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.