The final days before Thanksgiving are quickly passing - I can't believe its almost here and gone! That means it's time to ramp up on decorating for Christmas.
I'm part of the camp that won't start decorating for Christmas until Thanksgiving is officially over. But that doesn't mean I can't start prepping! I've started making various crafts, some of which will not be making the blog cut - the first looked so much better in the magazine pic than it ended up looking in my family room, oh well.
My big project this past weekend was making my own wreath. I've never attempted something like this before, but I had high hopes. One of my favorite blogs to read and be inspired by is Nesting Place. A recent post was about DIY Wreaths and I fell in love with the featured Book Page Wreath.
After deciding that this is how I wanted to spend my Saturday night after the kids went to bed - my night life is a little less than exciting since having the girls - I started acquiring materials. I hit up Beverly's for a 12 inch straw wreath, Goodwill for a book I didn't care about destroying, and my own left-over-crafts bin for a ribbon to hang on the back. A hefty $6 later and I was ready to begin.
I used the Goodwill book for the back rows of cones because it was the largest I could find there. I had envisioned not using the whole book, then using a smaller one of my own that I no longer cared about for the inside rows. The wreath is just a little larger than I thought it would be and I used every page out of two books and half of a third book. Quite the literary investment.
I ended up rolling most of the cones before gluing. Projects tend to go faster for me when I can get in a zone and bang out a bunch of whatever it is I'm doing before moving onto the next step. To tell you the truth, I thought it would go a bit faster. But like I mentioned, I've never made a wreath before and I went a little wild filling it in with cones - I was afraid of having a bald spot in the middle somewhere.
So instead of the estimated hour or so, it probably took me closer to 3. No big deal, I was having fun and watching a movie at the same time! Oh, and you'll notice there are slight color changes in the wreath because of the three different books I used - they weren't exactly the same color, but I really like the almost ombre effect that it ended up with. Happy accidents!
The wreath is massive, measuring in with an almost 30 inch diameter and stands out from the wall almost a foot! Apparently I'm embracing the 3D wall art idea. Check my Pinterest board for more wreath ideas. If you want to recreate this same wreath, here's the tutorial I used.
Check out the end result, I am THRILLED with it!
Have you made a wreath? I'd love to hear about what you've done! I may make another, so I'm looking for suggestions.