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How to make a Heart Shaped Book Wreath just in time for Valentines!
We have a shed at our refuse station in town that has a place for you to bring things that could be recycled. There are always books, dishes and other things there. When I spied this wreath online I knew I could come up with a bit easier way to make it and I knew where I could get my book! With that in mind, I picked up Charlotte Brontë book, Jane Eyre, in paperback. It is a romantic book as Jane gives her heart to her dear Rochester……won’t those pages of a love story make a lovely wreath? Although not as popular as Pride and Prejudice (it has a much more complex story) it stills pulls at your romantic heart strings. I also made another easy Valentine’s Clothespin Wreath to decorate for Valentine’s.
Are you a classic romantic reader?
I remember being in my first book club many, many years ago and we decided to read Pride and Prejudice. I struggled with it and kept thinking when is this going to grab me. Just about halfway, I couldn’t put it down. Then to finish off we watched the movie from 1940 with Lawrence Olivier. When the 1995 BBC Production was on TV, I taped them all and dreamed of being Elizabeth to Mr. Darcy’s Colin Firth. I have to say I also enjoyed loved the 2005 Edition with Kierra Knightly, which doesn’t take quite as much time to watch as the 1995 version. Ahhh, to live in the regency period. Nah, I like showers and washing machines and all the things that go with living in the 21st century. I guess I could just crawl through a closet and be part of it for a bit like in the 2008, Lost in Austenland.
Let’s get back to the wreath…..
I have to say, I’ve never ripped apart a book before (I hope there’s not a gasp from any of you!) but there is no other way to make this. Well, I guess I could take newspaper and cut it into squares……..well someone was getting rid of it, so I just found a new use. It took me just over 300 pages and just a few little burns from the glue gun. This certainly can be made with a low melt glue gun.
- Wreath Pattern
- 1 Book, at least 300 pages (it can be an old waterlogged book if it makes it easier to rip apart:))
- Cardboard (either a posterboard or a large cereal box)
- Glue Gun (hot or low temp)
- Glue sticks to fit your glue gun
- Pen or Pencil
- 1 yard of lace or ribbon (for hanging)
- Print the free heart shaped template
- Trace onto your cardboard(one side and then the other…see photo) and cut out the outside and the inside
- Glue the cardboard together (see photo)
- Rip pages out of your book and put in a pile beside you
- Plug in your glue gun
- Using your pen/cil, place in center of the page and squeeze paper around.(see photo)
- Remove pencil, twist slightly at the point of paper and fold the tip over.
- Place glue on end and push onto cardboard. Start at the center of the heart shape and work your way around to your starting point
NOTE: It will take a LOT of pages to do the first row. After that it’s not as many to fill in the rest as they spread out. See Photos below
- Once you have the first row done, continue along the second rowelling in the spaces. It won’t take as many to do the rest. I used about 4 glue sticks for the whole wreath
- Check for gaps when you think you’re done
- When you’re done with the paper, take the yard of lace or ribbon, fold in half and glue onto the back of the wreath in the center. Tie into a bow with room to hang.
- Hang on wall or, as I did, my front door!
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