10.11.10

SPARKLING BOOK PAGE WREATH WITH PUNCH OUT FLORETTES

These wreaths are dazzling! There is so much to love about this type of wreath (plus you are recycling ha!)! I could go on for ages about how stunning these are, but best you should make one so you can see for yourself...yes?!


Supplies needed:

Wreath form (any shape you desire) For this tutorial I used a 12" styro wreath form. This will yield a finished size of 16" in diameter.
Paper Punch (florette) I used a 3.5" punch
Book Pages (approximately 150)
Glue gun & glue sticks(low temp saves burned fingers)
Glitter* - any type works
Glue or glitter glue* (If you want a very subtle edge of glitter, then glitter glue alone will be fine.
Sewing Pins

*If you want a very subtle edge of glitter, than glitter glue alone will be fine.

Considerations before you begin:

You will need to dry the glittered edge florettes before you apply them onto the stryo wreath form; therefore, you will need a place to dry the florettes where smearing and smuging won't be a problem.


I use sewing pins and a styrofoam board to dry my florettes. I keep the boards vertical and the pins keep the florette from resting against the board.

The glitter gets EVERYWHERE.

Using newspaper or plastic sheeting to cover rugs/floors/carpeting will be very useful in clean up.

CREATING FLORETTS:

Tear full pages out of book paying special attention to both sides of the pages.

Punch out florettes from book pages; you should be able to get two (2) florettes per page.


You should yield two (2) florettes per page



Add glitter to the edges of florettes by dipping the edge of the florette in the glue (or glitter glue)


then roll the wet edge in the glitter



Sorry, I forgot to take the photos when I was glitzing up the florettes with silver!

Allow the florette edges to dry (approximately 3-6 hrs.)


Cover wreath form with book pages. Tear out a full page, then tear the page into smaller strips. (I use a ruler to guide the tear of each strip)



Take care to glue the ends together on the SAME side of the wreath


Slightly overlap each subsequent strip




Again, be sure to glue the strip on the same side of the wreath.

The side with glued edges is that the florettes will cover


This is the smooth side (no glued seams) that will be the back of the finished wreath.



Applying Florettes


Gently fold florette in half WITHOUT creasing the folded edge.

I use the end of a pen to accomplish this.


Then fold once more taking care not to crease the fold



Next, crush the pointed tip and apply to wreath form with a small amount of glue from your glue gun.




Apply the glue to the crushed tip and set in place.

Continue applying florettes until covered.




At this point, you can apply as many as you like. This 12" wreath form needed about 250 florettes



This 12" wreath form, 120 florettes




The fewer florettes the more visible the words will be.

After having made several, I prefer to lay the wreath form flat on the table and apply the floretttes to the inside and outter edge of the wreath form first. The table acts as my guide to prevent me from scrunching the florette against it.


This way the wreath will be flat against the wall when you hang it.


Last step! Create a hanger by gluing a strip of decorative ribbon and a sewing pin.



I like the bright collored tip on the pin, makes it easier to see when you are trying to hang it!

There you have it! You can use any color glitter, you can make one for the holidays, add decorative ribbon and bows, the possibilities are endless!

Here are a few others I have made...





Have fun with it! Please do let me know when you make one! I'd love to see it!

Cheers!

9 comments:

Bunny said...

This is gorgeous. Fabulous idea love it. Thanks for the tutorial.

Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing this! I read this post last night and started to work on one this morning. I actually got it down a few minutes ago and it turned out great!
Smiles-
Melissa

Nikki said...

Brilliant idea and OH so beautiful!!

Craft Fairies said...

We love it,we love it,we love it!!!!!!!!!And as Sunday is the 'newspaper day' in Greece,we know what we will do later this evening!Thank you for sharing this great idea!

concretenprimroses said...

This is my fave book wreath ever!
Kathy

Cherie said...

Hey Tina,
I had a great time poking around all of your blog posts tonight. Thanks for sharing so much wonderful information. You are a WONDERFUL person!

Carol said...

To let you know these are so pretty,sure like looking at your work.

Dana White said...

This is lovely!! Thank you for sharing.

Leslie Lim said...

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