A few friends asked me to PLEASE do a post on how I made the book page wreath that I have hanging above my fireplace mantel in my living room after seeing it on my Valentine heart craft post. I made this wreath probably five years ago and I love decorating with it! I also love that the wreath it is made up of old book pages (very green;) and for a big family of readers it seems very appropriate:). My big kids especially are never without a book or kindle in their hands:)
So… I made a new book page wreath with a heart twist just in time for Valentine’s Day!!! I think I will hang this wreath permanently in Audrey’s room after February 14th but for now it hanging on my front door :). Both wreaths are made exactly the same way. I made this wreath this past Saturday while Jason was fixing our leaky hot water heater :(. It took me about 2-3 hours and cost me about $7 to make. I just needed to get a square Styrofoam form, the pins and glue sticks from a craft store or Amazon. I used 2 of Jason’s old Louis L’Amour books for the wreath. Sadly the boys are not as into Westerns as Jason once was:), not to worry though we still have about 30 more in case they change their minds!
How to Make a Book Page Wreath
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– Styrofoam Wreath form (I used a square Styrofoam board for the heart shaped one and a 16″ round one for the traditional wreath). You can find a similar board on Amazon, Smoothfoam Sheet Crafts Foam for Modeling, 1 by 12 by 36-Inch, White
– 400- 500 page old book (easily found at a yard sale or thrift store or even as in our case your bookcase) It helps to have a bigger book in case you rip pages pulling them from the binding. Or two smaller books that have identical length and widths.
– about 300 dress pins (the smaller the better) You can find these on Amazon, Dritz Dressmaker Pins, Size 17, 750-Pack
– 4 glue sticks with your glue gun
1) Draw a Heart on your foam board.
2) Cut it out with a sharp knife.
3) Rip out your pages from the book binding and fold like an accordion about 1 inch wide .
4) Fold page in half, add a dot of glue to the bottom of the page and secure page with a pin inside the fold to the wreath form.
5) Continue work in a circular motion from the outside of the wreath to the inside of the wreath.
If when you finish your wreath and you think there are some empty spaces or you want the wreath to look fuller you can always add more book pages to those spots:). I definitely filled in extra book pages in some spots!!!
6) Glue and pin a ribbon to hang the heart wreath (not needed for a circular wreath form). Hang up your heart wreath so you can show off all your hard work!
I love the book page wreaths because they look great all year long and I made the round one about 5 years ago and it has not left our living room since. I even added a fake pumpkin to mine for our fall home tour this year. I am thinking about some chicks, or eggs or bunnies for a springtime look on my book page wreath next:)!
Don’t forget to Pin My Heart Book Page Wreath!!!
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