Spring has sprung, which means that tulips, crocuses, pansies, daffodils, peonies, and many other flowers have also sprung. However, for my workspace, I have created some beautiful literary flowers that will last all year long. I have always wanted to make these flowers, and now I finally have a beautiful book-quet (bad pun, I know, but I couldn’t resist). This flower design is based off of the Pom Pom from Klutz’s Tissue Paper Flowers. It is very easy to make, so grab your supplies to create some beautiful blossoms any bookworm would love.
- A book
- Lightweight paper (tissue paper works best) in the color of your choice (make sure this paper is colored on both sides)
- Green pipe cleaners
- A ruler
- A pen or pencil
- Hot glue and hot glue gun (optional)
1—Take a pipe cleaner and curl one end of it into a small nub.
2—To make the petals of your flower, you need to cut out pages from a book. I also made some flowers from colored tissue paper to bring more vibrant shades to my bouquet. If you can, try to find or make sheets that are about 8 ½ by 11 inches for both papers.
3—Fold the 8 ½ by 11 inch sheets into quarters. This will make for easier cutting. Use 2 sheets of paper for 1 flower.
4—Cut out a circle from the folded paper. These circles don’t need to be perfect, but they should be roughly 3 ½ inches in diameter. You should have 8 circles for each flower.
5—Take a pipe cleaner and, using the end opposite from the nub, poke it into the middle of one of the paper circles. Carefully move the circle up the pipe cleaner till you reach the nub. Scrunch it against the nub. Repeat until you have 8 circles on the piper cleaner. Poof out the flower.
Optional: If you want to prevent the petals from sliding back down the pipe cleaner, spread a little hot glue at the base of the flower around the pipe cleaner.
Optional: The green nub isn’t usually very visible, but you can make it look a little nicer if you want to. Cut out a 1 by 1 ½ inch rectangle of tissue paper. Fold the paper in half long ways over one end of the pipe cleaner. Roll the pipe cleaner up in the tissue paper, then curl it down into a spiral.