I was going through some boxes that I had stored some craft supplies in when I came across some old books that were left over from a previous project. They became the inspiration for my next project.
I love the look of anything made with book pages, but I had never made a book page wreath. Preparing the books was the first thing on the agenda.
In a cake pan I placed eight single-serve tea bags and filled the pan with hot water. I let the bags steep for about 20 minutes and them removed the bags. Adding a few small books at a time, I submerged them in the tea and let them soak for a few minutes. I then let them drip off on a few layers of newspaper before I put them in a warm oven to dry. Drying does take a bit of time, but if you tea stain them one day, then the next you are ready to construct your wreath.
The wire for the wreath is a hanger. I cut the hook off and straightened it out, then I formed it into a circle. On one end I curled a closed loop that was folded vertically. On the other end I bent the end slightly in a horizontal direction. This was to visually remind me which way to bend the end when I finished the wreath. Making one vertical and one horizontal loop is important. If they were both one direction, then when they are attached the wreath will twist wonky.
The pair of pages were poked in the center with the end of the wire that was not looped, then slid around to the loop end. Because of the constant movement of the wreath while in progress, I applied a piece of masking tape over the loop and onto the first page. Yep, I know this is ugly, but it won’t be staying.
At some point you are probably wondering how many pages are needed. Well, that’s kind of hard to pinpoint. Depending on the size of your hanger, how thick your pages are and how firmly you push your folded pages together, it could be anywhere from 800-1200 pages. Most of my books were approximately 350 pages long and I used just shy of three books.
When the wreath is finally full, remove the tape from the loop and the first folded page. Bend the un-looped wire end at a right angle (in the same direction as your beginning slight bend). Insert the tip through the first loop, then curl the right angle into a closed loop.