Sometimes I just want a slightly simpler project to decorate my front door. Old books are always in my craft cabinet to create with, so I took some with me to make this paper scroll wreath. Instead of the more complicated designs I’ve done in the past, I used a few simple steps to create paper rolls with a slight border style. I am sure you will love it as much as I do!
Paper scroll wreath
I’ve used a similar method of cutting and rolling paper to make paper flowers in the past. The slightly fringed appearance of this method only allows a little paper to go a long way. For me it’s a must when doing handicrafts. Anything that makes it a bit easier and cheaper is a plus in my book.
Instead of rolling the paper tightly into a flower, loosely wrap it around the wreath shape for a similar look. This is very simple and gives the project more volume so that it looks even better.
What should I use to hang this wreath?
I usually add a cord loop to the back of each wreath I make to make hanging up easier. You can use a ribbon, rope or cord, or even attach a picture hanger like a command hook or the like to the back of the wreath.
When I hang on the wall, I use the command hooks or a small nail. Since I regularly exchange wreaths, I have some special places where I will hang them in my house. In these areas there is always a nail or hook so that I can simply snap the wreath into place when it is finished.
When I hang this on a door, be it my front door or an internal door in my house, I use a typical wreath hanger. I prefer the beautiful ornate wood or metal parts for the front door as they add character. For internal doors, I use a small, thin metal bracket instead, as these are a little less noticeable.
Can I use other paper?
You will notice in this wreath that I used book pages for most of the rolls, but gold paper is used as an accent in one section. So you can obviously use different paper if you don’t have book pages on hand.
This project can use craft paper, scrapbook paper, construction paper or even coloring pages that you have filled out. I like book pages because they are so pretty with the slightly yellowed pages and the vintage look. If you prefer a more modern style, you can use nice new paper and cut it and then roll it into the shapes for your wreaths.
Variations on this paper scroll ring
As with many of the projects I’ve created, there are a few simple things that can be done to make them look a little different. Using other paper is one option, as mentioned above, but that’s not all. You can make it unique in many fun ways that match your decor and personal style.
- Do the same, but cut the paper strips thinner so that they form a narrower margin.
- Combine the paper colors to get a rainbow look.
- Add glitter around the edges of the paper to make it sparkle.
- Tie a ribbon in a bow at the top or bottom of the wreath.
- Add several lengths of streamers to the bottom of the wreath.
You can also add embellishments to the paper if you want to match a holiday or theme in your home. I love the idea of adding a different color to the ribbon or a couple of miniature flowers along one edge.
Supplies are needed
How to make a paper scroll wreath from book pages
Tear pages out of an old book. You need 20-25 to complete your project.
Cut the adhesive edge from the side so that it is even on both edges.
Make horizontal cuts along one side of the page, leaving about 1 inch of the other side of the page in sync.
Once the page has been cut to the edge, add a piece of tape along the uncut side.
Fold the page so that the glue is against the edge you cut and there are paper strips in a long strip.
Do the same with the gold side and the yellow or cream colored sides and set them aside.
Once the glue has dried, wrap the glued end around a wreath shape and glue it in place.
Glue these strips 5-6 times further along the wreath and then glue the alternately colored sides onto the wreath.
Now fringe all of these book pages around the wreath until it is completely covered.
Add a piece of string or ribbon around the top of the wreath and hang it up as desired.
If you’re looking for simpler wreath ideas, you’ve come to the right place! I have loads of great wreaths to decorate your home with. Start with this rustic old fringed book page wreath. You may also like this folded book page wreath or the book page wreath wrapped in flowers. There is also a stunning origami book page wreath and the burlap rose book page wreath. My favorite, however, is this old rose heart wreath. It is absolutely breathtaking!
I recommend taking a few wreath hangers to have all of those incredible wreaths you make on hand. I love the wrought iron wreath hanger for my front door or a simple wooden wreath stand on the porch. The classic metal ring brackets are always handy and ideal for use in your home or on doors.
Active time 30 minutes
total time 30 minutes
Estimated costs $ 2
Combine different paper colors to give your wreath an even more unique look.
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Finished project gallery