This month I planned to post crafts using books and book pages, but I've fallen a bit behind on my schedule. I had an offer from BurlapFabric.com to use their products, which I was happy to do, and I wanted to squeeze in an Easter craft before the holiday. But today I have a craft that uses vintage book pages. Once I got going, I used vintage wallpaper too. You can use scrapbook paper or any pretty paper for this project.
Here is my bouquet of vintage paper roses:
These were fun to make, and didn't take a long time once I got the hang of them. Although there are numerous tutorials out there for making paper flowers, I sort of figured this version out for myself by viewing finished roses on my Pinterest board. Here are the materials and instructions you'll need to make some of your own....
Mod Podge (matte)
Small circle punch
Jute or paper covered wire for stems
Skinny paintbrush or pencil to curl paper
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.
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. They don't need to be perfect:
Using the paintbrush handle, roll the petals at one end to make them curl:
Now the pieces are ready for gluing:
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:
Fold the two sides of the circle towards the center and press together, using more glue if necessary:
Keep repeating this around the center, cupping the innermost glued circle as you add more paper circles:
Notice how the circles flare outward:
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:
Keep adding the curled petals until you are happy with your rose:
I decided to add glitter to some of my paper roses by dabbing Mod Podge around the edges and sprinkling the glitter on top.
And here are my finished vintage paper roses, using book pages and wallpaper:
Remember, they don't rip or fall apart because they've been treated with Mod Podge.....that's the secret!