Monday, December 07, 2009

christmas countdown: phonebook wreath redux

Last year I wrote up a recycled wreath tutorial on scrumdilly-do using a cereal box, paint and a couple of pages from an old phone book. Here's a "grown-up" version that'll dazzle you to smiles...I hope!


You will need:
*white paint
*white/frosty glitter
*scissors
*1-3 pages from an old phonebook
*white glue
*cardboard (cereal box)
*large bowl & smaller bowl (these will be your templates)
*pen or pencil
*paperclip, picture hanger or pop tab from a beverage can
*exacto knife (optional)

The first thing you will need to do is paint up a couple of pages of your phone book. I'm using white but it goes without saying that you can use any color you wish. Sprinkle a happy dose of glitter onto your wet pages and set aside to dry.Grab a semi-large piece of cardboard, poster board or a large cereal box and flatten it out if it hasn't been flattened yet. This will be the base of your wreath. Get your bowl and trace around the outside edge to create your template. Next, center your smaller bowl and trace.Cut out large circle and cut out the smaller circle inside. Ta-da! You have a wreath...or a very large and skinny donut, you decide.Paint your wreath template white and set aside to dry. This is just in case you poop out on filling in your wreath and little bits peek through. You can skip this is you feel a glue frenzy coming on.Cut your now dry painted phonebook pages into smallish squares about 2" (5cm) square.Cover your template in glue and get ready to channel your inner arty child. Take a square and crumple it just a bit around the eraser end of a pencil and plop it onto your frame. Continue until your wreath is as full as you imagined.Add any other embellishments you would like such as a bow, pinecone or what have you, hang and admire. Get the wreath making bug and make a rainbow of them spreading even more glitter throughout your home. I would love to see your take on this project. Will you keep me posted?

3 comments:

  1. wow! what a great use for an otherwise useless item :) Thanks!

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  2. Very cute. Maybe I'll get my girls to help and we can make a different coloured one for each bedroom door.
    Great idea - I love free crafts.

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  3. I will keep you posted! I'm pining for one in hot pink glitter. But now that you mention it, a *rainbow* of them would be swell...
    You are so wonderful, Jek. Thanks for all the love and fun you add to the world, each and every day.
    xoxox.

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