Hello, friends! My name is Amy Allen Clark from MomAdvice.com and I am excited to be sharing my project today on Skip to My Lou. In honor of teacher appreciation month, I wanted to share with you a beautiful and thrifty project to create for a special teacher in your life. We have been known to royally spoil our sweet teachers and today I wanted to show off a special gift we created from an old thrift store book. Book page flowers create a beautiful bouquet that can be enjoyed all year round for any special teacher in your life.
These book posies are easy to create thanks to our handy tutorial and I am sharing a printable you can use to create your very own book posies in no time at all. The best part is that this craft is easy on the wallet while still making a true statement of appreciation. Let’s get started!
1 old book/textbook
Jar or Vase
Hot Glue Gun
Printed template: Download here.
1. Cut out your five flower petals from the provided flower petal template
2. Begin by pulling out five pages of your book and leave them stacked. Using one of your flower petal templates as a guide, cut out your first petals. Since you are cutting through the stack of papers, you should have five petals cut. Repeat this process with the other four petal templates until you have five of each kind.
3. Using your grill skewer as a paper shaper, roll each of the petals to create curving of the petals around it. I simply rolled these around the skewer, then released them.
4. Pull out another page from your book and tear a strip lengthwise from the book. Just as you would with floral tape wrap, pulling down gently, the skewer with the strip from your page. You may need two strips to cover the entire length. (pictured above).
5. Tear another strip lengthwise and roll this at the top of your skewer to create the center of your flower (just ignore that bare stem!). I just add a bit of glue at the beginning and then a bit of glue at the end to hold it together. Now you are ready to start adding your petals.
6. Add a drop of glue almost at the edge of the bottom of your petal and begin with the smallest layer. Add these petals all around the flower center. Repeat this process with the petals the next size up. Repeat again, again, and again until all of the petals are attached to your flower. If the base feels loose at all, add a little dab of hot glue around the bottom of the flower with your hot glue gun.
7. Finish by placing them in a thrifted jar or vase and spread and fluff the petals of your flowers. Give these to your favorite teacher with a gift card to their favorite bookstore.
Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May. Through all of April I am excited to share some amazing ideas from some of the most wonderful bloggers for my Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas series! It’s a great month! You will be totally prepared with ideas to thank your teachers!
Stop by Mom Advice for more crafty inspiration and to enter the Show your Appreciation giveaway today (you get a new entry each time your visit our guest blogger)! We are giving away hundreds of dollars worth of fun goodies! You won’t want to miss this!