July 20, 2010

my first wreath...

so today's post is about my very FIRST wreath EVER!!
can you believe it, i've never made one.
kinda makes me sad when i think about it because i LOOOOVE the way this one turned out!
{i LOOOVE a lot}
AND with every post i'm getting more confident in myself... in the crafts i do which will make me more brave to try the bigger projects that i have in mind. =)

this wreath i first seen over at living with lindsay.
her wreath is beautiful, inspiring.
so of course i had to copy recreate it. =)

i started with:
{minus: glue gun, pen, ribbon, and pins}

i then tore out all the pages of the book that didn't have pictures. my co worker {yes, i did this while at work... shhh.. it was a very slow day} couldn't believe i was tearing apart a book. i wish i couldn't gotten a picture of her face for you guys!!
i took the pen and stuck it in the middle of the page and sorta wrapped the page around it. when it looked pretty i put a dab of hot glue on the end and stabbed the foam wreath. it's good great therapy! =)

and that looked like this:

my co worker kept saying... "oh yeah, that's different, really different"
i just smiled, i knew it was going to be beautiful!!
{this is before it was full}

i kept doing that... i think it took about 3 hours total... but HEY, i had the time. =) when i started on the insides and sides it was taking too long to hold the paper on and letting the glue dry and i got a couple lot of wounds {all worth it of course} so i got out sewing pins and stuck them in. held up and hurt a lot less!!

At this time she was saying "wow, that really is cool and beautiful" again i just smiled, i didn't did want to say "i told you so" =)

{i put the ribbon on the back with pins... super easy!}

{this is on the wall at work... still looks fabulous!}

i took it home at lunch... i wanted had to know what it would look like next to my walls. i didn't hang it up though, my 3rd shift hubs was sleeping, i don't think he'd be too happy, me waking him up. =)

break down of costs:
1 foam wreath $7.99 {hobby lobby, didn't have a coupon}
1 book .25 cents {salvation army}
1 inch of ribbon $0 {had on hand}
glue & glue gun $0 {also on hand}
TOTAL = $8.24
under 10 bucks, can't be that for this awesomeness!! =)

so what do you think? was it worth the 3 hours it took?
what kind of wreaths have you all made??


Hope you all have a terrific tuesday!

i'm linking to these parties here.


  1. Great job! Love it and love all kinds of wreaths! Love Laurie from Scene of the Grime

  2. I love it!! I saw that wreath over on her site and just imagined it took FOREVER, and yea, 3 hours is too much for me. :) I wish I had the patience though because it's beautiful! :) What a fun job you have. ;)

  3. great idea!!! new GFC follower. follow back :L

  4. It turned out great, Brandi! LOOOOOVE it! :) Love your new profile picture, too! :)

  5. adorable! Great idea! New follower!


  6. I am your newest follower from Welcome Wednesday!

  7. Ummm that is so COOL! I might be able to handle that!
    I found you on Friendly Wednesday and I am now following you. Hope you can visit me too!

  8. Love it! Makes me want to go out and buy the materials to make one. Following from Welcome Wednesday!

  9. The wreath is cute!! LOve it! Also I am following you now thanks to Welcome Wednesday! It would be nice if you could share back the love on my blog! Happy Wednesday!

  10. i love it,... lantern made off paper!!

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower! I'm following you now too - cute blog and fun projects!

  12. it is fab!! I do love it and will be "Recreating" this very soon. :) I've been wanting to do a book wreath and found one similar to this but couldn't rem where I found it...so glad I found you. Hope you can come by friday or sat to link it up to style feature sat on my blog. Awesome! -shaunna :)

  13. I love it! You did a great job and I also love your blog. I'm your newest follower!

  14. Love this! Thanks for the tutorial too, looks like something I could do and the antique-y vibe will actually do well with our old house!

  15. that turned out great! I really need to do this too although it makes me cringe to tear up a book, maybe I'll make one out of a book that I really don't like anyhow (; tee hee.

  16. Following you from Welcome Wednesday!

    Have a nice day!


  17. Beautiful wreath, good job! Don't you love it when a project matches or exceeds the vision in your head? Go for it, you have many more neat, inexpensive ideas percolating, I just know it!

  18. Totally Love this idea! THanks!

  19. This is simply gorgeous and absolutely inspiring! Maybe I can even pull this off! I'm linking to this in my weekend round up post this Saturday!

    Thanks for an awesome idea!

