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Coffee-Dyed Book Page Flowers

You don’t need to tear apart an old book to make these antique-looking book page flowers.

Coffee-dyed book page flowers on a wood slice cake stand

I’ll show you how to use a newer book and use strong coffee to dye the book pages in less than an hour.

Once your book pages are dyed and dry, you can make gorgeous frilled book page flowers and create lovely bouquets to decorate your home.

My Book Page Flower Inspiration

I have a bit of a thing for books, coffee and flowers so when I saw a beautiful craft with a 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 and below are the details on how to make this yourself.

Coffee-dyed book page flowers in a vintage industrial bobbin

Supplies Needed:

  • Book
  • Glue
  • Scotch Tape
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Natural Wired Twine
  • Wire Cutters
  • 3 tablespoons of instant coffee dissolved in 4 ounces of warm water
  • Foam brush

How-to Dye Book Pages with Coffee

First, I removed my pages from the book.

I then brushed the pages with the coffee solution.

How-to Make Book Page Flowers

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 ¼-inch-wide strips leaving ¼ inch uncut at the end.

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!

Bundle of book page flowers on a wooden cake stand

How-to Dye Book Pages

How-to easily dye book pages with coffee to give them an instant antique look.
Print How-To
Prep Time:5 mins
30 mins
Additional Time:1 hr
Total Time:1 hr 35 mins

Equipment

  • Foam Brush

Supplies

  • Book pages
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 4 ounces water

Instructions

  • Remove book pages from book.
  • Dissolve instant coffee in warm water.
  • Brush coffee solution over pages.
  • Hang pages to dry.
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $1.00

How To Make Paper Flowers

A step-by-step tutorial on how to dye book pages with coffee to give them an antique look and then make gorgeous frilled and unique book page flowers.
Print How-To
Coffee-dyed book page flowers on a wood slice cake stand
Prep Time:30 mins
1 hr
Total Time:1 hr 30 mins

Equipment

  • Wire Cutters

Supplies

Instructions

  • 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 ¼-inch-wide strips leaving ¼ inch uncut at the end.
  • 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.
Author: Mary Beth

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37 Comments

  1. debbiedoos says:

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

    1. Mary Beth says:

      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. Mixed Kreations says:

    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.

    Linda

  3. Antonella @ The Comfortable Home says:

    That's pretty neat 🙂 Looks good!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Antonella!

  4. Randi - Dukes and Duchesses says:

    I love those! They look so vintagey ... and I'm a sucker for anything made from books.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      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~

  5. Donna Wilkes says:

    So cool and creative how vintage these turned out!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Donna! I love bright colors but sometimes the sepia/brownish tones are a welcome change.

      Have a lovely week.

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  6. 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!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      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~

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

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Linda!

      Have a happy weekend.

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  8. I'm in love with this one, MB! Gorgeous!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks SO MUCH, Malia!!!!

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for the invite, April! I'll be right over.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      Mary Beth

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  10. Jocie@TheBetterHalf says:

    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!

  11. katie goldsworthy says:

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

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Katie!

      Have a wonderful week.

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  12. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says:

    These are fabulous Mary Beth! They look amazing in that spool! Thank you for sharing at Monday Funday!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much ~ I loved linking to your party ~~ you're rockin' it over there!

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  13. Jenn/Rook No. 17 says:

    Mary Beth, this is such a wonderful technique and a lovely way to create vintage-style decor!

    Jenn

  14. April @ Angel's Homestead says:

    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!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      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

  15. April @ Angel's Homestead says:

    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. https://youtu.be/T50Yqb8p_jo

    1. Mary Beth says:

      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

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  17. Katherines Corner says:

    this is fabulous!! Sorry I'm late getting here...thank you for adding your wonderful blog to the Thursday Favorite Things hop. xo

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Katie!

  18. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says:

    Mary Beth, I've never seen book page flowers like this before! So cool!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Jennifer! I made a mess while I was coffee-staining the pages but I love the way it turned out.

  19. i just wanted to say that your flowers turned out gorgeous! i am working on coffee stained flowers for a wedding project as well.

    I was wondering if you had to spray the flowers with anything to keep the coffee from molding or have you ever experienced that before?

    thank you for the share.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Cassi. I just left the flowers as is and have never had a problem with them. I store them when not in use in a plastic bin in my garage with other home decor and they have kept great. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  20. Mary Beth I’ve got everything needed and tons of old paperbacks that I’m reading through. This will make a fun project. I’m enjoy all the how to posts.

    It’s been a while since I’ve visited and wanted to check in and find out how you and the family are doing. Hope all is well with you.

    Keep safe

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hello, Rachelle! Thank you so much for checking in. The family and I are all doing well, but time is passing by way too quickly, and my "baby" will be 15 in just a few days. I hope all is well with you and yours as well. Stay safe and healthy. xo, mb