I love books and reading…a paper wreath for our home

However I needed a book for this neat project I was just itching to do.  I originally saw this paper wreath on a blog that I really enjoy following, check it out….super talented!



Here is what I used to make my paper wreath:


– (1) Book, I used a 9.5″ x 6″ paperback (sorry James Patterson, but I did read it first!)
– (1) 12″ straw wreath (wanted the styrofoam kind by Michael’s was out)
– Brown & gold acrylic paint
– Glue gun
– Scissors
– 8″ piece of ribbon and 2 straight pins
– LOTS of glue and some patience

The first thing I did was paint the outer edges of the pages with brown paint. When the brown paint was dry, I added a bit of gold paint to give it that “antiqued, gold leaf feel”.  Once my book was painted and dry, I placed it on my kitchen table where it sat for 2 weeks until I found some time to sit and actually start assembling my wreath (you can leave this step out).

 

So last night as I sat chillin’ with my husband I decided to start.  I tore pages out of the book, rolled them into cone-like shapes and glued them to the straw wreath….rip….roll….glue….rip….roll…..glue (I did trim the points of the paper cones but I suppose it’s not necessary).
I started on the backside of the wreath then flipped it over and kept adding layers all around the wreath until all of the straw was covered (notice how I didn’t remove the plastic wrap from the straw wreath?  There was no need to since I knew it wouldn’t show and the less mess the better right?!?).  As I was working around the wreath I noticed that some of the pages were bent or wrinkled, it wasn’t a big deal because once I finished I just straightened them all out!
Okay, so I didn’t technically finish my wreath last night, I really wanted to but it was getting late, some my finger tips were burnt from the hot glue and my husband was fast asleep on the couch…guess it’s time for bed 🙁
 
I decided to finish gluing on the last row of paper cones this morning and I was SO thrilled at how pretty it came out!  Then I took my 8″ ribbon and glued it on the back of the wreath making it a loop/hook to use for hanging.  I also reinforced each side of the ribbon with a straight pin.
 
Now on to the hardest part of this project…finding a place to hang it!  My wreath came out bigger than I really expected and that only made me even more excited!  I hung it on the stairway between our kitchen and living room. I liked it there but thought the pages would certainly get bent and wrinkled with the kids walking past it every day, I also knew it would be too tempting for them to “not” touch it.

So I decided to hang it in our living room high above our couch eliminating any touching temptation and my wreath is big enough to hang-it-high.

I love, love, love how my wreath came out!  This is such a simple, inexpensive, fun, unique and rewarding craft to make.  All three of my kids were impressed and said things like “WOW Mom…it’s soooo pretty”, my 13-yr old son didn’t even believe me when I told him I made it and I had to show him the pictures, then he said “That is awesome Mom, so cool!”…Now how rewarding is that?!?  Why not make one or two for yourself ??

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4 thoughts on “I love books and reading…a paper wreath for our home

  1. I came looking for that cute shutter project you did thinking it would be a perfect holiday card display project. It was in my Google reader list but I couldn't find it, instead I found this treasure! I'm totally doing this! Thanks so much for the idea. Love love love it! Shared it on my facebook too. 🙂

  2. Hi Teri! So happy you found some inspiration from my SWD blog! I love finding neat things to make and I am now focused on Halloween, can't wait! Take care and thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. lOVE YOUR SITE. I ACTUALLY SENT IT TO A FRIEND OF MINE THAT WAS LOOKING TO DO THE SILHOUETTES AND WE BOTH STARTED LOOKING THROUGH YOUR SITE. LOVE YOUR HOME… COULD YOU TELL US SOME OF THE PAINT COLORS YOU HAVE ON YOUR WALLS… YOUR HOME IS
    TRULY BEAUTIFUL.

    LAUREN

  4. Thank you Lauren! I quickly checked out your blog and will be back for sure, love it!! You would have LOVED a placed we visited yesterday in New Bedford, MA called New England Demolition and Salvage…hundreds of chippy old doors, windows, shutters, claw foot tubs, antique, etc., awesome! Anyway, thank you. I love our home, it's my favorite place. The color in our living room (where the wreathe is) is Benjamin Moore – Crisp Khaki, the green in our kitchen is October Mist. Our first floor bathroom is also Crisp Khaki. Thank you for visiting and come again soon!! Michelle

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