Want a decoration that reflects your love of reading? Here are some simple, DIY instructions to making a bookish wreath that can brighten up a room with literary goodness. I based this design off of tissue paper wreaths and tweaked it to represent my love of reading.
To make your own bookish wreath, you will need:
- An 18” styrofoam wreath
- A book (I suggest getting a large textbook [and a boring one so you won’t feel bad about cutting it up] from a thrift store. Make sure the pages have plenty of text on them.)
- A hot glue gun with lots of glue sticks
- Ribbon (you can choose the width, length, and color)
- A ruler
- A wooden spoon
Once you have all of the necessary supplies, you are ready to make a wreath that any bookworm would love.
1. Cut out pages from the book. I suggest cutting out multiple pages at once to speed up the process.
2. Trim these pages into 5”X7” rectangles; you should need about 40-50 of them. Don’t worry if the edges aren’t perfectly straight because you will be scrunching up the paper anyways.
3. Fold and scrunch the paper until it has a pinched point in the middle and the ends are crumpled but still flared out (see the photo below). You can do this by curling your hand into a loose fist, leaving an opening. Put one of the papers over this opening and use a finger from your other hand to press the paper a little ways into it.
4. On the back of your wreath, hot glue the two ends of the ribbon into place. The length of the ribbon is your choice, but be sure to give the glue attaching it to the wreath plenty of time to cool off.
5. Use the end of the wooden spoon to create holes on the other side of the wreath. Be sure these holes aren’t too deep.
6. Fill 2-3 of the holes with hot glue at a time and then place the pointed parts of the crumpled papers in them, one for each hole. Hold the papers in place for a few moments until the glue begins to cool off. Fill all of the holes you have created on the wreath.