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Book Page Rose Wreath

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Book Page Rose Wreath

Are you drawn to the amber color of aging book pages? Do you love the scrolling detail on an ornate ceiling medallion? Do you like roses? Yes, yes, and yes?! Well, this post has your name written all over it!

I must say, I really enjoyed photographing this tutorial. The dimensions and shadows in the rose and medallion lend themselves so nicely to photography.

Before we start, I need to give credit where credit is due. I saw a beautiful  paper rose bouquet on 100 Layer Cake the other day, and knew I wanted to make one giant one. The bouquet was created by Valerie Lloyd for a wedding.  So beautiful and unique!

I had not taken down our Christmas decorations on the mantle (I know, slacker that I am.) But, this project propelled my desire to create a Valentine’s Day themed mantle.


  • Old book
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Ceiling medallion
  • Small piece of cardboard
  • Ribbon
Difficulty: Easy
Step 1. Start by tearing a dozen pages out of an old book. (Check Goodwill and thrift stores. You’re bound to find some for this project.)

Book Page Rose Wreath

Step 2. Cut out petal shapes from the book pages. Make some slightly larger and some smaller for the insides of the rose.

Book Page Rose Wreath

Step 3. Curl the top edges of the petal back.

Book Page Rose Wreath

Step 4. Fold the petal in half lengthwise. The curled edges will be on the outside of the fold.

Book Page Rose Wreath

Step 5. Roll several of the smaller petals into a tube shape for the center of the rose.

Book Page Rose Wreath

You should have a decent pile of petals collected before proceeding.

Book Page Rose Wreath

Step 6. Cut a long piece of ribbon to feed through the center of the medallion. It is important to add the ribbon now before you build out your rose and cover the hole.

Plug in your glue gun and let it warm up.

Book Page Rose Wreath

Step 7. Cut a piece of cardboard large enough to cover the center of the medallion. Run a line of hot glue around the center hole on the back of the medallion. Place the cardboard over the hole.

Book Page Rose Wreath

Step 8. Squeeze a large dollop of glue into the center of the cardboard (on the front side of the medallion.) Press one of the small petal tubes into the center of the glue. Hold it until the glue hardens and sets.

Book Page Rose Wreath

Squeeze more glue around the base of the first petal. Wrap a few more of the small petal tubes around the first one.

Book Page Rose Wreath

Experiment with folding the base of each petal or leave them open (your choice.) Variety will make your rose look more “real.”

Book Page Rose Wreath

Step 9.  Continue working around the rose from the center out until you have a very full paper rose.

Book Page Rose Wreath

Step 10. Let the hot glue cool. Fluff the rose and add any petals where you think your rose might need more.

Book Page Rose Wreath

Tie a bow at the top of the ribbon and hang your beautiful wreath!

Book Page Rose Wreath

Stand back and admire your new romantic book page wreath.

Book Page Rose Wreath

What did I tell you? This rose is so beautiful and fun to photograph.

Book Page Rose Wreath

I’d love to hear from you if you make your own! Very rewarding and a relatively easy project.

Book Page Rose Wreath

I hope you are having a fabulous week!

Book Page Rose Wreath

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 Book Page Rose Wreath

57 replies
  1. Katie
    Katie says:

    I love this wreath and the details of the rose! I’ve yet to do anything with book pages yet I’ve been hoarding quite a few books for the main purpose of using in projects! must make something with book pages ASAP!

  2. Maribel
    Maribel says:

    This is so beautiful, I just love it! Love how wreaths are so dynamic and diverse today, thanks so much for this gorgeous tutorial.

  3. Sheila MacBride
    Sheila MacBride says:

    So cool! I wanted to make a medallion wreath for Christmas, but never got to it. I love book page art & have done a wreath, chandelier, and several flowers. This is definitely on my list! Thanks for the inspiration:)

  4. Linda Leyble
    Linda Leyble says:


    I absolutely love, love, love, love this project! What an awesome idea. It gives me so many ideas (I have sveral ceiling medallions hanging around and I could certainly use them. I did other things to the ceilings that could have used them – and now I have only a few ceiling sleft in my house for their use.

    Great, great idea. I am certainly going to follow you…hopefully you will do the same.

    Looking forward to more of your ideas. Found you on Funky Junk!


  5. Ann
    Ann says:

    This is simply gorgeous! I am also a lover of recycled book pages and I love that rose. I plan to do an entire wreath using book page roses, and soon. In the meantime I’m coordinating my craft studio storage with lots of book page crafts. I’ll be glad when it’s done!

  6. Yvonne Angus
    Yvonne Angus says:

    Love this, and will make it, but, I love change, too, so I will make my rose independently from the wreath. I will glue it to a cardboard backing, but, I will attach the backing to my RIBBON, so that once untied, I can reuse the rose somewhere else, and still use the medallion elsewhere, as well. I like the idea of aging my pages with tea or coffee, too. Or, I may simply tape or pin the backing (if medallion is Styrofoam) to my medallion.

  7. Gloria Anderson
    Gloria Anderson says:

    If you want a really aged look to pages, soak in weak tea awhile and lay flat to dry on table on paper towel. I did this with the wreath and the patina looks so nice. New books or white pages are nice too, depends on what yo want


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