{create} book *snowflakes*

A couple weekends ago, Chris and I fled to the coast to relax before the upcoming holiday craziness began. We don't have cable at home, but our beach house does have cable. So while we're there, we catch up on as much HGTV as possible. That weekend, Emily Henderson's holiday special was airing. And friends, it was amazing. So, so, so inspiring. I think it's coming on again soon, so make sure to catch it if you can.

One of the crafts she made for the episode was flowers/snowflakes out of old books. I LOVE them. They're so very Anthropologie-ish. I went online to see how she did it, but I couldn't find a tutorial - or even photos - anywhere. I wanted to incorporate them into our holiday/winter decor, so I set about recreating them this weekend. And took pictures, just in case you all are interested in creating a few. :)

Gather up a few old books. I actually went to Goodwill and bought a few random, super cheap books. I apologize to any Koontz fans out there ... I'm sure his books are amazing. But, I prefer them in flower form :).

Then you do the unthinkable ... you break the spine. Gasp! In a couple different places. You need the spine to easily form a circle.

Sorry about the totally creepy finger photo! Ugh!
Then gather up a bunch of pages to form the first *petal*, and fold them into the book. Play around with the amount ... it will totally depend on how thick you want your petals. If you gather too many, it'll be harder to glue. Add a couple spots of hot glue to the page where you're folding into.

Keep moving through the book, folding pages inward and gluing until you have a flower!

The one part that tripped me up with the cover. I recommend removing it before you get started. Or, when you get to having only the cover left, cut the pages way down and glue together.

Which will look like this.

Once you have a bunch made, they look really beautiful in a grouping. Clearly, they look more like flowers, but Chris keeps calling them snowflakes, which is adorable. And fitting for this time of year! So, that is how you make holiday snowflakes.

And, here is how they look in our decor. See more of them here.

Did you make any holiday crafts this weekend? Have you ever destroyed a book in the name of crafting and decor? I felt a little weird doing it, but I love how they turned out :).

Update 12/12: I'm linking this post up at Centsational Girl's holiday craft party. Pop over to check out all the amazing crafts! 


  1. How cute! Looking forward to seeing where they end up :)

    Myers Maison

  2. Fun project, can't wait to see how you used them... I have seen a few crafts lately done with book pages...now for the time!

  3. So excited to see your holiday decor - I know it's going to be so darn fabulous!

  4. This looks so cool! I would have never thought of an idea like this.

  5. What a charming look for these snowflakes. Thanks for the heads up on the Christmas Special. Definitely need to TiVo that.

  6. You are right - I can totally see these in a Anthro window display. What a fun idea:)

  7. I need to get my craft on, I just can't seem to find those extra 25-30 minutes. When I do, you'll be sure I will show photos.

  8. These are adorable! And just the kind of craft I like!!

  9. I absolutely love these! how creative!

  10. I love this idea and the creative way you displayed them. Oh yes, I've repurposed a few books, but only the real inexpensive ones. Just too much fun.

  11. Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

    Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.

    Be Merry and Bright!

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  13. I like how you grouped it all together! Cute job:)

  14. What a great idea! One is fab but in mass wow they really make an impact. Great project

  15. How fun! I love hhow they look all together!

  16. I did a book pumpkin for halloween/fall but had not seen this before. I love them and they look great grouped together..they could be viewed as flowers (rather than snowflakes) in the spring and summer. Great job and thank you for sharing!


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