Sunday, October 03, 2010

A novel idea...

How about making a wreath out of an old paperback novel?  The first paperback wreath I saw this week was at Pleasures of Homemaking.   I really liked the coffee filter rosette she put in the middle of hers.  Then I went looking around and I found several pretty paper wreaths at Apartment Therapy, and the best tutorial was found at Living With Lindsey

I made my wreath very, very simply with Lindsey's recipe, but instead of a styrofoam wreath,  I traced around a dinner plate onto cardboard and used it for my base.  It was easy-peasy to do, and I made it in one evening -- even with the distractions of a two-year old grandgirl.  I added another cardboard circle to the center of the wreath to cover the edges of the paper and then glued a classic silhouette inside (thanks Clarice from Storybook Woods!).  Lastly, I  hot-glued a black ribbon on the back.  I can easily change out the middle silhouette for another one for special occasions and holidays.  Wouldn't these make fun gifts?

9 comments:

  1. Funny! I used to have so many wreaths and now they are all gone. I went through a wreath phase. I'm not sure I want to revisit it. I like the up cycling concept, though. You are a fast "maker" Jody. Remember how fast you made those bike baskets? I'm so slooooooooow.

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  2. I want to try this with orange pages! Can you get books with orange pages....

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  3. I really like that wreath too, so pretty!!

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  4. What a fun idea Jody -- I love the silhouette in the middle!

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  5. I love art made out of books. This wreath is fabulous, Jody!

    xfrances

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  6. Oh Jody, I am jumping up and down. Love, love, love the wreath. Isn't Manuela soo clever!!! xoxox Clarice

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  7. LOVE the silhouette center!! Your wreath looks so great! Aren't they fun to make. You can put just about anything in the center.

    Manuela

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  8. I saw this on Living with Lindsey, and I've been tempted to make one; but I've been waiting to pick up a wreath form. Never though to improvise :D Thanks for the tip.

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  9. What an adorable idea, and I like the thought of changing the center for the holidays.

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