Monday, May 2, 2011

Wordy Flowers

The other day, I got a spontaneous idea to try and make huge flowers out of book pages. They turned out better than I imagined. I made 3 in about an hour with supplies on hand. Fast and free. The best kind of decorating.

This tutorial is lengthy, but the pictures should be self explanatory:

Sit on your family room carpet. Plug in your glue gun and start pulling pages out of an old book.

I free-hand cut each large petal. I wanted them to all have a different shape. But, you could make a template to trace and cut.

Fold the bottom of the petal in half and secure with a drop of hot glue.

Flip open half and secure that with hot glue as well.

This step is a little tricky. You want to gently open up the petal. Hold on to the bottom portion and adjust it. Because you have secured the bottom portion, the petal should fold out in a three dimensional way.

Secure the petal with hot glue onto a section of felt.


Make a 2nd layer of petals that are smaller than the first.

All the petals in place. Glue down any annoying edges.

For the center portion of the flower, I free-hand cut this clover-like petal shape:

Scrunch (that's a technical term) it around the eraser end of a pencil.

Glue into the center of the flower and lightly fan it open.

Cut a small circle.

Scrunch tightly over the pencil.

Secure in the very center with hot glue.

I glued my flower into the center of a large wooden frame (where the picture would normally go).
And no, you can't have this amazing frame. It was made for me by someone who exercises too much and drinks Koolaid for breakfast.

Hang and enjoy!


Nancy said...

How much cuter can your house get??? So creative.
Love that you put them in the frames. (and FYI Wade is no longer allowed to exercise but he still enjoys a tall glass of koolaid with his cereal.)

Taryn said...

I STINKING LOVE THIS!!!!!!! TOO ADORABLE! I wish I would have looked at it up close when I was there today! Oh well...... Thanks for the great idea!!

Kristina said...

I love paper flowers, and these are no exception! Great idea!

Emilee said...

So cute! These are beautiful and easy to make too! My kind of craft!

Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

Awesome tute! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/06/tuesday-confessional-link-party.html. I hope to see you soon!

Julie said...

Great idea! I'd love for you to link up at Inspire Me Mondays! http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com