Wednesday, March 21, 2012

DIY Tutorial: Paper Rose Wreath for Librarians, Bibliophiles, and other Luddites


An astute suitor optimistically observed that my door says "One for you." NOT SO MUCH, Mister.
A bookish way to welcome yourself home every day? Perfect! I first saw this idea on Pinterest, and couldn't resist copying it. It took a LONG time and a lot of paper flowers. I spent weeks making paper roses on Monday nights while my friend Lance and I watched Breaking Bad gossiped and talked about music, and I finally constructed the wreath on Sunday. I love the way it turned out, and it only cost me $6.79. The books came from the free giveaway cart at the library (c'mon, no one wanted the 1997 guide to Walt Disney World or the 1993 Environmental Resource Directory), and I already had most of the other supplies. Want to make one of your very own? Here's what you'll need.

Supplies
Old books (thicker paper is better)
Elmer's glue
12 inch foam wreath form
white spray paint (if the wreath base isn't white)
hot glue gun and lots of extra sticks
Ribbon to hang the finished product


1. Use this tutorial to make the paper flowers. This will take a while! I recommend re-watching Mad Men from the beginning of the series. You're dying for season five to begin, right? Then you can legitimately say, "I wasn't watching TV, ohno. I was crafting." Keep working until you have more flowers than you think you need.

2. If your wreath base isn't white, spray paint it white according to the directions on the can.

Disembodied! Lady Liberty on display at the Exposition Universellein Paris in 1878, soon before her journey to New York. 
3. Use hot glue to attach the flowers. None of the other tutorials I've seen mentions this, so I'll share my method: Start by giving your wreath a crown of rosettes along the top of the wreath. The flowers should point straight up at a 90 degree angle, like the Statue of Liberty's crown. Extend the roses all the way around the wreath. Then make concentric circles within the first circle you made, tilting the blossoms forward a bit more with each circle.

4. When the glue is dry and you've tended to your burns, hang the wreath with ribbon. Voila!

8 comments:

  1. This is beautiful!! Pages of music would be pretty too. But I feel dumb...I never heard of Ludites. Would think they are people from Lude.

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    1. Thank you! Mom, this is you, right? :)

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  2. This is a gorgeous wreath! I would love for you to share it on my Linky Party Blog Stalking Thursday.

    http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/03/blog-stalking-thursday-34.html

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    1. Thanks so much! You got it, lady. I just posted to the party and grabbed a button. :)

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  3. Hi Jen, I truly adore this wreath! You did a great job! Thanks for linking it to my newbie party. If you could be so kind and courteous to add my link or button, that would be great. I would love for other newbies to know about the party.

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    1. And thank you for hosting! :) I put your button in the sidebar to help others find you. :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing on Blog Stalking Thursday. You have been featured! Don't forget to stop by to grab your feature button and wear it proudly! Thanks again!

    http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/04/blog-stalking-thursday-35.html

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    1. Oh wow, thank you! I've never been featured before; this is so nice! I just added my button. :D

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