October 27 ~ Handmade Holiday Inspiration

on October 26 | in Handmade Holidays, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 51 Comments

Faux Curled Rosewood Wreath, Tutorial by Stephanie from Under the Table and Dreaming
with photo by Megan at Brassy Apple

We first saw this wreath made from recycled book pages at Brassy Apple. Megan was inspired by Stephanie from Under the Table and Dreaming and used her tutorial to create this beautiful wreath. Be warned though: Megan says she got quite a few hot glue gun burns! She suffered for her art. (But it’s probably worth it, right?!)

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51 Responses to October 27 ~ Handmade Holiday Inspiration

  1. Carmelo says:

    The info on this site is handy.

  2. Priscilla says:

    This post made my brain tingly. You rock!

  3. Beth says:

    I think this is such a fresh idea. Just love it!

  4. Erika says:

    that is amazing! i am sure it came with a few papercuts too.

  5. mammafairy says:

    fabulous prizes, and lovely wreath

  6. MarciaW says:

    Absolutely awesome wreath

  7. Sabina Moolla says:

    Wow, that is beautiful. I’m tempted to make something similar to decorate my wedding venue next year. I think it would look amazing as the first thing guests saw as they walk thru the door. Just hope I can do it justice!

  8. Katy says:

    This would look great using old music sheets

  9. Ginger says:

    what a neat idea

  10. Sue D says:

    This is so beautiful and to think it is book pages.

  11. Jessica says:

    Beautiful! I think I will try and make this wreath for our door this year!

  12. Crystal says:

    This is so, so beautiful!! I would love to hang this in my home!!

  13. Kira says:

    This wreath is beautiful!

  14. Sarah M says:

    I love the upcycling!

  15. beth lehman says:

    pinning it now!!!

  16. Sandra says:

    So sweet! They look amazing! This is what I call art and talent..I’m sure that I wouldn’t be able to do something like this.. :)) I have none of them.. :))

  17. Kels says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to try it!!

  18. Gina Shelley says:

    Nice tutorial. So pretty!

  19. delia says:

    How pretty! If I had the time, I would totally want to make this wreath for the holidays.

  20. Bridget says:

    Beautiful! And the best things about it – it’s “green” and it will last year after year!

  21. Ramona says:

    Simply stunning. Could be a good rainy day project.

  22. Joy says:

    This is SO much better than the gold spray painted Christmas trees my grandmother used to make from old Reader’s Digests!

  23. Maeve says:

    SO beautiful! WOW! Love it!

  24. Sheila says:

    I am so making this one. I’ve seen a lot of these in catalogs, and this is prettier!

  25. Debbie says:

    I love this wreath! I love reading and sewing so it would be perfect for my house!

  26. Tabitha says:

    love love love!

  27. kathy says:


  28. Fran says:

    Beautiful wreath !
    Great example of upcycling !

  29. Leah says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial! I’ve had something similar on my Pinterest boards and want to make one, but couldn’t quite figure out the best way to go about it. This will help!

  30. I saw this photo on pinterest and couldn’t trace it to its original source. THANK YOU for featuring the project here! I’m excited to see how it’s done!

  31. cat says:

    What a cute idea ! I’ll try to find an old book in my charity shop and do this lovely wreath this week end !
    Thanks !

  32. Judi says:

    LOVE this! Perfect for our library area!

  33. Beth says:

    That wreath is absolutely gorgeous! Would sure love to win either of those books!

  34. Cinnamon says:

    Oooo! That one is gorgeous. My front door always needs something new on it. This wreath is on the list!

  35. Brandina says:

    I <3<3<3 this! It's soo pretty and Under the Table & Dreaming always has such wonderful tutorials. I'm currently working on an other wreath from that site. Looks like I now have something to start on when I finish 🙂 Thanks!

  36. Samina says:

    That’s just gorgeous! Now I understand why they’re so expensive in the stores!

  37. Kristie says:

    That’s a fantastic wreath. What a great idea. Now I just need to find some old books and patience.

  38. Andrea says:


  39. Melissa says:

    This wreath is beautiful! I can’t wait to try it!

  40. krystina says:

    This is so pretty!

  41. Anna dykman says:

    I think these look so pretty.

  42. Miet says:

    Love it!

  43. Laura hensley says:

    That is gorgeous and inspiring! Thanks!

  44. Anne Marie says:

    Wow – love this wreath.

  45. Lori says:


  46. Beth T says:

    I’d love to win a book, but I’d be in heaven if I won one of these wreaths! I know that’s not a possibility, but still–those are incredibly beautiful. I have bookmarked the instructions and will create one for our home. It is so “us”–words, books, nature all in one.

  47. Glenys says:

    Its so pretty!!!

  48. Celtic Thistle says:

    This is beautiful, would make a lovely gift for my son, who works in publishing, and his wife. I must add this to my ever-increasing to-do list!

  49. Melissa says:

    That is beautiful! I love it!

  50. Margaret says:

    What a stunning wreath! Can’t wait to try it. A new sewing book would be just the inspiration I need to get going on the Christmas sewing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  51. Shannon O. says:

    I absolutely adore this.

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