Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fall Book Page Wreath & Some Pumpkin Ideas


Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s been a whole week since I last posted!!! Time flies when you’re busy. I’ll try to do an update post this weekend on what’s happening behind the scenes as they say :) 
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Anyway, would you like to see the fall book page wreath I made?

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Book page wreaths have been around for quite some time and I’ve been wanting to make one. So I made one last night to relax and just work on something for fun for a change.

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I also made a little pumpkin display using mostly pumpkins that I did years ago. I added some silver pumpkins this year which I just painted with an inexpensive bottle of silver metallic craft paint. The crown is a stick on decal. The design on the large white pumpkin is from a rub-on. 
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I bought two of these gingham fabric pumpkins at Target’s Dollar Spot (these are actually $2.50 each). I took off the raffia and changed the ribbon.
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Again, some silver metallic craft paint (splattered these with a bit of black to make them look a bit more like aged mercury glass) another crown decal and more rub-ons.
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All the pumpkins.
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The wreath too.

I didn’t take photos of all the steps for making a book page wreath since there are already lots of tutorials available on how to make one. But to get you started, this is what I did:
Step1
I used a plate to draw a circle on some foam core (I got mine from my daughter who’s an art student but you can get it at Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s, Hobby Lobby etc). You could also use poster board or even a cereal box or cardboard. It’s going to be covered so it doesn’t really matter.
step 2
I then used a utility knife to cut it out. I tore out some pages from an old paperback that I had (that I never finished reading because I didn’t like it – but you can find one at a thriftstore or garage sale). I folded the pages in a sort of loose accordian fashion and stapled the ends.
step3
As you can see I drew another circle inside my form and I hot glued the folded pages around that circle and then continued with another circle inside that one and then another one inside that. Staggering the folded pages until the form was covered with pages.

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In the center I hot glued a flat coffee filter and in the center of that I glued a pinecone (a pumpkin would be cute too) and surrounded it with coffee filter rosettes. I hot glued some faux falls leaves in various places and some ribbon on the back so I could hang it.

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It’s really an easy project and cost me nothing since I had everything required already. It was a fun project for me. The center had me stumped and I tried various things until I decided on the pinecone with the rosettes.

Thanks so much for sticking with me during this busy season I'm in. I only give myself 30 min. in the morning to visit blogs so if you haven't heard from me in a while - that's why. Well...back to stripping wallpaper (oh fun)!

Thanks for dropping by!

72 comments:

Ally's Corner said...

Always love what you do. I haven't done anything for fall yet and not sure I will. So busy with other stuff.
Have a great day!!

Kathleen said...

Love Love Love this post!

Richella said...

So cute, Manuela! i just love all your black and white pumpkins, and they look great with your book page wreath. Well done. I love the fact that you made that wreath to relax. That goes to show that you're really good at crafting things!

Hope the work on the house is going well. Thanks for letting us know what you're up to! :)

Jo said...

I love your wreath ~ such a clever idea!

Jo

Nadine said...

Beautiful & Creative!!!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Connie said...

That is quite adorable and I plan on making one, sugar. I have no idea where I'll put it in this house because we downsized 5 years ago from 5,000 s.f. to 1800 s.f. and I ran out of room just after moving in! Squeeeeal!!!

Anyway, I read your "About me" page and know exactly what you're going through physically. I did a flip, accidentally, and damaged my ham string and adductors and abductors in the groin area. Why was an old lady doing a flip?! I didn't mean to but a cable got in my way and over I went. Hubby, of course, laughed just after I asked him if anyone saw it. "Only the guy in the car next to us" was his reply. I wanted to knee-cap him also.

Anyway, love the wreath. I'm in physical therapy 3x a week for 4 weeks so I know your agony, chickee. Whining.....

xoxo,
Connie

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

If I had half your decorating talent, I'd feel like a queen! You always have the best ideas, the best crafts, and real projects that look soooooo goood.

Lee Laurie said...

I love your book wreath. But your pumpkins are my favorites. I really love the way that you decorate. I love all the warm colors. Happy fall!!!

Hugs,Lee Laurie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love the wreath, Manuela! I think I have everything on hand to make one, too, and maybe I'll give that a try. Love your pumpkins. I did a few white ones last year with some stencils and crown stickers, too. Such an easy and quick project. Nice idea with the silver ~ I wouldn't have thought to do that color, but it does work with that mercury glass look that is so popular {and still will be this holiday season according to the sneak peeks Pottery Barn sent me}.

It's hard work getting your house ready to go on the market! It's amazing some of the maintenance items you have to take care of.

