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A Christmas Craft

picture of Hymnal Wreath

It's been a while since I last posted. Life has gotten in the way of blogging. Our family from Michigan was here this past week and we had several activities planned for the whole family. We really enjoyed having them all here and will miss them as they drove home today. We will see them again pretty soon when they come for Nora and Topher's wedding in April.

A while back I mentioned that I had been working on some projects that I couldn't show yet. Well, I have actually already given this one to a friend who will be going away for Christmas, so I'm free to show it now. I saw this post about making a wreath from a paperback book and thought I would try making it from an old hymnal for my friend, Judy, who teaches music.

I found this old hymnal at a thrift store and thought it would be perfect for this project. The pages were a little larger than a regular paperback book so I had to devise my own method for rolling the pages, but over all it was a very fun project to make and I was pleased with how it turned out. I'd like to make more of these in the future if I can find some more old hymnals.

picture of Hymnal

I hope all of you are having a wonderful week and making progress in your Christmas preparations.


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8 Comments on “A Christmas Craft”

  1. #1 Vikki
    on Dec 21st, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I saw a wreath just like this in a store a couple of weeks ago also using an old hymnal and really liked it. I think it had a price tag of $20-25 on it, so I didn’t get it. Thanx for passing this along, now I can make myself one if I want.

    Funny, we found a box of these same hymnals in a thrift store several years back. Same color even. There must be a ton of them floating around out there.

  2. #2 Vikki
    on Dec 21st, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I like the way yours turned out better. What did you use for the form?

  3. #3 Becka
    on Dec 21st, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Vikki, I used a styrofoam wreath form that I got at the Dollar Tree.

  4. #4 Vikki
    on Dec 21st, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Was it a circular tube or more flat on one side and wider than the one in the website link you posted?

  5. #5 Becka
    on Dec 22nd, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Vikki, it was green and circular like you might use for a flower arrangement.

  6. #6 Marilyn
    on Dec 24th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    How many wreaths could you make from one hymnal? I collect old hymnals, not sure I can bring myself to tear one up!

  7. #7 Becka
    on Dec 24th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Marilyn, the hymnal I bought wasn’t in great shape to begin with and contained many hymns I had never heard of, so I wasn’t too concerned about using it. It took nearly the entire hymnal–I even had to use some of the responsive reading pages! Mine might have ended up being a bit fuller than the one in the tutorial where I got the idea. She just used some paper back books. Perhaps some thrift store books or dollar store books might be less painful to tear up. 🙂

  8. #8 Carrie
    on Dec 25th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    So very cute! I love the big red bow!

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