1 x Sheet of 50mm thick Corflute (available at Office Supply Stores)
1 x 50cm piece of string
1 x Old Book
A Stanley Knife
Double Sided Poster Tape (optional)
Decide how large you would like your wreath. Keep in mind that the wreath will end up being around 8-10cm wider when finished. Our wreath was cut at 45cm Diameter.
When you know the size you want, tie your piece of string to your pencil. Find the centre of the corflute and measure the size you need from the pencil to the end of the string.
Hold the string in the centre at your desired diameter in the centre with your finger, and draw/move the pencil around the edge, creating a circle as you do so.
Leave a gap of about 10cm, then repeat this step to create your inner circle.
Carefully cut your wreath shape out of the corflute with a stanley knife. Puncture two holes of the corflute on the wreath at the top, and cut a piece of string of about 20cm, then thread your string through the holes to create your hanger.
Open your old book and start carefully pulling the pages out from the spine, so you have several individual pages.
Fold each page of the book into thirds, lengthways, to form a zig zag fold.
It’s a good idea to fold several pages, so you can get sticking easily with lots of pages ready.
Begin sticking your folded book leaves to your wreath base with an overlap of the edge of about 5cm. Slightly fold the bottom of each book leaf under so it sits up a little.
Use as much sticky tape as you need, you won’t see it at the end.
Continue to add book leaves on top of each other – spaced about 5cm, and overlapping, around the entire wreath.
When you have completed the first layer, continue to add your folded book leaves on a second level (picture 4), making sure there is a 2-3cm gap between the edge of the first layer, and the edge your next layer, but also a 1-2cm gap between where you are sticking the leaves and the inner edge of the wreath (to leave room for a 3rd layer) picture 5).
When you have completed your second layer, begin adding book leaves for a third layer (picture 6).
However, this time, fold the bottom of the folded leaf under the inside wreath edge, and stick at the back, giving the wreath a nice finish, and covering up your ‘mechanics’ (picture 7).
Again, use as much sticky tape as you need to, especially on the back, as it’s clear and won’t be seen.
When you have added book leaves all the way around your wreath, and made sure the inner edge has a nice clean finish, place & tape the last leave under the first book leaf, to create a seamless fan effect.
Decorate your wreath with Paper decorations such as stars or holly and attach with double sided poster tape if desired, or just use sticky tape folded onto itself.
Or feel free to download the Vintage Christmas Papers used on our Wreath in the colours of Aqua, Red, Kraft Brown & White: