book wreath tutorial

The Recycled Wreath Series 
#3 The Book Wreath

old book
black or brown acrylic paint, watered down
straw wreath
flower and glue gun (optional)

1. Find a mass market paperback that no one will miss.(I chose a “48-hour mystery”. Mysteries scare me and I really don’t enjoy reading them so it was the perfect choice. I’m not even sure why I have it…but enough about mysteries.)

2. Paint the edges of the book black or dark brown with a watered down acrylic paint. Let dry. 3. Rip pages out and do the accordion fold without pressing down, so you get a loopy effect. 4. Staple ‘folds’ to styrofoam wreath in rows. I didn’t bother unwrapping the straw wreath. I just left it in the plastic.
5. Keep making rows until it starts to look like this:

6. Keep going until you can’t see any straw!

7. If you want you can a silk flower with glue for a little color.

8. Fluff pages as needed.

This concludes the recycled wreath series. I hope you have a wreath on your door now! Check out the acorn wreath and the magazine wreath if you missed those!


  1. says

    I love the way this wreath looks! I did a similar one but I love the dimensions this one gives! Great job!

  2. says

    Love This! What great texture you got from all the folding. Have seen similar using tufts and cone shapes, but your fan folds are far niftier! Very Anthropologie. Well done!

  3. says

    I never tire of bookpage wreaths Ÿ This one is soooo cute. I ♥ how each one turns out sooo unique. Great tut as well.

  4. says

    I love the look of your wreath! I have a straw wreath and plan on giving this a try. Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  5. diane wszolek says

    I loved making this wreath. I used 2 summer trashy books and a large straw wreath. It turned ojt awesome! :)