Baby Book Wreath

This was actually a very difficult project for me to make.  Why?  Because in order to make it, I had to cut up books.  I’ve had a deep love and respect for books since the first time I walked into a library when I was very young.  Books have not only taught me so much, but they have taken me to worlds I may never have even imagined.

This was a project that was requested by a friend of mine, who wanted this to be used at a baby shower as well as a decoration for the baby’s room.  I did a lot of research for this project and this is my version of it.  I hope you enjoy it.

Baby Book Wreath

I gathered up the supplies that I needed.  From what I’d read I needed a stapler, tape, scissors & a hot glue gun.  Although my tape didn’t want to stick so I eventually ended up hot gluing all of the cones needed for this project.  And you’ll need a lot of hot glue sticks.  I can’t remember how many glue sticks I went through, but it was a lot.

Baby Book Wreath

And I needed books.  Lots and lots of books.  These were provided by my friend and purchased at a second hand store.

Baby Book Wreath

I opened up each book to reveal the book’s spine threads.  I used a razor to cut the threads.

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Once the threads were removed, I cut out the pages.  Once the pages were removed, I used the scissors to trim each page.

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I had so many piles of pages that I lost count, so I grouped the pages into groups of 25.  I just used binder clips to hold the groups together.

Baby Book Wreath

Next, I started to roll each page into a cone shape.  Like I said, taping the cones together just didn’t hold for me, so I put some hot glue on the corner & rolled the cone into the glue.

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And the first one was done.  Then I stapled the cone about 1″ up from the point.

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One down, tons to do.  I was rolling these cones for hours and they started to take over the craft room.  I made over 100 cones.

Baby Book Wreath

Okay, cones done, now I needed something to put them on.  I used foam board because it’s easy to work with & is light weight so hanging it on the wall doesn’t require any special nails.  I cut the foam board into a 12″ x 14″ shape.

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Then I drew 2 circles in the center of the board.  One that was 4″ in diameter & one that was 8″ in diameter.  I used an old fashioned compass to make the circles.  Then I marked the circles at quarter marks.  (12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock & 9 o’clock)

Baby Book Wreath

I started at the outer circle & glued a cone to each of the 4 marks on the circle.  This is to make sure that the cones are placed evenly & aren’t bunched up in one area.  I pretty much lined up the staples on the cones with circles on the foam board.

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Then I just filled in the areas between the quarter marks evenly.

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And I used a lot of glue to hold them in place securely.

Baby Book Wreath

Once the first row was done, I started on the second row, lining up the cones with the smaller circle the same way that I did the first row.

Baby Book Wreath

Baby Book Wreath

Next was the final row.  By this time, it was so big that I had trouble getting the glue gun into the center with out the glue gun’s cord trying to get tangled up in the cones.  I found that applying glue to the back side of the cone first & then gluing it into place was the easiest.

Baby Book Wreath

Baby Book Wreath

Now for the center piece of the wreath to cover the staples & give it a finished look.  I knew that they wanted a puppy & that they were having a boy, so I went online to find an image that fit the bill.  I found one that was actually a balloon.  To give credit to where I found the image, I found it here.  I copied it & printed it out in a word document on to cardstock.  I made several sizes because I wasn’t sure how big I’d need it to be.

Baby Book Wreath

I measured the center of the wreath.  It was roughly 2 1/2″ wide, but I needed it bigger to cover all of the staples.  I chose the 3″ size.

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The cardstock was too flimsy, so I got a 3″ round wooden disk &  painted it white.

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To apply the cardstock to the wood disk, I used Aileen’s tacky glue & applied it with a paint brush.

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I glued the cardstock to the wood disk, smoothing out any wrinkles.

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I put a lot of hot glue on to the back of the wood disk & then pressed it into place.  I held it down tightly until the glue had cooled.

Baby Book Wreath

Baby Book Wreath

Once it had cooled, it was finished.

Baby Book Wreath

Now to add something to hang it.  I just used a binder clip, clipped onto the back.  But don’t do what I did… Center the binder clip before you attach it.  It marks the foam board.  (sorry)

Baby Book Wreath

Now it’s finished & ready to hang in baby’s room.

Baby Book Wreath

It’s so colorful because of all of the different pages.

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The finished project was close to 30″ wide.

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I think it will show up nicely in the baby’s room.

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So, if you don’t mind cutting up books & have a few hours on your hands, this project will make a very nice addition to a baby’s nursery.

In hindsight, I guess you could use scrapbook paper, but it would cost a small fortune.

Happy Creating everyone!