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Homemade Christmas Day 1

As I mentioned in a previous post, we’re having a homemade Christmas this year.  Using our homemade advent calendar, we give each other a gift every other day.  This year I get my gifts on the even days and the mister gets his on the odd days.  On the first of December I only had 2 gifts finished, so I knew pretty much what I would give him.  Sadly the 2 gifts I had finished were really good ones, so I’ve kind of falsely given him hope for 12 really awesome gifts, but I’ve told him this much.

This magazine wreath was his first gift.

I got the idea from Rag and Bone Boutique.  It was not very difficult to make, just time consuming.  I started off by searching through magazines for colorful pages, it’s much more difficult than I expected.  You roll the pages up from corner to corner, so what you see most in the finished roll is the edge and the majority of the magazines I had had white edged on most of the pages, which would make for a boring wreath.  I used mostly Food Network magazine, which is a really tall and wide magazine, I took additional pages from Southern Bride magazine because it was the same height as the Food Network pages.

Putting Modge Podge in the corner that I wanted to be the tip on the outside of the roll, I rolled from opposite corner, using a thin paint brush to roll at a constant diameter….well that’s the idea, it didn’t really happen for me.  Some were really nice and small, some were rather big.  I made 75 rolls, but only ended up using 68.  The bigger your inner the more rolls you’ll need.  You can see the milkiness of the modge podge in the corner.

I used a bowl top to determine my inner circle size.  Then I lined the rolls up around top to get my colors my right and to make sure I had enough rolls.  I used a circle of cardboard to anchor my rolls to with hot glue.  This really isn’t sturdy enough, I need to figure out some other type of reinforcement, but I’m not sure what yet.  I started by gluing 4 on and filling in from there.  I lined the points up at the bottom, because it was one or the other and that seemed to be more noticeable to me than the other edge.

Testing my set up with my red bowl top

Getting started with just a few

I loved the turn out and so did he!  It looks really neat, I can’t wait to see it up on the wall in his office!

He’s also gotten his second gift too which was a book business card holder, pictures and tutorial to come soon!

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