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Last year I made a rather large book page wreath to hang over our mantel. Today I am going to share the tutorial of how to make this simple wreath from an old book.
I am a lover of old books and words printed on almost anything so it was a given that I would fall in love with this book page wreath when I saw it on the internet. I have had many requests for the instructions but alas, I have not been able to find the website I read it on. So, today I am going to share my own tutorial for making this gorgeous wreath with all of you. But, beware this post is picture heavy so I could show you each step.
So, let's get to it....
You will need:
- An old book preferably with some brown discolored aging
going on - on the edges of the pages.- I used this old Reader's Digest Condensed Books Book given to me.
- glue gun and glue sticks
- about a 10" piece of twine
- a piece of foam core (I got mine at Dollar Tree)
First, tear about 75 pages out of your book.
Fold each page into a cone and staple at the bottom.
When you are done you should have a bunch of cones like this.
Next, draw your base onto the foam core. I used a 9" dinner plate for the large circle and a small bowl for the center.
Cut it out with an Exacto knife. It doesn't have to be perfect - you will not see any of this when done.
Take your piece of twine and tie it around your form for a hanger. I tied it on both sides for stability.
Now, we start the first row. Using hot glue - glue your cones facing down onto the form.
This is actually the back of your wreath and will make sense as we proceed.
Continue gluing them all the way around the circle.
It will look like this when you finish this row.
Turn it over now so it looks like this and we will start the second row. This back row helps cover the foam core and gives it some of its fullness.
The second row is glued on so that each cone is actually sitting in the little space made by two cone meeting on the back row.
Keep gluing all around the form. It will look like this when done. Not too lovely but, getting there.
On the third row you continue to glue in the same manner as the last row. However, place the cone so that it hangs over into the circle in the center. This will give you the shape of the wreath.
The tabs that are hanging over into the circle will be folded over and glued down on the back as above.
The back will look like this when you are done with row three.
For the last row glue the back of the cone and then place it on the cones in the previous row.
Just attach it to the cones. You will have a longer tab in the circle this time.
You can see here I have two in this row right now just continue around the circle placing them in this manner.
Again on the back side of the wreath - fold the tabs of the cones back and glue in place.
The back will look like this. Very neat with every tab glued down so they do not show from the front.
The front will look like this. ( For some reason the sun shining in makes it look pinkish in this picture) This is much smaller than the first one I made.
The first one I made had seven rows of cones.
Here it is over our mantel last Christmas. It is large and makes quite a statement all on its own....
I made this one smaller as it is headed to the church for an auction this weekend and most people do not have a space for a large one like the first one. This one is the size of a regular wreath I actually made two of these in one afternoon. They are so easy and take very little time. So what do you think? Think you may try your own?
Until next time have a great day and create something you love....
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