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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Book Page Paper Roses DIY Project

Book Page Paper Roses DIY Project

Flowers can be expensive and time-consuming to maintain, so swap the live version in favor of this Book Page Paper Roses DIY Project. Grab an old book and learn how to make a paper rose that you can turn into a bouquet. Make a bunch of these roses, throw them in a vase and display them during your next party or book club gathering. DIY paper roses are a great alternative to the real thing because you don't have to water them. To make the stems, simply cover wire with jute or paper and attach them to the flowers. The finished project is sophisticated and pretty but not over the top. Everyone will love the unique look of your handmade design.

Primary TechniquePaper Crafts

Easy

SeasonSpring

Materials:

  • Vintage paper
  • Mod Podge (matte)
  • Small circle punch
  • Jute or paper covered wire for stems
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue
  • Sponge brush
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Skinny paintbrush or pencil to curl paper
  • Scissors

 

Instructions:

  1. The most important trick is preparing your vintage paper, otherwise it will be too brittle to work with.  This is done by coating both sides with Mod Podge.  Coat one side completely with an even coat and let dry, then coat the other side.  This will transform the paper into a leathery consistency and make it more durable.  You can prepare several treated pages ahead of time before you start making your flowers.


     
  2. Using the circle punch, punch out about six or seven circles from the treated paper.  You'll also need about the same number of petal shaped pieces.  I just cut the petals free-form with scissors. 


     
  3. Using the paintbrush handle, roll the petals at one end to make them curl.


     
  4. Now the pieces are ready for gluing.


     
  5. I used cut wire about 12 to 14 inches long.  To start assembling a rose, put a dab of hot glue in the center of one of the punched circles.


     
  6. Fold the two sides of the circle towards the center and press together, using more glue if necessary.


     
  7. Keep repeating this around the center, cupping the innermost glued circle as you add more paper circles.


     
  8. Notice how the circles flare outward.


     
  9. After about six circles have been glued, you will be ready to add the petal shaped pieces.  Put a dab of hot glue at the base of the petal and press it into place.


     
  10. Keep adding the curled petals until you are happy with your rose.


     
  11. I decided to add glitter to some of my paper roses by dabbing Mod Podge around the edges and sprinkling the glitter on top. 

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My daughter made these paper roses and they do look really great! Using a thicker backing with really colorful magazine or old book color plates makes for a really interesting looking rose or flower. You can take it further with green pages and make some leaves.add some pretty ribbons complete your pretty bouquet and make another to give as a gift.

Just Love these Roses. Perfect for any occasion!! Will be trying these. Thank you for sharing.

These are so gorgeous! I like the vintage book paper and you could easily pick up a couple of those at a library book sale or even the bargain bin at a book store. You could use glossy color pages, too. Also, couldn't you use scrapbooking paper, too? The different patterns and colors would let you easily adapt your paper flower arrangement to a season, room decor, or theme.

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