I collect old children’s books, and some of my very favorites are holiday-themed. What’s the best part about a good children’s book, you ask? The illustrations, of course! So this year, I thought it would be fun to make a wreath using some of these fun illustrations.
Please note that I am not encouraging you to go home and cut up your most beloved pages. However, if you have a book that has crayon marks on certain pages or perhaps you buy a thrift book that is not in great shape, this could be a fun way to give the illustrations new life!
So, here’s what I used:
- Styrofoam Wreath Form
- Yarn in color (or colors) of your choice
- Glue Gun
- An Old Book
- Self-Healing Mat
- X-Acto Knife
- Bone Folder (optional)
- Spray Adhesive
- Cardboard (I used the back of an old sketchpad)
- Rulers and Scrabble Tiles (if you want a little interior message)
And here’s how I made it:
1. Start by wrapping your wreath form with yarn. Cut off a good length of yarn (enough to hold in your fist). Put a dot of glue on the form and use it to attach the end of the yarn to the wreath. Begin wrapping the yarn tightly and reapply glue every so often. When you want to switch strands of yarn, apply glue and wrap a few strands over the last color before beginning the next block.
2. Pick out your pictures. Most books will break pretty neatly at the spine. Use the X-Acto to cut out the forms you want on your self-healing mat. Use cuts that are pretty square and not too detailed so that they will be easy to cut out once they are on cardboard.
3. Use spray glue to apply the cut-outs to your piece of cardboard. The bone folder will help you smooth out any air bubbles and smooth over all the edges (or you can use a utensil handle or other flat-edge object to do the same). Allow to dry and then cut out (carefully) with your X-Acto.
4. Arrange Scrabble pieces to create a message, and attach the pieces to a ruler using hot glue. Attach the ruler to the back of the yarn-wrapped wreath.
5. Use hot glue to attach the cardboard cutouts to the wreath front. Allow all the glue to dry, then hang the wreath from a ribbon.
Hannah B. is a DIYer living in East Tennessee where she writes Secrets of a Belle, a blog about the art of living a more beautiful life. You can follow Hannah B. on twitter at @HB_Belle and on Facebook.
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