Easy Rolled Paper Flowers

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  November 26, 2013 — 3 Comments

Anyone who’s been reading this blog more than a week or two can tell you that I am into making things from book pages (examples: washi tape, tassels, poinsettias, magnetic clothespins). I love books as much as the next person, but I love crafting more and see no harm in repurposing a book that was likely headed for recycling anyway. I have a Reader’s Digest condensed book that I got for less than a dollar (at either the thrift store or an estate sale, I can’t be sure) and have used for several projects this year–and there are still hundreds of pages left! So bibliophiles, avert your eyes, and everyone else behold these simple rolled flowers I made the other day.

Step one: tear/cut a few pages from your book. Old ones have a nice aged color but fresh white works too if you’ve got an airport paperback taking up room on your shelf.

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Fold one in half. If you’re making several flowers then go ahead and stack them all up together to save time.

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Cut an irregular circle. Perfection is soooooo overrated.

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Now cut a spiral. Squint and you can see it.

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Then start rolling it up into itself from the inside.

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Secure with a few strategic dabs of hot glue. I wish I could tell you exactly where to glue but you just have to play it by ear.

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One lone flower is not much to write home about, but en masse they’re something special, especially when you see what I did with them (tomorrow!).

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They remind me of oyster shells in a sort of abstract way. You could scatter them about amongst holiday decor, glue them to a wreath, string them into a garland, or pile them into a clear glass vase. I love the warmth that book pages lend to decor.

How’s your week, lovelies? Mine is coming along just swimmingly.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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3 responses to Easy Rolled Paper Flowers

  1. Can’t get enough book page designs! At least you are reusing the same book!

    I just want you to know that because of you I have been hoarding all sorts of crap that I think I will one day use for a project. How do you know when to save and when to purge? I know you have even less closet space than me, and I don’t have much. Maybe future blog?

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap November 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Hahaha! I have random crap stored in all sorts of nooks and crannies. I have a hard time throwing away something that’s perfectly good and craft supplies are sometimes weird to donate!

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