Last year I was yearning to create some of our very own Holiday decor for our customers and ourselves. I wanted something a little nostalgic in feeling, but of course it had to have a coastal twist. After looking at Pinterest, I decided I wanted make a few paper wreaths. I don’t remember which pins inspired it at the time, but I did a little experimenting. I loved the idea that old books were being used in a new way, too. (Got my eco-friendly and coastal elements all in one!) I think it’s a really easy project if you want to try it at home. So, I thought I’d share the simple steps with you.
Start by cutting a circle out of cardboard. Mine was about 4″ in diameter for the large wreath. Then tear pages from an old book. As an option, you can paint the edges with gold or silver paint for a little sparkle.
Roll each page into a cone and use hot glue to hold shape by placing a drop on the outside corner of the roll. Create several of these cones which will go around the wreath.
Hot glue the cones around the cardboard circle. You can space them closely if you want to do just one layer of cones or space them a little further to add a second round of cones over the first.
Once you have completed your layers of cones, you will need to add ribbon to the back. I chose a lovely shade of Sea Green, of course, for a coastal touch. However, you could use any color. I glued down one end. Then, I cut the ribbon to the length I wanted to show above the cones. Then, I glued the other end down. Once the ribbon is attached, cut a circle from one of the books pages and glue over the ribbon, onto the cardboard.
Lastly, find a shell that is an appropriate size for the center and hot glue to the middle to finish of your wreath. Voila, you’ll have a lovely piece to display for many years to come. Below are a few different ways you can display your master piece.
If you decide to try this project, I’d love to hear how it turns out. Please leave comment and let me know. Or, if you just like the look and just want to buy one, let me know. We have many in the shop.