Rhoad to the Altar: DIY book-page paper roses

Bouquet of book paper roses.

Christian and I met at a newspaper we worked at together in Huntington, W.Va., and we wanted to incorporate words, text  and fonts into our wedding theme. Unfortunately, just spreading newspapers out on a table does not make for a nice centerpiece, so we decided to go with books as an overall theme for our wedding.

Christian found this awesome idea online for our centerpieces. Each will consist of several stacked books, with the center cut out of the top book and a live plant coming out. We obviously have to wait until closer to the wedding to put these together.

To incorporate the book theme into other decorations, I wanted to try and make some kind of flowers. While on staycation this week, I decided to get crafty and try my hand at some roses made out of old book pages. I found this great tutorial online and love the way these look like actual flowers.

Surprisingly, they didn’t take as long as I thought they would, but I still can’t get them to look as realistic as the tutorial. I made five in about an hour and a half and only gave myself one blister from the hot glue. I found the wire stems at Jo Ann Fabrics for $1.99 for a package of 13. And the petals are literally pages ripped out of an old book.

I didn’t roll the petals on the flower on the left just to see what it would look like. The flower on the right has rolled petals, and I think it looks more realistic.

I did find that it is much easier to roll the edges of the petals with a Q-tip, which is a tip someone left in the comments of the original tutorial. Another tip I can offer is that you want to make sure you’re gluing all of the petals at about the same place on the stem. If you start adding petals down the stem instead of coming from the same place on the stem, the flower starts to look really fake. You want to make sure it has that “unfolded” look.

I began cutting the petals longer so they would fit around the stem, on the flower on the right, making them look a little more realistic.

To accomplish this, the larger petals need to be a bit longer so they will still fit on the stem. As you can see, I didn’t make mine long enough, so I had to glue them to the bottom of the last petals so they looked like they were coming out from the flower and not just down the stem.

Also, make sure you stagger the petals with each layer. The petals will peak out between each of the previous layers’. Don’t just overlap them on top of each other in the same spots.

Some other tips people offered in the comments section of the original tutorial included dying the petals with tea to give them an antiqued look. I’ve also heard that you can bake the paper on the lowest setting in your oven to give it that wrinkled look. Here is a step-by-step tutorial that uses coffee instead of tea. I haven’t tried this yet, but I think it would be a cool effect and might make the petals look more realistic. Some people even used sheet music, instead of book pages, which I love!

While messing around on Pinterest this week, I also found this awesome tutorial on making your own stamps out of erasers. I thought this might be a cool idea for the return address on the invitations. I’ll definitely let you know how these turn out.

Let me know how your flowers come out and if you can offer any tips or tricks. After all, I still have about 20 more to go! Happy crafting!

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