Repurpose old, discarded books into a pretty DIY paper wreath to hang on your door, over your mantel or as a wall decoration.
- 2 used books
- Matte knife
- 12 square inches of corrugated cardboard
- Craft glue
- Craft brush
- Long-handled stapler
- Cut 120-plus pages from your used books with a matte knife.
- With a compass, draw a 12″ circle outside and a 4″ circle inside on your cardboard. Cut out the large circle and cut out the small circle inside. You’re making a doughnut! Set aside.
- Roll about 85 of your book pages, lengthwise, into cones. Roll in the same direction each time. Secure each with a dab of glue and squish the tapered ends flat.
- Brush glue in lines on your cardboard doughnut and lay your cones on the glue. They should radiate outward and be touching at the center.*
- Brush glue onto your first layer of cones for about 5 inches. Place your second layer of cones in an alternating pattern.
- Take about 25 book pages pages and roll—this time along the widest side—into cones. Brush glue on the second layer cones as before. Space this third layer a little further apart from each other than the other layers. Let dry.
- Cut a 5″ circle of cardboard. Cover with a book page. Cut a 2″-wide strip of a book page and pleat it. Form a circle and glue closed. Glue this to your cardboard circle.
- Place an upholstery nail, button or any decoration in the center of your wreath. Hang the wreath from a hole punched in the cardboard.
Note: We used a “long reach” stapler to secure the ends of the cone all along the inner hole for each layer. Which is why there is a hole cut into the center.
DIY Book Page Wreath craft project by Todd Moore. Photography by Jonn Coolidge.