Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pretty Flower Book Page Wreath

Well hello everyone!
I hope your week has been fabulous so far :)


For a good long while I have been keeping my eye out on these beautiful book page wreaths and wanting to try my hand at making one of them.
So for this tutorial I decided to finally make one but add a fun 
twist to it-adding paper flowers to the center.
So here's what you'll need:
18 inch straw wreath or foam (I find the straw ones are cheaper)
An old book with pages that are at least large enough to make a good sized cone (mine were about 6X8)
hot glue and glue gun (lots of sticks!)
Glue stick
Piece of cardboard from a box
Paper flowers
If you have a Cricut, I used the Flower Shoppe cartridge
embellishments 

The first thing I did was to make the cones from the book pages. I used a good glue stick for this to glue the cones together.
You'll need to make lots of cones!
Second,  I took a piece of a cardboard box that just happened to have a white side to it and traced a circle around to have it fit snuggly inside the wreath form (this is where your flowers will go).



 After the cones were done, I glued them onto the back of the wreath one by one, (at first I used my Mighty Mend It glue but it did not hold very well against the plastic, so then I just reinforced that with floral pins as you see here)


 
 After all the back ones are glued, I turned the wreath over (carefully) and started gluing the cones to the front of the wreath. I let them set a few minutes then came back and did another layer. Repeat to make the wreath fuller.
In between layers, I went to my Cricut and cut out the different paper flowers and assembled them. I added a pearl embellishment to each to "class" them up a bit.
If you don't have an electronic cutter you can make these out of paper or fabric. There are a ton of tutorials on pinterest and I have pinned some tutes here:

 





When your cones are all set on your wreath, you will take the cardboard circle you cut out and carefully set it on top of the wreath opening. You may or may not want to cover the cone tips depending on the look you want. I wanted my wreath to have a clean look at the inner edge so I opted to cover the tips with the circle. 
If you don't have a white cardboard box, you can simply cover the circle with more book pages :)

 I then arranged my flowers to see how I wanted them to look then I started hot gluing them.

Tie a ribbon through the wreath and hang.





{hanging in its temporary place}

Overall this wreath was made over the course of 4 nights. 
I made the cones in one night while watching T.V. then I would just fill it in when I had time at night when the kids were asleep :)


I really like the look of fullness and the touch of subtle color the flowers give it


I can't wait to hang it over my mantle.

Patty
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2 comments:

  1. Very pretty! Love the flowers.

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  2. So pretty! It looks great, even in it's temporary spot! ;)

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