How To Make Paper Flowers Out Of Old Books

A Good Use for Old Textbooks.

I have a few old workbooks. They are written in and nobody would want them. I was wondering if there was anything I could do or make out of them. Thanks

Donate them.Recycle them.Use the paper to make a crafts like baskets:http://www.essortment.com/all/recyclepapers_rlyb.htmor an apple for a teacher: http://www.freekidscrafts.com/apple_shape_book-e533.htmlor a bracelet:http://www.freekidscrafts.com/rolled_paper_bracelet-e440.htmlor bows:http://www.freekidscrafts.com/recycled_magazine_bows-e417.htmlor flower pots:http://flowergardens.suite101.com/article.cfm/making_your_own_newspaper_flower_potsORhttp://www.ehow.com/how_4885560_recycled-paper-pots.htmlor coasters, bookmarks, outlet covers, light switch covers, paper mache projects, necklace beads, envelopes, decoupage…

Hows this part of my book.

I am writing a book called The Dark Horse and I wanted to know what you think about it. This is a few paragraphs of the first chapter but because I am so excited about it, here goes:Riviera’s heart was thumping wildly. Taylor had taken him up the trail weekly ever since she got him a year ago. He was four now…

hon, you need to work on this quite a bit! it just isn’t very interesting at this point, and you have tons of inconsistencies that hard to pass up!for one, a black horse cannot have white hooves unless it has white socks or other markings on its legs. and very few experienced horse people would go on a trail alone, and any 15 year old who did so is an idiot.rattlesnakes do not come out in winter at all. they hibernate beneath rocks, and even on the impossible rare occasion that one did come out, it would be killed by the cold or too sluggish to do anything. rattlesnakes are also venomous, not poisonous. its also not capitalized.you have many instances of poor grammar and some of your writing is very redundant. for being in such a dangerous situation with a rattlensake, neither the horse nor taylor seem all that concerned, which is unrealistic for someone that age. but for me, the biggest problem you have is keeping a reader interested, because i have no reason to keep reading this. it didnt hook me at all, and that is a problem!work hard to rewrite this and i’m sure it will turn out better!

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How can a 13 year old make money… FAST.

I’m a 13 year old girl, and I’m saving up for a dressing table that i really want. It costs £85 and they’re out of stock on January 22nd. I have £20 at the moment. Plz don’t say babysitting or lawn mowing. Thnx.Becky Jayne-xxxxxxxxx-

Creating Work at Home• Baby-sitting, child care• Selling homegrown vegetables or flowers• Sewing, altering, and repairing clothing• Piecework for manufacturers• Baking and food preparation• Quilting, crocheting, knitting; making macramé, pottery; other crafts• Upholstering• Bookkeeping, typing, home computer services• Telephone answering service• Hairdressing• Taking in boarders• Addressing and filling envelopes for advertisers• Washing and waxing cars (customer brings car to your home)• Pet grooming and exercising• Lock repair and key making (workshop at home)• Ads for much of this work can be placed free of charge or at low cost in weekend shopping news or on supermarket notice boardsCreating Work Outside the Home• House-sitting (when people are on vacation and want their home to be looked after)• Cleaning: stores; offices; homes and apartments after construction, after fires, after people move out; housework (in homes of others); windows (business and domestic)• Repairs: appliances of all kinds (libraries contain easy-to-follow books on repairs)• Handyman jobs: siding houses; building cabinets, doors, porches; painting; fencing; roofing• Farm work: crops, picking fruit• Interior landscaping and plant care at: offices, banks, shopping plazas and atriums, lobbies• Property management: janitors, superintendent (sometimes includes free living quarters)• Insurance, real estate• Carpet installation, cleaning• Newspaper routes (adults and children), other delivery services: ads, bills for municipalities• Moving, storage• Landscaping, tree trimming, lawn care, woodcutting• School-bus driver• Photography (portraits and public events)• Bait for fishermen• Swap work: barter car repairs for electrical work, sewing for plumbing, etc.“The work of their own hands my chosen ones will use to the full.”—Isaiah 65:22

flower ink.

is it possible to do? and how?thanks

I’m not quite sure what you mean with this. If you mean making ink with natural ingredients, that is of course possible.Just think of the good old Iron gall ink for writing and drawing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_gall_inkIn terms of dyes you can use plants and fruits for dying fabric and papers. Such as nettles, onions, beets.Besides online info, check out the book “A dyer’s garden” by Rita Buchanan.

Pressed Flower Arranging Color Preserving – Help.

