I was in a crafty mood the other day and completed two cute projects. They were really simple and therapeutic for me.... I dunno, when I get stressed or something, I either want to craft or each chocolate. I figure the craft is better for everyone.
I have seen lots of cute book pages crafts all over Pinterest and since I had glue for my glue gun, old books from college in the basement, and cereal boxes to use (my favorite base for lots of crafts), I was good to go.
I started with the cereal box. I cut it open and then into a square. Then I cut a small square in the center so that it could hang (later) on a nail.
Then, while watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with my kiddos I started tearing out book pages and rolling them up. (Side note- I watched this movie tons of times as a kid. As proof, I can sing you the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Anyways, I rolled my paper so that it makes a cylinder shape. Then I taped it with a small piece of tape (near the back so it won't show later) and tossed it in the pile on the rug. I did this until I had probably 50 pieces. (Note: while rolling and taping, I tried to make some paper more tightly rolled and some looser; I knew I wanted smaller paper on top and bigger rolls in the back.)
Then I started gluing them onto my cereal box cardboard square. I started by gluing them symmetrically-- meaning, I glued one facing up on the top, one pointing right, one pointing left, one pointing down (like a compass, sort of). Then I divided the space in half and glued another rolled page there, and so on and so forth.
When the first layer was done, I then started gluing rolled pages that were a bit shorter and more tightly rolled on top of the first layer, staggering between the spaces to fill in any holes. I did an entire layer of these shorter and more tightly rolled papers.
Then I took even more tightly rolled paper and cut them with scissors to make them shorter and did another layer on top of the second layer. Again, I staggered them with the first two layers and tried to fill in empty spots.
When my wreath was done, the middle was a big ugly mess of hot glue and paper, so I made this little circle of book pages for the center. I took some paper and folded it back and forth, like you do a fan. I made 4 of these and glued them together to make a circle.
Finally I took some twine and hot glued that into a circle, twisting it around and gluing it on the back, and then glued it to the center of the wreath.
I think it turned out pretty nice! And, considering it was accomplished using materials I had and during the length of the baby's nap, it was a very easy and relaxing craft for me!
I decided to move it to a different spot in the kitchen. I think I like it better here.
Stay tuned until tomorrow when I share the second craft I made using the leftover book pages from the book I massacred (as seen in the picture on the left side). As my girlfriend texted me, "Meghan, step awaaaaaaaaaay from the books." Hahaha!