My very lovely and creative friend SuLee made this wreath recently. It was so pretty I was inspired to make one too. I just hope Margaret Mitchell finds it flattering that her classic romance novel Gone with the Wind, one of my favorite books, was used to fill a special place in our home and is not sending down lightening bolts to strike me.
The tutorial for this inexpensive but beautiful wreath can be found at Living with Lindsay. I used an 18″ wreath form, which required 250 sheets [that includes the 26 that got destroyed when ripping them out of the book]. So for this size you’ll need a book that is at least 500 pages long – front + back. My edition of Gone with the Wind’s pages measured 8 ½” x 5 ½” and were already discolored, so only needed to add a little bit of paint to the edges. I rolled the sheets accordian style and pinched in the paper when making the bottom tab [see tutorial]. Three little things: 1] I attached my ribbon first because of how I wanted it to look and then layered the sheets w/glue and straight pins around it; 2] If you use an old book know that the pages are not as pliable as a newer one…so be gentle; 3] If you have a lazy susan, place the wreath on it. Makes it easier to work on it without having to handle it too much.
Only took 4 hours to make. Already had the ribbon remnant, glue sticks [used 15 – was probably heavy-handed!], brown paint and straight pins. So my only costs were the $5 book from Third Place Books and the $9 styrofoam wreath. Well actually, I had a Michaels gift card so didn’t pay anything for the latter. SuLee went to the dollar store and made her beautiful wreath for under $5! A pretty stylish accessory for very little money.