I’ve seen so many wonderful book page wreaths floating around blogland, and I’ve wanted to make one for a long time.
I haven’t been able to talk myself into taking a book apart… until now.
I remember many wonderful days spent with my friends making up our own mysteries, and acting them out with our barbie dolls. Such fun!
Here are the Nancy Drew books from my childhood that I still have. I had many more, but I have no idea what happened to them. It’s a mystery. Ha! (Sorry, but I couldn’t resist that one.)
One thing I was sure of is that I didn’t want my book page wreath to be anonymous so after giving it a lot of thought I chose a book that meant something to me, a book from my childhood.
This version of ‘The Mystery at Lilac Inn’ was published in 1961, the year I was born. Because of its terrible condition, it was just perfect for this book page wreath. The pages had a lovely aged patina.
Here’s a pretty stylish Nancy, totally rocking that purple dress.
Here are my supplies.
20 chapter page triangles
1 book title page triangle
159 page triangles
12″ cardboard circle
I rolled each page so the title of the book was at the front.
I made sure the title was in the centre.
Then I pressed down the sides to flatten the triangle, making sure to centre the title as best I could. I used the glue stick to glue the little flap on the back.
I cut a 12″ cardboard circle and measured where I wanted my triangles to start. I found that my roll of painters tape fit perfectly so I could pencil mark my starting place. This way all the triangles would be even.
I glued my first row of triangles on to the cardboard circle. First I did a dry fit with the second row to see how far apart the triangles in the first row had to be so the second row triangles would fit nicely between them.
Then I glued on the second row, just beneath the book titles of the first row triangles.
Then I glued the book title page triangle at the top of the third row, and chapter triangles 1 through 12, just beneath the book titles of the second row triangles. Then I tucked some triangles in between these pages to fill in the gaps.
At this point I counted how many page triangles I had left, and I had enough to put a row around the back of the wreath.
Then I cut a small hole in the centre of the cardboard and attached the wreath to the lazy susan that I had left over from this clock project. I cut the hanger from a cat food can lid and glued it on.
I used a slightly tarnished silver plated coaster to frame the illustration for the centre of the wreath. Then I simply glued the round piece of cardboard on to the coaster, and glued the illustration on to the cardboard.
I added the triangles for Chapters 13 through 20, making sure to keep the previous chapter titles visible. I had to cut these triangles a bit shorter so they would fit. Then I glued the coaster to the centre of the wreath.
Here are some close ups.
The lazy susan allows me to turn the wreath while it’s on the wall so I can read all the chapter titles whenever the mood strikes me.
It wasn’t easy for me to take a book apart, but I wanted my wreath to mean something to me and I’m just thrilled to have a book from my childhood on constant display for me to enjoy.
This treasured book was in terrible shape, and now it has a place of honour in my home.
UPDATE: After making this project I found a copy of ‘The Mystery at Lilac Inn’ in much better condition so I now have it in my collection again.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!