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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New Uses for Old Books: A Holiday Wreath

An old book gets a new life as a lovely wreath
Posted by Alana T.

Looking for a fun, simple, inexpensive holiday project?  This handmade wreath is all of those things, and easy enough to do with the kids.  Searching online for wreath ideas brings up all kinds of things made with books, but I think this is the simplest (and loveliest!).  The final wreath can be embellished with ribbons, flowers, or paint, but looks fantastic by itself.  It is very lightweight and easy to hang anywhere inside the house.

To make a wreath, you will need a large cardboard box, an old book, white glue, hot glue and gluegun, and a 12" length of ribbon (for hanging).  Total working time is about two hours, but that includes about an hour for glue to dry during intermediate steps. For complete instructions, download the pdf file here.

If you're looking for another holiday craft using book pages, revisit last year's project.  These bows take a bit of time to make, but they are simple and can be re-used year after year.

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