book wreath | christmas how to

Imagine this; it’s 11pm on a Saturday night and we’ve just left a friends birthday dinner and decide to pop into the nearby supermarket to pick up some brekkie items. I’m scuttling around in my heels on the unfamiliar isles (it’s not my local) trying to find bagels, smoked salmon, cream cheese, etc and then realise I’ve lost Jay. After 5 minutes of searching (it took a lot of restraint not to call out or whistle for him) I found him mesmerized standing in front of the real Christmas trees, sniffing them. Like a weirdo.

Every successful relationship has two people who compliment each other; sometimes opposites attract (Jay likes chocolate & I like strawberry; I’m an earlybird & he’s a late owl) and other times you’re perfectly in tune (we both have a eclectic taste in music; hiphop, rap, country, folk, dub, classical; we love action & gory movies). Of course the lists go on & on, but you get the drift!

Christmas is one of the times where opposites prevail; while Jay loves Christmas – the trees, the decorations, the festivities, the carols and all the fuss, I couldn’t give a rats arse about it. Seriously, ever since I was a kid I’ve always been disappointed with Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing everyone else happy about the festivities, but I just can’t muster them myself.

So after nearly losing my husband to a pine tree in Neutral Bay Woolworths, I decided to introduce some festive decorations into our abode.

I’ve seen wreaths made from book pages on Pinterest for a while and finally decided to tackle the DIY project!

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What you’ll need:

  • a wreath*
  • hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • old book (best without pictures), torn & made into cones
  • spray adhesive
  • glitter
  • paper to cover your workspace (no hot glue on my dining table!)
  • hook to hang on (I used a 3M removable hook)
little paper cones
little paper cones
Librarians look away!
Librarians look away!

*goodness me, it’s hard to find a DIY wreath in Sydney! Wreaths aren’t very popular so I guess people dont make them so after spending a good day searching for a plain foam wreath, I ended up having to make my own from the backing of an ugly bauble wreath I bought at the discount shop.

For the cones, I did it all free-hand but tried to keep them similar sized except for the most inner ring which were made from half-pages.

Step 1: glue first layer of paper cones
Step 1: glue first layer of paper cones

I started by gluing the cones to the 3, 6, 9, 12 o’clocks on the wreath face. That way it gave me a guide as to where to place the rest of the them.

Step 2: the second layer goes down
Step 2: the second layer goes down
Step 3: then the third layer of cones are hot glued
Step 3: then the third layer of cones are hot glued

Make sure you use enough hot glue so that the whole wreath will be stable when it’s finished.

Step 4: final inner circle of smaller cones is glued in place
Step 4: final inner circle of smaller cones is glued in place

The good thing about working with hot glue is that it dries almost instantly. So no need to wait for hours til you can move on to the final steps!

Step 5: spray adhesive & gold glitter
Step 5: spray adhesive & gold glitter

Take your wreath outside, spray with adhesive then sprinkle with glitter. Presto!

Hang on the door / wall!
Hang on the door / wall!
Christmas glittery goodness!
Christmas glittery goodness!
my front door
my front door

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