Friday, February 4, 2011



Here is a great project for those rainy or snowy days when you are stuck inside and have a little extra time on your hands. I've been looking for projects using recycled books and found this project on a blog called Under the Table and Dreaming. All you need is an old book, foam wreath, ribbon to hang it and lots of hot glue!

Start out with an old book from your shelf or buy one at the library for 50 cents. You will be using three pages at a time so go ahead and tear out three pages.

Trim the page so it is a square and then draw a spiral on it like the one below. You will trim off the corners of the pages first.

Then start cutting out the spiral design. It looks harder than it is..........

Now start rolling up the OUTSIDE end of the spiral (the end you cut first) keeping it tight in the beginning which will end up being the INSIDE of the flower.

Continue rolling keeping the bottom edges fairly level.

Here I am almost finished rolling and you can see the rounded end. You will be dropping a blob of hot glue into the center and folding DOWN this rounded end.

OK, this shows where you will squirt the hot glue, fold down the rounded end and just hold it tight for a few seconds until the glue has hardened being careful NOT to burn yourself. Easier said than done.........

Once you're finished you can start gluing the cute little rosettes onto the foam wreath.

This is what a completed flower looks like........

And from the side..........they are also pretty with a little antique finish added to the edges or maybe a little glitter.

Now just imagine a completed wreath. It does take a lot of time but I think it will be worth the time spent in the end. You will have a beautiful wreath made out of recycled books.

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