Have you ever made paper flowers from old book pages? Let me show you how.
I started making paper roses to be used as place cards for an upcoming book-themed tablescape. Since it was a book theme, I used old book pages to make them, and I’ll show you how to make paper flowers with this easy tutorial.
This unique DIY paper flowers idea looks so cute in each place setting. I’ll be sharing the full table setting with you soon; however, in the meantime, check out this easy craft project.
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What Can You Do With Paper Flowers?
Although my inspiration for making paper roses is to use them on a tablescape, there are several reasons to make paper flowers.
One of the most common uses is for weddings. Paper flowers work great for corsages, bridal bouquet, and hair accessories.
In addition, they are popular for table accessories such as centerpiece arrangements and table garlands similar to this coffee filter garland.
Add them to wreaths, garlands, and swags. Use them to fill a bowl or display them individually.
Today’s project is done with vintage book pages, but imagine all the possibilities with floral paper, colorful craft paper, and customized handpainted paper.
How To Make Paper Flowers
There is no limit to the paper choices to make these cute paper roses. However, I choose to use vintage book pages.
The paper flowers can be large or small. I wanted a larger rose design to serve as a place card at each place setting.
You will need 4 pieces for each paper flower.
How To Fold Book Pages To Make Paper Flowers
First, you will want to cut the four pages into squares.
To speed up the process, I cut all pieces at once.
Next, fold each square individually three times.
Ensure all the folds align on the same edge of the triangle.
Make Paper Rose Petals
Draw a half circle to make the rose petals, as shown below.
Cut away the exposed edges of the triangle. Ensure the folded edges are still intact.
Use your first triangle as a template to cut the other three petals.
Finally, cut the tip of the triangle leaving a small hole in the center of each petal.
Next, remove one petal from one of the pieces, two from the next one, and three from the third piece. Finally, cut the last piece in half. Save all pieces to form the rose petals.
Begin to Form Petals for Paper Flowers
You need a small paintbrush and craft glue for this next step.
Begin with the largest pieces and add glue to overlap the two edges.
For the larger pieces, overlap the two end petals entirely and hold until the glue adheres.
Continue until all eight cones are completed.
Next, roll each petal’s top edges outward using a small round cylinder. You can use a small paintbrush handle or a toothpick for smaller roses.
Continue until the tops of all, but the two smaller petals are rolled outward.
Assemble Paper Roses
Now you can begin to assemble the paper flowers. I recommend using a glass or jar to hold the flower as you make it.
You can begin with the two largest petals and add glue to the tip of the smaller of the two. Place the smaller one inside the large one and allow them to adhere.
Repeat this method working from the largest to the smallest petals. Allow the glue to dry.
Don’t you love how the paper roses look?
- vintage book pages
- Cut Four Squares from book pages
- Fold each square into a triangle 3 times.
- Ensure that all folded edges are on the same side.
- Cut a half circle to form the tops of each petal
- Snip the point of the triangle to form a circle in the middle of each piece.
- Cut away one petal, then two petals, then three petals and on the 4th pieces cut in half. Keep all pieces.
- Add glue to the edges of each piece and form a cone shape by overlapping the two ends.
- You will have 8 cone shapes when you finish.
- Use a round cylinder, such as a small paintbrush handle or toothpick to roll the tops of each petal.
- Begin to add glue to the points of each cone and stack one inside the other from largest to smallest.
- Place in a glass or jar to allow dry time.
- Add paper leaves as an option. Cut from the leftover book pages and adhere to the outside of the rose.
Add Leaves (optional)
Because I plan to use the paper roses individually as place cards, I decided to add leaves.
Cut two leaf shapes and fold them in half using scrap paper left over from the original book pages.
I also crinkle folded for a more authentic leaf look.
Add glue to the end of the paper leaf.
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Wrap the glued end around the bottom of the paper rose and hold it in place until it adheres. The glue doesn’t need to dry completely. You can place it back in the glass to allow drying time.
Once dry, you can add it to your table, make a garland, add it to a wreath, etc.
How To Decorate with Vintage Paper Roses
You can add your guests’ names to the flowers to use as place cards at each place setting if you like.
Check out the book club-themed Supper Club table that inspired these roses.
I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial, and let me know what projects you plan to make with paper flowers.
I used jute twine to string the paper roses together and created a simple sway on a vintage shutter.
This DIY Book Page and Napkin Decoupage Easter Egg Tutorial works great with these paper roses.
Display paper roses under a glass cloche for added impact. See Inspiring Ways To Decorate with Glass Cloche Domes.
Regardless of how you display them, they are a great addition to your farmhouse decor.
Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to sharing my next adventures with you.
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