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Some of you may see this and think “been there, done that.”  In the blogging world, we see no shortage of wreaths made out of just about anything these days!  Does that mean the joy should be sucked out of me making my own?  As I always say, “No way José!”  I wanted to give another wreath a go – after all, circles are such a pleasant shape, aren’t they?  I’m finding we have more and more rounded edges around the house, and I have to say I like it!book page wreath

Here’s the story with this wreath: The more I see other bloggers putting up their tutorials, the more I see materials I do not seem to have/want to pay for.  The foam wreath structures are, as far as I’m concerned, a bit pricey at places like Michaels.  $12?  Really?  That just did not sit right with me.  After all, the goal is to make beautiful things at the lowest possible price, and $12 competes too aggressively with pre-made wreaths I have seen at Home Sense lately for around $15.  If I’m going to spend money, I’d rather not also spend time and if time is to be spent, well the cost best be low, right?  So here is what I used:

  • One of the 7-8 embroidery hoops I got a few weeks back for $2.25 at Goodwill.  (No, I do not do any embroidery – I bought them with wreath daydreams in mind!)
  • An unattractive old book I purchased this weekend for $3.  Never judge a book by its cover, right?  The pages were beautifully aged with rich copper tones at the edges AND there were some illustrations.  Perfection!
  • My trusty glue gun!

book wreath step 1

In the spirit of my usual candidness and honesty, I have to say this:  I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING!  Further honesty?  This is true in the beginning stages of most of my favourite artsy projects.  I just have a vision and I go with it… no instructions, no rules. What is now the front of this wreath originally started out as the back, so you can see in one of the pictures below that I had the leaves on the bottom, embroidery hoop sitting on top.  I still knew nothing about this wreath at that stage, obviously!

book wreath step 2

In the end, I am absolutely enamored with this wreath.  It’s up on our wall leading to the second floor for now, but I have bigger plans for this little project!  Stay tuned…

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P.S. anyone catch some of the funny illustrations in the wreath? My favourites are the skeleton and the chickens!

photo 5

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December 7, 2012

Thalita

28 Comments

  1. Reply

    Lindsey Brock

    December 5, 2012

    You are fabulous!

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      thelearnerobserver

      December 5, 2012

      You are too sweet :) Thank you!!!

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    ocrafty

    December 6, 2012

    You are obviously a creative mind! I would NEVER have thought to use an embroidery hoop for a wreath! It seems so obvious now that I see yours….. :) Anyway, it’s beautiful! Thanks for linking up to The CSI Project challenge this week (though you may want to link back with a button so we can count you official!)

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      thelearnerobserver

      December 6, 2012

      Done and done!! Thanks so much for checking out my project!!!

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    Kristen

    December 7, 2012

    Very pretty! I like the idea of using different pages in addition to text for some whimsy. Looks great.

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      thelearnerobserver

      December 7, 2012

      Thanks Kristen! And thank you for stopping by :)

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    Rachel

    December 7, 2012

    Love, love, love this! I would have never thought about using an embroidery hoop. The wreath turned out beautiful!

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      thelearnerobserver

      December 7, 2012

      Thank you so much, Rachel!

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    Susie Davis

    December 8, 2012

    I love this. Think I’ll have a ‘book page wreath’ party with my daughters & their cousins. Thanks!!

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      thelearnerobserver

      December 8, 2012

      What a lovely idea! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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    hellolovelyinc

    December 8, 2012

    i love it. i’m gonna give it a try. thinking it could work on an old square picture frame since some of my favorite boxwood wreaths are square!

    hope you will find a moment to stop by and enter a giveaway i am hosting for followers (i hope you win!):
    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/12/personalized-lovely-giveaway.html

    happy weekend to you!

    michele

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      thelearnerobserver

      December 8, 2012

      What a fantastic idea!!! I never would have thought to use a frame! And I sure will stop by! Thanks so much Michelle!!

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    heatherbquinn

    December 8, 2012

    Your wreath is lovely!

    http://notjustbrides.blogspot.com

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      thelearnerobserver

      December 9, 2012

      Thanks so much :)

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    Iris

    December 9, 2012

    Adorable! I want to make one!

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    Megan

    December 21, 2012

    I love how you made leaf shapes for this wreath. It really looks beautiful. Megan

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      thelearnerobserver

      December 21, 2012

      Thanks so much Megan!

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    Toodie

    December 22, 2012

    Really like how this turned out. Perfection at it’s finest!

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      thelearnerobserver

      December 22, 2012

      Thanks so much!! :)

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    Megan@JustForMeAndYou2

    March 29, 2013

    This so pretty! I love seeing book crafts. I think I might have to make a version of this :)

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      Thalita

      March 29, 2013

      Thanks Megan! I’m currently looking for more – I love the warmth of the book pages!

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