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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 1/4-inch-wide strips leaving 1/4 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
Yield: 20 Book Pages

How-to Dye Book Pages

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1.00

How-to easily dye book pages with coffee to give them an instant antique look.

Materials

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

Tools

  • Foam Brush

Instructions

  1. Remove book pages from book.
  2. Dissolve instant coffee in warm water.
  3. Brush coffee solution over pages.
  4. Hang pages to dry.

Did you try this?

Please leave a comment below or share a photo on Instagram and tag #thehowtohome to let me know!

Coffee-dyed book page flowers on a wood slice cake stand
Yield: 8 flowers

How To Make Paper Flowers

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

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.

Materials

Tools

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. The next step once the glue had dried was to fold my paper
    accordion-style into four equal parts.
  3. 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.
  4. Wrap the base of the flower tightly with tape.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Did you try this?

Please leave a comment below or share a photo on Instagram and tag #thehowtohome to let me know!

Rachelle

Wednesday 25th of March 2020

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

Mary Beth

Thursday 26th of March 2020

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

CASSI

Thursday 17th of October 2019

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.

Mary Beth

Sunday 20th of October 2019

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!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living

Sunday 9th of February 2014

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

Mary Beth

Monday 10th of February 2014

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

Katherines Corner

Monday 18th of February 2013

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

Mary Beth

Monday 18th of February 2013

Thanks so much, Katie!

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