"We seldom get into trouble when we speak softly. It is only when we raise our voices that the sparks fly and tiny molehills become great mountains of contention."
- - Gordon B. Hinckley
June 15, 2012
Vintage Book Page Garland
by Jenni Bowman

This is probably one of the easiest crafts you'll ever make! It just takes a little time to prep and string the items, but other than that no creative genius is necessary.

What you'll need:

  • 100 vintage book pages
  • 50 white coffee filters
  • 50 natural coffee filters
  • 2 yards dark brown ribbon
  • 2 yards light brown ribbon
  • one-half yard cream tulle
  • one-half yard light brown tulle
  • Tapestry needle
  • 1 yard natural postal string or crochet thread

If you would like to substitute any of the above items with items you already have in your craft stash, feel free. The more eclectic, the better!

  • You'll start off by prepping all of your materials. Take your book pages and fold them into quarters. That just means fold them in half and then fold them in half again. It looks best if they are not folded perfectly.

  • Crumple a coffee filter into a ball to give it some texture. Flatten it out slightly, fold in half, then fold again. I like to fold it one more time when I'm stringing the filters onto the garland. Repeat with all of the coffee filters.

  • For the ribbon, all you need to do is cut it into strips with the ends at an angle. Each piece should be 4" - 5" long.

  • With the tulle, you will want to end up with 2" - 3" pieces. Really it doesn't matter if some pieces are bigger than others. I like to fold my tulle several times in the same direction and cut long strips. Then I cut those strips into squares.

  • Thread the needle with the string and knot the end, leaving about 8 inches of string. Starting with a book page, thread it on. Then a white coffee filter and the dark brown ribbon, followed by the cream tulle. When you put on the ribbon, fold it in half and thread through toward the ends. This way, the loop part will be bigger. Add another book page, then a natural coffee filter, a light brown ribbon and the brown tulle. Repeat until you have used up all of your materials.

When I hung mine, I just tied the loose ends of the string to some ribbons I had on a frame. You can also tie it to the back of a chair or across a window or mantle.

Visit www.jenniboriginals.blogspot.com to read more about Jenni Bowman and see more articles and tutorials.

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About Jenni Bowman

Jenni Bowman, also known as "Jenni B," first delved into her creativity when decorating her new home as a young bride on a small budget. Bit by bit, her skills improved. She appeared on "The Martha Stewart Show" in December 2007, where she demonstrated some of her products on live national television. She has also appeared on "Good Things Utah" and even had her own television show, "Crafting with Jenni B," in rural Virginia.

She has been featured on Make Mine Pink in "Women Who Inspire," an online marketplace designed especially for women. In the Spring of 2009, Jenni was featured in "Artful Blogging" and "Marie", which are Stampington & Company and Somerset Studio publications. She was also listed in Utah Valley Magazine's "50 Most Fabulous People".

Jenni is currently the president of Jenni B Charmed, LLC and enjoys designing jewelry, computer graphics and home accessories. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and young daughter.

Jenni serves as a Relief Society instructor in her home ward.

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