Sunday, January 26, 2014

Old Book Page Heart - How to Make Paper Roses

Sometimes when I have an idea or a vision for a project I want to create, it actually turns out better than I expected. This was one of those times!
You probably know what I'm going to say next...I got my idea from Pinterest!  First I saw THIS and then I saw THIS and I combined the two ideas....sort of. LOL!  I always try and make the projects I see and recreate, "my own".  Let me share with you what I did.

You will need the following items to recreate my framed heart:

Old book pages
8 x 8 piece of scrap wood
Hot glue gun and glue
Acrylic Paint (red)
Crackle Paint (cream)
Small paint brush
Old fence pickets
First, you'll need to make lots of book page roses. LOTS...about 40 or so varying in all different sizes.  Cut your pages into 1 1/2" to 2" wide strips.  Crumple the paper long ways to make it look like the above.
Add a drop of glue to one end and then start rolling, twisting and gluing as you go.  The longer your strip of paper the bigger the rose will be.  To make larger roses, I glue two strips end to end after I crumpled them.
Keep rolling and twisting and gluing until you get to the end of your strip of paper then glue the end flat.  This is very time consuming.  NOTE: My hands were tired and my fingers were sore after making all these roses. So worth it though!  I'd certainly do it again!
Make several roses in each of the sizes.  I think I ended up with about 3 or 4 different sizes.  You'll need smaller ones to fill in blank spaces.
This was my test run.  I drew a heart on the board with pencil and tried to fill it in with my roses.  I didn't like it.  So I cut out a heart from one of the book pages and laid it down for my guide.  To hide the paper cut out, I made sure to glue the roses over the edge of the paper.  You can see it peeking out in the picture below.
Before I glued down all the roses, I painted the board.  First coat was with the crackle paint.  My crackle paint is several years old and didn't really work the way it should have, but its ok.  Next I painted the red coat of paint and let it dry really good. Next, lay down your heart shape, arrange your roses until you like how it looks, then start hot gluing your roses in place one at a time.
The crackle paint worked a tiny bit, but it wasn't enough of a distressed look so I took the sand paper to it to really scuff it up.  I can't leave anything alone! LOL!
Here it is what it looked like when I thought I was done.  Then I changed my mind and wanted to add more to it!  My honey helped me with the next step.
That's better!  He made a frame for me using some more of our old fence pickets.  I always love when we can use the pickets in one of our projects.  They are so rustic, which I love!
After my honey put together the frame, he used his nail gun to attach the heart board to the frame.  You could probably use hot glue as well, but since he was at it, he just went ahead and nailed it together.  Lastly, I added a hanger to the back and hung it in the dining room.....I changed my mind AGAIN and now its perched on the mantel with a few other little Valentine items. So cute!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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  1. Good idea to use old books or papers. Have to give it a go.

  2. What a great idea. Love it and super tutorial. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  3. So cute! I love using book pages for projects. :-)

  4. Just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your heart art created with book favorite crafting medium. AND....I featured it tonight at Project Inspire{d} -! :)

  5. Very nice! I'll definitely have to do a bit at a time; little bit. I have a set of encyclopedias I can use for paper crafts--nobody wants these dinosaurs, lol.

  6. Surprise! You are one of my top 3 picks for this week's Shine a Spotlight party! Thank you for sharing your talent with us. :)


  7. This is just cute and could be used throughout the year! Great to see you added it to your Simply BeBetsy gallery!

    Have a great Valentines Day and see you soon.

    Sharon and Denise

  8. Well, it's so darn cute we have featured you on Simply BeBetsy Friday Features #5 - congrats!

    Thanks again for sharing!
    Sharon and Denise

  9. I just donated all of my old books. What was I thinking?!


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