Remember when I told you all how much I hated books, but obviously I was just kidding? But I still shared ideas to tear apart old books to make a crafts out of them, and it was fun and we all had a good laugh and stuff? Well I have another book page project for you now, and I was inspired by my book page crafts post.
I love words a whole lot, I love books a whole lot, and I think book pages look really amazing in art and craft, they’ve almost become a neutral. What do you think? Are you a book page craft fan?
I spied some cool book flowers and tried my hand at them, and then decided I needed to make a billionty thousand of them to hot glue onto an orb for hanging purposes. I’m glad I have a teenager who likes to steal these kinds of things from me when I’m finished, because while I like making crafty things from time to time, I don’t want them all over my house, ya dig?
Let’s see how we make this beautiful flowery hangy orb of mystery.
- Book pages, and loads of ’em
- A bowl to trace around to cut circles from the pages
- Hot glue gun
- Small white lantern
I got a small one, because I couldn’t imagine myself having the patience to cover a larger lantern with these flowers, but I’ll bet it would look gorgeous to have a glowy flower lamp…. ooh I may have to get my family making flowers and do this.
Book Page Flowers
Trace around your bowl- on a stack of book pages at a time.
Cut out the circle with your scissors.
Cut a spiral from the circle, as shown.
Start rolling from the outer pointy point inward- as you do more of them you will get into the groove of rolling, and you will do it more quickly. This part is fun to me- sort of relaxing and therapeutic. You can listen to a podcast or watch the Ellen show while you’re rolling. Oh wait- you probably already have all sorts of experience rolling illicit things up in paper, you naughty Nellie.
When you get to the round end, you slightly bend that to be the base of the flower. Squeeze a glob of hot glue onto the center of the round area and hold the coiled flowers onto it for a second to attach. If your flower is coiled too tightly, and you want it looser, let it spring open a bit before you glue it down.
Some other fun parts to this exercise are finding interesting bits on the pages you are cutting out (I’m using an old encyclopedia), and playing with the hot glue strands. Also, burning your fingers is quite enjoyable. BUT I DIGRESS.
After you’ve made so many flowers you can’t even believe yourself, make some more. Then start gluing them around your lantern.
What the hell? Looking at this now, I wish I had squished the flowers together a bit more to fill in some of those gaps. Do that if you make this. Yes. But not too squished. They’ll feel uncomfortable.