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A Beautiful Read

A friend made me one of these a couple years ago but in a move it got crushed. I made a new one and was able to reuse her centerpiece. Easy and quick and great for a reading nook. Update: someone asked for instructions so I explained the best I could. You can look for it in the Q&A section. I was just looking at the one I had trying to recreate it.

Project Description

A friend made me one of these a couple years ago but in a move it got crushed. I made a new one and was able to reuse her centerpiece. Easy and quick and great for a reading nook. Update: someone asked for instructions so I explained the best I could. You can look for it in the Q&A section. I was just looking at the one I had trying to recreate it.

Q&A with suzannejo18669560

cindy2gir16483237 asked:
Hi Suzanne! Can you provide details on this project? I'd really like to try it! Thank you! Cindy
suzannejo18669560 answered:
I didn't have instructions so I just looked at the original crushed one. I used pages from an old paperback book. I just took them and started by rolling them (diagonally to get the point on the ouside end) into a funnel and I stapled the narrow end closed. Try to keep them the same size. Use a dab of glue on the upper part where the "flap" is loose to hold it down. I laid them in a circle to determine the size then used a piece of foamboard small enough to hide behind the pages and glued them to it using a glue gun. I switched from the glue stick because I was crushing the cones and the hot glue doesn't require pressure. Use more pages for the top layer and glue them down as well. Here is my lesson learned for you, I only glued the top layer at the stapled end to the foamboard. They are already beginning to flop over, so I suggest you run a strip of glue along the whole bottom side so they also stick to the layer they are on top of. The center piece is from the original and is simply a decorative heart glued to a cardboard circle covered in felt and glued over the center of the funnels. It is extremely light weight so I just stuck a binder clip to the back to hold it. The hardest parts were 1) rolling the pages to approximately the same size... I didn't realize that mattered till the end and I had to redo a couple; and 2) not crushing the cones when I was gluing...which is why I only glued the top inner circle at the stapled end. Hope this helps, it was more of a salvage than a project, but I am proud it turned out okay. I want to try and make some smaller ones for gifts at work. I also think it would be cute with colorful children's book pages for a kid's room. 😊

Skill Level

Beginner