Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Valentine Book Wreath



I made a book wreath for Christmas and it was my favorite decoration of the season.

I loved it so much, that I refused to take it down.

I mean, books aren't seasonal, right? Reading is a year-round hobby...so maybe a book wreath could be a year-round lovely!

Except I knew it was really a Christmas wreath. It was starting to make me feel a little Crazy Christmas Lady.

And I may be crazy, but I'm no Christmas Lady.

Late Sunday night, inspiration struck. I envisioned a new kind of book wreath that could safely carry me through another month.

So, I pulled another dusty paperback off the shelf and set to work.

I punched.


And I punched.


Then I cut some pages length-wise and wrapped the strips around my Styrofoam wreath, hot-gluing them into place on the back side.


Voila. The wreath was ready to get swoony.


I folded the hearts in half, for added dimension and texture, then I started hot gluing them individually around the outside perimeter of the wreath. I was careful to mix up the direction of the hearts and to overlap them occasionally.

After the entire outside edge was covered, I glued a layer directly beneath that, then one more beneath that.

I then went back and filled in any sparse areas and added some extra dimension where it was needed.


A yard of bright red grosgrain ribbon won the audition for "hanger". It beat out a wide burlap band edged in red, as well as a hot pink ribbon top-stitched with white.

The red proved to be the perfect foil for the black and white. He was the clear underdog, since I'm somewhat adverse to red.

But I'm always up for a good Cinderella story.


It was a perfectly Valentinian combo.


We celebrated with a late-night, shadowy photo-shoot, because we were much too excited to wait for adequate light.

A seasonal book wreath adorns my door once again. All is right in the world....until March.

*I'm linking this post to DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land, Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch and Craftaholics Anonymous.

106 comments:

  1. Ok, I have never been much of a Valentine decorator, but you may have ust changed my mind! I just could never find decor that wasn't over-the-top in the cheesy department. That wreath is just darn cute...love all those hearts! Beautiful! ~mary~

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  2. MMMMMMMMMM!!!!!! Sweet as candy!!
    You are QUITE ingenious!
    Keep it goin' for March girl, use hearts spritzed with green food coloring and lay them out like clover!!!!!!
    Oh my gosh, April...
    Have a loverly day.
    annie

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  3. That is so cute, great idea and it looks pretty easy that I may even be able to tackle it :)

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  4. That is adorable! I'm going to include it in my Valentine's Day Ideas post today and link back.

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  5. I love that, its such a good idea!

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  6. WOW!!! OK now I know what to do with my dusty paperbacks that I won't be reading again (like A Tale of Two Cities. BORING!!) Serioulsy, why hang onto them if they can be repurposed for a good thing? Besides, any good book will eventually be made into a movie anyway. ;)

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  7. cuuuuutttttteee! love the creativity! :)

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  8. You'll just have to recreate it with four leaf clovers in March. Love the hearts!

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  9. Very cute!

    Please feel free to share it at My Frugal Family's Talented Tuesday link party!

    http://theherberfamily.blogspot.com/2010/01/talented-tuesday.html

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  10. ♥ ♥ ♥ this! It is SOOOO cute!! Great job!

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  11. Love, love, love it! And you are a sweet ray of sunshine everytime I open my blog list!

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  12. That is gorgeous! I think I'll teach my 4h group how to do this at our February meeting.

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  13. Great idea! Love Saint Valentino day..lulu

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  14. Hello ~ I'm a new follower to your blog and am really enjoying your posts. This one in particular is adorable! I've recently purchased some books from a local thrift store and have been using punched shapes from the pages as embellishments. Thanks for the wreath inspiration!!!

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  15. What a fun idea! Definitely worthy of another month!!!

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  16. This is a great idea! I loved the Christmas wreath, too. It's on my stack of "to-do" craft ideas :)

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  17. bravo!!
    what a precious labor of love

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  18. Just darling!! I love that it is simple, yet makes a statement! perfection!

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  19. This is fabulous! I'm glad you went with the red - it's my favorite color - when used in moderation! Isn't that funny that the queen of color does moderate red!

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  20. now that, my dear, is Pure Ingenuity. even better than the traditional rolled-book-page wreath.

    please excuse me while i swoon.

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  21. Love it! And I know just which book will have to be sacrificed in order to copy your beautiful wreath!

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  22. This is the second great reason to buy a heart punch. that justifies it - I am going to Michaels!

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  23. LOVE IT! I might have to actually try this one. Thank you little miss inspiration:)

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  24. This is so perfect --the black, white and red! I want one too! You are becoming quite a handy crafter, girl!

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  25. I LOVE IT! It looks great!...and I love your step by step...because I need step by step...super cute that wreath!!

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  26. That is the cutest thing! I just took my wreaths down too and now my front door looks bare - not for long, I'm off to raid the bookshelf...! x

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  27. LURVE...will be hunting down my big paper punchers :)

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  28. Oh, one more thing...I think you have turned into a crafty girl!

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  29. I guess my first comment didn't post...so the one above is just a bit out of place...
    Here's what I said in the one that didn't post:
    I am sure there is going to be a frenzy throughout blogdom of heart punching paperback novels! Great idea...Love it!

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  30. Hey that is so crafty(love it), I'm not to crafty but I would love to make this and I think I can!

