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Hi, I'm Chelsea! I’m on a mission to help you find joy and goodness in every day.
On this blog we talk about the big things (like chasing dreams) and the small things (like what books we're reading) because happiness comes in all sizes.
I love books and wanted to incorporate them into as many ways as possible in the wedding, and these were a great way to do that. Plus, it saved roughly $1,100 on flowers. Winning.
My mom and I made them-we watched a bunch of different paper flower tutorials and kind of combined them all together to make these. I think they turned out so great, and I love that so many of my bridesmaids still have their bouquets.
First, rip some pages out of a book. Yes, it will hurt your book-lover’s heart. But it’s okay. You can do it.
Take the top right corner of the page and fold it over to meet the other side of the page, like this:
Fold the triangle over on itself, making a smaller triangle….
Holding the triangle point down, cut the top into a rounded shape, like an ice-cream cone.
Or like a petal, I guess. But ice cream cone just sounds more fun.
Unfold your ice cream cone, and you have your flower! Now, in order to make these look like a rose, you need to curl the edges of the petals with something. I used a crochet hook here, but I’ve also used a pen and a wooden skewer. Whatever you have laying around will work, just curl the petals under, like this:
When you’re done, your flower should look something similar to this. Make three of these flower pieces.
You should now have six pieces, like these:
Using a glue gun, glue the flowers “back together” so that there is no gap in them.
When you get to the single petal, just roll in up in a loose tube. Your six pieces should now look like this:
Now onto the fun part: making the rose!
The flower with the most petals is your base. If you’re going to be making a bouquet, take the stem and poke it through the base flower. If you’re just making roses without stems, skip this step.
Secure it with a bit of hot glue. It doesn’t have to be perfectly centered, as you can bend the stem whichever way you need it to go later.
Using hot glue, lay this flower over the base flower.
Try to line the flowers up in such a way that one flower’s petals covers the flower’s below its gaps.
Continue doing this with all of the pieces, in order from biggest to smallest. The smaller the piece, the more you might need to cut off from the bottom of the flower to make it fit the way you want it to.
The final step is putting the single petal you rolled up right in the middle! If you have a stem in the flower, use this piece to cover it up.
And that’s it! These are so fun and easy to make, and can be used for so many cute things. If you have any questions or get stuck on any of the steps, just ask and I’ll answer in the comments! This is one of those DIYs where it seems a bit tricky at first, but once you make one, you’ll get the hang of it be able to knock tons of them out in no time.
I’ll be back next week to show you how to make a bouquet out of these!
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