Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wreath from Dictionary pages. And patience.

Lots and lots of patience.
 I would like to extend kudos to all of the talented people out there who have created wreaths.  You made it look completely effortless, and you inspired me to tackle my own wreath.


 Thanks goodness this project is over! I am very happy with the results, but man did it take a while for my idea to take shape.


I started with this wire wreath form. I knew I wanted to use pages from this dictionary.


 First I covered it in newsprint as a base to work on.

Nope. Not so much.


Then, I ripped the newsprint off, and wrapped it in muslin. Nope.  
Not feeling it.


Apparently, old dictionary pages are delicious.

I unwrapped the muslin, and walked away from the whole thing. I started to consider the original structure. I took my un-chewed pages and started folding them into fans. I laced them through the wire all the way around the wreath. 

Hey...I missed those.

I went back around to add more to give it some volume.


When I was happy with the fullness of the wreath, I added some decorative trim on top of the green wire.


I am so thrilled with how it came out.  I am doubly thrilled that I can move on to another project!  
What do you think?

 

24 comments:

  1. Nom nom nom. Glad you were able to rescue the dictionary pages because this turned out fabulous! I have had those projects where you know what you want the end result to be but it's heck getting there. This is SUPER!

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  2. Love it just love it. I wanted to do something like this Thanks for the post!!!

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  3. Your wreath is just gorgeous, Christine! I've seen lots of book page wreathes, but never any created from fans. What a terrific idea!!!

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  4. So clever...I love it that you shared what worked and what didn't. And what you did really worked ...it is just fabulous!
    Have a great Labor Day weekend.
    Bobbie

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  5. I just adore your dictionary wreath. Such a pretty and clever idea!

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  6. Such a great Idea, Glad you stuck with It!!

    www.lifewelive4.blogspot.com

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  7. I love that. I would have never thought to use something like that. So creative!

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  8. Very creative! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Great job! I hate when projects seem to go on and on...but I love beautiful results! Saw you over at The shabby Nest.

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  10. How creative! Your efforts were worth it! I have only ever made one wreath but it was much different from yours. Yours is amazing & I wish it was mine :) LOL

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  11. This turned out great! Worth all the patience it took!

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  12. Saw you at i heart naptime! I LOVE IT! You did an amazing job and patience sure paid off!

    xoxo, Mallory

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  13. I love it ... I really like the wire frame you used. It gives it a neat appearance. And I like that you used dictionary pages ... so fun!

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  14. Inspirational! I always walk away when I don't feel good about a project - I loved to hear that it works for you too! Your wreath is stunning!

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  15. Forgot to mention that I pinned it!

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  16. Just wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my link party wrap up!

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  17. Very cool project. I love crafts with old books and dictionary pages.

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking



    A Mother Seeking...






    This week, "When Life Hands You Lemons..."

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  18. Is that a Cairn Terrier? I have a cairn terrier and her name is Audrey. She is my baby girl. I love this and hope to try it out myself. Definitely pinning this! Awesome Job!

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  19. I have made my own book wreath, so I know the kind of time commitment it takes. But you did an awesome job on this! I love the whole look of how you did it! I would love to have you share this @ Show & Share--
    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/09/show-share-4.html

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  20. What a beautiful wreath! It is by far my favorite out of ALL the ones I've seen on the internet. I am thinking of making one using photocopies of love letters from my husband during each of his deployments. Thanks for the incredible inspiration!

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  21. This is just amazing Christine!! Love it, great job girl!!
    Cyndy

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  22. Christine, your wreath turned out beautifully. Despite the false starts, your end result is a new take on the classic book wreath. I love how you tackled the project and made it your own. The trim is the perfect complement to the fanned pages.

    Jenn

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  23. Very cute! How did you attach the pages on the front to cover the frame?

    Dana @ Craftedniche.wordpress.com

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  24. This is a gorgeous wreath! And it makes me want to make one of my own! Thank you for sharing. I am your newest follower!

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