I know, I know, cutting up a book is like murder to some people. I used to feel the same way, until I saw the thousandth copy of Twilight languishing at the thrift store, never to find a new home. The sad fact of the matter is, there are plenty of books that will be thrown away, or that the library simply will not accept, as they too have a thousand copies. (Anyone who’s tried to sell a textbook back, or been to a library book sale, knows how this goes.)
So why not make something beautiful out of them, instead?
Last week, my FYA book club got together to make paper and felt flowers – we wanted to make corsages and boutonnieres for our upcoming SF FYA Prom. We tried several different tutorials, but the easiest method is the one in this post. You can dress them up with beaded centers, extra petals, scalloped scissors, leaves, or glitter, but they’re pretty even without extra adornment.
Michael Bay has nothing on this craftsplosion.
You will need:
- Book pages (or sheet music, printouts, etc.)
- Hot glue gun
Rip the pages out of the book. It doesn’t have feelings and will not haunt you. Your guilt level may vary, however. (We used a well-used book that I don't have the space to keep.)
Cut the page into a rough square.
Cut the square into a wavy circle or flower shape. It doesn’t have to be perfect, which is the beauty of this pattern. (Also why I have the patience for it.)
Cut the circle in a spiral, like in the picture. There should be a little circle at the end.
Start rolling the flower, starting at the outside end. Roll it tight (I like to roll it around my finger), then let it spring open.
Arrange the petals how you’d like – you might want to tighten the inner part and let the outer petals lie loosely. Glue together, using the circular flap at the bottom to act as a base for the center.
STEP SEVEN (optional):
If you want your rose to be bigger, cut several petal shapes from another page. Pinch together at the bottom middle, and glue to the outside of the flower, staggering the petals for a more natural look. Curl the tops of the petals down. (This is what I did for the large flower at the top of the page. The smaller flower, a boutonniere, was made using this pattern but without the additional petals.)
STEP EIGHT (optional):
Add beads, glitter, leaves, or whatever your heart desires!
These make great garlands, hair accessories (although maybe not the sturdiest), pins, and ornaments – or you can glue them to floral wire and make your own bouquet.
Here are some of the corsages and boutonnieres we made at our craft night, using this pattern as well as several other tutorials.
I loved this idea -- use the book pages as leaves!
Folded paper flower boutonniere. Tutorial here.
Try making these flowers out of felt!
A different pattern -- tutorial here.
It's the perfect craft for your book club -- and if you don't already have one, there are FYA locations worldwide!