My paper wreath…

I have boxes of books and then more boxes of books.  Some of these books date to the early 1700’s.  My absolute favorite book is from 1707, titled “Essays Upon Several Moral Subjects”.  Really a good read and when I do page through it I think of the people who have read it over the past three hundred years.  And I love this little book of poems from 1821, so sweet with lovely engravings, here are some photos….

I’ve been wanting to make one of those beautiful paper wreaths.  No I didn’t use any of my really old or valuable books!  I used a dictionary from the 1950’s with some water damage on the cover. The wonderful Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage wrote an easy to follow tutorial that I used for this project.  She wrote that she was behind the trend and that was back in 2010, so that means I’m really late!  But I don’t really follow trends and thought the wreath was beautiful and since I have all these books, why not make one?  Heres how I did it.

Cut out a cardboard circle the size you’d like your wreath then cut a circle in that so it looks like a donut.  Rip out the pages and roll little cones, put a bit of hot glue on each cone so it wont unroll.  I made three different sizes, small, medium and large.  I hot glued the large as the first layer, then the mediums as the second layer and the small ones I fit in as the last layer, you can’t get simpler than that.  Oh and before I started I hot glued a loop of cotton twill tape to hang the wreath.

making the cones

glueing the cones

it takes a bit of time…but just keep on glueing

all done!


I’m sharing this on Little House in the Suburbs


  1. Jayne it’s perfect. I love the inconsistent sizes and varied lengths, it adds such charm. And the contrast against the dark door makes for a photo.

  2. It looks great! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh I really like this. It might just be an old dictionary but how much charm in those tainted pages! Looks like a truly expensive vintage wreath!

    • Thank you! I agree, loads of charm in those tainted pages!! And how much longer will we even have books that we can actually turn the pages….

  4. Love the randomness of your wreath! I am so impressed with the maticulous detail that you bring to your projects!

  5. I’ve never heard of a paper wreath before… how interesting. I love your old books, too. Thanks for sharing!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and giving encouragement.

  6. I have to echo what Jaime said above. What a beautiful wreath that you have created. I sent a link to my wife and mother in law. I think they would love to attempt to create something similar to this..

    “No I didn’t use any of my really old or valuable books!”

    I was holding my breath when I went from the date on photo # 3 to photo #4. I thought NOOOO. LOL.. Then I went back to the beginning and actually read the post.

    • lol! Thanks, I have since made a bunch more wreaths and will post soon. I have so many old books, really old books and would never take them apart I just love them!

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