I’ve seen a number of book page wreaths all over the net. Just one of the ways to use an old book.
I still had my tablescape props and so I decided to use the 2013 book as the focal point to my door decoration. I gathered the items I needed.
Since I wasn’t making a wreath (by now you know I use what I have on hand) I went to my tried and true base product, CARDBOARD. I strengthened the cardboard foundation by taping then hot gluing two pieces of cardboard together.
TIP: Hot Gluing large flat areas
If you know like I know, hot glue dries fast and when you're trying to cover a large area that can be tedious. So what I did was to spread the hot glue over the area, sandwich it together and then reheat the glue by placing a press cloth over the cardboard ironing over the cardboard back and front and letting it cool .
|The pages started out rolled and long.|
Since I was working in an off center way my tubes went a little array.
|Since I'm a lazy crafter I folded and flattened the tubes so |
that they would fill in more space.
|Here you can see the acrylic and glitter paints along|
with the alcohol and spray bottle
I wanted more shine so I dabbed turquoise and blue glitter paint here and there with my fingers.
After it all dried I hot glued the book in the center such as it was.
TIP: Hot Glue Tip #2 Got this tip fromYou Tube
I placed the glue on the back of one side of the book. I knew it would harden before I could finish the areas that needed gluing so to reheat the glue, I held a blow dryer(low heat) about two inches above the glue waving it back and forth until I felt the glue was heated sufficiently and evenly. I quickly pressed one side of the book in place. I did the same for the other side.
There were gaps between the hardback book and the glued on pages so I took a piece of fabric I’d bought at a thrift store and knotted it in various places and glued it around the book to fill in the gaps.
I had bronze colored glass beads that I felt would add to the “glamour” so I placed those around the margins of the open book.
To hang the piece I used the rest of the left over fabric to make an adequate loop. I sewed and glued the fabric loop to the cardboard and tubes. It is now hanging on my front door.
It’s not perfect and it has flaws but so do I and I’m still functional.
That's It ***