If you read this column a few weeks ago, you already know how much I love my Kindle. Prior to owning a Kindle, I loved my books … in a healthy, inanimate sort of way. In an effort to do my annual home purge, whereby I try to get rid of clutter in my home, I look around at things that should go. The operative words are “try” and “should” – there are some things that I just hate the thought of losing. BOOKS, for instance. Logically, I know that I’m not going to read most (any) of them again so I wanted to find a way of recycling them, aside from just giving them away. There are some that I would never part with – autobiographies, my favorite being Me by my very own Kate idol, Katharine Hepburn, or books that you can go back to over and over again: my beloved Selected Letters of Dylan Thomas, which was given to me by my sister, Eileen, 25 years ago.
After searching the web, and scouring Pinterest, here’s what I came up with—a book wreath.
Here’s all you need:
- A book. Kudos to Diane Mott Davidson for The Last Suppers, the book I used here. Ms. Davidson has been, and continues to be, a favorite author of mine. She writes fun, interesting mysteries where the main character is a caterer—so she also includes some great recipes!
- Styrofoam or wire wreath. The size is up to you.
- A glue gun. Although I mention my dislike of them in every column, they’re a necessary evil for me
- Decorative edge scissors, i.e. scrapbooking scissors
- A snazzy accent. To complete your wreath.
Step one: Begin by gently tearing pages from the book. It’s best to gather a good pile of torn pages before moving on to other steps.
Step two: Once you’ve got some pages torn, stack three or four at a time along their longest straight edge to even them up, and cut along the ripped edges with the decorative edge scissor.
Step three: Now that you’ve trimmed the torn edges, start rolling the pages, beginning with the long edge. In other words, hold the page as if you were reading it, and start rolling it from left to right. Place a small dot of glue on the end to hold it in place.
Step four: It’s time to begin gluing! Lay the page flat so that the bottom of the page rests on the inner rim of the wreath and glue. Once you’ve gone all the way around the wreath, go back and fill in any empty spots and keep filling it in to make it full.
Step five: Now it’s time to work on the inner rim of the wreath. Fold one rolled page around the center of the wreath, place a dot of glue to hold it in place on the back of the wreath and a dot of glue on the front – again, working around the wreath until it is filled in. Once the wreath is entirely filled in and as full as you’d like it, you’re almost done!
Step six: By far, the easiest part of the project is embellishing! I hope you’ve chosen a snazzy accent for your wreath—I went for a pair of reading glasses. Glue it anywhere on the wreath; add a ribbon to hang and you’re all done!
Fabri-Kate is a column running on Kate-book.com every other Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. It is written by the crafty Kathleen Neafsey, who wields a mean pair of scissors. Follow her on Twitter @dbmomkat and look for a brand new craft next time.