I am totally loving all the different paper wreaths floating around. I adore books, and book page wreaths are right up my alley. If you have ever clicked on my shop tab, you may have noticed I usually have one or two for sale in my booth at Olde Salem Mercantile.
I particularly love to make wreaths from old hymnals. At first I was a bit hesitant to rip up old hymnals. But I love for the things I decorate my home with to be meaningful, not just pretty. And seeing my hymnal wreath reminds me of all the great old hymns I grew up singing. Once I began looking for old hymnals, I found they are everywhere. I find them at yard sales and thrift stores on a weekly basis - and I seem to be the only person buying them. I would rather use them to make something that is relevant for today's families than see them sitting around on a thrift store shelf.
That brings me to today's project. At an estate sale several weeks ago, I found an old Bible that was pretty torn up. When I asked about it, the family running the sale said I could have it for free.
As you can see, it is not in good shape. The cover is completely torn up and there are several whole books of the Bible missing. I am not sure how old it is because the title page was missing but I would guess early 1900s. When I saw it, I knew that it was probably never going to be used as someone's personal Bible again. But there was no way it should be thrown away. I wanted to use it for something that would honor it more than just setting it on a shelf somewhere.
I really wanted to make it into something for my home and I immediately thought of a wreath. But I was hesitant - because taking the Bible apart just seems wrong. But then again, it was already pretty 'apart' so I decided to go for it.
I really love how it turned out. Talk about meaningful art for your home.
Now, I really love this wreath, but I realize it is not for everyone. I know other people do not always see things the same way I do. I would love to sell these in my booth with my other wreaths. But I am afraid that some will not see it as beautiful, meaningful art but as the offensive destruction of a Bible. (Particularly because one friend who visited our home told me she thought it was a terrible to destroy a Bible this way - even one that was already torn up.)
What do you think? Does this seem like a way to save an old torn-up Bible from the trash? Or does it seem like DIY gone horribly wrong? Honest thoughts only please!
This project was featured on Simple Home Life.