Alyssa is a wife and mom who loves spending summer outdoors doing fun crafts and activities!
National Book Lovers Day is August 9. Everyone is encouraged to turn off or put away distracting technology and settle in to enjoy a good book. This fun, mid-summer holiday speaks to my heart. I've always been an avid reader. Growing up, I would sneak my book outside and try to get a tan while engrossed in my latest fictional obsession. I was always known as "the girl who had her nose constantly in a book," and I wore the comment like a badge of honor.
As a busy mom and wife, I have had to make the time to enjoy my favorite activity. When I lived in the city, my son and I would walk to the library a few days each week. We would enjoy the free activities for children the library hosted, and we always left with a beach tote full of books. Now that we live in the suburbs, it isn't as easy to get to our local library. Instead, I've grown out of my book snobbery to take advantage of modern technology. While I appreciate the convenience ebooks offer, they'll never replace the feel and smell of a physical book in hand.
With those thoughts in mind, I thought it would be fun to get in the spirit of this national day by creating a book page wreath. I wanted to combine my love of old books with the new age of technology. From this, the book clock wreath was born! This craft gives new life to old items and is a real conversation piece.
What You Need
- 1 or 2 old books
- 1 old smartphone that still turns on
- 2 pieces of cardboard
- 2 circle guides (one large, one small)
- Hot glue gun
- Sticky-back velcro
1. Start by tracing your large circle guide on a piece of cardboard. I used a large glass mixing bowl. Cut out your circle shape.
2. Using your smaller guide, trace another circle in the middle of your cardboard circle. I used an old pie crust pan. Be sure to leave 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches between the outer circle and inner circle. Carefully cut out your center circle to reveal your cardboard wreath.
3. Tear out pages from your book. Hot glue them to your cardboard circle. Once the glue has set, cut the excess paper.
4. Tear out 12 pages from your book. Begin rolling each one, starting at the bottom right corner. Roll all the way to the top left corner. Secure your roll with hot glue. Set the rolls aside.
Steps 5 and 6
5. Cut out a long, rectangular strip of cardboard, approximately 1 inch thick. Flip your cardboard circle over and glue the strip down. Once the glue has set, flip your circle back over so that your book pages face you.
6. Arrange your book page rolls around your wreath in the form of an analog clock. Once you're happy with the arrangement, glue them in place.
7. Cut a piece of twine and knot it to create a hanger. Flip your wreath over, and secure the twine in place. Use a generous amount of hot glue. Allow the glue to dry.
8. Plug your old smartphone in and turn it on. Find a free wallpaper, theme, or photo of an old clock face. I like to use the Zedge app for free wallpaper images.
9. Cut a piece of sticky back velcro. Attach the softer piece to the back of your old smartphone and attach the other piece in the center of your cardboard rectangle.
10. Attach the phone to the center of your wreath.
11. Proudly display your new wreath on the wall.
© 2020 Alyssa
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 06, 2020:
Thank you so much, Jason!
Jason Nicolosi from AZ on August 05, 2020:
Wow, what a wonderful and unique idea. I absolutely love it. This project looks really fun. It's like modern art. Brilliant! Nice job Alyssa.
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 02, 2020:
Yes there are so many different ideas on Pinterest! Have fun creating a wreath! :)
Liza from USA on August 01, 2020:
I've seen this on Pinterest but, I never made it. I love wreath. It's one of my favorite things in the world. Today, I bought four books from B&N. This is a great project to do on the weekend. Thank you for sharing the idea, Alyssa. By the way, the guide looks great!
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on July 24, 2020:
Thank you Bill! Happy weekend!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 24, 2020:
I had to read the article just to find out what a book wreath was. Oh heck, I would have read it anyway just because you wrote it, but I was curious. You are a very creative lady! Very cool project!
It's the weekend, Alyssa! Happy Weekend!