Looking for a simple wreath project to take you from winter to spring? Here’s a book page wreath DIY project made from scrapbook paper birds.
Does January ever get you a little down?
It’s like all that build-up to Christmas and stockings and snowmen and family and friends and caroling and all the joys of the season. And then along comes New Year’s bringing with it hope and resolutions and black-eyed peas and trying to stay up and watch the ball drop.
Nothing but dreary days full of rain and a little snow and cloudy skies.
My heart gets a little heavy.
My steps get a little slower.
All I want to do is sit under a blanket and watch Hallmark movies and come out when the sunshine shows up.
So what do I do when I feel a little sad and gloomy?
I think I read somewhere that it’s a proven fact that when your hands are full of energy and creativity then your heart is happy. I proved this fact to be true yesterday. Instead of glooming and dooming? I created. I made the cutest thing with this paper bird.
It’s the CUTEST DIY bird book page wreath project.
Here’s the book page wreath it is in all its glory.
Isn’t it the cutest?
Doesn’t just looking at it make you happy?
It only took about an hour to make and then I added this nest that we found at Hobby Lobby.
Here’s a close-up of the nest on the book page wreath.
It’s the little things that make me so happy.
If you want to make a wreath for you and your very own self?
Here are the step-by-step instructions.
DIY Bird Book Page Wreath Project
18″ wire wreath form
book page scrapbook paper
step 1: trace bird silhouette
I just searched free bird silhouettes online and found one that I liked and printed it off and cut it out.
There were tons of different options, but I like the simplicity of this bird friend.
And I love that tail.
step 2: cut out birds in two directions
I didn’t want all my birds going the same direction.
We used 10 pieces of book page scrapbook paper for this and there were 10 birds that were cut out from each page.
All you have to do is fold the scrapbook paper in half and trace five birds and then they will go in the opposite direction.
step 3: crinkle birds for book page wreath
This is what makes the wreath pop.
You don’t want your birds to lay flat when they could look more three-dimensional.
To do that all you need to do is crinkle the birds slightly to give them more depth and dimension.
Repeat this step with all your cut-out birds.
step 4: glue your birds
Start gluing the birds to the wreath form.
I like to stagger them.
A couple of birds this way and then a couple of birds that way.
Keep layering the birds until you completely cover the wire wreath and you can see the book page wreath take shape.
quick tip: I use the end of my scissors to press the birds into place so I don’t have to come in contact with the hot glue.
step 5: keep gluing until you have completely covered the wreath
Keep adding the birds to the wreath in a random fashion.
The wreath is about 3-5 birds wide in some places.
After you are finished, stand back and look at the wreath to see if there are any holes you need to fill.
step 6: attach nest
Depending on the size of your nest, you may be able to just glue it.
Or you may need to wire it in place with a small florist wire.
This nest came from Hobby Lobby.
You can see it here.
Your wreath is ready to hang up.
Isn’t it the cutest?
Who knew a DIY bird book page wreath project could make a person so happy?
It’s pouring rain outside, but inside?
It’s warm and cozy and full of sunshine….
….chasing all those January blues away.
PS I have a few other wreath projects that might make you smile, too.