I am back with another post in our A Homemade Christmas series! I hope you have been catching all of the other posts in this series… if not check them out at the bottom of this post. My mouth is still watering from Heather’s homemade Pecan sticky buns recipe from yesterday. Yumm!
Today I am going to share a tutorial for a wreath I have been wanting to make for some time. I have always loved the book page wreaths I have seen all over blogland and Pinterest. But mine is extra Christmas-ey because it is made with music pages! I don’t know about you, but Christmas is not complete without music – all of the beautiful, traditional Christmas carols just sets the tone for the season. I have to confess I usually pull out the Christmas music before Thanksgiving, and then the day after Thanksgiving it is all Christmas music, ALL the time until Christmas…
I actually had wanted to do this project during my 31 days of Pinterest projects since I knew I wanted to use it as part of my Christmas decorations. Well, I didn’t get it done then, but I did finish it yesterday and am putting the final touches on my mantel today (full mantel post coming up tomorrow.)
Here’s my supplies:
- an old hymnal or music sheets (I found this old hymnal for $1.00 at a thrift store and I LOVED the old yellowed pages and that it had some beautiful, old hymns. Don’t worry, I looked it up on Ebay and it is not worth a lot of money or anything like that.)
- a wood plaque or cardboard circle – found at Wal-Mart for $1-2
- an ornament or something for the middle (found this pretty snowflake ornament at Michael’s – $2.00 after 1/2 price sale)
- ribbon to hang the wreath
Carefully tear or cut pages out of the book you are using. Then you start rolling and gluing the pages into rolls. This was the tedious part but it wasn’t too bad. It probably took me a just over an hour to make this entire wreath while we watched a Christmas movie last night.
I wanted my wreath to be a be pretty big and very full so I started out gluing the rolls on the outer edge of the circle. I made sure that the tips of the outer roll were all facing the same direction. I find if I space them out at the half and quarter marks to begin with it helps me keep my rolls straight going around instead of ending up on a slant.
Glue a layer all the way around. Then begin a second layer. I just moved the rolls farther into the middle and still only glued the inside point to the wood circle.
For the last and 3rd layer, I had to cut off the small tips to make the rolls shorter. I would make the roll and then cut about an inch off the more pointed tip.
These rolls got glued on top of the points of the 2nd layer.
For the center part I used 4 pages and folded them accordion style, glued the edges together and then trimmed them a little big to fit the inside space. I glued that to center and then glued the tips of the ornament to this middle piece.
I glued a black satin ribbon from my stash on the back of the wood base and hung the wreath over a DIY chalkboard that I made for the centerpiece of my Christmas mantel. I will share a tutorial on the chalkboard later.
I LOVE the vintage feel of this wreath!
The color of the pages are perfect for the colors I am using for Christmas this year too.
And the center ornament with the pearls, glitter, and silver accents help tie in the mercury glass I am using as well.
I will be back tomorrow to show you my completed Christmas mantel! I am loving it!
Christa will be up tomorrow in our A Homemade Christmas series – can’t wait to see what she has planned. And here are links to all the projects in the series (if you are reading in an email or reader, you will need to click over to the actual post see them all.)