5 days of favorite projects {day 4}

Little known fact about me:

I DON’T OWN A HOT GLUE GUN.

I know. Crazy. How I’ve made it through my life as a project-doer without one is beyond me.

But for today’s installment of

favorite projects

I needed one. So I took the kids on a little walk a couple of streets over to my fellow crafty friend’s house and borrowed hers {thanks Dee}.

I originally did this project without a hot glue gun, but I will say that it sure makes things easier. I should really go buy my own. The Nester {one of my faves} uses hers all the time {window mistreatments, adhering a beadboard backsplash} and I’m pretty convinced that it is a worthwhile tool.  I’m sure you’re all agreeing …

And so, let me introduce today’s project.

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I have to say that this one is not an original project. Last year I was searching for something unique to make for my sister for her birthday and came across this tutorial.  Since we’ve already established that I love book pages, this one was right up my alley.  I loved it so much, I kept it for myself and bought my sister a shirt instead. Sorry, sissy.

I have mine hanging in my kitchen window so that I can enjoy it often:

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It is the project I received the most requests for instructions on, so here I am to deliver.

Let me start by saying two things:

1. This is a very photo heavy tutorial. Hope you don’t mind.

2. This takes a LONG time to make {well, not as long as the painted wallpaper, but about 2 hours or so, which is long when you’ve got little boys wandering around the house bored out of their minds and you are doing everything you can to just finish the project already.

You are warned.

Shall we get started?

Here is what you’ll need:

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:: styrofoam wreath form {mine is 10”}

:: book {I’ve found that thin pages {as used in my first wreath} work better than thicker pages {as used here} – think text weight paper vs. cardstock}

:: glue gun & glue sticks

STEP ONE: tear out the pages

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STEP TWO: bend the page

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Bend & roll into a shape similar to shown above.

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I like the ripped out edge to show {it gives it that pretty ruffly look}.

STEP THREE: attach the back layer to the wreath form

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STEP FOUR: glue down the layers

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Or you could go this route and add glue to the middle of the folds before you attach to the wreath.

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Keep going all the way around the wreath until you get this:

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Flip it over to continue.

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STEP FIVE: attach the next layer

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bend

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crease

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figure out how long you want the paper to be {so that it is about equal with the layer behind}

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crease

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glue & attach.

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Add a line of glue and glue down the extra paper.

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Here’s what you’ll have:

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STEP SIX: fold up and attach bottom layer

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STEP SEVEN: attach the next layer

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bend

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figure out length

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glue & attach

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and you’ll have this:

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STEP EIGHT: attach the next layer

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and you’ll have this:

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STEP NINE: attach the next layer

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This time, the page will be attached to the inside perimeter of the wreath and the extra end of the page will be folded & glued under.

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almost there!

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STEP TEN: fill in the holes

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Where there are spaces, add in another page. Use the same folding/bending technique, cut off the end

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give it a little fold, add some glue

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and press into hole.

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Keep adding more until your wreath is full & fluffy.

STEP ELEVEN: add a ribbon to hang

You’ll need:

:: scissors

:: ribbon

:: pins

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bend the ribbon into a loop & cut

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attach to the back of the wreath using the straight pins

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And it is done!

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I . love . it

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I have a feeling there will be a lot of books destroyed to create these beauties …

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Come back tomorrow for our final project of the week.

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93 Responses to 5 days of favorite projects {day 4}

  1. sarah February 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    I’m getting ready to make mine and am thinking through some logistics. About what size book did you use (like page size) and approximately how many pages did it take?

  2. Marcia March 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Just what I was looking for (but didn’t know it) for a dear friend’s upcoming birthday gift. She’s a bibliophile who will both LOVE the ide and CRINGE at it. Perfect!

  3. Rye March 19, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    How could you destroy so MANY BOOKS

  4. Janelle March 23, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    love it! it’s only 6:15, i’m gonna run to the gym, and try to conquer this one before i zonk out tonite…. my sis and i are gonna make your spring wreath next weekend…. thanks for the tutorials, couldn’t do it without them!!

  5. Terri April 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    Just finished the wreath and I LOVE IT!! Thank you so much for posting–it looks so pretty! Can’t wait to try your other tutorials!

