I have never made a book page wreath before…you know, those pretty wreaths made up of rolled up vintage book pages? I thought I’d make my own version for Easter and it was super easy. Here’s how to make an Easter Book Page Wreath.
Easter Book Page Wreath
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- Sheet music or book pages (you may use my image – see below)
- Parchment-like paper (if printing out sheet music/book pages)
- Dinner size paper plate or thin cardboard (such as poster board)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Colored cardstock
- Paper mache eggs
- Tissue paper
- Brown stamp pad
- Hole punch
I found a stack of sheet music at the thrift store and “It Is Well With My Soul” was among them. I photocopied it and printed it out on parchment-like paper. If you would like to use my sheet music, you can save the photo below. I love hymns and this is one of my favorites. Otherwise, you can use any sheet music or book pages of your choice.
To make my wreath, I needed to print out four pieces of sheet music. Then I cut each piece into four squares, and one strip at the bottom. So first I cut an 8.5-inch square, then cut that into four small squares. I saved the strip at the bottom for the center of the project.
I folded each of the squares into sort of a kite, folding in two of the corners so they meet in the middle, as shown below. Do this with all 16 squares. NOTE: At this point, I should have distressed the edges with my brown stamp pad. You can do this here (just the unfolded edges, as you can see in the final product). But I forgot and did this towards the end. It’s fine to do it now or at the end.
Now take your paper plate and cut off the sides so you have about an 8-inch circle. You can also use thin cardboard that’s about the same weight, such as poster board.
Then, mark the center of the plate, and also mark 1 inch all around the center (so you have a 2-inch circle centered on the plate).
So this might be weird but you’ll place the top layer of papers first, then insert the bottom layer second. I did it this way because it’s easier to space out the bottom layer evenly with the top layer on first. I’ll show ya how I did it. First, place one of the papers onto the circle, so the long pointed end is at the center.
I recommend taping everything down to see if everything looks right before actually gluing them down. This is because you might fold your papers differently than mine or your papers might be smaller or bigger than mine. You might also use eight like I did, but you may need overlap them a bit. So place them temporarily first and see how they fit. Use a piece of painter’s tape or washi tape that you can remove easily.
Ok looks good. Now remove the tape and start gluing.
Only apply glue to the very tip of each paper. You’ll need to lift these up to slide the next set of papers underneath.
So after you’re done with the first layer of papers, you can start on the second. Carefully lift up a paper from the first layer. Slide in another piece underneath, so its top and bottom points line up with the sides of the top papers. The long tip should lie at that 2-inch circle you drew on the paper plate. Hope that makes sense. Once the positioning looks good, take it out, add glue to the tip, and carefully slide it back underneath the papers.
Lay the top layer of papers down gently. Try not to scrunch the top layer too much.
All done with the papers.
Now for the medallion. Remember we saved the bottom strip of our sheet music? We should have four pieces. glue them together end to end with glue (overlap about 1/2 an inch) to make one long strip. Do the same with a contrasting piece of cardstock (I chose green…you can do any color or use patterned paper). Cut fours strips at least half an inch taller than your sheet music strips. So my sheet music strips were 8.5 x 2 1/4 inches, so I made my green strips 8.5 x 2 3/4 inches. Join the green strips together at the short ends as well to make another long strip. Then stack the music strip on top of the green strip, so the green strip peeks out behind the music strip. Accordion fold the entire strip. Glue them together at the ends to secure.
Bring the ends together to form a circle and glue together.
Flatten down the circle to form a medallion. The green edge should be on the outside. By the way, this cute little baby hand belongs to one of my girls.
Flip it over and glue a piece of scrap paper to the back to keep the medallion flat.
And glue it to the center of your wreath.
Now for the eggs. I painted mine in a turquoise color. Then I added some twine to form a cross pattern, first wrapping some twine across horizontally, gluing in the back of the egg. Then I added a piece of twine vertically and secured the ends in the back as well.
Glue three of them onto the center of the medallion.
I was looking at the wreath and it looked kind of flat. I tried fluffing up the papers a little bit but I was afraid of wrinkling them. Then, I remembered this dress I wore in the late 80’s/early 90’s that had these huge bows on the sleeve. They had shoved tulle into the bows to really fluff them up! So I balled up some tissue paper and shoved them inside the papers on the top level. This gave the wreath a little more dimension without wrinkling the paper. Add a dab of glue to the tissue before you stuff it in. Make sure it’s not sticking out and make sure to use light colored tissue paper.
As mentioned in my note above, you can distress the edges of the papers with some brown stamp ink. I meant to do this right after folding the papers (as well as to the top edge of the strips used in the medallion). But I forgot to do this so I did it at the end. Just run the stamp pad along the edge. You can practice on scrap paper first.
Last step is to add some twine for hanging. Determine the “top” of your wreath, and punch a hole in the paper plate at the top.
All done with my Easter book page wreath. Kids can definitely make this too. It should work with white glue, though hot glue might be needed to secure the eggs, with which a grown up can help.
It’s pretty on my front door. Loving that I could incorporate such a lovely hymn into my craft.
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