Thursday, October 13, 2011

ten projects in twenty days: book page wreath

Happy Friday!

Wecome back to Ten Projects in Twenty Days Eleven Twelve :: Project Six

Now I'm even confusing myself.  Whose idea was this, anyway???

So here's what I have for you today.  Again, not super original, but I've been wanting to do a book-page project for a while.  I'm also in need of some cute Halloween decorations.  So I thought I'd whip up  a book page wreath. 

Now, I thought and thought about how I wanted to do it.  And I like to use supplies that I already have on hand.  I went searching the internet for some inspiration and found this post from Living with Lindsay which was EXACTLY what I had in mind.  Rather than posting a tutorial for you here, I'm sending you to Lindsay because I think she NAILED it (and because her pictures are way better than any I could hope to take). 

Props to Lindsay!  Here's her wreath:


I also used a foam wreath and book from Dollar Tree.

{names have been omitted to protect the innocent}

And while she painted the outside of the pages, I dipped each individual page in tea and quick-dried them in the oven at 300 degrees.  If you attempt this, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep an eye on your pages.  It's paper and fire, people, and it will burn.  While I like the effect and it wasn't too terribly labor-intensive, if I do this project again, I'll use Lindsay's method.

And here's my finished product.

My book pages are a little "tighter" than hers.  I'm actually not crazy about that, because you can't really see the words on the pages very well.  

I also wanted to add the BOO lettering, but 1) didn't want the letters to be permanent - so that I could use this wreath year-round (picture it with some cute red hearts at Valentine's Day...cutie cutie cute!) and 2) I didn't have any chipboard letters on hand and didn't want to run out to buy some.  So here's what I did:

Cut the letters out of plain black scrapbook paper and glued regular ol' sewing pins to the back.  I'll tell you what - my glue gun was plugged in for, like, 12 hours straight that day.  It was maybe the best day of my life.  :)

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Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Hi Maggie! I just saw your post on Chic On A Shoestring. What a great blog you have! I am now your newest follower; and I hope you will follow me too! Be blessed!

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J's mom said...

I would love it if you would link this to my link party, and any others you may have. Thanks, It just started :)

Kathy said...

This wreath is wonderful, and it can be used for every occassion.
I have enjoyed your projects, but please take a rest. Drop by my site for some halloween. Kathy

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh, I think your wreath looks absolutely gorgeous!! You did such a fantastic job and we are so glad you shared this with us at Inspiration Friday this week! :-)

Mandi@MandiBeingCrafty said...

Too cute! Love it! New follower!

Libby said...

I love your wreath! Love the color! I am your newest follower and I'm hoping you check out my blog, especially my post on Craft Fails! After you see my book page wreath, you'll know how AWESOME you did!

A Girl said...

Fabulous wreath! thanks for sharing.

Vicky said...

The tea is a great idea. Who know you can make something so pretty with old book pages and tea? Very nice! I am a new follower from the Sundae Scoop. Vicky from

Anonymous said...

Wow! That turned out gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up to Thrifty Thursdays :)

Meg said...

That's awesome! I love how you made the pages all old and wrinkly---neat method. Your wreath looks fantastic--all full and gorgeous. Great job!

gail said...

so cute! I tried a book page wreath last year and it was a disaster! hahah

Chris said...

Hi Maggie, this wreath is gorgeous. I found and am now following you through My Romantic Home and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris