Book Page Topiary




With flowers made from an old book.

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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

* An old book 
* Polystyrene sphere (mine is 4 inches)
* Scalloped circle paper punch (I have used Creative Memories)
* Craft Glue
* Brads
* Chalking Ink (I have used 'Ash Rose' and 'Gingerbread' for a vintage look)
* A length of Dowel Rod (for stem)
* Ribbon and lace for embellishing

Step 2: Make Your Flowers

Each flower is made up of 7 punched scalloped  circles. Each scalloped circle has been inked with chalking ink before being stacked together and joined with a brad in the centre.

Take each layer and scrunch upwards. The scrunchier, the better.

Step 3: Time to Assemble

Insert the dowel rod into the base of the polystyrene sphere. Remove the rod from the base and fill hole with craft glue. Replace the rod again and allow the glue to dry.

Glue the flowers onto the sphere closely together. You can use sewing pins to hold the flowers in place while the glue dries and then remove them once the glue has dried.

I have used between 50 to 60 flowers altogether. (Each flower has the 7 layers)

Step 4: Embellish

I have tied a bow with ribbon and lace around the stem. The topiary is being displayed in porcelain dish filled with florists foam and moss. 

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    I have used a chalking ink on these to give them a light vintage look. If you were to use a juicy ink pad (Close to my Heart, Stampin up brands etc) with a dauber, you'd get a much deeper colour. I tried a spray ink / mister and when it dried, the flower changed shape and lost it's crunched look. Still looked great but not right for my topiary.

    I am rather new to inking so hopefully the above info is helpful. Thanks for taking the time to look and comment :)

    Scrappy Vee

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you :)

    I did steal a bit of silicone / glue from the hubby's workshop to hold the foam in place in the dish. It hasn't tipped over yet. Fingers crossed :)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    very lovely! did you weight the base so it doesn't tip over?

    Scrappy VeeMielameri

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you. I was planning on gifting this but the more I look at it, the more it looks great on display in my living room :)

    MielameriScrappy Vee

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    lol! I know the feeling; you work so hard perfecting something crafty that it seems like a crime to pass it along...