Thrifty DIY: Encyclopedia FlowersFebruary 19, 2015 | FILED UNDER: Accents, Paper, Flowers
The last time I was at the Goodwill, I found myself in the book section. You’d be surprised at how many good books you can nab there for 99 cents a piece! Then I saw a few lonely encyclopedias – some strays no longer with their original set. I feel sad for these relics of the past, don’t you? So I grabbed the G-H volume for 99 cents and got to work giving it a new life in flower form!
While I’m not crazy about the idea of tearing up books, encyclopedias (especially single volumes) seem to be a good bet for not being used again. Plus their large sheets of almost tissue-thin paper make them perfect for shaping into delicate flowers.
You could use just the encyclopedia pages for a more vintage look, but being the color-loving girl I am I had to layer in some bright colored tissue paper as well! I like the juxtaposition of the two types of paper. Putting them in a bright colored vase (you can make one of these too!) makes for a pretty spring arrangement!
Supplies for Encyclopedia Flowers
- Encyclopedia or other book with large, thin sheets of paper
- Tissue paper (I found the particular pack of colors shown at Target!)
- Floral wire (I recommend using 18 gauge)
- Card stock (not shown)
How to Make Encyclopedia Flowers
4. Once it is accordion folded it should look like this. Round off the ends with your scissors, which will create a petal look.
6. Start to fan out each layer of paper to form the flower, being careful not to rip the paper as you are separating it.