How to make this vibrant unique Spring Wreath (from book pages!)

Posted in CRAFTS, CREATE WITH ME, CRICUT, DIY, WALL ART
on March 7, 2017

Are you, like me, starting to think about Spring decor? For me,  spring decor always starts with inexpensively updating the front door with a shot of color in the form of something floral.

I have a wreath for nearly every season and emotion – I have a very cute Spring Wreath that I’ve put out for the past few years. However, I get bored so easily that I need to change things up every few years and I was ready for something different. I’ve been eyeing up the gorgeous spring wreaths that seem to be everywhere these days, although I can never bring myself to buy one. I always seem to have that internal conversation going on that says, “I could make that.” because in my head I can make anything. #IthinkImMcGyverbutneverMartha

So, for the March Create with Me DIY Challenge I decided to prove that fact – that I could make oneThis fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the materials we’ll use for next month’s projects, so be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for your favorite and get a peek at what my friends came up with before you go. For past challenges, check out the Create with Me menu. This month’s challenge was to create something using book pages. How can wreaths and book pages coincide, you ask? Let me show you!

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Book pages of your choice – I used the preview pages at the back of a few books so I wasn’t destroying anything good – but make sure your pages are no heavier than newspaper weight so they’ll bend easily
  • Flower pattern  – I used this one from WhileSheNaps.com
  • Watercolors or watered down acrylics
  • Aluminum foil
  • Florists wires
  • Green Twine or Florists tape
  • Twig Wreath form
  • Hot Glue and Glue gun
  • Clear spray paint

Print out and cut your flower pattern, then trace your pattern onto the book pages. I used my Cricut for this but it’s really and truly not necessary.. I’m just lazy. The pages are so thin you could easily cut multiple pages at one time. You’ll need two flowers and two leaves per flower.

Paint the leaf cut-outs – you’ll paint the flowers shortly. I used watercolors because I wanted the colors to be vibrant but still sheer enough that the text would be visible.

While the leaves dry, begin assembling your flowers following these instructions:

Step 1: Create the stem

Bend a hook in a 9″ piece of floral wire and cut a 2″x2″ square from the foil. Place a hot glue dot into the center of the foil and wrap the foil around the hook in the wire, creating a bulb on the end.

Step 2: Add petals

Gently curl the edges of two flower petals up, then putting a dab of glue along the bottom edge of the foil bulb, press the stem through the center of the smaller of the two flower petals, pushing up to adhere the petal to the bottom of the flower bulb.

Step 3: Shape flower

Attach the petals up and around the bulb, alternating petals as you go around, securing underneath with glue. Add larger petal in the same fashion, pressing the stem through the center and repeat attaching the petals.

Your flowers are now ready for painting. I painted my flowers with watercolor shades of orange, reds, pinks and yellows and stood them to dry in a cup before winding and gluing twine to cover the metal stem and attaching the leaves.

Lay your flowers out on your wreath form, bending to follow the curve of the twig branches and secure with glue. The flowers are so light that I did not wire them to the wreath, but you may wish to do this.

Give the entire wreath and flowers a light coat of clear to protect everything from the elements.

Hang and enjoy!

I love how vibrant the colors of the flowers are. The print showing through gives what could be an ordinary wreath so much uniqueness – I’m so excited by how it turned out and can’t wait to hang it on the door. It’s the perfect start to my spring decor!

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16 Comments

  • Stephanie

    This is adorable, and doesn’t look to hard to make at all! I have to find some pages I can cut up, but great idea!

    March 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm Reply
    • admin

      Thank you! It really is a fun and simple project – there is something very therapeutic about making paper flowers in bright colors. I hope you’ll get a chance to make one for yourself!

      March 7, 2017 at 3:49 pm Reply
  • hal

    This is such an amazing idea with the book pages – I love it!

    March 7, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply
    • admin

      I’m so glad you like it! Thank you!

      March 7, 2017 at 3:48 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    This is such a beautiful wreath Kim! Very unique idea & I love the colors!!

    March 7, 2017 at 1:19 pm Reply
    • admin

      Thanks so much, Michelle! It reminds me Spring is on the way.. even if it is supposed to snow on Friday! 😉

      March 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm Reply
  • Valerie

    Love the colors you used and I never would have guessed that you used book pages!

    March 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm Reply
    • admin

      Oh wow, that’s quite the compliment – thanks! The colors remind me of spring.. it’s a good reminder!

      March 8, 2017 at 5:02 pm Reply
  • Heather | Craft and Tell

    Kim! This is the cutest idea!! I am seriously going to have to make my own.

    March 7, 2017 at 6:43 pm Reply
    • admin

      Thank you, Heather! Shoot me a picture if you do make one! I’d love to see your spin on it.

      March 8, 2017 at 5:03 pm Reply
  • Emily

    Kim, this is incredible! I love how your flowers turned out, I love the watercolor effect, I love every bit of this!!

    March 8, 2017 at 4:34 pm Reply
    • admin

      Thanks, Emily! I just love that we get to do this challenge together every month!

      March 8, 2017 at 5:04 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    Such a beautiful wreath!! I love all the bright colors. It definitely reminds me of Spring 🙂

    March 8, 2017 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Megan Marco Style

    So pretty and unique!

    March 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply
    • admin

      Thanks so much, Megan, and thanks for visiting!

      March 12, 2017 at 9:21 am Reply
  • Samantha

    So beautiful! I love the colors! I’m super impressed that this all came from book pages!!

    March 16, 2017 at 10:29 am Reply
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