If you've got old books laying around that you don't know what to do with, don't fret. They can be used to make an adorable literary-inspired wreath with this Craft Of The Day. This garland ring by Trash To Treasure can be displayed year-round and is sure to wow guests as they approach your door. Plus, we can't think of a better way to make use of books that have been retired to a dusty shelf. Ready to turn pages into petals? Keep reading for the how-to.
Photo by Trash To Treasure
What You'll Need:
A book (that you don't mind tearing pages from)
Foam wreath (from a local craft store)
Hot glue gun
Foam paint brush
How to Make It:
1.Tear pages from the book in strips and wrap them around the foam wreath, covering it completely. Secure the pages with masking tape.
2. Using scissors, cut out leaf-shaped pieces from the book pages. Cut as many as you think you'll need to cover the wreath. You may need to go back and cut a few more as you go along.
3. To give the paper petals a more weathered look, we suggest staining them. Microwave a mug filled half-way with water for about a minute. Then add three tablespoons of instant coffee.
4. Lay the leaves on a cookie sheet and using a foam paint brush, paint them lightly with the liquid. Let them dry a bit before flipping them to paint the other side.
5. Lastly, carefully glue the leaves to the wreath one by one, using a hot glue gun.
For the full tutorial, visit Trash To Treasure.
And, be sure to check out our other great crafts in our Craft Of The Day slideshow below.