Bookish Craft ~ Book Page Wreath

I thought I’d share a little something different this week. I enjoy crafts almost as much as I enjoy books, so of course I was interested in combining the two! I kept seeing these gorgeous wreaths made from book pages, like this one:

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I loved it so much that I really wanted to try to make one. However, the book lover and former library assistant in me did not want to tear up books. While working at a library, I learned how to repair books, so the thought of tearing them up made me apprehensive. Seriously. But the wreaths look sooooo pretty!! I kept wavering until I found a solution to make me feel better about destroying books. If the books were already falling apart, then maybe I could help them along instead of repairing them, right? Right!! That logic made me less anxious, so I found the instructions and supply list to make that gorgeous Faux Rosewood wreath using book pages here:

http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2010/11/diy-faux-curled-rosewood-wreath-made-from-rolled-recycled-book-pages.html

I believe that is where the post/instructions originated from, and there are detailed instructions and pictures. It’s a great tutorial! However, I tweaked everything a little for my own preferences. I use either a 12 inch or 14 inch foam wreath – either white or green. I cover mine with book pages before I begin so that if anything shows through, it blends in nicely. I used the trade paperback sized books for all the book pages because I think they tear out better, plus that’s what I had on hand at the time that was falling apart!!

For the actual roses, I only used 2 sheets of book pages per rose because I was trying to stretch out my supplies a little. And, after several attempts, I finally got into the hang of this project! Once I got going on it, I quit drawing the spiral circle on the pages and just started cutting in a spiral. I also round off the corners of the pages a little. After I roll the pages into a rose, I slap a piece of tape on the bottom to help hold it together. If you don’t glue it immediately to the wreath, sometimes it starts unraveling. Sometimes I’ll make a bunch of roses first, then glue them on the wreath. Other times, I make a rose and then glue it immediately. It just depends on my rhythm and mood. You have to use hot glue to adhere the roses to the wreath, and this project turns me into a hot glue queen. I always use A LOT of hot glue because I don’t want to have go back and re-glue later.

Here’s my finished product:

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This project turned out very well for me!! I love it when a plan comes together (or when a Pinterest find actually works!)!! It’s not a very difficult project; however, it is very time consuming and you must have plenty of patience (and lots of hot glue!). I don’t know how long the whole process takes because sometimes I do the steps in spurts, and I’ve never just sat and worked on a wreath from start to finish – too many distractions in my house!!

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I ended up enjoying making the wreath more than I thought I would, and have since made 6 – and 3 of those are in my own house, but I made the others for a sweet friend, a cousin, and my MIL.

This is the one on my front door, I put it on back in January.

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This is it now, after 6 months of being out in the weather and sun!

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If you decide to attempt one, please let me know and post pictures!! Any other crafty bookworms out there? Have you tried any bookish crafts?

LoveTricia

Comments

  1. says

    I love crafty stuff but I am not a crafty or a creative person in general but it’s so fun seeing other people do artsy stuff.

    That looks so gorgeous though, especially after the 6 months because it has this antique look to it now.

    The closest I’ve ever got to trying out bookish crafts was when my sister made this thing (I don’t remember what it’s called). I forbid her to use books because… books but she found a way around that and well… not the best way. The book she found was going to be thrown away, was not fiction and was written in a language we didn’t know.. so it worked LOL. The final product was really pretty! :)

    So that’s basically the extent of my bookish craft adventures :P
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    • Tricia says

      I know what you mean, I wish I were more creative! I’m crafty because I’m not artistic (can barely draw stick figures, LOL!)! I have a hard time destroying books, so I use books that are falling apart — it makes me feel better about it! So cool that your sister made something out of a book too! Very cool! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Tricia says

      Yes, probably not a good idea for bookish wedding décor if you’re both not bookish people, LOL! I have to say, I was pretty impressed with my finished products because the stuff found on Pinterest doesn’t always work out, LOL! Thanks for the praise!

  2. says

    You are so freakin’ crafty!!! I love it!!! But sadly, I don’t have a crafty bone in my body. Like NONE. I think it’s fabulous that there are bookish crafts out there because truly, I had no idea. This is a great post Tricia. :)

    • Tricia says

      Thanks so much! I bet you’re more crafty than you realize. I didn’t realize it myself until a few years ago! There are a lot of bookish things out there — search Pinterest & you’ll see!! :-)

  3. says

    >clapping hands in excitement!!!< Your book wreaths are so gorgeous Tricia! I feel blessed to have one. <3 I am glad you posted this. I might want to try my hand at one for a gift. I love books, crafts and things that keep my hands busy. Thank you again!
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    • Tricia says

      You’re so very welcome!! I’m sure you’ll be able to do it, no problem — you’re craftier than me! :-) Thanks for the love!!

    • Tricia says

      I bet your bookmarks are really cool!! I’m sure you’re not that bad at crafting, maybe you just need the right project! This one is easy in concept, but it is very time consuming. I did it while I watched some favorite shows so it doesn’t seem time consuming. If you do end up making one (or something else), I want to see a pic!! Thanks for commenting!!

  4. Tricia says

    Oh thanks so much, I really like the “weathered” look of it! Yeah, I don’t usually keep books that I don’t like and I don’t want to tear up my favorites. However, I somehow ended up with some very well-used (falling apart) books (but not antiques — I think I got them from a yard sale or something years ago) & decided to tear them up for this project instead of repairing them! So, remember if you do decide to try this — get some weary & worn-out books! Thanks for stopping by!! :-)

    • Tricia says

      Oh thanks so much for the praise! I wasn’t sure I could do it either until I tried (& got halfway thru it)! :-)

  5. says

    That is absolutely amazing! O.O Even after 6 months your wreath still look so pretty, just mired aged and therefore, more character! I also think it’s a great way to recycle books that are falling apart! I’m not a big arts and crafts person but this is something I would love to try. Amazing idea Tricia, thank you for sharing it with us!
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    • Tricia says

      Thanks so much!! I really like the weathered one too! If you make one, I’d love to see a pic! Thanks for stopping by! :-)

    • Tricia says

      Oh thanks so much & it’s nice to meet you!! I’m a newbie blogger. :-) It was definitely worth the effort, I’m very pleased with how the wreaths turned out!! I enjoy crafts — especially when they work out the way they’re supposed to!!! Thanks for stopping by!!

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