Woohoo! Thanksgiving is behind us and the holiday season has officially begun! And you know what that means, right? Decorating! Crafts! Christmas cheer! We’re waiting until next weekend to get our tree, but now is the time to get a jump on some handmade just-for-fun projects. My first order of business: these paper poinsettias made from book pages.
For those of you who are deeply disturbed by the destruction of a book, it might be reassuring to know that even with several book-page crafts under my belt I’ve still barely put a dent in the same 25 cent estate sale book I started with. This is actually a very eco-friendly way of crafting because I can get a lot of paper out of one book that was headed for the landfill anyway. I think of it as giving the book a second life.
So I started by ripping some pages out of said book…
Then I cut the pages to varying sizes and folded in half.
I freehanded petal shapes on the pages. I didn’t stress too much about making them perfectly uniform because imperfection is part of the charm. I drew them so that, when cut, each would unfold out into two petals.
Cut along the lines…
Then open ‘em up and crease down the middle.
Then, I just started layering the petals from largest to smallest, using a dab of hot glue in the center to secure each new layer.
I whipped up three of them in no time at all while Nick was at the grocery store with Jack. They don’t look exactly like real-life poinsettias because I am not a flower expert, and that’s okay. They give off a general poinsettia-ey vibe.
I set them aside for now, but after next weekend I’m thinking I might stick them in the tree, or even just perch them here and there around the house in various cat-proof locations. And since I hate to waste anything of crafty value, I’ve been saving all the scraps from my book page endeavors to use as vase filler and in Christmas gifts in place of tissue paper. I stuffed some in a thrift store vase last night.
Pretty, right? I hope all of you who are returning to work today don’t hate your lives too much. It’s chilly and rainy here and I’m glad I don’t have to leave the house. Remember also that if you’re doing holiday shopping online you can get 15% off in my shop by using the coupon code HEYDONTIKNOWYOU at checkout. This weekend was my busiest ever for sales, so I might be doing some shopping of my own today!