Coffee-Dyed Book Page Flowers

I have a bit of a thing for books, coffee and flowers so when I saw a beautiful craft with tutorial in Mary Jane’s Farm Magazine I really wanted to try it.  My biggest obstacle wasn’t actually making the flowers but using pages from a perfectly good book.  I had such a hard time pulling those pages out but I did it and all in all I am pretty happy with the results.

Above is my ‘copy’ of the vignette and below is my magazine inspiration.

In order to make these flowers you need a book with easily removable pages, glue, tape, a hot glue gun, natural wired twine and wire cutters, 3 tablespoons of instant coffee and 4 ounces of warm water for the coffee staining solution and a foam brush.

First, I removed my pages from the book.

I then brushed the pages with the coffee solution.

Next, I hung the pages to dry which took less than 1 hour.

Once dry I joined the pages together in sets of two overlapping the long end of the pages and applying a thin line of glue flattening the glued strip with my hand.

The next step once the glue had dried was to fold my paper accordion-style into four equal parts.

With the two folded edges facing toward me, I cut the paper into 1/4 inch wide strips leaving 1/4 inch uncut at the end.

Next, roll the paper keeping the tension tight as you roll forming a flower shape as you go.

Wrap the base of the flower tightly with tape.

Cut a piece of wire for the stem.  The length of the wire will depend on the depth of your holder/vase place additional wire to allow for the ‘curl’.  Wrap the end of the wire around your finger to make the curly shape.


Place hot glue in the bottom center of your book page flower and insert the curly end of the wire into the bottom center of the flower.

Arrange your new-vintage coffee-dyed book pages and you’re all done!

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  1. Oh how coooool!~ I absolutely love this project girl. Thanks for sharing. Great tut too.

    • Thanks so much for hosting the copy cat challenge ~ that inspired me to actually get my butt in gear and make this project.

      Have a great week!

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  2. Great project. Your flowers turned out really pretty. I couldn’t bring myself into pulling out any pages from any of my books, that I had for my paper and wire wrapped beads. So I went to the half price book store and bought me a couple books to use when I needed pages from a book for a project.

    You can also use tea to dye pages too. I have used both but I like coffee better because the pages come out darker. When I’m in a hurry I just turn oven on low temp, while I am dying pages then lay them on cookie sheet, turn oven off, and place in oven for few minutes.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely project and wonderful tutorial.

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  3. Antonella @ The Comfortable Home says:

    That’s pretty neat :) Looks good!
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  4. What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing it! :)

  5. I love those! They look so vintagey … and I’m a sucker for anything made from books.
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    • Thanks, Randi ~ I’m glad you like them and I, too, am a sucker for anything made from books.

      Have a lovely week!!!

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  6. So cool and creative how vintage these turned out!
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    • Thanks, Donna! I love bright colors but sometimes the sepia/brownish tones are a welcome change.

      Have a lovely week.

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  7. Great flowers! I made some paper flowers this week too! I called mine a Pom Pom rose, but made it pretty much exactly the same way. This is such an easy technique. I love how yours turned out!
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    • Thanks so much! I’ll be over to look at yours. Must be the time of year…we need some flowers with this weather even if they are paper.

      Have a great week!

      ~Hugs, Mary Beth~

  8. Those are simply adorable. I love how they — and your whole arrangement — turned out! I love working with print material, including music. :>)

  9. I’m in love with this one, MB! Gorgeous!
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  10. What a pretty project! I’d love it if you would share these at my Saturday Spotlight linky party. :)

  11. so cute Mary Beth. I have yet to attempt a book page projects but I need to add it to my bucket list! Thanks so much for sharing!
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  12. katie goldsworthy says:

    I love these! I love that they are coming out of that spool too!
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. These are fabulous Mary Beth! They look amazing in that spool! Thank you for sharing at Monday Funday!
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  14. Mary Beth, this is such a wonderful technique and a lovely way to create vintage-style decor!

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  15. I love how vintage these look. This reminded me of how I used to make flowers out of Kleenex, thanks for bringing back such a fun memory for me. Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Have a great week and come back soon!

    • Thanks, April! Now I’m curious…how do you make flowers out of Kleenex? I would love to see a tutorial for that.

      Have a wonderful week,
      Mary Beth

  16. Hi Mary Beth : ) Sorry it took me awhile to respond. I’ve been busy with my 2 blogs and am just now making it through all of my emails. My goodness it’s been a long time since I made these, probably 35 + years! I figured it would be easier to watch a tutorial instead of me trying to explain it in writing, and luckily I was able to find a video on it! It’s on YouTube and can be found here.
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    • That was so sweet of you to get back to me with a tutorial ~ I really appreciate it, April.

      I had no idea you had 2 blogs…talk about BUSY!

      Have a great week,

      Mary Beth

  17. this is fabulous!! Sorry I’m late getting here…thank you for adding your wonderful blog to the Thursday Favorite Things hop. xo
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  18. Mary Beth, I’ve never seen book page flowers like this before! So cool!!
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