12.03.2009

A Well-Read Christmas Wreath~

When I saw this page in the Pottery Barn catalog, my heart skipped a beat. Yes, the bedding is lovely, and the windows are pretty, but it was those wreaths that I fell in love with. Amazing!! So, of course, I decided I had to make me one of those "bookish" wreaths.


Photo from Pottery Barn

They were so easy to make too...
I started by getting me a piece of heavy cardstock (in retrospect, I would actually recommend using heavy CARDBOARD for this project) and drew my wreath base using a plate and a glass for the pattern.


Then I simply cut it out.

I pulled out my trusty glue gun "Old Blue" and went to work.



After dismantling a book that I never read (and never intended to read) I rolled the pages into tight cones, and secured each one with a dot of hot glue, then I started gluing them to the base in a starburst pattern.
From there I kept gluing until the wreath was nice and full. I loved the shape, but the pages were too new looking. So I watered down some Raw Umber acrylic paint (when I say watered it down...I mean it was mostly water with a little paint in there) and brushed it over all the pages to create an aged look.


Then I added some pretty ribbon and hung it in my dining room window. I thought it looked beautiful...


...until I saw the sun shine through it. Oh. my goodness. It's stunning! And free! (Well, except for the ribbon, but I was buying that for Christmas gifts anyway, and it was 50% off at Michael's so that's almost as good as free, right? RIGHT?)





Want to see another PB knock-off book wreath? Brenda at Dragonflys and Stars shared her version during the last Frugal Friday Linky Party here at the Shabby Nest!
Have a great day~

45 comments:

meridith said...

When I saw that page in the PB catalog, my heart skipped a beat or two. What bedding...I barely notice them because those gorg wreaths are tugging at my heart. Then to see your post on how you made yours (thanks for the details) I just about fell off my chair out of pure excitement! I know what's going on my window this week!

Sarah said...

WTG Wendy! I love how you see it and immediately get it by making it at home for 1/100th of the price! I would love to fantasize and say I have time to make this, but maybe after the holidays since it isn't holiday specific, it would make a fabulous piece for my wall! Thanks for sharing how you did it!!! It turned out fabulous!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

OMG! You did an amazing job!!! I need to try one!
*hugs*deb

Go East Memphis Mama said...

I'm glad you did this b/c I saw those in the magazine and I was thinking to myself I'd really like to try that but how to start hmmmm? Thanks!!!

Darlene said...

You did a fabulous job on it....just BEAUTIFUL!!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

What?!?! Give yourself a pat on the back!!!!! Janell

pk said...

FAB-U-LOUS! Great job...

pk @ Room Remix

The Whispering Creek House said...

Genius!! this is a great idea! Easy and fast!

debi said...

I just can't tell you how much I love your blog! How do you keep up with everything!!!??? debi

vintage girl at heart said...

This is beautiful!!! I've seen them for sale on some sites and they are pretty expensive!!!
You are so talented!!

Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love said...

I like yours better than PB! Great job and soooo easy. Always love your tutorials!

Book Baker said...

Oohh!! This is gorgeous!!! And the pic of sunshine through it!! wow... :)

jociegal said...

I agree with the comment above that yours looks better than the PB one. SO cute and crafty!

Man I do love a good craft.

Amy said...

Love this! I've clipped and filed that page from the PB catalog for two years in a row now (they had the wreaths in a catalog last year too) and have been pondering how to make one. Love the one that you made!

welovetucker said...

So super cute.Thanks for sharing. Love it!

Astrid said...

I like yours way better than the PB one. I also wondered how to make it but never took the time. Beautiful job!

Tiffany said...

Those look great! I love using PB catalogs for inspiration. Your wreath is gorgeous hanging on the window! Love it

solomi558 said...

By sheer luck I have cardboard I shopped at IKEA yesterday, I,ll do the wreath tonight and tomorrow yipee!!!, thanks for sharing --cottonreel

nell ann said...

That looks awesome! It's even kinda snowflakey! So pretty. I'm going to have to try that now!!!

Gwen said...

That wreath speaks volumes;)

Miss Mustard Seed said...

It is so pretty! I love the PB calatalog for the ideas, like this one. I never buy anything out of it. Great copy cat version.

Brenda@ **Dragonflys and Stars** said...

Yours looks great!! And THANK YOU very much for linking to my wreath! :)

Kate Starr said...

Sigh... and longing. It is beautiful!!

Our really empty nest said...

What a great knock off, thanks so much for sharing, I love to read so this is a perfect wreath for me, cant wait to attempt it! Sue

mary said...

Yours is better! What does the back look like?

Stephanie Lynn said...

pitter patter...goes my heart...

vintagesue said...

i love that wreath!!!!! thanks for the great idea. i'm on my way to making one tomorrow!!!!!
sue

Amie Hartman said...

Wow! I think your wreath looks better than the PB ones. I'm lovin' this idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

bj said...

OOO, you did an amazing job !!I just love it.
I, too, did a post this week about making a wreath, POTTERY BARN style. Don't we all love PB!!!
xo bj

Shannon said...

Ooooh, love that! It looks great!

sarahjean and family said...

awesome! I just did mine today but am also wondering about the back? Did you cover that also? (btw yours is far better looking than mine and the pb one!) Great job!

TRICIA @ The Zoo said...

Love this! Thank you for breaking down the process. It's very pretty.

XO*Tricia

Pat & Ron Harris said...

I absolutely love the wreaths. Can't wait to make one.

Leanne said...

I just have to say, yours looks so much better than PB's. Am I going to get into trouble for saying that? I can't wait to make one now. Hopefully mine turns out as good as yours. Thanks for sharing how you made yours.

Holly said...

They are adorable!! WOW,... I am excited to make my own.

I love yesterdays post. What a fun keepsake from your first home.

2sisters said...

Be still my heart!!! It's beautiful!
teri

Deb said...

I love this wreath idea Wendy. Thanks for the tutorial ... I made one last night & hung it in the window this morning :-) I'll post about it today and link to you :-)
Thanks again.

Glitter and Bliss said...

My sis bought a wreath like this at a store in Eureka Springs AR. It is precious. I plan to post about it, and I will mention your post. We so like the same things. Hugs... Leslie

recoveringprocrastinator said...

Thanks for sharing how you made this! It's so cute. It would also look awesome with sheet music.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

FABULOUS!

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

Super job! I linked to this on my weekly roundup - thanks so much!

paige said...

how did i miss this the first go 'round?
i love it
you are a rock star!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I made a few of these and I had forgotten where I saw it originally. When you showed you messy didning room, I spotted it again! I'll make sure you mention where I saw it. I love, love them!

Danielle Muller said...

here is a link to a blog post of mine from a year ago....you can see my version of this wreath. so much fun!!

http://thevintagedragonfly.typepad.com/the_vintage_dragonfly_stu/2008/12/holiday-show-pics.html

blessings,
danielle
www.thevintagedragonfly.typepad.com

harrahx2 said...

This is great. It reminds me of what we used to use the old computer punch cards for! Love it.