Google+ House Revivals: A Simple Vintage Wreath

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Simple Vintage Wreath

Remember the magnolia wreath made from vintage book pages?  I loved the simple shape and the decoupaged back of the wreath so much that I made another!

Only this time, simplicity of form is the star.

Here is the wreath back that inspired the new wreath.

The steps are simple.  Simply wrap a wreath base in the paper of your choice.  Here, I used vintage book pages, but you could use anything you liked.

The book used was about 49 cents at a local Goodwill Outlet!  The same book provided the paper for my woven stars and dimensional stars.

Next, gather an assortment of materials that you may want to use to create your floral feature.  Here, I gathered some vintage crepe paper, a linen-like fabric, and some left-over leaves from the magnolia leaf project.  The vintage crepe paper was an Ebay score.  The linen-like fabric was found at a local thrift store, and left over from another project.

I decided to create a shaggy mum for the main flower.  It was simply put together from strips of fringed fabric and strips of fringed crepe paper.  Roll and gather the fringed strips to form the flower, and wrap the bottom with wire to secure.  The very center of the mum has threads pulled from the apple green burlap.

Smaller rosettes were created from the vintage crepe paper and added to the arrangement.  To reference the inspiration wreath, some apple green leaves cut from jute were also added.  All the elements were secured with a thick, high tack glue, but hot glue would have worked just as well.

This wreath base was created from two layers of cardboard that was destined for the recycling dumpster.  The layers were glued together, then wrapped in the vintage paper.

For the hanger, I tore a wide strip of the fabric used to create the mum.  Then the raw edges were folded to the inside, and the fabric was simply wrapped and loosely tied at the top of the wreath.  Very simple and sweet.

This project was completely created from scraps left over from other projects.  The only new product used to create the wreath was the adhesive.

What do you think? Which is your favorite?  The new wreath?

Or the original inspiration wreath?

Let me know in a comment!  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

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  1. Wow I love the new wreath! So awesome. I like it much better than the other one.

  2. I like your wreath better...anybody can make a shaggy wreath...I like the paper covered method and hanging idea you made. Nice work!

  3. Too cute! I love both wreaths! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow, so pretty - i really like this project, am such a paper-fan!

  5. Both are absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE them!

  6. They are both beautiful and each one is unique.

  7. Lovely! I really like the second one for a picture frame idea too!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful THRIFTY wreath with all of us here at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS. Happy Thanksgiving!


  9. Hi Amanda-

    I love creating with book pages - and love all the projects I see. I love this frame and the way you added the ribbon to hang it. Looks so pretty. I look for free books or books with great looking type everywhere.

    Thanks for the tip about the subway art party too.
    My best- Diane

  10. Beautiful! I'm blog hopping and found your blog. I'm a new follower. Would love for you to check out my blog and follow back!

  11. Amanda...I love them both but I do believe the wreath/frame is one I would so have to do myself. Beautiful as a wreath or as a frame for a wedding photo. So much inspiration just whispering away to me. Thank you!!!

    Thank you so much for coming to visit my whimsical world.


  12. Beautiful! I would love one of these for my desk!
    Amie @

  13. I love this wreath. It's so different and fun!

  14. I'm loving the flower! I think I like the first one the best but they both look great!

  15. I LOVE IT!!!

    I would love if you would link it up at my little talent tuesday party at

    mucho love!

  16. i love your wreath- very eco-friendly, and not to mention gorgeous! and the colors are awesome!

  17. I'm on the fence. I keep looking at both of them. Maybe the square wreath is ahead, but just by a fraction.

  18. I enjoy your blog and I'm passing on an award to you!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  19. Hey there! :) Thanks for commenting on my new little sweet pea,we are beside ourselves over her. She wasn't really expected, but oh what a sweet gift she is! :)
    I love both your wreaths! The first one is fluffy and beautiful and the second is sleek, more modern and lovely. I don't think I can choose one over the other, they are both amazing but in different ways!
    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving! Can't wait for some pie! :)

  20. Another winner! The shaggy mum was the perfect embellishment for this beauty.

    Thanks for linking to my party. It's fun to see what you link up each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  21. I like both the wreaths, but the new one is just so different if has to be my favorite!

  22. Such a beautiful choice of textures and colors! This has a great vintage-y feel to it! Love it!

    Happy Holidays!

  23. I love the square shape - very fresh and old fashioned all at the same time. Wonderful!!

  24. Hi Amanda,

    I defintely prefer this wreath. You are queen of gorgeous book-crafts!! I like the pages with the green. And I like the unusual shape too.


  25. can i pick both? i love them both...vintage paper has to be my absolutely favorite.

  26. Hi!

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog, PaperFriendly.

    Nancy Ward


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