If you’re on Pinterest, a book page wreath isn’t anything new to you. I’ve been wanting to make one of these after admiring them for more than two years. When Tara from Suburble invited me to participate in a Canadian wreath blog hop (we’ll get to that), I knew it was the perfect opportunity to finally cross it off my Pinterest “Must Make” list. I’m ecstatic with how it turned out and I’m so glad another year didn’t pass by.
To make your own book page wreath, you will need:
18″ styrofoam wreath
Book (mine was $1 at the thrift shop- 6×9″, around 200 pages)
Pins (I used gold stick pins I had on hand, but any push pin would work- preferably a neutral color)
4″ Burlap wired ribbon (about 4 feet)
Glue gun (optional)
Note: make sure your book isn’t too old and fragile or it will tear too easily. Mine was fairly new, but looked antique along the outside edge.
Begin by carefully tearing pages out of your book until you have a generous stack.
Fold a page slightly in half lengthwise and then crosswise, pinching in the center and bringing it together at the top. Note: Each one you make will be slightly different, but that’s what will give the wreath dimension. Intentionally make some smaller and some bigger with varying folds.
Place a pin through the bottom, making sure you catch all the layers. Note: your fingers may get sore after a while. I used a rubber jar opener to put between my thumb and pin top on the tough ones.
Push the pin into the styrofoam wreath, starting in the inside and working your way around.
Add another layer working around the entire circumference and repeating until you’ve filled the entire wreath. For an 18″ styrofoam wreath, you will need about six or seven layers. Look for any sparse spots and fill in with folded book pages as needed. Note: if any pins are popping out, use a dab of hot glue to hold them in.
For the burlap ribbon at the bottom of the wreath, I created a fringe by removing a few crosswise yarns.
To fasten it to the wreath, I found the center and pinned it to the underside letting the ends hang down. Next, I used the wire on the sides of the ribbon to create some dimension.
In my opinion, the photos don’t do a good job of capturing the texture, color and undulations of the wreath. I love how it looks hanging alongside our fireplace.
Now for the fun part!
To get even more Holiday Wreath inspiration, check out these 14 incredible wreaths created by my fellow bloggers. From left to right, they are:
Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life In The Suburbs
Thalita from The Learner Observer
Angie from Echoes of Laughter
Virginia from Fynes Designs
Tara from Suburble
Shauna from Satori Design for Living (that’s me!)
Kelly from A Swell Place to Dwell
Stephanie from Garden Therapy
Becky from Sketchy Styles
Christine from The DIY Dreamer
Alex from Northstory
Shannon from AKA Design
Ingrid from Now At Home Mom
Gemma from The Sweetest Digs
Brooke from Brooklyn Berry Designs
You’re bound to be inspired!
* A big thank you to May Arts for supplying the ribbon for our Canadian Wreath Hop!
Spill the beans… What Christmas projects have you had on your “Must Make” list year after year? I can’t be the only one who procrastinates!