How to Make A Book Page Wreath

book page wreath tutorial

This past summer, my friend Melissa Deming of Hive Resources launched the paperback version of her book, Daughters of the King.  It was super exciting and I was honored to help her with the book launch party.  In developing the party theme of vintage books, burlap and lace, I made this book page wreath for her door. And today, I have the tutorial for you!  It is quite easy and turned out beautifully.

What You’ll Need to Make a Book Page Wreath:

  • A Pizza Box Lid (yes, really…could it get better?  Pizza and crafting!)
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Scissors
  • Compass (the kind for drawing circles, not giving directions)
  • Metal to twist for hooks on the back of wreath
  • Metal Snips
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Tape
  • An Old Book to Tear Out Pages (my pages were about 7×9″)

Now, let’s get started.  I have many, many pictures to help you see exactly what to do.

book page wreath tutorial

Using the compass, draw the circles to create your wreath base.  I expanded the compass as far as it would go for the outer circle.  Then, I came in 2.5″ and drew another circle.  These were the two lines I cut.  You can ignore the inner most circle on the above picture.  I was playing with how wide I wanted the base to be.

book page wreath tutorial
book page wreath tutorial

Next, you’ll need to create hangers/hooks on the back so that you are able to hang your wreath.  I scouted my husband’s tool bench for metal wire that I could bend and coil.  Use a pen to wrap the metal and then slide the pen out.

book page wreath tutorial

When you hot glue the hanger to the unprinted side of base, be sure to add a touch of hot glue to your other metal edge (the one in the coil).  You wouldn’t want any exposed sharp metal to scratch your lovely door or wall. Allow to dry completely before flipping over.

book page wreath tutorial

Tear out book pages.  I was very selective in which pages I used.  The word/dictionary style book had different formats.  I wanted pages with as much text as possible.   This may be the perfect time to talk about the book you’re using and where to find cheap books.  For the party, I scouted out garage sales and thrift shops for old books.  Most of the books I bought only cost me a quarter each.

Take care what kind of book you are buying as well . . . lest you end up like my cousin who was using a thrift shop book to make fans for a bridal shower.  She noticed after finishing over 50 fans that the language was not quite (a’hem) suitable for a shower.  Secretly, this gave many of us a good laugh knowing my cousin and the fact that she does not use crude language at all.

folding old pages for vintage book wreath

Roll your pages into cones.  I always made sure that the top of my cone held the corner (point) of the page.  It is important to start your base with wider cones and as you move inward, to make the cones narrower. I did not make all my cones at once either.  I probably made about 5-10 at a time so that I didn’t get too far ahead of myself and could adjust the size if needed.

book page wreath tutorial

Start hot gluing your book page cones to the base.  To keep things symmetrical, I glued the cones at the 3, 6, 9 & 12 of a clock.  It was just a starting point and I think I did move one along the way.  But it will give you a good start.

book page wreath tutorial

Continue gluing the pages around the base to create your first layer of the wreath.

book page wreath tutorial

Ah, pizza and a project!  Makes me smile.  😉

book page wreath tutorial

Next, glue your second layer.  Secure this layer staggering placements between the cones of your first layer.  This will give your book page wreath a full look.

book page wreath tutorial

You can see that for the first layer, I didn’t cover the base when gluing.  But for the second layer, I took the edge of the cone right up to the inner circle of the base.

book page wreath tutorial

book page wreath tutorial

For the 3rd layer to shorten the length of the cones, I folded under the edge and glued this part to the second layer.  Work around the entire circle, again trying to alternate between cones.  Don’t worry about being perfect, though!

book page wreath tutorial

Here we go!  Last layer . . . or should we say top layer.  Make narrow cones and fold them.  Snip off the ends for a clean look.  You will actually be gluing that inner fold to the underneath part of the base.  This picture should give you the idea.

book page wreath tutorial

book page wreath tutorial

When you’re done with this 4th layer, your cones will all be sticking up.  Secure that top layer to the third layer by gluing the cones together.  You’ll notice that this is a hard layer to put in alternating spots, so just do your best and make sure that the bottom of your cones are touching each other in the inner circle.

Give it a few minutes to dry and then lift up the wreath.  Are there are spots that could use hot glue to hold cones together?

book page wreath tutorial

Incidentally, this is where I burned myself and needed the neosporin.  My daughter (aka little nurse) was thrilled to run and get me a bandaid and tend to my “wound.”  She just cracks me up.

book page wreath tutorial

Last, add string or twine and hang your book page wreath.  Hooray, you did it!

book page wreath tutorial

What do you think?   Where would you put a book page wreath in your home?  

You may also be interested in:  A Book-Themed Bridal Shower

 

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Comments

  1. Very cool.. this is actually a wreath I can make!! It will look fab on the front door. I’m so repinning this 🙂 Thanks for joining in our #PinUP Pin Party, hope to see you again… there’s a new one every Friday!

  2. Tami Perry says:

    Wow! Love the step-by-step directions and the great pics!! I, too, had several of thus type of wreath on Pinterest. I thought those bases were the green concentric-open-circle-joined-by- cross-wire bases, so you just saved me a trip to the nearest Michael’s which is about 90 miles away. I’ll need to figure out how to neatly & attractively cover the back since after l make the 1st one for myself & make the mistakes on it, l will be making one for a birthday present soon. Thanks again! If l like the results I’ll try to remember to send you pics

    • I’m so glad you found this helpful, Tami! I would love to see pictures! I bet if you trace your backing on felt before you start gluing, you could use a nice neutral felt to cover the back.