Saturday, August 13, 2011

Vintage Paper Wreath

In kindergartner fashion, I made my mom's birthday present this year. You probably already guessed it,  another wreath! This one is a paper wreath made from pages of a vintage dictionary...no sharp edges involved.

If you ever run across a vintage dictionary, BUY IT! Even if you don't want it, give it to meee! I have made so many projects from my trusty gigantic dictionary.  I love the super detail, and cute images you can see on the pages up close.

For the base, I used a flat wreath form from the craft store, but I think you could also easily use a piece of cardboard trimmed into a circle. First, gently fold your pieces of paper and glue them on the underside of your wreath form. Vary it up a bit. I folded them in wonky 'hotdog' style pieces, and then in half again for this portion of the wreath. Crease only the part that will be glued to the form. All the borders of your wreath should be covered. Like this..
                                                     **Don't forget to ad your hanging loop now!**

Then, you begin building the rest of your wreath on top of this. I found it easier to work in layers, going around the circle. This way, one area of the wreath doesn't become more full than another.
For these pieces, I did fold the paper in somewhat of a specific way. I think it added a bit of uniformity to an already crazy wreath. I just pinched the center of the piece of paper, and then brought all for edges upward. You should have a little triangle at the bottom, which makes it easy to glue!

This project was super fast! It went really smoothly. I didn't regret beginning it half-way through. I didn't want to poke my eyeball out. I didn't even cry. I could have stopped there, satisfied with the beautiful wreath I made my mother, content with a nice easy craft. (I should have stopped there!)

BUT NOOOOO!

It was so easy I wanted to make another. So, determined to torture myself, I made this monster for my living room. Holy cow! These things grow substantially in size once you start adding the paper. Just keep that in mind if you don't have a particular affinity for GINORMOUS wreaths, like I do.  I've moved from one giant wreath to yet another.. Sigh.


Now I think I need something to go in the middle of this wreath.. Goodness gracious. First-world problems can be so exhausting.

Lots of love,
Lindsey

24 comments:

  1. I love this! Thank you for sharing :)

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  2. I love my wreath and my creative daughters! One made me a beautiful wreath, two made me the delicious chicken linguine dinner together, and one made me a SCRUMPTiOUS coconut tart instead of a birthday cake. My daughters are AMAZING!

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  3. Other Teresa- They get their amazingness from their mom.

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  4. oh my gosh you are so hilarious!!!! i love the wreath!

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  5. This is so cute. I have so many old books this would be great to try. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. I feel so honored that someone on your scale would come visit a newbee like me. Thank you.

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  6. Love the wreath, but you have no Pinterest pin at the end.

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