Wedding Things!

Only 7 months to go until my wedding! I’m so excitey pants. I’ve been making my bouquet from book pages too. Don’t worry, it’s a paperback. And yes, I’ve been crying about it the whole time. At first, I was making half paper flower, half origami roses and adding a gold trim. But they didn’t go with anything. Then I started doing hybrids between cloth and book pages and they look amazing! So amazing, that I’m going to tell you how to make them!

Things you will need:

  • White cloth rose buds
  • A paperback that you are okay with detroying
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • Craft bond glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes
  • Pen/pencil

Step 1:

Each flower uses 3 book pages. Cut each page down into a square. Fold the square from corner to corner (creating a triangle), 3 times. Then hold the paper by the closed point and cut the loose side in a deep arc. Cut off the tip of the closed end and unfold the page

Step 2:

Each book page should now have a hole in the middle and 8 sections/petals. Cut 1 petal from the first page. Cut 2 petals from the second page. Cut 3 petals from the third page.

Step 3:

Lightly brush the gold paint onto the pages.

Step 4:

Overlap the end petals to create a complete shape for each of the three book pages and glue them in place. YOU SHOULD STILL HAVE 3 SEPARATE PIECES AT THIS POINT.

Step 5:

Using a pen or pencil, roll the the petals away from the center hole.

Step 6:

Glue the book page flowers together in order of size, with the smallest in the middle. And set it aside.

Step 7:

Cover the white rose in gold paint. use the brush to get deep between the cloth petals.

Step 8:

Cover the rim of the center hole in the book page flowers with glue and gently slide the stem of the cloth flower through. Pinch the top of the stem where the pages meet the bulb. Then let it dry.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.