Donna said...

I love your wreath, Manuela! So pretty.

Hugs,
Donna

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I just love the whole vignette. Great artistic pumpkins and the wreath is great.

Kay said...

I LOVE that wreath and being a book-freak, I need to make it! And that rosette.... I thought it would be difficult. Coffee filters?! Be still my Muse! We can do this! (I have pinecones out in yard.) I have silk leave... corn husks... ohmy...
thanks dear for the awesome post/idea/muse-fodder!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Love that wreath...I have wanted to try one. As usual, you have inspired me.
Penny

shannon i olson said...

very pretty! I haven't done much in the line of crafts lately...maybe this would be fun.

Anita said...

I like your wreath..I've never seen one like it before.

Donna said...

Love the wreath! You are so creative!
I purchased the coffee filters to make the wreath you made in another post. I hope eventually I will make one!
Hugs,
Donna

Mrs.Rabe said...

Great ideas!

I love what you did with the pumpkins in silver to look like mercury glass,etc...

Tammy G said...

So creative--thanks!

Tardevil said...

Looks great...all of it!!!

Julie Harward said...

That is the cutest wreath and I love the pumpkins too...I can see that you have had a busy week...Happy Fall to you! :D

Linda said...

I love your decorations, Manuela! And thanks for the wreath tutorial!

Rose H (UK) said...

Wow stunning! Thank you for the tutorial Manuela :o)

KATHY said...

I think the wreath looks fantastic! I love all your pumpkins with the decals....KATHY

Debbie said...

I love that wreath!!! I am so interested in copying that. I also love the look of the black, white, and silver pumpkinn display. I tell ya... your stuff is just a treat for me to see. Fantastic!

Lallee said...

I love this wreath more than any I've seen. I especially like how you folded the pages instead of making the cone shape. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Kristi said...

Oh I just LOVE this wreath and thanks for showing us how you made it!!!
And I know EXACTLY how you feel with getting things ready!!! I'm making a list of rooms that need touching up so I can get it done one by one without overwhelming myself!!!!
xoxo

Theresa said...

Oh Manuela, that wreath is GORGEOUS and looks like something even "little ole me" can do:)

Gotta try making a wreath and I love your pumpkin display!

Enjoy your day with the wallpaper... NOT, been there and it isn't fun!

HUGS

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I love this wreath and thanks so much for showing us how you did it. I was wondering if that center flower was made out of coffee filters. Love this!

Shilo said...

So pretty, I'm dying to give this a try! :) I finally posted pics of my house this weekend, if you have time to sneak a peak! :)
Have a great rest of your week and great job on all you are accomplishing behind the scenes! :)
Shilo

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Manuela, This is a project I will certainly do! Beautiful!
I just made some pumpkins with decals... they are so much fun aren't they?
Yvonne

Kathy said...

I love the whole vingette-So glad you posted and let us know what you were up to-Your dtg must have got her creative talent from her mama:-)

Darlene said...

As always another adorable project!! It all looks wonderful and very Fall-ish!!!♥

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love those pumpkins. I thought about doing some more this year, but like everything else, I have not got around it yet.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Your wreath is amazing. Also I love those pumpkins.

Storybook Woods said...

Akkk, gorgeous I have to make one. You are the bomb xoxo Clarice

Wendy Kidd said...

I love this entire display, and will be bookmarking your site.

I definitely want to make this wreath, and the pumpkins too. Where did you find the crown decal?

Bella said...

I have never seen that type of wreath, but I absolutely love it! What a wonderful idea. I am going to try to make one for fall. Thanks for sharing. And good luck with everything on the house. :)

Marie said...

Love your paper wreath! It is so neat. I also loved the pumpkins.
Have a great Fall!
Love,
Marie

Leann said...

Hello My Sweet Friend

That's what I love about you, even in your busiest of times, you are thinking about us - you friends. I love the silver with the splatter to look like mercury glass - awesome!!!

Gotta run, I'm on lunch break!
Leann

Mindy said...

love those gorgeous pumpkins!! great post and pics!

Anonymous said...

I have bookmarked many projects that I want to do someday, but this one has enraptured me enough to want to do it THIS weekend. Thank you!
::Nicole W.

Michelle Hoad said...

I love the leaves tucked in the wreath.

Atelier de Charo said...

A fantastic wreath!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh I just love this Manuela!
Your wreath is so pretty and so is your pumpkin display!
Love your creativity!
Cindy

Sandy J said...

Awesome! Absolutely Awesome! I remember my mom had a wreath made out of old computer punch cards or something. Not sure what they were but they were punched with a bunch of tiny holes. This project brings back that memory to me and I love the idea of the coffee filter - brilliant.

