Make Book Page Roses! You will love them!

I love crafting with paper, especially old books. I ran across a book page rose tutorial here, from Lucy at The Craftberry Bush, and decided to give it a try. Of course I had to tweak it here and there and recorded my version in this tutorial below.

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You will need the following supplies:

  • Old book (but not so old that the pages are crumbly)
  • clear tape
  • scissors (which I ended up not using)
  • tooth picks
  • low temperature glue gun, not pictured here (I like to use the mini gun because it is easier to handle for small projects)

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  1. Tear a page from a book.
  2. Tear the unprinted edges from each side so that your page shows only the printed area and has nice jagged edges.
  3. Next tear a 1″x4″ strip from the page.

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4.  Roll the strip of paper tightly around the toothpick.

5.  Pull the toothpick out and loosen the spiral so that it looks like a little bitty rose.

6.  Roll a piece of clear tape around the bottom.

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7.  Tear five sheets of paper from the book. Do this three times so that you have three sets of pages with five sheets in each.

8.  Next tear the edges from the page like you did in step two (I tear five sheets at a time).

9.  Take each set of five pages and tear a set of 4″ squares, 3″ squares, and 2″ squares. You will have a total of fifteen squares.

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10. Now tear the corners from each square so that they are rounded.

11. You will have a set of 5-large, 5-medium, and 5-small jagged circles when you are through. These are your petals. WARNING: do not try to make these perfect! If you do, it will make you crazy and you won’t enjoy the crafting process! Loosen up and have fun with this project!

12. Hold one petal in your left hand and using your right hand, pinch the other end between the nail of your middle finger and thumb. Pull your fingers to the edged several times so that the edge curls down like a rose petal. It took me a few tries to get the hang of this step. I tore a few but used them any way; it added more character!

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13. The petal should look like this from the side view.

14. It should look like this from the top.

15. And like this from underneath.

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16. Now take the uncurled edge and pinch it up and kind of twist it.

17. Let it go and loosen it up a little. This step will form a little cup just like a real rose petal.

18. Do this to all the petals before you start attaching them to the center. This is what they will look like.

This probably seems like a lot of work, but once you get the hang of it it goes pretty quickly.

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19. I don’t know if you can see this picture clearly, but you need to run a bead of hot glue along the crumpled, top-side edge of one of your small petals.

20. And attach it to the base of the rose center where the tape is.

21. Add another one in the same manner, overlapping the edges.

22. Keep adding and overlapping the petals as you go around.

I found it helpful to add the petals loosely. The first one I made was too tight and it didn’t look natural.

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23. Center rose with all five small petals applied.

24. Rose with all medium petals applied.

25. Rose with all petals in place.

26. This is what your rose will look like from the bottom.

You can see that you could stop at each stage above and have different size roses. I love the way they look at each stage! I loved this project and will keep going until I have a dozen or two! Oh, you can add stems and leaves if you want to . Lucy goes into this in her tutorial. I have run out of time and will have to write about stems and leaves another day…

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And here it is! I hope you like this tutorial and that you will give it a try. Your first rose may not look exactly like you want it to, but don’t let that scare you off. You will get the hang of it and end up with a collection of paper roses that will give your vignettes a touch of hand-made charm!

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26 thoughts on “Make Book Page Roses! You will love them!

  1. How beautiful. I have been looking for this kind of tutorial for some time. There are some around, but your’s would even make a beginner boast with understanding! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures! Love your blog! Greets, Manu

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  3. I’m going to make some of these with old sheet music — I got a apple box ful from st. vinnies for free several years ago — for my dd senior project recital and graduation party. She was just accepted to the school of music at wsu! perfect choice for her. thanks for the great tut!

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  5. I think I might try this and lightly spray with tattered angels for an added sparkle or walnut ink crystals for an aged look. I wonder if you can curl the petals with your fingernail after applying a very light coat of paint?

    • Donna, I think it all depends on the paint. If it is a mist like an art fixative, then it might work. If it is an acrylic, I don’t know. Try two or three petals and see what happens. Let us know how it goes!

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  8. thanks for this! In the process of making a boquet now, its one of the best tutorials out there for paper roses that I’ve seen! Will try making a few out of different papers, see how it goes :)

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  10. I am so excited to find this! I have seen several YouTube clips on how to make paper roses, but yours are so much nicer! I’m going to try to ink some of the pages first, to give them a little color (to match my wedding colors) then use these as centerpieces/as well as guests gifts!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this!

  11. Oh my gosh! Thank you for this beautiful tutorial. :D I made a couple and well instead of a stems I used a pens; it worked wonderfully :D Have a blessed day and again thanks for the tute. :D

  12. Thank you for this detailed and wonderfully explained post. I’ve been looking for instructions as I’ll be making my wedding bouquet this way from different colored paper.
    Take care!

  13. I love the paper roses you weren’t sure about the center part what is called it is the stamen considered the male reproductive part of the flower. I love your site and everything is so well put together. A friend wants me to make her flowers for her big day out of paper. I hope I can make them beautiful for her. I”ll post a picture if they come together.

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