Learn how to make stunning book page roses for a wedding bouquet and/or a party table centerpiece.
This tutorial was submitted by Jen Holz from JLHUPCYCLING – an etsy store that specializes in wedding and vintage handmade goods using recycled book pages! Jen is also a member of the Grillo Designs Home Decorating Facebook group which you can join here.
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How to make Book Page Roses by Jen Holz
Keeping the book pages stacked, cut the pages down to approximately 4″x6″. I used a larger book so I cut the pages in half. If you use a smaller book, you may not need to cut the pages down.
Next, cut the book pages into a circle. The larger the circle, the larger your rose will be.
For the next step, cut the pages into a spiral shape. I usually start off the spiral with a thinner strip (this will be the rose’s center), and gradually create a thicker strip as I create the spiral. Finish the spiral by creating a tab in the middle of the circle (this will be the base of the rose).
Starting with the outer end of your spiral and keeping all 3 pages together, start rolling your strips inward into a spiral shape to create the rose’s center.
I’ve found the easiest way to hold the center together while you’re rolling the strips is to hold the top of the center with your right pointer finger, and hold the bottom of the center with your right thumb.
Then, as you keep rolling the strips inward to create the rose’s shape, hold the unrolled strips together with your left hand.
Once you reach the end of the strips, loosen the spiral lightly by adjusting your thumb and pointer finger to your desired rose shape. Next, put a dab of hot glue on the top of each tab and secure to the bottom of the rose. This will secure the rose to the base.
If the shape isn’t perfect, that’s ok! You can always cut it down to your desires size. It’s likely that every rose will be different. That’s what makes them unique 🙂
Want to add more detail to your rose? Add a small dab of hot glue to a pearl bead and press it to the center of your rose.
You can also easily attach a wire flower stem by working the wire through the base. If it feels loose, put a little hot glue on the stem before you attach it to the rose.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions, please leave me a comment below. Dont forget to check out my etsy store here.
– Jen Holz
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