Wednesday, August 8, 2012

He Crafts She Crafts.......And she did it this time!

BOOK PAGE WREATH
As you may know, my friend Stephenie (www.mycraftyadventures.com) and I have a blog segment together called HE CRAFTS SHE CRAFTS.  For this installment she sent me an old book ready for the scrap heap.  Now let me tell you about Steph.  She's a love bug and a very good friend.  When you're good friends with someone you KNOW just how to hook them!  She knew that I would eat this challenge up.  This one is for you, Stephenie, and for all of the people who don't know what to do with an old book when it's time to toss it.
BTW, since I'm not the biggest fan of wreaths, I decided that a wreath is just what I needed to do to challenge myself creatively.
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Stephenie made beautiful, feminine votive holders with flowers and pearl accents.  NICE!
She Crafts
Check out the how-to at (www.mycraftyadventures.com)
He Crafts
Detail of my book page wreath

YOU'LL NEED
Book pages
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Elmer's Glue All
1 pool noodle
Packing tape
Metallic Gold Krylon spray paint

HERE'S HOW
 1.  Tape the ends of your pool noodle together with packing tape.
2.  Roll 3"x5" book pages in to straws and secure with Elmer's Glue-All. 
3.  Cut out TONS of leaves
4. Cut out tons of petals 1 1/2" to 2"  by 1 1/2" wide (about 12 per rose)
5. Curl the edges of the petals as shown with one edge of your scissor.
6. Hot glue the petals (with the curled side facing outward) to the book page straw.
 7. Continue adding petals all the way around until you've created your flower.

 8. Curl the edges of your leaves and glut around the pool noodle with hot glue.  This will take some time so sit back and watch a movie while you're at it!
* Leave an empty space at the bottom for your flowers.  I glued the flowers where the ends of the pool noodle met just in case the wreath base wasn't a perfect circle.
9.  Glue your flowers to the base of your wreath and lightly dust with gold spray paint.   I made a cascade of vines and smaller flowers to hang down from the bottom center.
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35 comments:

  1. Love the gold paint as the finishing touch. What a cute idea for someone who is a big reader!

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  2. LOVE the tutorial on the roses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You rock :)

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  3. Such ingenious projects! I have every one of your books and love flipping through them for crafty inspiration. Shannon - Craftandbake AT gmail.com

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  4. Great projects! I have every one of your books and love flipping through them for crafty inspiration. - Shannon craftandbake AT gmail.com

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  5. Wauw stunning work love it!
    byebye,Lean

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  6. I love this idea! I think I will try it in sheet music. thank you for the step by step in this and thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. I love this! I think I will try it on sheet music. Thank you for the step by stem on this and thank you for the inspiration! ;)

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  8. love both projects - great tutorial!!!

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  9. Love this wreath and I am so going to make one or maybe two. . .

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  10. I love using book pages,in fact I am using them right now!! Your wreath is a real beauty and a work of art!! I love it!!
    Gen Voss

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  11. Mark i LOVE that freaking wreath!!! i so love paper crafting, even though my niche is jewelry, thanks for all the inspiration!!

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  12. I wrote this great comment and it just up and disappeared! Anyway - i freaking LOVE this wreath, and i love all the papercrafting inspirations you give me! My niche is jewelry, but i really really enjoy doing paper craft, decoupage, etc. And im a big bookworm, this wreath is perfection to me!

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  13. I always love to see old books made into something beautiful..I love to use them too! :o) Thanks for the ispiration!

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  14. OK, I saw this and though,"I could never do that", then you broke it down into such easy steps and how tos, and a pool noodle - who would have ever thought...

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  15. So amazing! That wreath turned out gorgeous! Hmmmm, I have a couple of old books laying around right now just screaming for a project! Warm up the glue gun!

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  16. WOW! I am not a big 'wreath lover' either, Mark; but this is STUNNING! I tend to reserve my "books close to tossing" for collage work -- you have *once again* given me reason to reexamine how I use the things that I love. SUPER post -- thanks MUCH!

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  17. I love what you both have done! You really went all out! Great job!

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  18. Oh, I'm in love with this wreath! I've been wanting to make one for my door. And the votive candles are adorable! I can't bear to throw away jars or the clear glass candle holders from my used candles. So I wash them and using Mod-Podge and tissue paper I create new votive candle holders. And if I want to get rustic I use old baling wire to make hangers and I put the little electric candles in them and hang them from tree branches for a party.

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  19. Thanks for the morning inspiration!

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  20. I like both projects even though i don't really like wreaths either. i do have a friend who loves wreaths and that would be a good gift idea!

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  21. I've been wanting to do paper crafts with some old magazines i picked up super cheap at thrift store last year, this is perfect!

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  22. Once again you have decided my day's plan for me! Thanks!!

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  23. Stunning-I have to give this a try.Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  24. You make me blush and I adore having you as a friend.

    Your wreath is honestly stellar and gorg. Thank you for always playing along with me - I can't wait to see what we do next!

    Hugs!!!!

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  25. great idea for a guy who hates wreaths, and now there is another idea of what to do with those pool noodles!

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  26. well magoo, you've done it again!

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  27. Well Mark, that wreath is amazing. Using an old pool noodle is a wonderful idea. I wonder if it would work with the wine corks I have done on the vine type of wreaths, they are hard to work with. Hmm will have to give this a try.

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  28. This wreath is beyond amazing!!!! Who wouldn't love to have one of those on their door?!

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  29. WOW! Your Wreath is amazing!!!

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  30. Oh my Gosh!!! I love the wreath and who would of thought-----a pool noodle! Gotta try this one :)

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  31. Mark, I just love your wreath, what an awesome job.

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  32. I'm so glad I popped over to get a better look at the details ! All that hand cutting and rolling ! It is truly beautiful ! Could even give it a little color with a light spritz to make it match the season/holiday - without covering up the text print ! Love it!

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  33. Gorgeous!! Loving it, and what a great re-purpose for old books/magazines etc. Fantastico!!!

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