May 14, 2011

Copyright-I mean Copycat Book Wreath!

This project is no biggie, cause basically I'm a total copycat. 

I love these book pages wreathes that you find all over the Blogosphere and decided to make one for myself. I saw them selling for $40 on Etsy- so let's save some dollars, shall we? 

I looked high and low for a wreath form from a dollar store and they don't sell them around here.
My cheap side almost won out and I was going to make a 10 inch cardboard circle to use as a base but finally decided I wanted the final product to include the depth created by a 3D form. So I bit the bullet and bought one from Joanne's for a whopping $5.

The book, however, was a 49 cent find from Saver's (thrift store)- and it came with aged pages and beautiful teal colored trim- just what I wanted!

I looked up "book page wreathes" on Google Images and decided on my favorite style. In the end I went with this one as my model from Lindsay at Living with Lindsay. She did a great and easy to follow tutorial.

For my wreath I ended up checking the OCD at the door and tried to let the creativity flow. {Easier said than done! lol} In the end I primarily used two shapes over and over. I circular tube and a ruffled looking page. I really liked the varying textures.

The tutorials I looked at said they used under 200 hundred pages to complete their projects- so I made sure my book was over two. However- 4/5 of the way through I had about 4 pages left. *ugh*

For about a minute I thought about waiting to finish so I could look for a matching book-but I really don't think I would find one and I'm so impatient!

See? Crap-ola.
So I was left trying to thin out the layers I'd already done and scrape together enough pages to cover the middle. The back looks like crap-ola cause I took off the bottom two rows- see where I cut some off? But...I got it done.

I still need to use some pages of something(?) to cover the styrofoam back so that it cannot be seen in the mirror.

To hang it up I just bent a paper clip into a hook- I didn't have any straight pins, you know- cause I don't sew!

I think it turned out pretty close to the inspiration- but still uniquely mine.
Not bad close up- but now you can see why the mirror isn't hung- darn thermostat. This wall will probably be the new gallery wall anyhow, so this setup is temporary until we can make up our mind about those new couches already!

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Thanks for popping in today!
- Becca -
Partying HERE this week and here.


  1. I love this! I'd like to invite you to post it on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week, I hope you can join in. Have a nice week, Mary :O)

  2. I love this idea!!!! I love the look of coffee filter wreaths, but I think book pages look even better. I think I'm going to have to try and make one of my own. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

    I became a follower!

  3. Becca, my first time to see a wreath made from book pages. Looks awesome :) Linking this up, along with your picture coasters, headboard, gift idea, and paper flowers posts, made the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop better and more special. Thank you!

  4. Over from The Stories of A to Z. I LOVE this! I am definitely going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I am a big book fan so this wreath is perfection in my mind. I have added this project to my linky laundry list post this week. You can check it out here.

  6. I love the book wreath!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see you again tomorrow! :)
    xoxo from Germany,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  7. Gorgeous tutorial! I love the mirror behind it! Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party!

  8. Very, very pretty! Love the color of those pages. Great job!

    Deviantly Domesticated

  9. I don't think I can get enough of the book page wreaths. They are all so goreous!Thanks for linking up @ memakingdo!

  10. so creative!!! i love it:) great job

  11. Beautiful!! My friend in Chicago makes these and I'd never seen them before - we did a craft show together once and they sold so well!! Good luck with your etsy shop - I'd love to make some too but man it looks so time consuming!! :) And I think I'm a little more suited to a paint brush. I'm envious. I admit. haha! :)

  12. this is seriously so cute! I love it! And what a great place for it! I found your blog through a link party and I LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me too! Thanks!

  13. This is so cool, and your tutorial is great! I'm a new follower because, well, your blog looks like a lot of fun. If you want to follow back, that would be cool, too!

  14. Looks great!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  15. It came out awesome! It's the next project on my to do list so I hope it comes out nearly as nice as yours!


  16. This looks sooo pretty! Thanks so much for the tutorial.. i have tons of book pages from making book purses! HOpe you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @

  17. Nice work! Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party!

  18. love this!
    We are having a link party and would love to have you join in on the fun.
    *Crafty Lassie Tuesday*
    Heather & Rose

  19. love it! it is so beautiful!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

  20. Becca, my first time to see a wreath made from book pages. eye catching work. Your picture coasters, headboard, gift idea, and paper flowers posts, made the Creative Bloggers' Party and Hope better and more special in your blog.

  21. That looks fanTAStic! Wow. I really want to make one, but as an English major and former English teacher I have the hardest time ripping up a book...yikes! Would you share this here?

  22. I just love anything made with book pages. Or sheet music. I'm a total sucker for projects like this! Thanks so much for linking it up at my Shine on Fridays party!


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