I am absolutely in love with this origami old book page wreath! Folding paper into shapes is such a great way to turn something drab to fab. This wreath is rustic, easy to make, and so versatile. It will look beautiful on your door year round, but with a quick change of ribbons, you can make it a special holiday wreath!
Origami Old Book Page Wreath
My supply of old books that would otherwise be thrown away just never seems to end. I love being able to turn such valued items into something new and beautiful instead of seeing them thrown away. This wreath was a fun project to make with simple folding techniques turning each page from nothing special into a 3D shape that is gorgeous.
If you are new to making wreaths, this is a great one to start your crafting journey. It takes a bit of work to go through the pages and fold them, but the result is beautiful and the steps are super easy to follow.
What Type of Wreath Forms Are There?
It’s so easy to come up with a form for your next wreath. I’ve used practically everything you can imagine. My favorites are cardboard and embroidery hoops, but you can make a wreath form out of anything imaginable! Below are some ways I’ve made a wreath in the past. This list has some great common items as well as unique ideas.
- Wooden wreath forms
- Foam wreath forms
- Old wire hangers
- Floral wire
- Embroidery hoops
- Wire wreath forms
- Straw forms
- Foam noodles
- Braided rope
You can even add this rustic butterfly decoration to your wreath for an added bit of decor.
What Ways Can I Hang This?
I always stick with the old standby of tying an extra loop of ribbon around the top to hang from a nail or hook on the wall or door. That isn’t the only method, but it is my personal favorite and go-to wreath hanging option.
Other ideas that work well are attaching fishing line on the back of the wreath, hooking into the wire or wooden wreath form itself, or using an over the door wreath hanger.
How do You Store Wreaths?
My all time favorite method of storing wreaths came from a YouTube vlogger a few years ago. I no longer remember who shared the tip, so if you do, let me know in the comments. She said to buy paper towel holders at the Dollar Store, and hook them into a pegboard. You can then slip your wreath right over the paper towel holder and it stays in place perfectly.
Now, if I am using a wreath only once per year for a holiday, I like to use old grocery store plastic bags to wrap them in and keep clean. Then, you can hang by those handles, or slip through the middle of the bag and hang as normal.
How to Make an Origami Old Book Page Wreath
Start by tearing or cutting out book pages. You will need several depending upon the size of your embroidery hoop. I recommend starting with 20 pages and adding more later if needed.
Use a ruler and divide each page into equal sections vertically. Mark them with a pen or pencil for easy cutting.
Using a craft knife or scissors, cut all of your pages into strips. I cut multiple pages at a time to make this a faster process.
Now, glue the strips together end to end creating a “ribbon” of paper.
Now, you will begin folding the paper as shown, going back and forth in an accordion style that folds back upon itself so you are creating a 3D pattern. If unsure how to do this, watch the video for a better step by step process.
Once you have folded an entire length of the paper ribbon, you will glue the end in place to hold the pattern.
You will create 10-15 of these lengths of paper ribbon to start. If your wreath isn’t full enough, you can always make more.
Now, you will glue one end to the embroidery hoop, and then weave it back and forth around the hoop, gluing the end in place before starting with another length of paper ribbon.
Fill in the wreath multiple times wrapping the paper around in a spiral pattern as shown until you are happy with the results.
Now, you will cut a length of ribbon and create a large bow then tie it in the center with twine.
Add a bit of lace ribbon or even a flower in the center if desired and glue in place.
Now you can display your wreath!
I’m also loving this cute old book page star wall art decoration. It’s a great addition to your decor and super versatile for any season. You could also hang this wreath alongside these cute hanging paper birds for a springtime look. There are just tons of great options for using up old book pages whether it is for everyday gift labels like these decorative old book page feathers, or this gorgeous old book page Christmas tree for Christmas!
If you love the look of this wreath but just don’t feel like making it yourself, you can buy several variations of old book page wreaths on Etsy!
- Start by tearing out 20-25 pages from an old book;
- Measure and mark each page into equal sections that will then be used as the paper strips;
- Cut out your paper strips;
- Glue paper strips end to end to create a paper "ribbon" (I used 20 strips per ribbon);
- Now, you will begin folding the paper over each other creating a back and forth accordian 3D pattern, watch the video for closer tutorial;
- Once all of the papers have been folded into ribbons and ends glued to keep the pattern in place, you will begin gluing them in place on the hoop;
- Glue the end in place, and weave it around the hoop in a spiral;
- Continue this process gluing each end in place until your entire wreath is covered to your preference;
- Now, cut and tie a small ribbon for the top;
- Glue the ribbon in place;
- Hang your wreath!
This doesn't have to be made with just old book pages. You can use this same process with any colored paper or scrapbook paper if preferred.