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 hot glue gun
Optional for a bouquet:
Cut off the page below the fold, leaving a triangle.
...and then again one more time, so you end up with this:
Or like a petal, I guess. But ice cream cone just sounds more fun.
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:
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.
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.
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.