Pearl Wreath Tutorial

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In the early days of this blog, a little table top tree I made back in the winter of 2010 went “viral” on some new fangled site called Pinterest. That made this newbie blogger happy back then.  Since that time, my lovely 3 year old child mistook said tree for a “birthday hat”, and the tree is no longer with us.

That was a long time-out for the Monkey.

I still wanted those pretty pearls I spent a small fortune on as a part of my winter decorations, so the deceased table top tree reincarnated into another project.  Far above the reach of  Monkey’s curious hands.

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*wreath form

*ribbon

*massive amounts of hot glue

*scissors

& the secret weapon: Christmas pearl picks {buy in bulk at Michael’s…I use them a lot}

{I used roughly 20 picks to cover this wreath}

 

 

{I used the silver, white, and beaded  pearls, not pictured as these were the recycled pearls from my dead tree}

1.) Wrap and hot glue ribbon around wreath form.

2.) Cut pearls off the wire branches of the pick.  A tedious process, yes. Be careful with the wires.

3.) Flood ribbon with hot glue in small sections, and place pearls in circles, alternating the textures.

4.) Remove hot glue hairs.  Which are annoying.

5.) Behold!  Be the envy of your block.

 

Happy Holidays,

Nicolette

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Book Page Chrysanthemum Wreath

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Two books were harmed in the making of this project. Books destroyed either by time or children.  Note to self: replace Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon and Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. I have thousands of books, and love the romance of the written word.  On paper.

I still mourn the loss of our only neighborhood bookstore.  Now, I have to drive to hipster neighborhoods in my great city or the burbs’ if I want to smell new books.

This project is simple enough, and yes, it has been done before. My version of the book page wreath comes with a twist: mirrors.  I searched the interwebs, and didn’t see a single book page wreath like this.

Could this be an original idea? Perhaps…

I wanted this wreath to honor marigolds, my favorite mum: the warrior in the garden.

Mums are the last flowers standing in garden beds this time of year, holding on until the first real frost.  So, she’s symbolic to me as well, a reminder of a great man who my family lost this month five years ago.  As all great crafts or works of art  should be, a bit symbolic.

She’s a bit vain, don’t you think?

 

Perfect for my downsized holiday decor. This year I’m shooting for more natural materials mixed with some glitter.

What’s Christmas without glam and glitter?

 

Book Page Wreath Tutorial

 

 

  • book pages* {I used roughly 500 pages}
  • tape
  • ribbon to line wreath form
  • wreath form
  • random cardboard circle {I used an Amazon shipping box}
  • mirrors in assorted sizes
  • hot glue.  lots of hot glue.
* Choose pages that have an aged sepia tone to them to get the vintage effect.

 

  1.  Spend an epic amount of time ripping pages from your books.
  2. Then, start the tedious process of rolling said pages into cones.
  3. Tape cones together.
  4. Place all cones in some sort of basket to contain the madness.  Trust me on this one.
  5. Wrap wreath form in ribbon of your choice.
  6. Measure the center of your wreath form.
  7. Cut cardboard support that slightly overlaps the wreath form’s center.
  8. Hot glue it to the outside of the wreath form
  9. Begin the process of hot gluing the 100s of cones.  Now, I see why people typically buy these.  This isn’t for the crafting meek.
  10. Layer each level with tons of hot glue on the backs and side.  {I glued them each together for support}.
  11. Add mirrors.

*Tip: Draw circles on the cardboard to keep your cones level with each other.   Also, match the point of the cones with its neighbor.

*Tip #2:  I found that all my cones didn’t perfectly match.  So I often cut the lengths as needed to reduce the bulk

 

Stay tuned for more epic holiday crafting,

Nicolette

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