more complicated than it really is! lindsay writes…

When we came upon my now-favorite booth during our trip to the City-Wide Garage Sale, I think an audible gasp could have been heard from within our little shopping group. It was one of those booths that has something you want to buy in every square inch of space. I found a wonderful chippy side table exactly like I’ve been looking for, but the vendor wanted $50 and I wanted to pay more like $10. Thrifting has certainly spoiled me!

At the same booth, we came across a pair of simple, but stunning wreaths made from book pages. The vendor told me that she made them sitting in front of the television. That’s my kind of crafting.

I honestly don’t remember how much she wanted for these lovelies, but I think it was at least $40 a pop.

Yeah, um, that’s way too rich for my blood. How about I show you how to make my version of the same wreath for just $2? Librarians and book lovers, please avert your eyes.

Book Page Wreath Tutorial

Supplies:

  • 10″ foam wreath ($1 at Dollar Tree)
  • Paperback novel ($1 at Dollar Tree – depending on the length of the book, you may need two)
  • Brown and/or gray craft paint
  • Glue gun & glue sticks
  • Small strip of ribbon
  • A few paper towels
  • A few straight pins (optional)

1. Assemble your cast of characters. I felt slightly guilty about purchasing an author’s work from the Dollar Tree for the sole purpose of ripping up. I read a few pages of Loving Charity just to make sure I wasn’t about to destroy a literary classic; let me assure you that I wasn’t.

You could definitely use vintage books, magazines or sheet music for this project or even select a book off of your own bookshelf that you don’t think you’ll read again.

2. Using the paper towels, I applied the brown paint to the edges of the book. I simply squirted some paint onto the towel and wiped it on the book. I painted the brown first and then applied a bit of gray. This will give your book pages a vintage look. To be honest, two colors aren’t completely necessary, so you can use just gray or just brown if you would like.

Lay the book on a clean paper towel for about 5 or 10 minutes to let the paint dry.

3. Cut or tear a page out of the book and roll it in a method of your choosing. I put together a video tutorial to show you some different ways to roll the page if you are interested in seeing how I did it. The main thing to remember is that you want to roll the paper and not actually fold or crease it.

4. After rolling the page, apply some glue at the end of the roll and glue it to the wreath. Make sure that the painted edges are facing up.

You will do this layer all the way around the wreath. When you have finished the full circle, flip the wreath over. That layer will become the bottom. If it won’t lay flat, put something heavy on top of it to flatten it out for a few minutes.

5. Continue rolling pages for your wreath. You will now fold a little tab on the bottom edge and apply glue only to that tab. Work your way from the bottom of the wreath up to the top, finishing one layer before moving to the next.

6. Once you get to the inside of the wreath, roll the paper and apply glue to the edge much like you did with the bottom layer. When you glue it on, the pages will be shorter than the wreath of the wreath. That’s okay.

7. At this point, your wreath will be mostly done, but there will be some sections you need to fill in. It should look roughly like this.

To fill in your spaces, you’ll simply roll a page, apply glue to the ends, and just stick it in the wreath. The filler pages don’t necessarily need to touch the styrofoam wreath; they can stick to the pages already glued to the wreath if need be. Use the filler pages to fill in holes and add some height and visual interest to your wreath.

8. After I was finished filling in, I flip your wreath over and glue your scrap of ribbon on the back to serve as a hanger. I stuck a few straight pins in it to make sure it held tight to the wreath, but that’s purely optional if you glue it on well.

All that’s left to do now is to find a spot to hang your new creation!

Who says that books can only be used to decorate bookshelves and tabletops? Try one on your wall!

for more great ideas visit lindsay at living with lindsay. be sure to check out her other tutorials, including another favorite… DIY “real-ish” handcut silhouettes.

about lindsay: Lindsay writes Living With Lindsay, where she chronicles the adventures in decorating her home. With her trusty glue gun at her side, Lindsay guides you through the pleasures and pitfalls of turning your home into a space you’ll love without breaking the bank.




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17 comments
Cait Emma
Cait Emma

absolutely love! my blog is all about the book-lover's life xo this made my day C

Tasha Crockett
Tasha Crockett

Great idea....I'm going to try the book wreath....I love crafts and make a lot of things....

EDNA
EDNA

TKS SO MUCH WANT TO MAKE ONE TKS IN ADVANCE

Carmen32Anderson
Carmen32Anderson

Some time ago, I really needed to buy a good car for my business but I didn't earn enough money and couldn't buy something. Thank heaven my fellow suggested to take the business loans at creditors. Therefore, I did so and used to be satisfied with my commercial loan.

Haley Davis
Haley Davis

Thank you soooo much for this tutorial. I actually Googled it. LOL I've been seeing these all over blogland and I really want to make one for my office. You're is the best one that I've seen. Thanks for sharing. :)

Andrea
Andrea

I love this project...I have a little 9 month old girl and after putting her to bed the other night I was in dire need of some mommy creativity/alone time, I sat down, turned on some music and went to work. It was so fun and the end result was beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Linds
Linds

All I want to do is get some soup going and sit down to the table and start this project. It seems like the best fallish craft possible in this moment. Thank you so much for sharing! I cannot wait to bust this out. I wish I had such a perfect corner like yours to hang it!

Renee
Renee

VERY cool! I'm going to do this with an old Bible... maybe use the four gospels.... or the Genesis to Dueteronomy... or the Psalms..... what a great meaningful gift! Maybe use pages from kids' favorite books (after their grown).... oh, the possibilities!

Simplegirl
Simplegirl

What a fabulous idea, it looks great. Thank you for sharing, will have to try it.

Amy
Amy

I love this and can't wait to do this! I think I will do it on Saturday. I will send you pics! Whata great idea and a great way to upcycle.

hannah
hannah

LOVE this idea. I am book lover, and I love the look of this. I went and bought all my supplies this morning. My Dollar Tree didn't have that wreath, but they did have a wicker wreath. Hopefully it works. Thanks for sharing this idea!

TidyMom
TidyMom

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! I can't wait to try making my own!!

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