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Easy DIY Book Wreath with a Custom Sign

Learn how to create an easy DIY book wreath with old book pages and a little tape! I’ve also decorated it with a custom sign in the middle.

Since I’ve taken down our Christmas decor, our front entryway just seemed bare. Sometimes, that’s a really good feeling, like when you’re decluttering and you feel like you’ve simplified. This space, however, just seemed like it was missing something. I took down our Christmas wreath off of the old chippy door and it just didn’t look right without anything. I did not want to spend any money, so I had to create something with materials I already had.  I thought about adding a sign, but I wanted something a little different. That’s when I decided I would create an easy DIY book wreath with a custom sign I created years ago.

DIY Book page wreath

I love creating decor pieces out of unusual objects (obviously). When I first decided on this project I thought I would make a full book page wreath. I found a really great tutorial from Pinterest, but as I started to create my own, I decided I would do things a little differently.

How to make a book page wreath

First I needed a base for the book page wreath.

What did I have on hand that I could use to create a base?

I had old boxes, and I did have a pizza box I was about to throw away. I figured the pizza box would work the best (it was the top of the box so it was in good condition, errr, not too much grease). 

Pictured above is the book I chose (a vintage copy of Passion Flowers) and the top of the pizza box I would use as the base.

After gathering the box and the book,  I needed to decide how big I wanted the book wreath. Keep in mind that the base is going to be the smallest part of the book wreath because the book pages will span out of it. What I’m saying is that you don’t have to have a big circle base.

Let’s start with materials:

  • a box (or pizza box) to use as the base of the wreath
  • pen
  • hot glue
  • hot glue gun
  • book
  • pot lids
  • a picture frame hanger
  • clothes pins
  • a sign of your choice
pizza box used for book wreath base

You can see below that I used a pot lid to create the outline for the outer part of the circle, and then a smaller lid for the inside of it. 

Don’t mind a little grease spot because it will be cut out.

base for book page wreath
tracing outline for book page wreath

Here are some measurements just in case you’re wondering how big I created my book wreath base.

book page wreath base

The actual width of the circle is about 1.25 inches.  The total width of the entire base is about 9 inches. Now it’s time to cut!

book page wreath base cut out

The next step is the most time consuming part; rolling the book pages into fans. I’m going to try to explain this through pictures.

How to roll book pages into fans for a book page wreath

Start by rolling the page at the corner and create a cone or fan this is wider at the top

Tape the corner well to make sure it won’t unroll

After the glue is dry, turn it back over and start to tape the book page fans or cones around the base

First layer is done!

Now add shorter and wider cones in between the first layer to give it dimension.

Next turn the base over and add a picture hanger. I hot glued mine.

At this point in the DIY book wreath project is when I decided to add a sign in the middle.

I had an old custom thankful sign I created years back that I thought would fit well.

In order to secure the sign to the book page wreath, I needed something substantial to glue it on. Here’s what I did next;

  • Gather clothes pins and pin them in a circle around the base
  • Add hot glue on the clothes pins and place your sign carefully on the top and hold the sign steady until the glue is dry
  • Next, turn the book page wreath over and hot glue around the clothes pins to make sure everything is secure

DIY book page wreath

DIY Book Page Wreath
DIY Book Page Wreath
DIY Book Page Wreath
DIY Book Page Wreath

I’m hoping this little tutorial was easy and helpful for anyone wanting to create this easy DIY book page wreath with a custom sign. I think it looks great as an entryway piece and my space doesn’t feel bare anymore.

book page wreath

If you enjoyed this post and found it useful, I would love for you to pin this to Pinterest.

As always, thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ve been inspired to repurpose or up cycle something of your own! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop a comment below.

Lindsey**

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  1. Now that is a pretty darned cool idea! We may try that! Thanks! #familyfunlinky xoxo

  2. What a great idea! Not sure my nan would forgive me for doing this to a book!!! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  3. Thank you for your sweet words Mackenzie!

  4. I always admire people who make beautiful things and can craft, I am so terrible at it. Luckily my children take more after their dad and are very arty and can craft beautifully. This looks so beautiful #SharingtheBlogLove

  5. Ingenious use of a pizza box! I agree, I love a wreath on the door, and it’s a shame to only have them at Christmas. This is so creative, perfect for a book lover! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  6. For some reason none of the photos in the post are loading for me. I can see the pictures at the bottom of the post though, and it looks gorgeous. Lovely tutorial, really clever way to keep old books relevant. Thanks for linking up with us this week. #bigpinklink

  7. This looks really good, love it! #SharingtheBlogLove

  8. Thank you Michelle!

  9. Nige says:

    How beautiful love it very clever idea Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  10. I love recycled book projects and this one has to be one of my favorites Lindsey. Your wreath looks simply stunning

  11. Thank you Kathleen!

  12. Very cute! I’ve seen book wreaths for a while now, but love it on that rustic door. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  13. Such a gorgeous craft! #thatfridaylinky

  14. Rhonda says:

    Love this idea. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

  15. Oh, I remember you working on this on one of your instagram posts. Oh it is so cute all finished up. I love the thankful sign you put on the wreath! So cute. Thank you for the tutorial. pinned:)

  16. So glad you like it! Yes, keep those old books.

  17. I rarely click on this type of post but your beautiful wreath caught my eye, I have a pile of books I’m planning to donate to charity but I’m now thinking one or two of them may be upcycled. Thanks for sharing #BrilliantBlogPosts

  18. Teresa says:

    I love it, it looks so pretty! Thank you for sharing the detailed tutorial at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

  19. Tracey Abrahams says:

    That looks very impressive and would brighten up any room. I would find it hard to tear pages out of any book though ????
    #familyfunlinky

  20. Jann Olson says:

    I have made a few of these and they are really fun! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  21. wow – loved it. pinned it and will be trying it. thanks for the great tutorial.

  22. Stefanie says:

    That is so pretty! Thanks for linking up with us today and thank you for sharing the tutorial!

  23. What a brilliant tutorial. I’m an avid Pinterest user and i have seen wreaths like this in the past when looking for ideas with old magazines. I don’t have a suitable wall now though!! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  24. I’m so glad you like it!

  25. susan says:

    Visiting from the Tuesdays with a Twist linkup – this caught my eye and is really very striking. It looks like you’d find this with a very pricey tag on it in a decorator shop.

  26. Susan Mann says:

    This is wonderful. Something I must give a go. I love making book trees, but these are a little different.. Thanks for sharing x #familyfunlinky

  27. Cute! Looks great against your old door. Visiting from Busy Bee party.

  28. I love this, I think I will be doing one of these myself #FamilyFunLinky

  29. How clever – such a wonderful idea. As a book lover I would love this! x #fakeittilyoumakeit

  30. I love the idea of book art.

  31. I have always loved book page wreaths. After seeing yours I am inspired to give it a try.

  32. Carol says:

    Looks great and would fit in any style room. Pinned and shared.