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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Book Page Bouquet Part One: Paper Rose DIY

Whenever I share pictures from my wedding, I always get emails asking about my bridesmaid's bouquets. 

I love books and wanted to incorporate them into as many ways as possible in the wedding, and these were a great way to do that. Plus, it saved roughly $1,100 on flowers. Winning. 

My mom and I made them-we watched a bunch of different paper flower tutorials and kind of combined them all together to make these. I think they turned out so great, and I love that so many of my bridesmaids still have their bouquets.

If you want to make your own (you do, because paper roses made from your favorite book are just adorable), here's how to do it!

You will need: 
-a book
-a hot glue gun

Optional for a bouquet: 
-floral stems

 First, rip some pages out of a book. Yes, it will hurt your book-lover's heart. But it's okay. You can do it.

 Take the top right corner of the page and fold it over to meet the other side of the page, like this:

Cut off the page below the fold, leaving a triangle. 

 Fold the triangle over on itself, making a smaller triangle....

...and then again one more time, so you end up with this: 

 Holding the triangle point down, cut the top into a rounded shape, like an ice-cream cone.

Or like a petal, I guess. But ice cream cone just sounds more fun.

 Unfold your ice cream cone, and you have your flower! Now, in order to make these look like a rose, you need to curl the edges of the petals with something. I used a crochet hook here, but I've also used a pen and a wooden skewer. Whatever you have laying around will work, just curl the petals under, like this:

 When you're done, your flower should look something similar to this. Make three of these flower pieces. 

What you're going to do now is cut some smaller petals. Cut one petal from one flower, two from the next flower, and three from the next flower. Like this: 

 You should now have six pieces, like these:

Using a glue gun, glue the flowers "back together" so that there is no gap in them.

When you get to the single petal, just roll in up in a loose tube. Your six pieces should now look like this:

Now onto the fun part: making the rose!

The flower with the most petals is your base. If you're going to be making a bouquet, take the stem and poke it through the base flower. If you're just making roses without stems, skip this step.

 Secure it with a bit of hot glue. It doesn't have to be perfectly centered, as you can bend the stem whichever way you need it to go later.

Next, take the second-biggest flower (the one you cut two petals from) and cut a little bit off of the bottom so it fits nicely into the base flower. 

Using hot glue, lay this flower over the base flower.

 Try to line the flowers up in such a way that one flower's petals covers the flower's below its gaps.

Continue doing this with all of the pieces, in order from biggest to smallest. The smaller the piece, the more you might need to cut off from the bottom of the flower to make it fit the way you want it to.

 The final step is putting the single petal you rolled up right in the middle! If you have a stem in the flower, use this piece to cover it up.

 And that's it! These are so fun and easy to make, and can be used for so many cute things. If you have any questions or get stuck on any of the steps, just ask and I'll answer in the comments! This is one of those DIYs where it seems a bit tricky at first, but once you make one, you'll get the hang of it be able to knock tons of them out in no time.

I'll be back next week to show you how to make a bouquet out of these!


  1. If ever there was a DIY made for someone it was this one for you! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. These are so gorgeous! What an awesome idea for a creative, unique bouquet! Great job!

  3. What a beautiful and different idea for wedding bouquets!!! I love it!! =)

    I've been trying to spruce up my condo and this might be just the cutest thing I need to do as a sweet accent! Thank you for the DIY inspiration! =)

    Have a great Wednesday! Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

  4. What a fun idea!! Can I get a wedding re-do so I can incorporate these? ;)

  5. These are so pretty! Love how you incorporated them into your wedding as well, and saved a ton of money :-D
    Green Fashionista

  6. This is such a fantastic idea! I love that you can keep them forever!

  7. These are insanely cool! I love that you can have them forever, just like my artificial bouquet that I made. I also loved my girls having a piece of something that I made! Great idea!

  8. Ok, these are so stinking cute!! I am almost positive that mine would not turn out this cute, though (craft challenged over here.)

  9. These are adorable and look so easy to make! You know, once you get past the whole ripping a page out of your favorite book part...

  10. So on the one hand, my book lover's heart does hurt to think about tearing out pages. But on the other hand, that same heart is jumping for joy over such gorgeous bridal bouquets! What a great idea for any bibliophile! They came out gorgeous :)

  11. This is awesome. I love that you used them for your bouquets.

  12. I'm obsessed. I want to redo my wedding based on this alone.

  13. It would be so hard for me to rip out pages from a book (I'm one of those crazies that hates when people bend a book when they read it and ruin the spine), but these are so adorable!

  14. Okay, I absolutely LOVE this idea!!!! Seriously, so unique and clever and beautiful! Great tutorial, too. I just wish I had a reason to make one. ;)


  15. These are so pretty. I love this idea. I had a friend gift me a bouquet of them for my birthday one year and I loved it. I still have them.

  16. I absolutely love this tutorial! Those paper flowers are too cute! Thanks for sharing! xo


  17. so lovely!!! and just my style- love these! thanks for the cute diy girl

  18. Cute! I have a bag of paper roses I made for our wedding that sadly I did not get to use. I can't bear to get rid of them since they were so much work.

  19. Oh this is fantastique. Pinning it to make these flowers later

  20. This is a great tutorial, Chelsea!! So fun! I really want to go find a book and make these now! :) Also, your photos are so helpful! I always struggle with taking photos for a tutorial, but yours really show each step clearly!

  21. This is a great tutorial, Chelsea!! So fun! I really want to go find a book and make these now! :) Also, your photos are so helpful! I always struggle with taking photos for a tutorial, but yours really show each step clearly!

  22. This is such a cute idea!

    And for a side note, I really want a peak into your nail polish collection, because you always have the best colors in photos!

  23. Gorgeous! I made all of my wedding flowers too! (I never update this anymore, but it's a quick recap:


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