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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Romance Novel Wreath

I have two Christmas decor projects new to this year that have made me especially happy. The first is my repurposed (free and somewhat seedy paperback) book page wreath, which I am proud to share today.

I found some random giveaway books at our local quilt shop.  (The content of the books appears to be a little less wholesome than the quilt shop's image).  However, I am so happy to have found these particular novels because one of the paperbacks is appropriately yellowed.  My wreath has a comfortable and attractive vintage feel thanks to the aged condition of the books.

I began by wrapping 1.5" strips of burlap around my wreath.  The next step was to punch out the book pages and I used a 3" diameter scalloped punch.  This is not a hard wreath to make but it is labor intensive.  I spent the better part of a day working on it.  This represents many hours of 'punch and glue'.  However, I set my iPad on the table in front of me and happily streamed a variety of British TV via Netflix while I worked.

Despite the fact that I burned myself severely with the glue gun a couple of times, the wreath was well worth the effort expended.  It blends nicely in my mostly-neutral decor and it's perfect as an all-winter-long-accent.  

Remember~ coupons, coupons, coupons.  A coupon for the 3" punch and a coupon for the wreath.    And as I mentioned, the books cost nothing.  My time was the biggest investment.


Linking to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.


  1. I love this! What a great idea! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! I love the re-purposed book and have never thought of making a wreath like this with book pages!

  2. What a gorgeous wreath and beautiful idea! It looks like it really took a lot of time and patience, but looks like a fun project, too! The result is beautiful!

  3. And a beautiful wreath it is! I love watching British television while doing crafts. Do you watch Downton Abbey? I watch it on Amazon TV....it's so good.