This project has been on my wish list for quite a long while!
I’ve seen the very many, beautiful wreaths created out there and knew this was something I really wanted to try.
I do love books!
I collect books, especially old books, whether in great shape or barely holding on. They all need some loving.
Making crafts with books not only gives them life and love,
but also gives an air of romance and intrigue. Just a few words peep through. As I was making the roses, I ‘read’ the words. I chose a book that was old and that the pages had a beautiful aged patina. I also wanted a book with good words – perhaps romantic words.
I chose Katherine by Anya Seton.
This is a historical romance novel based upon the life of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. Intriguing story with a direct connection to England’s Royal Family.
Also, well the name Katherine occurs a lot!
I’ve always wanted to be named, Katherine. I’m just Kathy – that’s the way my Daddy wanted it! I did ask him once if I could change my name to Katherine. That conversation did not go over very well.
Making Book Page Rose Wreaths takes a lot of time.
Each wreath has over 200 roses. I did these while sitting and watching movies with Dearest. This method I chose does not burn your fingers! One of the reasons I held off so long.
This is how I did my roses.
200 book pages – with patina about 5 x 7 in dimension
Weld-Bond or Tacky glue
I cut my circles and then spirals in free-form. I watched carefully how I made the spirals attempting to make them even. I like how the last petal or swirl actually lays out – a more open rose look.
In the center of the spiral is a small circle, I called the rose’s foot. Once you begin at the rolling the page ant the end and come to the ‘foot, I let go of the rose a little to loosen the twirls. I placed dabs of glue on the base of the twirled rose then rested it on the foot – I held that for a few seconds. Allow to dry. You’ll have plenty of time – as I said it takes a while to make 200+ roses!
Gluing the roses to the wreath is the easiest part!
I began where the seam of the styrofoam wreath was and at the top center of the outside of the wreath. I glued roses with the hot glue side by side, but not too close. After the top half of the wreath was covered with a row of roses I then began the second row placing these roses between two of the ones above – so that the is row was a little off from the first row. I continued in this manner with the third and fourth row until the front half of the top half of the wreath was covered in roses. Then I worked on the opposite side until the wreath was complete.
Some make smaller roses to fill in any gap.
I did not. I may do that at another time or add little beads or buttons…that could be pretty. In another project.
Yes, I definitely will be doing this again!
You can make these with any sturdy paper – such as card stock or craft paper. Just imagine how beautiful that can be!
FOOTNOTE: Each wreath took over 200 roses. I cut the circles out in groups of 10 and then cut the spirals. This allowed me to have bunches ready and to be able to do this while watching a movie with Dearest. Also, not all book pages are created equal. I ran out of pages from the first book and found another with similar patina, but the pages were more fragile. Keep this in mind and just be careful with softer paper. The more sturdy the pages the better.
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