Approximate Time: 1 hour
Friendly Disclaimer: Let's get this out of the way up front. I'm a book-lover. I would never do this with a book that could still be enjoyed as "a book," and I'm going to trust that you never would either. I use books that are in very bad condition, headed for the landfill, especially ones that I have multiples of, like the old hymn books I collect.
Now, on to the craft.
Tear out a section of pages from the binding of the book. For the one in this photo, I think I used about 6 pages.
Keeping all the pages together, draw petal shapes onto the top page of your stack. I did a free-hand tear-drop shape. You will want to draw the petals in 6 separate sizes, large to small. Use more pages if you can't get all 6 sizes onto the top page.
Cut out your petals through all 6 pages at once, so that you end up with 6 of each size. 36 total petals.
If you want curly petals, roll the rounded tip-end of each petal around a pencil. Or wait until your flower is complete and fold some of the petals to suit your fancy.
When your petals are all cut out, you can start to assemble your flower.
Smallest petals first, glue the petals to each other at their pointed ends, in a fairly tight grouping. Now glue the next size to the backs of the small grouping.
Work your way outward with each petal size forming a flower.Make the middle piece by rolling one more large petal shape and pinching one end. Glue it into the middle of the completed flower.
Now your flower is ready to be used in any way you like. The possibilities are endless.
Mine is going on a wreath.
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I watched a neighbor do this on my porch. It was so cute. I love entertaining kids with paper crafts!
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