This week I decided to make a book page wreath, to perk up the library and to use at my book club’s annual holiday book exchange. It has been a couple of years since I made the last one, but the steps are pretty simple.
- Look for a book in your discard pile- in this case, I found an Edgar Allan Poe anthology that was falling apart. I decided to try steeping some of the page edges in tea, but I only steeped them for an hour or so, which wasn’t really enough.
- Roll or fold up about 75 cones of paper. I tried to imagine them as the cones you might see at a county fair that would hold popcorn or peanuts. Staple them about one inch from the bottom.
- Trace a circle about 9″ in diameter, with a smaller circle about 7″ in diameter. I used a bowl I found in the staff lounge and used the upper edge and the lower base for my circles. You can use cardboard or foamboard.
- Start stapling the cones onto your circle. Do a whole outside edge, folding the tips towards the back, then do a whole ring inside those.
- Add a third, and then a fourth ring. I made four rings, just because I had enough cones already made. I’ve seen book wreaths with anywhere from 3 layers to 7.6. For the last layer, glue them in instead of stapling, so the staples wont’t show. I felt it needed a little pop of color, so I added a couple of ornaments:
- And that’s it, really! Now you have a wreath made out of a book that you were going to throw out anyway.
Enjoy the holiday season!