Book Page Flower Tutorial

It’s no secret that I LOVE decorating with book pages, and I also love making thrifty statement pieces to make a big impact in any room.  (check out the bottom of this post for past examples and tutorials!)  This time, I decided to make a flower out of book pages, and it was really simple to make!

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Start with a book that you don’t care about.  You can get books for pocket change at thrift stores, or just use a book that you already have and you know you won’t read again!

I tore out a few pages at a time, and then cut a freehand “petal”.  I didn’t care about making them look perfect, and I didn’t make the exact same petal shape every time I cut out a small stack.  This piece isn’t about perfection, so let go of that for a few minutes Smile  Then I folded each stack in half to add some dimension to the petals:

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I used my favorite “wreath form” next – some good old cardboard cut into a circle.  Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done!

I added 4 petals evenly spaced around the circle- and then slowly filled in petals from there, gluing with my hot glue gun.  Once you fill in the first layer, make sure that the second layer gets filled in with the points of the petals going in the space between the points of the previous layer (wow – not sure if that made any sense!!  Hopefully the picture explains it better) Smile

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Then, just keep following that pattern until you’ve made it to the final layer!  I did make my petals a little bit smaller for the last 2-3 layers, but again, there’s not a science to it.  Make sure that the center looks pretty before you’ve finished!

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I really like the dimension that the folding of the pages gives to the wreath – something so simple can make such an impact!

I also love that this project was 100% free!  My favorite price tag Smile

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Want to see other examples of how I like to use thrifty and common household items to make high-impact pieces?  Check these out!

Rolled book page flower in my fall mantel:

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Coffee filter flower:

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Coffee filter & pinecone wreath:

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Coffee Filter Wreath:

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Comments

  1. These are all so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love all your creative wreaths! Book pages make the best craft item!

  3. I really like this! One of my favorite most recent projects of yours :)

  4. Try using sheet music instead of book pages.

  5. What a wonderful collection or darling, inexpensive wreaths! Thanks so much for sharing your talents and for the inspiration. They’ve been pinned. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Gorgeous! I love that you used book pages.

  7. Love that! I’m going to have to check out how to make the flower from your mantel, too!

  8. Just stopping by to invite you to my link party. I would love it if you would link up these flowers. So creative. Thanks.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com

  9. Your flower is simply beautiful!

  10. So pretty!

  11. Fantastic projects. I love them all! Would love for you to link them up at my link party this week.
    http://www.bloominghomestead.com/2013/02/crafty-tuesday-link-party-21913.html
    -Marie

  12. I love all the different ways people come up with to use book pages. Your flower and all your other paper projects are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a Wonderful Day,
    Suzanne

  13. Gorgeous! Thank you for the inspiration!
    Anne
    circusberry.wordpress.com

  14. Very pretty! I haven’t made anything out of book pages yet, but you’re giving me some good ideas!

  15. What a beautiful, clever idea! I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.
    http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-9/

  16. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, i featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button :) http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2013/02/your-whims-wednesday-100-and-features.html

  17. I love this! Our exchange student works in her school library. As they’ve been discarding books she’s been bring home some for me. I have been looking for projects like this. Thank you!

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