First project at the new house

Inspired by this post over at The Shabby Nest (and her how to from December), I figured I’d give my hand a try at it for our second bathroom upstairs.

Here’s my rendition of the well-read wreath.

So, here’s my supply list:

  • Cardboard
  • Plate and bowl for the circles
  • Pencil
  • Scissors (and I actually suggest a craft knife for cutting the cardboard)
  • An old book
  • Hot glue gun

First, you need to create the wreath holder using the plate and bowl as stencils.  Then, disassemble the book.  This took a while, as I was working with a book from the 1940’s and it was pretty delicate (you can use a book from today, you just may need to “stain” the pages using a mix of paint and water – Shabby Nest describes how to do that).

Next, cut the pages into individual pages, and roll each page into a little cone, like this:

Place them into sort of a starburst pattern, where the ends form an inner circle:

Then, just continue making little cones and hot gluing them on until they wreath is as full as you’d like it.  Here’s the finished product, hanging in the bathroom

I started the project last night, and it took me about 30-45 minutes to disassemble the book, plus another 15 to cut the cardboard.  Then, it took another hour and a half today to hot glue each little cone on there.  I even brought it up to the bathroom, put it against the wall and went and added more cones to it until it was full enough. 

This was so much fun, and I’ve started on my next project… the picture collage (as seen over here at Young House Love).  But pictures of that will come once I get everything together!


  1. That looks so cool! What other blogs do you follow for home decor? I’m dreaming since we’re planning to buy a house next year!

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