Several weeks ago, I stumbled across this project on one of How Joyful's Tutorial Love Fridays. My first thought was that the Faux Curled Rosewood Wreath looked pretty, but like a pain in the ass. Naturally, I decided to try it. I started working on it almost the next day, but it's taken me a while to finish it (partly due to the holidays and partly because of my short attention span).
Here's what I've been working on
The tutorial is available via the link above, so I won't rehash all the gory details.
Let's just say hot glue is, well, hot, and there weren't enough pages in To Kill a Mockingbird to get me all the way around the wreath (don't you give me that look: the book was waterlogged at one point in its life and therefore damaged before I chopped it up for arts and crafts--I would never destroy a perfectly good copy of a literary classic--that's against the English Major Code of Ethics).
The project itself was really inexpensive. One foam wreath, a damaged book that I already owned (and $1.50 thrift-store 80's sci-fi novel to finish the job), a bit of ribbon, and about 15 hours of making little paper rosettes and voila! Wreath!
Here's how it came out:
The pictures don't really do it justice, and though I'm not 100% sold on the bow, I really like how this turned out. Love of books + DIY home decor = awesomeness.
Have you stumbled across any great DIY projects online? Do share!