Isn’t this Vintage Book Page Wreath gorgeous? If you’re still looking to make a spring wreath, this might be the one. In addition to designer Kathleen George’s tutorial for the Vintage Book Page Wreath, I also have a sneak peek at the annual Easter Eggstravaganza, which starts tomorrow. (And as Crafts ‘n Coffee readers know, an Easter Eggstravaganza means a Most Eggscellent Prize Package, too!).
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
- Old book pages, sheet music, or other source for aged papers; you’ll want to have two contrasting shades
- Cardstock, three, 12” x 12” sheets in cream and/or natural colors
- Paper punches: 1/8” circle; flowers and leaves of your choice (Kathleen used Sizzix punches)
- Ribbon, ¼” x 3”
- Mod Podge, matte finish
- Paper paste
- Glitter glue
- Yes! Paste
- Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; craft pins; foam brush; wood skewer
To make a Vintage Book Page Wreath:
1. Wrap the wreath in 1” x 5” strips of paper cut from old books. Paste and pin the ends of each strip to the back of the wreath. Alternate the different shades of papers.
2. Bush on a coat of Mod Podge and let dry. Don’t worry if the paper wrinkles at first – it will dry flat.
3. Make the paper roses. (Kathleen provides step-by-step instructions below, and you can also reference a photo tutorial on HGTV.com.)
- Cut eight, 4” squares from book pages. Cut off corners, forming circles.
- Draw a spiral on the reverse side of one circle, starting at the edge and going all the way to the center. A tighter spiral will create a fuller rose.
- Cut along the spiral line, but leave the circle in the center uncut, as it will form the base for the rose.
- Start by tightly wrapping the outside edge of the spiral around a wood skewer. Roll tightly, as this becomes the center of the rose. As you continue rolling, you can roll more loosely and remove the skewer.
- Slightly pinch the bottom of the rose as you roll, and add a dab of glue to help hold the flower together.
- The center may try to pop out as your roll, so squeeze the center down into the rose. Trim off any excess paper at the bottom so the rose will sit flat.
- When you get to the center of the spiral, bend the center under the rose, forming a base. Add glue to the base and glue the flower in place.
- Let the rose relax and the petals open up.
- Gently curve the outer petals by rolling them over the skewer.
- Trim off any edges that appear out of place.
- Repeat to make eight roses.
4. Pin and glue the roses to the wreath.
5. Punch out flowers and leaves from the cardstock. Arrange on the wreath and glue in place.
6. Fold a 3” length of ribbon in half, and pin and glue to the back of the wreath for a hanger.
I have to show it again — it’s so pretty.