  6. Morgan Johnson April 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    I found your amazing website, then asked a friend for the tutorial she used to make her page wreath, and…BAM! She used the very tutorial I was looking at-YOURS!
    I love everything I see, and am your newest fan! THANKS!
    (Oh, fellow mother of almost 4 =)

  7. Momoftwingirls April 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    I love this project! It’s beautiful! Just to be clear, are there five layers total? (One on back and four on front?

  8. Cristy Hough May 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    This was so much fun! I made the wreath for my book loving sis with a snarky note “I hated this book so I gave it to you” … she thought it was hysterical and loved the wreath. Love all your tutorials – I am using the nonna wreaths as decorations at my wedding, and my daughters (the junior bridesmaids will be wearing the satin flower pins in their hair – ADORABLE!!! Thank you!!!!!

  9. Allison Hoxie May 20, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I just have to say whenever I get the crafting urge I come to your site for ideas! I made this wreath this last Christmas and have gotten tons of compliments! It took me about two hours, but was SO much fun and looks beautiful. It currently resides at the top center of two large windows in our living room, thank you for this tutorial!

  10. Nadya May 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Those are some awesome book wreath!!!! Beautiful!!! What an inspiration!!! I made a couple of book wreath as well. Love making them. They are so much fun!!! You can see it at my web site… http://www.fitzhenrydesigns.com/2011/05/book-and-crepe-roses-wreath/

  11. Milia May 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    You are incredible. I stumbled upon your page through a friend’s Facebook link and in just two minutes you have inspired my future wedding. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.

  12. Stephanie who loves you in Texas! June 27, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    Ok, long time follower, first time commenter. Love this wreath. Have made one for my home and one for my cubical at work. So easy and so eco friendly. I went to Goodwill and bought 2 books for $0.99. Had a coupon at Michael’s arts and crafts and the foam wreath was $2.50. Couple of glue sticks later and voila…a fab wreath! Thank you so much for sharing your love of home and creativity with the world!

  13. Missy July 29, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    I just finished your book page wreath. It is so cute! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  14. Shabnam August 1, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    Ok…it looks nice! BUT destroys books… though why tear one up for this? use the ones the kids already read, re read and re re read to shreds! and use them to do the folding, instead of boring themselves to death. Helping mommy is something most kids like to do.

  15. Emily September 7, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    I just made mine! Your tutorial is fantastic! I posted pictures of my wreath on my blog and then directed my readers here for your thorough tutorial :o)

  16. Sally McVey September 12, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    These are so cool! I can’t wait to try them! Thanks a million!

  17. Vicky October 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    This is cool but You’re ripping up books :’(

    I hope that wasn’t a good one. If anyone makes this use Twilight or something.

  18. Mia October 7, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    What color is on your walls of your kitchen? Your kitchen is beautiful!

  19. Erica Marie October 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Just finished mine last night- this is the most gorgeous thing I have ever made. I’m so proud! You are a genius! I love, love, love, your unique ideas!

  20. DRESSLER November 17, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    just love this. Awesome!

  21. Tammy November 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    Just finished my paperwreath. I love it! Thanks for the great idea and the easy to follow tutorial!

  22. Lynette Nivens December 15, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    This looks like a fun project. I have quite a few books that 1) I’ll never read again and 2) the pages have begun to fall out because of poor quality binding. Great Project!

  23. kelly thompson April 12, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    I love this idea….looks time great

  24. Linda Carr April 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    I will be making this paper wreath very soon. It look like something I can handle. My sister loves to read so I’ll probably make one for her too. Thank you for the easy to follow tutorial to use. I hope I find more of your great ideas to make. Thanks again!!

  25. ykelly July 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    This is so getting made and going to be hung in my kitchen too! I’m sharing this link with my readers here on my paper and crafts blog: http://www.etchedinpaper.com/diy-tutorials-and-ideas.

    Thank you for sharing!

  26. Kathleen Freund February 23, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    I also love your blog and your great ideas. My daughter Sara has used manynf your ideas in her house i including the stencil for walls which is great going down her staircase.
    I am wondering about the welcome fall wreath. Did you cover the base with newspapers and then added the rolls? Are they all wrapped in jute like ties? Great ideas for young Moms who don’t want to spend too much money ! Thank you !

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