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