Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Valentine Book Wreath
I made a book wreath for Christmas and it was my favorite decoration of the season.
I loved it so much, that I refused to take it down.
I mean, books aren't seasonal, right? Reading is a year-round hobby...so maybe a book wreath could be a year-round lovely!
Except I knew it was really a Christmas wreath. It was starting to make me feel a little Crazy Christmas Lady.
And I may be crazy, but I'm no Christmas Lady.
Late Sunday night, inspiration struck. I envisioned a new kind of book wreath that could safely carry me through another month.
So, I pulled another dusty paperback off the shelf and set to work.
Then I cut some pages length-wise and wrapped the strips around my Styrofoam wreath, hot-gluing them into place on the back side.
I folded the hearts in half, for added dimension and texture, then I started hot gluing them individually around the outside perimeter of the wreath. I was careful to mix up the direction of the hearts and to overlap them occasionally.
After the entire outside edge was covered, I glued a layer directly beneath that, then one more beneath that.
I then went back and filled in any sparse areas and added some extra dimension where it was needed.
A yard of bright red grosgrain ribbon won the audition for "hanger". It beat out a wide burlap band edged in red, as well as a hot pink ribbon top-stitched with white.
The red proved to be the perfect foil for the black and white. He was the clear underdog, since I'm somewhat adverse to red.
We celebrated with a late-night, shadowy photo-shoot, because we were much too excited to wait for adequate light.
A seasonal book wreath adorns my door once again. All is right in the world....until March.
*I'm linking this post to DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land, Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch and Craftaholics Anonymous.