Number one on your list for Santa: an iPad, a Kindle, or maybe a Nook? Whatever tablet device is on your wish list, what will you do with all the clunky books that are soon to just be dust collectors on the shelf? Here’s a project that will put your favorite book to good use after you’ve downloaded it onto that future slim tablet. This simple step by step tutorial shows you how to make a unique holiday wreath that can be showcased year round.
-12 x 12” square cardboard
-hot glue gun
- Start by taking your 12 x 12” square of cardboard and draw a vertical and horizontal line down the middle of the square. Draw lines across the diagonals of the square as well breaking the circle into 8 sections. Draw a circle to connect all the lines as an outline.
- Cut out a 3” diameter circle with an exacto knife. This will serve as a base.
- Cut the pages out of your book close to the binding with your exacto knife. If you don’t want to use a book you already have, check your local dollar store for a thick hard cover!
- Roll each individual page into your cone shapes taping the end with a small piece of scotch tape to hold the shape. You are going to need a lot of cones so I recommend making a good amount to start off with.
- Using a dab of hot glue, glue the points of eight cones to the eight points of the circle.
- In each section, glue 3 more cones onto the base closer to the center hole of the base. Repeat around the entire base. This will complete your outermost layer of the wreath.
- You can now move onto the second layer of the wreath. Draw a circle around the hole of your base to serve as the outline for your second layer. Glue cones around the outline you have just created. Repeat around entire circle.
- The last layer will be your final layer. In order to make a clean center, fold about an 1 ½” of your cone through the hole of the base and to the back and glue. You will also need to glue a small dot of the open end of the cone to the previous layer for structure stability. Repeat around the whole circle.
In just eight easy steps you have created a beautiful holiday wreath! This can also be used as decoration year-round as a floral structure.
Enjoy! Happy Recycling!