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If you’re looking for a festive, fun, easy-to-assemble, and inexpensive piece of decor to make for a children’s book-themed shower or party, you have to try this DIY Children’s Book Page Wreath! I made this wreath when I helped throw a children’s book-themed baby shower for a very dear friend of mine who loves children’s books. It was the first baby shower I had thrown since my children’s book, The Adventures of Pootsey the Wonderbug, was published last summer, and I couldn’t wait to decorate with some Pootsey-themed decor.
This wreath was so fun to assemble! It was even a bit therapeutic to make just because of the simple repetitive steps required for assembly. I used children’s picture books I got for CHEAP at a 2nd hand store (I spent less than $5 on about 15 books to use for the decor for this shower). I couldn’t bear to cut up any of my Pootsey books, so he made his appearance at the shower elsewhere!
Here’s what you need to make the wreath:
- Styrofoam wreath (I think I used a 12″ one and got it at Hobby Lobby)
- Children’s books with bright illustrations (Buy them at a thrift store! You’ll probably need 3-4 books.)
- Sewing pins (about 150-200)
- Paper trimmer (you can use scissors, but this tool will make this so much easier – I got mine at Walmart for less than $10 last year and have used it for zillions of projects)
- Butter knife
First, tear out pages from the books. Try to rip them/cut them out as close to the binding as possible.
Then cut them into 1″ strips. This measurement doesn’t have to be exact, but you’ll want all of the strips about the same size.
Take the dull side of the butter knife and use it to curl each strip. Tip: when curling the strips, figure out which end/side you need to begin curling so you can expose as much of the illustration as possible (rather than white space or a bunch of text).
Just keeeeeeep on curlin’!
Once you’ve curled several, begin pinning them into the styrofoam.
Play around a little bit with how to arrange them on the wreath so you get the curls positioned where you want them and so you can cover up all of the white styrofoam.
How fun is this?!
I’m telling you, this was so fun to make! These simple and repetitive steps become a bit mindless – you can just get on autopilot once you get into a rhythm. Put in a good movie and go to town with crafting!
I made a little paper pennant banner and pinned it into the wreath for the shower. You certainly don’t need a banner on there, but I love the finishing touch it gives it. Change up the banner and you could easily use this wreath for a book-themed birthday party for a kiddo.
Have you made some fun pieces of decor for a children’s book-themed party or shower before?!