I have to run home and do this.

Janet said...

I love the wreath Manuela, the coffee filter rosette and the pine cone "make" it!

Linda said...

I love the wreath, also the pumpkins. I think I'm going to wait a while to put out my pumpkins. The groc. store has the pumpkins now so it really feels like fall.

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

Book page wreaths are AWESOME.... THIS one however is the BEST, most BEAUTIFUL... ooops I just drooled on my keyboard!

Merrie said...

It's a really pretty look. The book wreath looks so nice with the b/w pumkins.

Annie's Online Store said...

i think you have done a fabulous job by decorating your home this way, wreath is wonderful and so are the pumpkins, lovely ideas and great results - buying these accesories is such fun but making them yourself does you proud

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Very cute! I love your whole display. Those wreaths are really pretty, yours turned out great. I'm finally getting a little Fall up next week. I'm SO slow this time of year!

Dama das Camélias said...

I love it!!! So great, i will make one for Christmas.

Kiss kiss

Brenda Kula said...

Oh, you're good at this stuff! I've been thinking about you the past week, wondering how the preparing-for-moving is going. I've got to head to Target. Love gingham anything!
Brenda

Recycled Rita said...

That book wreath looks like a big bookie chrysanthimum! It is really pretty! And I love all your pumpkins! karen....

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

You outdo yourself every time Manuela!!! The wreath AND the pumpkins are soooo cute!!! (Actually...everything is so pretty and charmingly autumn...uniquely Manuela.) You make them look surprisingly easy too!
Love,
Tracey
x0x

Miss Janice said...

I love the wreath. I saw those gingham pumpkins at Target and started to buy them. Only you could take them and make them so ultra chic! All your pumpkins are the best ever!

Mimi Sue said...

Love all your pretty pumpkins and ADORE that wreath. Good job, Manuela! Mimi

This Old Country House said...

I love your style! Just found your blog & am overwhelmed with craftiness, you are so talented. Keep up the great work & I look forward to seeing more:)
~Ilsa

Dolly said...

I love it!
Thank you for the tutorial.
I think I need one for my dinning room! :-)

Hugz, Dolly

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

Manuela, I linked back to you in my latest post, fall mantel,and wanted to thank you for the wonderful inspiration.

Gumbo Lily said...

I really like the paper wreath. I think I'll fiddle with that tonight. Thank you for more homey inspiration!

Jody

Melissa Miller said...

It's all so cute Manuela! :)

bj said...

Everything looks amazing. I love your black and white, stacked pumpkins. I don't think our Target has these or at least, I haven't seen them. So cute.

sheila from life @ #17 said...

great wreath :)

Jenni said...

Hi Manuela~

I wanted to stop by and say hello! I didn't know you were selling your home! I hope getting it ready to sell is going well! :)

I love the fall touches you added to the book wreath! And all of your pumpkins are amazing! I didn't see those adorable gingham pumpkins last time I was there...must check on that again! :)

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Blessings,
Jenni
{Beautiful Nest}

Mona Kay at Home said...

Oh my gosh, I don't know which I love more, the pumpkins or the wreath!!! I have been looking for a wreath for weeks, & they're all the same, boring thing...I'm so excited to make yours!!!

Thanks for sharing!

Melanie said...

Those pumpkins are great - I would've never thought to use rub-ons on white pumpkins. So creative and eye-catching!

Kim said...

I don't know how you do it, Manuela, you can do something that's been done numerous times and make it so unique and yours that it's like seeing it new all over again. It's a gift, my friend.

Rhondi said...

Hi Manuela
You are amazing! In the midst of all the work you have to get your home ready to sell, you still find time to do new projects!
I love the wreath and the pumpkins!
Hugs, Rhondi

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

how pretty! i am going to have to mosey over to target!

thank you for sharing how to make the wreath. i sure could use a fun project! where do you learn how to make the coffee filter rosettes?

i am having a giveaway that you may like.... a burlap runner!

xo
becky

Gmama said...

Fun, Fabulous Finding your Blog!!! Some people just have natural crafting & decorating talent and you got it girlfriend!!! I'm new to Bloggy land and have decided to "Follow" you in all your crafting endeavors. Home is where my heart is and at age 57 & retired from 30+ yrs of teaching, I finally get to stay home!!
Gmama Jane

Visit me at www.grandmamasstories.blogspot.com

Diane said...

that is just insanely beautiful! I'm going to attempt it this week sometime. THank you for the tutorial!