{TUTORIAL} DIY Interchangeable Book Page Wreath

I'm still crazy about book-related décor and crafts, even though they've been around for years.  I like them all ... wrapped candles, gift wrap/embellishments, rolled pages in a cloche, you name it ... they're all wonderful!  My book page obsession is only rivaled by my love of burlap and using numbers and letters in décor.  We all have our weaknesses, right?!?

A favorite project was this book page wreath with interchangeable centers.  It's wonderful to have one wreath that can be customized for each holiday or occasion - and it's a plus to not have multiple wreaths to store.  One wreath does it all!



Supplies for wreath:
  • Cardboard
  • Book pages (10 pages, mine were 7-1/2" x 5")
  • Hot glue gun
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Velcro dots (not shown below)

Supplies for decorative centers:
  • White glue
  • Valspar Satin Fired Earth paint or Americana Acrylic craft paint in Bittersweet Chocolate
  • Scissors
  • 4" cardboard drink coasters (8 pack from party supplies section at Dollar Tree)
  • Small paint brush
  • Tan colored copy paper
  • Velcro dots (not shown below)




Let's get started!

To begin, cut a 9" circle from the cardboard.  This will be the base of the wreath.  Punch a small hole through the cardboard to provide a hole for hanging. 

Using a cardboard coaster, trace coaster at very center of wreath form.  Draw circles out from the center circle, spacing approximately 1" apart. These circular lines will serve as a guide for book page placement later.


Cut book pages into 6 evenly sized pieces by folding book page in half and then in thirds.  .


Fold each small piece in half but do not crease the folded end.  It should form a loop.  Staple the open end of the loop. 


Using hot glue gun and starting on the outside edge of the wreath form, glue the folded loops of book pages on the wreath form with sides touching. 


Repeat this process offsetting each row but leave the center circle unfilled - this space is reserved for the decorative centers.  When completed your wreath base will look like this:


Place a piece of Velcro in the center (not shown above) and that completes the base of the wreath.



Now, let's make the decorative centers!

The coasters I purchased had a shiny scroll design on one side and plain cardboard on the other.  I painted both sides and tried two paints that I had on hand - Valspar Fired Earth and Craft paint in Bittersweet Chocolate.  Both worked equally well.


For the center designs (Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday, etc.) I created them in Microsoft Publisher.  You can use Word or any program that works well for you.  Print (I used tan copy paper) and cut out. 



Using the small paint brush or better yet ... your fingers! ... glue the design to one side of the coaster using white glue.  Let dry.  On other side of coaster, place a piece of Velcro. 

For those times between special occasions, I display a monogram center.  It's been fun to create different designs and layouts.




You now have a wreath with multiple decorative centers that can be changed out for each holiday or special occasion.  No extra clutter or storage dilemmas.  Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you make one, I would love to hear how you like it.  Enjoy!


Thank you to Create with Joy, Sew Can DoCozy Little House and Stone Cottage Adventures for graciously featuring this post!




Sharing with:
The Dedicated House @ Make It Pretty Monday
The Dedicated House @ Before & After Wednesday

24 comments:

  1. What a great idea to use the pages and make interchangeable centers. Great upcycle project!!
    Thanks for sharing o Oh My Heartsie Girls ww this week!

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    1. Thanks so much, Karren! I appreciate you visiting my little blog and glad you enjoyed the wreath. You have a great site!

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  2. What an interesting and unique wreath! :)

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    1. You made my day! That's exactly what I was hoping for! Appreciate your kind comments. :)

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  3. I have been wanting to do a book page wreath (I am addicted to making wreaths) and I love this one, it is so different from the other book page wreaths I've seen. I'd love for you to share it on my Motivational Monday party!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Thanks for the invitation, Carrie! Happy to!

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  4. Love this idea for a wreath! OK, now I want to make one!

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    1. Hi, Bless! If you do, please let me know how it turns out. The tutorial was lengthy but the project didn't take that long at all to do. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Wow, what a clever idea and such a beautiful wreath. Thank you for sharing with OMHG Wordless Wednesday Link Party.. Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove x

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    1. There are some awesome projects at your party, Evija! So happy to be a part of it. Have a great day!

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  6. Carolyn, what a lovely idea! Such a beautiful wreath! Thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world! Feel free to share your post at my Make it Pretty party. Here is the link if you want to check it out. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/06/make-it-pretty-monday-week-139.html Thanks again for the visit! Have a good day! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  7. Such a good idea!!! What an excellent space saver too. Oh, and you know I love a monogram for those in-between holiday times. :)

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! I'm a sucker for monograms (and any letters and numbers) in décor and it's a good "go to" filler for between holidays. Appreciate you dropping by!

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  8. What a cool idea for a wreath. I love it!

    Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! And, thanks again for featuring my Colorfully Contained post in your Weekend Blog Hop #1! Was such a nice surprise and I do appreciate it. :)

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  9. This wreath is adorable, I love all the different pictures you made for the center.. SO pretty..
    Another idea... You could paint the coaster with chalk paint, use your chalk pen to make a pretty initial, or any saying you wanted for the day..[I love chalk paint too.ha]
    Thanks for sharing this lovely idea.. I am going to make one.

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    1. What a great idea to make a chalkboard center for the wreath. I think that's what I like best about it - it's so versatile. Thanks for sharing, Judy!

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  10. What a wonderful project Carolyn! Congratulations- you are one of our featured guests this week at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy!

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    1. Thank you so very much! What an honor! I so appreciate you featuring me!

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  11. I'm in love with this! Thank you for sharing this with us! Pinned and tweeted! I hope to see you at tonight's party. Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thanks Kimberly! I'll be there. Thanks for pinning and tweeting! See you soon!

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  12. Book page crafts are one of my favorites!!! Your book page wreath is fantastic!!! Love that you change out the center seasonally and for holidays!!! Thanks so much for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! I hope to see you back next week:).

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  13. Super cute! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we love partying with you! Hope to see you next Friday. :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  14. Oh, wow! I love this! 'Featuring it today at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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