I think it’s officially spring wreath making time. Rather than go with the typical floral creation, I’m opting for something a little different. I’ve seen crafts on Pinterest using a color wash effect on book pages, which I really like. You get to keep the look of book pages but add a splash of muted color at the same time. So today I’m sharing how to make a color washed book page wreath.
Although I made this wreath for spring, you could really use it any time of the year.
Color washing the book pages to make the leaves was really easy to do.
You can find old books or paperbacks at the thrift store.
I like the ones that have an aged tint to them even though they’re not old.
To color wash the pages, use watercolor paints. I used a blue-green color. Using long strokes, brush the paint onto the book pages. I wasn’t too concerned about uneven paint on the page because it adds to the dimension of the wreath.
After one side dries, flip the pages over and paint the other side.
The watercolor paint dries fairly quickly.
Now it’s time to cut out your leaves. I cut small rectangles and then cut the leaves. I cut the first leaf freehand and then used that as the pattern for the rest of the leaves.
Hot glue the base of the leaves onto the Styrofoam wreath, overlapping them as needed to hide the wreath form.
Tie a ribbon around the top if desired, and hang your wreath.
Hubby says it looks like a laurel wreath. I suppose it does.
For just a couple dollars, I have a pretty color wash book page wreath!
Color washing is a great way to add color to any book page craft.
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