Repurposed Book Flower!

Last week I shared how I made a few quick changes to the mantel to decorate things for Thanksgiving.   I wanted to share with you the repurposed book flower that I made.

repurposed book


This is a simple project to make as long as you have some old books on hand.

spray painting an old book to make a repurposed book flower

I originally saw this idea on Pinterest and decided this was a great accent piece for the mantel.  I wanted to give my flower a few accents, so I started by spray painting the ends of the book.   You can use any color that you would like, I used black to give it a more rustic look to match the yellowed pages.

how to cut a book in half for a repurposed book flower



cutting the bookbinding

I decided to cut my book in half so the flower would not be too long for my mantel and to also add more petals to the flower since my book was not that thick.  I started by marking the book in the center and using scissors to cut the pages in half.  I used a hacksaw to cut the binding of the book.

glue the book pages to make a petal for a repurposed book flower

Since I am anal, I counted my pages and divided equally so my petals would be the same size.  You could just eyeball it and that will work too.  Once I had my pages divided, fold the page ends into the center of the book and glue into place.

repurposed book flower

I placed a rubber band on the outside of the flower to hold the pages in place until the glue dried.

place to parts together for a repurposed book flower-7

Once the glue is dry, I glued the 2 parts of the book together and placed a button in the center to give my flower some character.

decorating the mantel with a repurposed book flower-11

I am loving how this turned out.  I will also be sharing those burlap vases with you later this week.




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17 Responses to Repurposed Book Flower!

  1. I LOVE this project! I am going to do this and place them on two pieces of wood to make book holders, and place them on the ends of books. I would love to share when done – it mat be a couple of months – but this is a for-sure project! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am building a website and will share this on it too!

  2. Now that’s one way to repurpose old books that you don’t want to throw away when you’re moving. Have enough of them in different sizes and you’ll get a wonderful effect I think!

    • Ginnie, I love how they turned out and they are so versatile to use in many decorating ways.

  3. That’s so neat! It actually made me think of the feathers of a turkey when you had it in half…you can repurpose your repurpose if you ever want to!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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