I shared my book page wreath in my fall mantel a few years ago, and a few people asked where they could find the tutorial for it.
Then I shared it in our wood frame gallery wall, and a lot of other people asked where they could find the tutorial.
But the problem was – I hadn’t made a tutorial! So I figured I should finally just sit down, make another book page wreath, and share a tutorial with all of you!
So go get an unwanted book from your bookshelf and rip out the pages. Or rescue an unwanted book from the thrift store. You can go for a more antique-y look by getting an older book with yellowed pages, or you can get a newer book with crisp white pages. Neither is right or wrong, just two different looks!
Tear out a stack of pages, and start rolling each page on an angle like the picture below. Secure with a dab of hot glue. Then roll, glue, repeat. Keep going until you think you might go a little crazy.
If you do this while watching The Bachelor, I won’t judge you.
Once you finish rolling lots of pages, you can get started gluing them to your base. I use my favorite thrifty base – just a square of cardboard! I glue them so the square is divided in fourths, and then fill it in from there so the pages are evenly spaced:
After that, make your next layer by glueing the rolls in between the rolls on the base. You will want to make them a little bit shorter on each layer, so you can cut just a little bit off of the end of your rolls before you glue it down:
Soon it will look like this:
And it should look something like this from the side
Add another layer, and it should look like this:
Now you’re going to want to start angling them in towards the middle so you don’t see the narrow end. This is hard to explain verbally, but it looks something like this:
I made little rolls to fill in the middle, and made sure to stuff the narrow ends all the way into the center of the wreath – so the middle looks like this:
I add a little loop of ribbon on the back so I can hang it up. I just love the volume from the side view:
It really does make such a huge impact for such a thrifty project!
If you have time to make a few of these, they would make awesome party/shower/wedding decor!
What’s your favorite way to decorate big on a small budget?
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