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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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Birdie sneak peak, updated!

A little while back I showed you a pair of cute little birds I had made out of clay. Well, they’re all finished now, fired and glazed!

However, they are really little – only about 1.5 inches tall. And my master baker uncle (who is making our wedding cake) told me that, despite being adorable, a cake topper needs to be larger than that because otherwise they’ll just get lost visually.

So I decided to put my little birdies on a platform, to make it a whole set-piece rather than just the two little actors.
Here’s what I came up with:

(Aren’t they cute??) Now my teeny birds are on a 4″ diameter platform with a cute arching trellis  to give it more height.

I don’t have step-by-step pictures of how I made this topper, but this is the basic way I did it:

My supplies were – a 4″ diameter round foam disc (about 2″ thick), green fabric, white lace applique trim, silk flowers (green and white ranunculus), floral wire twigs, and my birdies.

I took my bare foam disc and wrapped it tightly with my light green fabric, securing with my hot glue gun. On the under side of the disc, I glued a 3″ cardboard circle to cover up the fabric edges.

Now that I had a fabric base to work with, I trimmed the circumference with my lace, which also folded over the top edge.

Then, on top of the lace, I hot-glued the individual silk flowers around the top edge of the base, keeping them tightly spaced.

Next, I made two small holes in the fabric on either side of the top of the base, to place my wire twigs. I just pierced the foam with the ends of the twigs and played with the bend and curve until I liked the shape the twigs made.

All that was left was to put my cute little birdies in their new home! Ready to be placed atop a beautiful wedding cake! ^_^

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