  20. Hi Brandi...nice to meet you, and your patience:) I could not do that, seriously I could not! It looks awesome though, really very creative. Thanks for joining in on the party...hope you enjoy a few others and I look forward to seeing you more:) Debbie

  21. This is so original and cute!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Have a good day!

  22. Hi Brandi,
    Well, that is clever and it looks terrific.
    Thanks for linking to Wednesday Gratitude!
    Heidi - Heart and Home

  23. The book wreath is a masterpiece! And you are my hero. You are brave to have torn the pages out of a book. If it were me doing a project like this, I'd be afraid the Book God or the nun-teachers I had in Catholic school when I was just a smitch, would throw a lightning bolt my way! I'm just saying.


  24. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! My only suggestion...they sell those foam forms at the Dollar Tree too...for only $1...in-case you ever want to make another one ;) Super cute!!!!!
    Thanks so much for linking to gettin' crafty on hump day!!!! :)

  25. Ohhh I LOVE THIS!!!! I'm now following--thanx for leaving me a comment on my coasters...LOL I didn't know if they were cute or if they totally sucked.


  26. I'm stopping by from Debbiedo's and I'm now a follower of your blog:) Love the wreath...I think I'll try it!


  27. Love that wreath! Coming back by from GGH...have a great day xoxo Bev

  28. Love it! Lindsay is a crafty one, isn't she? You did a fabulous job!


  29. I love this! You make it look so easy!

  30. Oooo, very cool! You know, I don't think I've ever tackled a wreath either, or at least, not since I was a kid. I love these book wreaths, and yours is fabulous!

    Thanks for linking up at Craftastical!

  31. Oh man- that is so gorgeous! Never made a wreath either but would definitely love to do this. Just book marked it so I can do this later!

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU for participating in this week's WELCOME WEDNESDAY!! We hope to see you weekly! We are so happy to be following your blog and can't wait to read more! You can help spread the word about our great event by grabbing our button!

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  32. I love it! Thanks so much for linking up to We Can Do It Cheaper!!!

  33. CUTE!! I love your blog, so adorable! I'm a follower now! Stop by Sassy Sites and say hi! ;)

  34. It looks awesome! I made one too after I saw Lindsay's. lol They are a lot of fun. :)


  35. I've wanted to make a book wreath for a while now. Yours is so pretty! Thank you for participating in the Therapy Session with Life in the Pitts!

  36. Yours and Living with Lindsay's inspiration leads me to believe that this would be a perfect idea for my upstairs hallway that has built in bookshelves. It would give it more of a library feel. Did you take a black Sharpie pen to the edges of the book before you tore the pages out?

  37. I am soooo loving this! Thanks for the idea!

  38. I love it! I want one of these, but haven't tried it yet.

  39. So very cool, cute, and creative! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

  40. I love this idea!!
    I have seen Reader's Digest books that had gold on the edges of their pages!
    Wouldn't that look great???
    Wonderful job!!
    I have seen this done with fabric scraps but I love the idea of pages from a book!!


  41. I love the wreath! It looks awesome!
    Thanks for linking up!

  42. I love book wreaths and yours turned out great!

    I’m having a new link party “Cheap Thrills Thursday” starting the 29th. It’s for creative ideas that cost under $20. If you have a project you’d like to share, I’d love for you to stop by and join in!

  43. Hello! I just found your blog & Im so glad I did! I love this wreath & can't wait to make my own version of it! I'm a fellow Arkansan too! =)

  44. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  45. I know these have been all over blogland, but I really do love them. It is so great to see everyone's take on it. Your's is great!

    Thanks for linking to Transform Tuesday!!

  46. It turned out gorgeous. What a great tutorial too. I love it. Now I think I need to make one. lol Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  47. Your wreath is gorgeous! Love the texture, color, everything! And three hours is what, one evening watching TV? Or several evenings if you stretch it out? I bet your next one goes much faster! I've seen some crepe paper roses wreaths out there I want to try. Which one are you going to do?

  48. That was a great job. Hard to beleive it was your first. That would look great in a family room or office. Thanks for sharing.

  49. I love it!!! It is so pretty!!

  50. You're a genius!! I want to make this! So freakin' cute

  51. Cute, and much less painful than my wreath! I got HUGE blisters from threading mine through a hanger. http://imtopsyturvy.com/index.php/2010/03/book-pages-wreath/ Thank you for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

  52. Love it!
    Great Job!
    I'm featuring this tomorrow!

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  54. You made a beautiful wreath.


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