Sunday, December 1, 2013

Book Page Chistmas Wreath

We usually put our big Christmas tree in our dining room each year. It's probably atypical, but it seems to work out best for us and for the layout of our home.
Anyway, about a month or so ago I found this vintage bamboo ladder at a tag sale not too far from us. I was super excited because I had actually wanted an antique ladder for next to the sideboard in our dining room. This one, though, more than fit the bill.  It was the right size and color, the bamboo gave it a cool, modern edge and, get this, it only cost $5. Five dollars!

The best part is that the ladder fits perfectly next to our Christmas tree! As soon as my husband had the tree all set up (pretty much the second Thanksgiving ended) I was ready to decorate. That was until I saw the ladder, next to the tree, and realized it was begging for a wreath. I get sidetracked so easily....

Would you like to make one? I promise it is super easy and quick!

Supplies:  book pages, cardboard, hot glue, border punch, ribbon.  Also, a pencil, scissors and plates/bowls to trace and cut out your wreath form from the cardboard.

Start by tearing some pages out of an old book and accordion fold them lengthwise. Then, fold each accordion folded page in half.

Use a paper punch on the folded edges.

Lastly, glue them onto your wreath form (I put the crease up against the inner section of the form so that the book pages are both on the front and back of the form) and hang with a pretty ribbon.
I think this wreath is so super pretty and ties in the holiday theme with my tree (which is still in the process of being decorated) and my sideboard (also still being decorated).

P.S. I have a couple of exciting things you may not have seen. 

First, I started a new series called Inspiring Bloggers and, this past week Meeha Meeha shared some fantastic decorating ideas with us all.  You can see her entire post here.

Secondly, my first contributor post was published at Jennifer Rizzo. You can read all about my Anthro inspired pillow here.



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  1. love how it looks hanging on your ladder!

  2. Cute idea! I've always wanted a prim ladder to play with...

    I see my painting that I love over there- Ah♥


  3. Oh wow!!! You scored on that ladder friend!!! And let me just say that this is the sweetest paper wreath that I have seen! Seriously!!! it is perfect in its simplicity and the edging is so outstanding!!!! Pinning!!!!

  4. Angela, I love the wreath and that ladder!!


  5. That wreath is awesome! I could see that hung about anywhere at my house :) We would love if you would like up to our Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  6. Visiting via "ModMix Monday' link up (I'm # 44) and couldn't help myself when I saw your book page wreath. Drooling from from way over at where I gush over all things paper and the lost art of letter writing. I will be 'pinning' your wreath. Love the detailing on the edges of each page panel.

  7. Oh I love your wreath and thanks for sharing a tutorial too. Fabulous ladder. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. Beautiful! Bookmarked this post for future reference!!

  9. Such a cute idea and so simplistic too! I'm going to have to save this for future reference!

  10. Your wreath is so, so cute! I am still working on decorating and don't have a tree yet. We like to add a little each day. I think the book page wreath might just happen on one of those days.

  11. Love it and love that ladder! I can never get enough book page craft anything!

  12. Hi Angela, just came over from your red milk paint high boy post you sent me a link to your book page wreath. Such a wonderful wreath idea, can do it in any season or theme. I have a vine border punch from Martha Stewart (hardly ever use them, shame on me) so think I'll use that on ends. You're so right, so simple. Your wreath looks fantastic hanging from ladder.
    I've wanted a ladder for long time but not willing/able to pay what they want for one here. We do have some long bamboo poles however so maybe I could get hubs to make one for me. Not right now as it's too cold for him to work outside. We don't have a garage or basement. I'll be printing out your wreath tutorial (great by way) so will show the ladder for example. I like the stain used on the ladder and oh your side board is so gorgeous. We had a small one (probably called a commode) we got from an antique store in San Diego, our son in law gel stained it and it's so pretty now. (Sometimes wish we hadn't given it to them) but at time I didn't think we'd have room for it. He did such a wonderful job on it. He's a house painter (interior/exterior) anyway and also does faux finishes. He gave their whole house a faux finish before they moved into it.
    I have a tendency to dart from project to project when/if I see something I just have to make it right then. I have some book pages already torn out so just have to fold, etc.
    I've been working a big project in craft room, very overdue, been purging, reorganizing. Wow what a mess to clean up a mess. Our front hallway is full of boxes of stuff to go thru. Figured if I'm going to do it, do it thoroughly. I don't seem to be able to do something like that unless I'm willing to do it whole hog, arrrrggghhh! Can hardly wait to start making this wreath and talk to hubs about making a ladder with bamboo in Spring. I'm sure glad I found your blog a few months ago. Happy week


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