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

happyholidays

Published by thisismelly

Mel @thisismelly lives a life of adventure, gets lost in farmer’s markets, regularly indulges in movies, loves to whip up gourmet meals in the kitchen, swears that one day she will learn to speak French properly, adores candles and fresh flowers, married her high school sweetheart, visited 19 countries and counting, fears an apocalyptic rage-virus, regularly spoils her cavoodle Harley, loves walking along the harbour, is decorated with ink, muddles her right & left, seasonally switches between blonde and brunette, has soul-mates, favours painted nails & dangly earrings, always orders the 'plateau de fromages', is obsessed with British or Scandinavian crime fiction, detests creepy-crawlies & people who take too long to order coffee, gives terrible directions, makes up crazy dances for her devilishly handsome husband, believes in good, would always be dressed in Saint Laurent, Gucci & Chloe if she could, adores Tex-Mex & Japanese, loves the smell of rain & evening jasmine, may be addicted to Instagram&Pinterest, is always on the hunt for a really good macchiato, is James Taylor’s biggest fan, gets rowdy with tequila, dreams every night, takes pickles, jalapeños & dried fruit for movie snacks, would hate a world without French champagne, adores Pantone 1765, almost always wishes she was lying on the sand in the sun, is an inconsistent Paleo convert and although she is a hopeless Francophile she will forever be smitten with Sydney.

15 thoughts on “book wreath | christmas how to

      1. Hey nothing wrong with a little jolliness, you gotta give me grand kids so I can embarrass you even more (just kidding) Sent from my HTC One XL on the Telstra 4G network

  1. Bah hum bug…..I did see it but hadn’t read it. Very clever. Well done you. Does that mean I don’t have to buy you Christmas presents? I mean you don’t like Christmas, so why do you need presents. As for that husband of yours just buy him a can of glen20 spray and sniff – pine tree heaven, and kills 99% of germ – you both will be happy with that outcome!

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