Step by step tutorial how to make a Christmas wreath with dictionary pages.
I will be taking you step by step how to make this Christmas wreath.
It’s super easy!
You will have a nostalgic wreath that will give you that vintage Christmas look in your home.
I don’t know about you, but I love old books!
The smell of antique pages in a book is like being transported into the past.
Do you feel that same way?
That’s why this wreath will be a perfect addition to your home for Christmas.
Today, I’m using paper from a huge dictionary I found at Goodwill for $3.99.
Here’s the video of my thrift store haul.
It was an amazing find!
I love shopping at Goodwill for things like this.
There are so many things that have blown my mind when shopping at Goodwill that were so cheap!
My goal when finding this dictionary was to use it for this wreath project.
Plus, some other Christmas DIYs I have planned to make with these dictionary pages.
I will share those projects with you soon!
So watch for those!
Now, let’s get started!
What you will need:
- 50 or more dictionary, encyclopedia, or old book pages.
- 6-inch square cardboard.
- Packing tape. (Click on the photo, it’s a link)
- Christmas card stock
- Wood buttons.
- 16×20 card stock for the base.
You can get this at the dollar store or cut an Amazon box to use as the base. Just some ideas.
Note: It takes 1 hour to make this wreath.
Instructions on how to make the Christmas wreath.
Step 1: Cut the cardboard circle.
Cut the edges of the 6×6 cardboard square into a circle.
It doesn’t have to be perfectly round.
You can eyeball it.
If you want a more rounded circle, use a mug or bowl and outline it with a pen, then cut it into a circle.
The circle will be approximately 6″ across once cut.
This is what you want it to look like.
Mine is not perfectly round.
And that’s ok cause it’s not noticeable once you put on the buttons in step 12.
Step 2: Outline the hole for the center of the wreath.
Take a marker or pen and outline the cardboard circle onto the 16×20 card stock paper.
This will make a hole in the center of the wreath.
Step 3: Cut out the hole in the wreath.
Cut out the middle, leaving a half-inch space, for putting the cutout circle onto.
See the photo below.
I took my scissors and gouged the middle to start a hole for cutting.
Using my scissors, I cut the circle.
I will link a video here so that you can see this step.
Step 4: Cut the outer circle of the wreath.
Cut out a circle to make the wreath base.
It is a 6-inch circumference.
It will measure approximately 30 inches across the entire round base.
This is what you want it to look like.
Not a perfect circle.
It won’t be seen in the front, so not necessary to have this be perfectly round.
Go ahead and eyeball it if you want.
Step 5: Score and cut pages of the dictionary.
Cut out pages from the dictionary.
I mentioned that I found this at Goodwill for $3.99.
What a deal, right?
I took my very sharp scissors and used the tip to slice at the inner seam of the book page.
I score it from top to bottom.
Sometimes it would slice 3 to 4 pages at a time, depending on how hard I pressed the scissors down into the pages.
Remove the sliced page and place it on the side.
You will need approximately 50 pages.
Go ahead and cut more pages, just in case.
Every DIY project can come out differently, so it is nice to have the extra pages.
Step 6: Make a cone.
Taking one of the pages from the dictionary, roll it into a cone.
You take a corner and roll it to the center.
The bottom should be narrow, and the top should fan out with a tip.
See the photo below.
Secure the corner with a piece of packing tape.
Note: I’m using packing tape for this project for two reasons.
- It’s clear.
- Has a stronghold for longevity.
Step 7: Attach cone to the wreath base.
Place the cone onto the wreath base.
Take the tip and fold it over (about 1 inch) onto the back of the middle hole of the wreath base.
Secure it onto the back with some packing tape.
Also, tape the center of the cone on one side onto the wreath base.
Repeat this step all around the wreath base for the first layer.
This is what the first layer will look like. See the photo below.
Step 8: Place the second row of cones around the wreath base.
Repeat steps 6 & 7 for the second row.
This time you want to put the cones over the gap of the first layer.
The pattern is: MAKE THE CONE, SECURE THE TIP.
For the second layer, you will need to tape some of the fanned-out edges together.
Take some tape and put it on the inside of the top edge of the cone, and connect the tape to the cone beside it.
This will keep the cones in place and not flop over.
Step 9: Do a third row.
Repeat steps 6 & 7 for row 3.
This is the final row.
Continue the pattern, MAKE THE CONE, and SECURE THE TIP.
For this layer, put the cone over the gap.
You will see it as you go along.
If a cone gets floppy, tape it securely to the cone beside it.
This part is done. See the photo below for what it looks like at this point.
Step 10: Cut out a circle.
Take an 8×8 card stock.
Use the cardboard circle you cut out, in Step 1, as a template.
Putting it on top of the 8×8 card stock, take your scissors and cut around the outline of the cardboard circle to make a second circle.
See the photo below for this step.
Tape the cardboard and Christmas card stock together with packing tape.
Step 11: Tape the circle over the hole in the center of the wreath.
Take 3 to 4 pieces of tape and secure them to the wreath.
You can do this in the front or turn the wreath over and tape the circle from the back.
If taping from the back, take a large 2-inch piece of tape and connect the back of the circle to the back of the hole of the wreath.
Repeat this around until it’s secure.
Step 12: Add the buttons.
You can skip this step.
The Christmas cardstock would be beautiful as is.
But to take this to the next level.
Add the buttons!
Take the packing tape and turn it into itself to make it double-sided tape.
Cover the entire top with double-sided packing tape.
Note: Using packing tape is essential to connecting the buttons since it has a stronghold. Or you can use hot glue if you have it.
It’s ok if there is a gap between the buttons.
The card stock you used underneath will show through, which looks amazing!
You are all done!
If you make this wreath, please share a photo below in the comments! I’d love to see how yours turned out!
The up-close photo below shows it in detail.
I love how amazing it looks up close.
It is a show-stopper!
And to think it’s just some paper and an hour of your time!
I love how mine turned out.
I’ve placed it on a mirror over my fireplace.
See the photo at the top with it hung.
It looks even better than I imagined.
The photos do not do this wreath justice.
It has a nostalgic vintage look that is perfect for my vintage-style home.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
For more DIY project ideas, see my posts here.
Here is a YouTube video showing how to make this Christmas wreath.
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