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I’m sure you  have seen these, as I have, too, but I have finally decided to make one!  My two good friends, Jen and Holly, have these at their houses and I thought they were so beautiful!  My friend Jen made one for a teacher’s gift, too.  How smart- it is a book, so perfect for a teacher (she and I both teach or have taught).

Here is how you will make one.

First- find an old book that you are OK to rip apart.  I bought an old book at our local Habitat for Humanity store.  I love those stores!  You are helping someone and you are getting a good deal- perfect on all sides.

What you need:
Old book
Cardboard box
Glue gun
You will want to make a “ring” from this box.  (Just use a paper plate to trace for the inside hole).
A brown paper plate with the center cut out.

Once you find an old book, you can start rolling them.  The older, the better, because they have an “aged look”.  Just rip out the pages and roll each page.
You will staple them “shut” at the bottom.

A close up of a piece of paper with text on it rolled up.

Reminder: you will want to do the cone shape.

A pile of rolled up papers that have text on it.

Before you just start gluing them onto your cardboard, start by putting FOUR rolled sheets of paper onto your ring.
Glue the first at 12:00 (thinking of your ring as a clock).  Your second at 3:00, your third at 6:00, your fourth at 9:00.

Do your first layer and then start on your second layer.

That’s it- just glue & move on, until you get the whole thing done!

SO- how do you hang them?   These are light-weight, so I used the Gecko Tech® Reusable Hooks™ from Duck Brand®.

I LOVE these because of three reasons:
1- they are clear- so you can’t see them.   (I just put a little hole in the cardboard at the top to hook this on).   They are great.

2- They are completely reusable.  They don’t have a sticker or anything, they are just covered in microsuctions so you can use it again and again (such a great money saver!)

3- It works on every surface that I’ve tested it on.   I even had my friend, Jen, try them with  her paper wreath and she loved it, too.

Here are her results:

A completed paper wreath sitting on a wooden table.

Check them out here: Gecko Tech Reusable Hooks

(completely off subject, but I even gave our son some of these hooks to hang his metals on that he has won playing sports… he has them in his room and they look great and he is so proud!  The hooks are clear, so it is really hidden behind his metals.  (You can get these in Meijer stores.)

If you want to find more projects & DIY ideas, you can follow Duck Brand® (the makers of Gecko Tech® Reusable Hooks™) on Twitter @TheDuckBrand for a ton of creative inspiration ideas!

Are you crafty?  I would love for you to link up your best projects to our pinterest party!  Plus, this week we are giving away a $10 gift card to starbucks to one person at our linky party!
Leave a comment with your best DIY crafts or a link to show me your best ideas!  

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. I pinned instructions for this on Pinterest back at Christmas when I was looking for wreaths I could make, but I never made this one. I would love to make it to hang in our library. Yours turned out great!

  2. Oh how fun! I am always looking for fun crafts to do with my daughter and this one will be great! Thanks.

  3. What an easy and fun craft, my daughter would have a ball making one of these.

  4. This came out so pretty! I just love how clean and natural it looks!

  5. Beautiful craft!Seems so easy to make, great idea! Thanks 🙂

  6. I was just thinking wouldn’t this be awesome with notebook paper for a back to school themed wreath!