Boy do I miss flowers. I miss them so much every winter, in fact, that when the first yellow dandelions pop up in our yard I actually sort of enjoy them. They are a color other than white, gray or dismal.
I love these fun little paper flowers that are sooo easy to make and cost nothing! They really create a whimsical and pretty accessory too. You can put them in a vase or wrap them on a package. And I love the look of printed book pages. Perfect!
To make the book page flowers you will need:
several pages from an old, unused book
Rip off several pages from your book (that have print on both sides) and make sure they are stacked evenly. Cut the pages, all at once (so they are the same size) into even strips that are about 2" wide. Then cut tiny little strips 3/4 of the way into the paper all the way down, like this:
Roll the strip up, pretty tight, pinching the bottom as you go. It will look like this:
Tape the bottom tightly. Stick a pencil in the middle and pull open the sides to spread it out like a flower. Set this aside. Next you will repeat the same step with another cut strip, only this time when you roll it up, roll it not so tight. You want to leave an opening to slip the first rolled layer into:
Open this one up also. First the bottom of the first rolled layer into this layer's opening and secure tightly (you can add a dab of white glue):
If you want an even thicker flower, you can repeat this step yet again, with the 3rd layer having an even bigger hole. Spread out the layers to your liking. You can also trim some of the inner layers if you like that look. The underside will look like this:
Next, I hot glued some vintage buttons onto the centers. They really finish off the look! From there I hot glued the flowers into a small vase I purchased at Target. It looks great on my bookshelves!
These look really pretty when made with sheet music instead of book pages too! You can make them any size, trim them to your liking and get really creative with them. Lovely!
(P.S.--Watch the pages you use. The first flower I had made was soon chucked in the garbage when I realized it had a very obvious "F" bomb on it!)
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