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  31. oooooh--you are sooooo crafty!! :)

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  32. This is SO cute!! And I love the way you express yourself! :)

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  33. A few things that I like about it..it's recycling...it's understated, and it's so.....you.

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  34. I LOVE IT. It is kinda like my wallpapering with a book though... it hurts a little to despine a book. I may have found a project for the H-Z of the dictionary I have left though :)

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  35. Well isn't that the cutest thing! That was an inspiration!
    Brenda

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  36. Very creative and lovely. I remember a claim that you're not a crafty girl, but I guess you can't believe everything you read on the internet!

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  37. this is adorable and I don't even decorate for Valentine's... that is going to change thanks to you!

    Michelle

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  38. Beautiful, beautiful job. Unique and oh' so cute! You made me want to make one.

    Hugs...Tracy :)

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  39. What a great idea! I love this!

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  40. This is beautiful! I love it.

    -FringeGirl

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  41. oh for the love of love...love this!

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  42. Love it! You know, for a girl who's not crafty, you sure are crafty.

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  43. Love the idea ! look great! just in time for valentines day..off to browse..love your blog just found it via my sister blog..donna

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  44. Love this!!! I want to copy this!! with all credit to you of course. btw I have to follow you (I don't know why I haven't before now) because everytime I stop in I'm blown away by your writing, humor , craftiness (even if you deny it)adorable kiddos and decor!

    I'm just going to have your sis introduce us someday even if I'll feel really stalker-ish (:
    blessings, barbara

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  45. You had me at HELLO!! Oh my! This might just be the sweetest Valentine decor project to ever grace the blog world. I love the simplistic yet refined manner it speaks to the soul. It is obviously whispering to mine.

    Cheers~
    e

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  46. So cute. I love your creative ideas! Keep them coming!!!

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  47. So sweet! In March, you could punch more hearts and cluster them together to make them look like shamrocks, then hang it with a kelly green ribbon...

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  48. LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!

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  49. I love this! Wish I had enough patience to make one...hmm...

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  50. Very super awesome. I'm with Mary- I'm not much of a Valentine decorator...probably from years of not having a Valentine- no need to decorate for disappointment. But, I am loving the book wreaths- I made one for my library (not hearts, just pages) and 3 for my booth at the DuPage Expo next weekend. Yours is wonderful!

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  51. I loved the look of this the other night! Very cool! (Lame reply, I know!) But, I do love it!

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  52. Oh my goodness! I love this wreath, and I thought I'd seen just about every cute book wreath variation that Blogland had to offer. Your reference to not wanting to be crazy Christmas lady made me smile--I always get a little creeped out by Christmas decorations that stay up too long. I couldn't help but notice in one of the close ups of the hearts that the word "Dementia" popped right off the page :)

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  53. Very cute and different wreath....Love it.

    Barbara

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  54. i love this =) Thanks so much for sharing!!

    Merdrey

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  55. Wow, it looks so very lovely! Now all I need is such a heart puncher!! You are more than welcome to pass by my blog if you have time! It's all about Valentine & hearts, too!

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  56. wow that is so simple and soooo cute thanks for sharing xxx

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  57. So cute! Haven't tried one of the book wreaths yet but now I just might have too!

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  58. Beautiful idea... will link it next friday on my V-Day friday post... ;)

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  59. What a great idea! I was searching for a...somthing for door to a place of my wedding. May I use yours??)))

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  60. Thank you very much!)))Good news for me!))

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  61. Hey girl,
    I am so glad you joined my partay! I LOVE this! Love the b/w and red combo. SO perfect for v-day!
    happy crafting,
    Linda

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  62. oooohhh! I LOVE IT!! The only downside is that you don´t sell them ;) xoxo Susanne

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  63. http://bethjoyridings.blogspot.com/2011/01/i-ripped-pages-out-of-books-oops.html

    i tried this. i love this. thank you.

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  64. I was searching through the internet for the perfect valentine wreath when i stumbled on your website...i was so inspired to try it out, i headed out to A.C Moore in search for a large heart puncher...unfortunately they ran out but i will continue my search for it... thanks for the great idea :)

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  65. I love this- gonna have to get a heart punch and make one of these and some heart garland!

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  66. Oh, this is GORGEOUS! You are a crafting genius. :) I went to the store today and there were so many sizes of punches and I didn't know what to get! Would you mind sharing what you used? Or maybe how big the wreath is so I can gauge the heart size?

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    1. Where are you looking for heart punches? I can only find the smaller ones. I think you need at least 2-1/2-3 inch punch.

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  67. Found this post recently and fell in love... I've shared it on my blog today. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  68. how you make the heart shapes? it looks so neat. don't think scissors can make it look so neat like that.

    Love from international flower delivery :)

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  69. I absolutely adore this. Classy, clever, pretty. I can't say enough. I'm going to post and linkback from my blog and probably make my own wreath tonight!

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  70. Love this wreath, could you tell me the dimensions of your heart cutter?

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  71. Ohmygosh! LOVE it. I love ripping into an old book to give it new life as something decorative. Fabulous wreath.

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  72. Just decided to make this for my doors! Lov it!

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  73. Just decided to make this for my doors! Lov it!

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    1. Where did you find the heart punch?? I can't find a large one anywhere...ugh!

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  74. Good idea except how do you keep the paper from turning brown after a while? Unless treated, paper naturally darkens with age. :-/

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