Thursday, February 3, 2011

Upcycled Book Vase Tutorial

As promised, here is a mini tutorial for making the upcycled book vase. The technique I used to create this project is one of my favorites! It's quick, easy, only requires a few elements, and can be created with a variety of materials. I've used library card pockets, coin envelopes, and of course these 3 x 3 vellum envelopes I found at Joann's. I've dubbed it the "honeycomb" because the  finished product reminds me of the cells of a honeycomb when opened. Although this particular set looks a bit more like a flower because of the v shaped cuts.

All you need to create your own vase is a sharp pair of scissors, Scor-Tape or other double sided tape, and 7 vellum envelopes. {I used 3 x 3 but any size that fits within your book will work} Oh! And a book of course!

For a different look, you can just trim the flap off straight across. But cutting a curve on the back of the envelope creates the flower effect.

Be sure to tape around the edges of 2 of the envelopes so that the ends will be completely secured to your book pages.

Almost finished!

Center the envelopes in the middle of your book and press firmly on each side to make sure they are secure. Pop in the posies of your choice and watch them bloom!

Quick Tip: You may notice in this picture that I have placed a small binder clip to hold a section of pages together on each side of the opened book. This is necessary to make sure the book will remain open. You could substitute vintage clip on earrings, tiny clothespins, anything that will bind the pages together.


  1. what a great idea! thanks for sharing these tips.

  2. FABULOUS tutorial on this!!! :D

  3. Hi Kimberly, thanks for stopping by my blog! Your book flower is lovely! Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  4. I LOVE your honeycomb tutorial - one of these days I am going to try that!