Book wreaths are everywhere right now. They're in magazines, on TV, and all over the internet. I'm not sure HOW I missed them for so long. I love the way they look and that they're made from old books. A couple weeks ago I decided that I wanted to try making one, so I googled it. JFGI you know. The very first listing was for a fantastic tutorial by Lindsay at Living With Lindsay.
We have TONS of old books laying around, so that wasn't a problem. In my stash I found a wreath form and some paints for the page edges. I chose red and gold because I was in a Christmas kind of mood. (Actually I originally chose red & some silver glitter paint by Plaid BUT I didn't read the tutorial very well the first time around. You should definitely put the paint on with a paper towel or cloth rather than a paintbrush. The bristles allow the paint to get in between the pages and then they stick together.)
Here's a picture of my wreath almost done:
My table is cluttered. Too many "in progress" projects at once. After I got all the pages attached I decided to add something to the center to make it more interesting. I printed a vintage Santa Claus graphic from *The Graphics Fairy* and cut it out. Then I attached it to some cardboard that I'd sprayed with gold Smooch Spritz, and outlined Santa's head with iridescent stickles. After I got that hot glued to the back of the wreath, I glued a red and gold ribbon, also from my stash, around the inside. More of the same ribbon was used on the back as a hanger. Here's the finished product:
I'll be linking this bad boy up to the linking parties this week for sure.