Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wreath Tutorial & GIVE-A-AWAY!!

Enter to win a Vintage Book Page wreath!
One of my favorite items to make are my vintage book page wreaths. Since November I have made well over 100 of them & have shipped them world wide. After Jennifer Forker of the Associated Press ask to interview me about my process of making them, I realized I should post a new tutorial. ( I was featured in an article that also included Marcie McGoldrick from Martha Stewart Living….yea , I about peed my pants!)


I’ve made a few changes since that first one back in August. Its faster, easier & so much more prettier too.
 
You’ll need an old book, foam or wood wreath form, glue gun, glue sticks, and small cut ribbon for the wreath to hang on.

Tie ribbon to back of wreath. If using a foam wreath, tie ribbon loop & glue to back.
Tear about half of the book pages out from the book. Fold into an “S” shape.


Glue bottom of the “S”. Then glue the bottom side of the edge & press to wreath form.

Continue around the entire back side until full.
Then flip over and start on the front. Work your way around folding and gluing the same way. When applying pages to the sides of wreath, give the bottom of the page a slight fold to make it even with the rest of the pages. You could even cut the pages slightly shorter if that’s easier for you.


When you’ve reached the center, glue the “S” fold page directly to the middle. Continue around the center until full.



Now stand back & look to see if any areas need more fullness. Add pages in all the areas that need more “fluff”. Your done! Depending on book page size, the wreath ends up about 18 -21 inches wide.
I still love making these! Finding books & ripping them apart is so much fun! I always get my books from thrift stores & the older the better. They have a nice yellowing to the pages. There’s so many fun ways to use these. Hang them , a center piece, shape them to a heart for a wedding or Valentines day! ( I’ll share those later. )

Want to win one? Just leave a comment & I’ll put you in the raffle ! I’ll announce the winner Wednesday February 16th. Good luck!!!

18 comments:

Melissa C said...

Love this wreath, would be perfect in my home.. *wink wink*. Thanks for the how-to as well.

texwisgirl said...

You are famous! :) Would love to win one!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

What a great wreath! I love it!

Allison said...

Oh goodness yes... I'd love to be in the raffle! I agree with texwisgirl - you're famous! Congratulations, Trisha. You are an inspiration to me. I've recently wanted to give up on something I do well (my own "vintage book wreath" of sorts), but your post has spurred me on. :D

Christine said...

I love this wreath and I love books, what a cool way to tie them together!

Linda in New Mexico said...

Congrats on all the wonderful exposure for a great crafting idea. Yay for you.
I'd love to be entered in your raffle. Thanks so much. The Olde Bagg, Linda

Leanna said...

Oooh, I want to win one! My sister is really into making paper crafty stuff like this (she made a Christmas tree out of book pages) but she has never given me any. :(

Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop said...

I love reading and crafts! I love this wreath!!!

Dawn said...

Oh WOW! This is so creatively great! It would look stunning in my home;))

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

what a cute (and resourceful) way to use up old books! of course, i'd love to be entered into the drawing!

SkippyMom said...

Very pretty. Then again everything you do is so lovley.

I think I need to go thank your Aunt again for leading me over here.

And yeah, I would've peed my pants too. giggle

Babbs said...

Your wreaths ARE gorgeous girlie!! AWESOMENESS that you were featured in an Associated Press interview!! Yay you!! Okay..I should try your great tutorial, because I love love love these!!! I don't think I could do it justice though...but if I were to win one...yay...I wouldn't have to totally dishonor your tutorial by making one of my own that wouldn't look at all like yours. (subliminal message here) LOL ;) Have a great day girlie!! :)

Out on the prairie said...

I shall have to pass this on. I think you need a You Tube post for them, there are tons of crafting tutorials on it.

Trisha said...

Out on the prairie- Funny you say that..I'm actually going to do a few different tutorials for youtube. My dad has a production comp. & is helping me out on that. Now I just have to find the time to film it too :)

Thanks everyone for your kind words :) Giveaways are just so much fun!

jandjhome said...

I love it. I made one of these and I folded the pages much smaller. It took me hours. I love how your pages flow. Great job.

Nicole said...

I love this wreath! Thank you!!

lindsey drake said...

Sweet! People on Pintrest amaze me with their creativity! I would love showing this off in my home. Cool

JoAnne said...

Very neat.. I can see many variations! Thanks for the tutorial.