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Topic: A Bevy of Blooming Book Flowers for Earth Day!  (Read 3315 times)
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« on: April 21, 2010 05:59:16 PM »

Many of you know that I volunteer for the Friends of the Library, and transform the books leftover after their annual book sale into altered books by cutting them into shapes

or making book safes out of them.

In looking for a way to use the pages cut out of the center of the book safes, we found BOOK FLOWERS! I don't know where I saw them, and efforts to find the original inspiration have failed, but these are the PERFECT way to use those old pages.

Start by cutting circles out of your pages (use a punch if you have one for smaller blooms, or fancy edged scissors for the larger blooms)

Stack them on top of each other, turning the print so that it doesn't run the same direction on all the layers.

Staple an X in the middle.

Start wadding the topmost layer up, and then each layer underneath it, and then loosen the wadded up paper to open the blossom.

They can be hot glued to hair bands or hair clips or to pins to make brooches:

This one was cut with deep lobes to make a different kind of bloom.

Bet that you can't stop after making just one!

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2010 06:21:38 PM »

Oh man, those flowers are really clever.  I might have to try those.

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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2010 06:22:49 PM »

those are awesome

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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2010 08:09:07 PM »

A few tutorials I found for these





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But can I make it out of clay?

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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2010 12:31:30 AM »

This is cool! Thanks for sharing. What did you use to cut the book safe?

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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2010 05:36:07 AM »

I use a bandsaw.... and everytime I shut it down I praise God that I haven't cut any fingers off... it is a very, very powerful tool.
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2010 05:41:33 AM »

Thank you for those links! Their pictures are way better than mine, but they aren't where I saw these first... there must be another site, too, somewhere...

Well, it's too good of an idea to keep to ourselves! I just LOVE the way they look!
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