Tuesday, August 21, 2012
How To Make A Book Page Wreath That Looks Like A Dahlia
I found a great pair of shutters recently on a trip to the Habitat Re-Store, one of my favorite places to go. Another great place of possibilities. I knew they were coming home with me because they were only $ 7.00. They were a dirty, dingy yellow and smelled like someone's kitchen disaster. But, I was in love. They needed paint, so I headed to my favorite store in Brentwood called C'est Moi. They carry Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Do not be confused with chalkboard paint. This paint has chalk in it and will cover any surface without priming which is outstanding. It comes from England and the color choices are all historical in nature. Beautiful, rich colors that can be waxed upon completion with clear and dark waxes and it just makes my heart warm to look at all the ways this paint can be used.
While I was there purchasing paint, I noticed several book page wreaths on the wall. One of them looked like a big dahlia (one of my favorite flowers) and I knew I would have one of those and it would hang on my shutters once they were painted. I just needed to figure out how to make one like it.
I went to JoAnn's and purchased a 12 inch styrofoam wreath that is flat on the back and curved on the top. I knew I needed something that would give the wreath depth instead of something flat. Then, we made a trip to McKay's Used books so I could find some old books with yellowed edges at a good price. Shakespeare's Complete Works for 75 cents was it! Lots of pages because I didn't know how many I would need for the project, perfect aging on the pages, and the book pages were the size I wanted. Forgive me Will.
The first thing I did was remove the pages from the book cover. I opened the book and used scissors to cut away the cover.
Next, I started rolling cones. Lots of cones. I don't know how many cones I rolled, I just filled a box with them. Start at the bottom right corner and roll to the top left corner. I rolled the cones tightly, then loosened them until I had a big, round cone. I did not want tight cones for this project. Then, I stapled them at the bottom. Do I have a picture of these? No, I forgot. Sorry. You can see how they look as I started to put the wreath together.
Start on the back of the styrofoam wreath on the inside. You will have to adjust the size of your cones for the opening in the wreath by making them smaller. You want the tips of the cones to touch. Hot glue them at north, south, east and west. Then, fill in between those. Next, start at north, south, east and west on the outside edge and fill in between, leaving about a finger's width between each cone. After you finish one layer of cones, go back and fill in between the first layer of cones, then repeat with a third layer. On the inside of the wreath, do the same. It will look like this on the back of the wreath.
When the glue is dry, flip the wreath over and begin working on the front. It should look like this when you start.
Tomorrow, I will show you the finished vignette with the shutters and the wreath. It is really lovely and I am so very happy with it. Give this project a try and remember, Christmas is only 4 months away. These could make lovely, inexpensive gifts. Yes, I had to go there, because it's time to start thinking about projects if you intend to do any for gift giving. Have fun with this one, you will find yourself reading the pages as you roll the cones. It is an enlightening experience.
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