For this project you’ll need:
- a book you don’t mind ripping up [ I used Twilight ;) ]
- a scalloped or similar flower shaped stencil or paper punch
- a pen/pencil and a pair of scissors [ only if you don’t have a paper punch ]
- a hole punch
- a small fastener [ brad, button, staples, etc. ]
- a marker
- small embellishments [ beads, buttons, jewels, etc. ]
- and a hot glue gun
Step 1: Tear out some pages of your book. The number of pages you use will depend on how big and full you want your flower. I used six pages in this case.
Step 2: If you have a scalloped or flower shaped paper punch you can skip ahead to Step 4. Since I’m not quite craft savvy enough to have any paper punches I had to improvise. I made my own stencil by printing out the shape I wanted onto some cardstock and carefully cutting it out.
[ Helpful Tip: Printing the stencil out in gray scale uses less ink. ]
Step 3: Trace the shape onto each of the pages. Be sure to trace it onto the opposite side that you want to use so that the lines aren’t as visible.
Then carefully cut out your shape from each page.
Step 4: Whether you used a paper punch or a stencil and scissors, at this point you should have all of your pieces cut out.
This next part will depend on what kind of fastener you plan to use. I used a brad from an old envelope, but you can also use staples or sew on a button if you want. If you use a brad like I did here, you’ll need to punch a hole in the center of each piece of paper.
I had to fold mine a bit to fit inside the hole punch.
Step 5: Glue on your embellishments. I used some tiny beads from a shirt I ruined a while back in the wash and stuck them to the brad with my hot glue gun.
The beads also keep the brad from slipping through the holes in the paper.
Then I used the brad to fasten all of the papers together.
Step 6: Now that all of the pieces are fastened together it’s time to create some depth and texture to the flower.
Tightly crumple the top piece of paper up around your fastening.
Continue crumpling up each layer around the center…
…until you’ve crumpled up all of the layers and have a shape that you’re satisfied with.
Step 7: Now you can add some color by taking a marker and lightly outlining the edge of each piece and wherever else you think a touch of color would look nice.
And voila! You have an adorable flower embellishment to use however you please. I used mine on a card for my sister's birthday.
And since I used the brad to fasten the flower to the card, she can take it off and use it as a decoration wherever she wants!