How to make a rolled Book-Page Wreath

I can’t remember when I first saw an example of this kind of wreath, but I do know I’ve been wanting to make one ever since! I just think it’s such a creative use of materials, and a stunning result to boot.

Handmade rolled paper wreath

Handmade rolled paper wreath

Just by looking at it, you can tell that it is a very simply constructed wreath. There are probably different methods for making one, but here’s the step-by-step process I used to make the wreath that’s now hanging in my living room!

Gather your supplies…

Get your Wreath-making materials

Get your Wreath-making materials!

Old book you don’t mind destroying
Exacto Knife
Glue stick
Cardboard
Hot Glue Gun/Glue
Ribbon
(Optional: Crepe paper, vintage image for center)

Take your book and cut out a whole slew of pages that are fairly uniform (all black & white text, for example). Cut those pages into squares. My pages were 6″ wide and 9″ tall, so I trimmed the tops off so they were 6×6 squares.

Begin rolling your pages into cones, ready with your glue stick to secure them. Do this by having your page flat in front of you, corner pointing toward you; with your left hand, hold down the left-hand corner and with your right hand curl the corner closest to you about 3/4 the way into the page; add glue to the far edge and complete the cone.

how to roll a paper cone

how to roll a paper cone

(Rolling the cones is tricky at first, but you’ll get the hang of it quick). For another look at making paper cones, check out this post where I made a whole slew of them for my wedding!

However tightly or loosely you roll the cones determines how many you’ll need to make your wreath. The inner ring of my wreath needed 19 cones. The outer ring was tighter cones and took about twice as many.

Rolled paper cones and cardboard circle

Rolled paper cones and cardboard circle

So once you have enough cones to make a full circle, you need your support to attach them to. I took an old cardboard box and used a soup bowl as a circle template (about 6″ diameter, although any size will do, so long as it’s smaller than the wreath itself). Cut out your cardboard circle and find the approximate center.

To make it easier to place your cones evenly, arrange the cones (unglued!) on top of your cardboard. Then, one by one, pick up each cone, apply a dab of hot glue, and put it back down again in the same spot! Go all the way around until all your cones are secure.

rolled paper wreath

almost there...

You’ll notice that my wreath has two layers…

You can certainly stop rolling here, and you’ll have a beautiful, one-tiered paper wreath. I decided my wall needed a slightly bigger wreath, so I started at the beginning again and made a whole batch of new cones to make a second layer!
For round two, carefully place your wreath face-down on your work surface (you can place an upside-down bowl under the middle of it for elevation) and situate your cones slightly farther out from the center, so they protrude out past the first row.

(*note, I ran out of hot glue at this point. Don’t do this! haha, hot glue makes everything so much easier!!)

Once all of your 2nd layer cones are glued on…

Rolled Paper Wreath back

Rolled Paper Wreath - back side

…glue a loop of ribbon to the cardboard backing, and if you want, glue a second circle of cardboard to the back, so it looks a little prettier (but really, who’s gonna look at the back?).

The last step is to add something pretty to the center of the wreath to hide the middle. But before I get to that step, I wanted to make my wreath sparkle just a little…so I went for the glitter!

spray glitter and paper wreath

spray glitter!

But not just any glitter. I’m not a huge fan of the loose stuff in those little glass jars. Too messy. Instead I used a spray glitter, which would ensure that I wouldn’t find it all over the place later 😛

After two very light coats (letting it dry between each), I had a pretty (yet subtle) sheen of silver glitter on my paper wreath.

paper and glitter

paper and glitter

For the last step – the center of the wreath – you can do just about anything you can imagine. I decided to go with a vintage image, to go with the vintage vibe of the book pages. Cut out a good sized circle from the picture, and then added a fringe of simple red crepe paper (I used a brush and some Mod Podge and slowly worked my way around the circle with the crepe paper).

wreath center

wreath center and crepe paper fringe detail

All that remains is taking your hot glue gun again, and gluing the center to your wreath!

Paper wreath with center embellishment

Paper wreath with center embellishment

So now hang up your wreath and admire your work!

paper wreath above the fireplace

paper wreath above the fireplace

My wall above our fireplace still seems a little expansive for my wreath…despite making it as big as I could! So I added a little frame of berry wire garland. And I’ll probably add some more holiday flare as the month goes on. Gotta love those decorating projects! You tweak until it’s right 🙂

Till next time, happy crafting!

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21 Comments

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21 responses to “How to make a rolled Book-Page Wreath

  1. this is awesome! definitely goign to try it out. thanks for postin’!

  2. RebekkaFerbrache

    thanks katie! it really is a fun and satisfying project! 🙂

  3. Nicely done. I have never seen a paper cone wreath. I like the glitter effect also. I wonder if it could be done with old Christmas cards too or if the card stock would be too hard to roll.

  4. what a great craft! never seen anything like this before….how creative 🙂 happy holidays!

  5. Diane

    What a great idea! I think I’ll make one for the library out of some of those 1970 era science books I still have on the shelf. 🙂 I think it’s time for them to GO! Thanks for the idea.

  6. RebekkaFerbrache

    Thanks everyone!
    Diane, I love that idea! 🙂

  7. Your wreath is gorgeous and what a great tutorial. One of these has been on my list to make for a LONG time. Perhaps after Christmas!

  8. C.U.T.E!!
    With the picture in the center, you could actually do one for every holiday…love it!

  9. This is wonderful! I love the glitter touch

  10. dana

    I love the wreath with the christmas scene in the middle. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Nadine miller

    I will make several of these using sheet music pages and raffle them at our Christmas Craft Show. – Thank you. We are always looking for ways to pay for the huge building we have to rent ($2400.00 – two days) this and paper mache projects are a saver

  12. Great step by step instructions! I’m going to give it a try. Thanks.

  13. GREAT instructions….thanks for the tute, I’m going to give this a try 🙂

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  15. Love this tutorial and inspired to make one now for a Christmas gift. Thanks!

  16. I made mine using an old sewing book,looks great.Thanks for the idea.

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  19. Marti

    I’m new to the blog so this is posted much later than the rest. A while ago I was in a boutique and saw this type of wreath on the wall. My friend admired it but did not want to pay the $38 asking price. “I can make one of those,” I said. And make one I did. My problem was getting the cones to glue to the cardboard without smashing the tips. Then I found your site and here I have the solution right in front of me…hot glue! Thanks for the tutorial. I used double-sided printed paper in a spring flower print. It turned out excellent and my friend will be so surprised when she gets the gift! I like the spray glitter idea too.

  20. Isabel

    Amazing job, thank you very much for such great tutorial

  21. kitty webb

    Thank you so much on the step by step directions..the wreath is beautiful.

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