So after I press my flowers in a book for about a month and take them out, how do I preserve the color?I’ve read so many answers but nobody seemed to have answered this. I don’t expect my orchids to be vivid after pressing them but is there a way to make them fade LESS? Or do they not fade at all once…

I’ll tell you what I know. I press my flowers in old phone books and make cards out of them. They seem to hold up well with my “process.”-I take a blank card and dab a drop of white craft glue on the back of the flower that I want to attach and place the flower where I want it.-I then cover the front of the card with clear contact paper. This protects the flower from damage and seems to hold the color well.With some practice, you can arrange your flowers and make them look like bouquets. I have also arranged them to resemble a wreath.Here is a link for petals arranged to look like people, it’s amazing!!! http://northstardesign.com/heidi/page3.h…It seems that you are only limited by your imagination. So play with what you have!!! Best of luck. :)P.S. If you don’t want to cover the card with contact paper, slip a sheet of transparent paper on top of the card when mailing to protect the flower.

How to make money. Ideas for a 13 year old.

I can’t really go and work anywhere as a job because i’m too young, but i want to start making money so I can get a car and stuff when I’m older. And I can’t do chores for my parents for money because they won’t pay me.. 🙁

Some of these might not be fitting, or might not work, and some of them are stupid (they’re from a book), but here you go:When the neighbors are out of town, water their plants, feed their pets, take in the mail, or water their grass.Plant gardens or weed them.Mow lawns or rake leaves.Shovel snow.Help a neighbor spread mulch.Be a golf caddy.Do pool maintenance.Run errands for an elderly couple or a busy parent with a long commute.Wrap gifts at Christmastime.Pack boxes for people who are moving.Clip coupons from the newspaper and organize them for your mom or the neighbor next door.Paint mailboxes or fences.Paint house numbers on curbs.Set out garbage or organize someone’s recycling.Run somebody’s garage sale (maybe your own.)Clean pet cages or aquariums.Muck stalls.Clean basements or kitchens.Clean cars or boats or patios.Wash windows (not high ones.)Pick up backyard dog doo.Organize the neighbor’s garage or their closets.Serve food at parties or arrive afterward and clean up.Tutor younger kids in your favorite subject.Teach an elderly person to use a computer.Make web pages for people.Design a newsletter or brochure for someone’s business.Teach piano, tennis, sewing, or tap dancing.Ref soccer games.Be a director. Find some fun scripts (or write one yourself) and put on a play with the neighborhood kids.Be a personal trainer for little kids.Paint faces with face paint at fairs and carnivals.Paint other girl’s nails.Take “best friend” pictures for kids at school.Make movies for people’s special events.Make scrapbooks for people who don’t have time to do it themselves.Do bike tune-ups.Tie balloon hats and animals at birthday parties.Babysit.Be a counselor at a day camp or a mother’s helper.Keep an elderly neighbor company.Be a kid wrangler, and help out at at toddler’s birthday party.Or organize children’s parties yourself, from invites to thank-yous.Run a story hour at your house. Tell parents they can drop off their kids and you’ll read them stories and serve snacks.Do the same things with crafts or games.Provide after-school entertainment for somebody’s cats.Walk dogs or groom them.Sell:Hot drinks.Cold drinks.Paper-clip jewelry.Bird feeders.Yard signs (“Thanks for slowing down” is always popular)Banners to welcome people home or celebrate birthdays.Hand designed T-Shirts, key chains, or zipper pulls.Pet treats,cat toys, or personalized pet food dishes.High energy snacks made of nuts and chocolate morsels.Sponge-print wrapping paper.Sleeping bags for the little stuffed toys that all your friends are collecting this year.What’s the biggest fad at your school? Think of things you can make that relate to it.Flowers cut from a garden you plant and tend yourself.Badges that promote school spirit.Headbands, scrunchies, or scarves.Oatmeal cookies or cupcakes.Gingerbread houses at Christmas.Christmas wreaths and ornaments.Decorated tins full of chocolate kisses to match celebrating Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or birthdays.

How to press a flower….

Can someone advise on how to press a flower?I have a dozen roses that my boyfriend gave to me and I want to have one of them pressed so I can save it.(I’ve dried out roses before, but this time I just want to have one of them pressed)I’ve heard and seen of flowers being pressed in a book…?…

I encourage everyone who wants to work with pressed flowers to try and press your own flowers. Pressing flowers can be very gratifying in itself and will add to the enjoyment of creating a finished pressed flower piece.There are several good methods for pressing flowers. We’ll cover some of the basics here.Flower Preparation – For best results make sure you pick your flowers at their freshest and press when there is no moisture on them. It’s very important to properly condition your flowers if you don’t press them immediately upon picking them. I normally condition them regardless of how soon I’m able to press or dry my flowers. The colors are better when you take this extra step.When preparing the flower for pressing some thought should be given as to how it will look when flattened. Avoid allowing parts to overlap unless for artistic effect. Leaves should normally be laid out flat.Pressing Flowers in Books – Place flower between 2 sheets of paper to protect the pages of the book. Leave at least 1/8″ of pages between pressings, weigh the book down and wait a couple of weeks.You can put the book with flowers and paper in the microwave and zap in short bursts, (30 seconds to a minute at a time, checking between to see if they’re done.) Repeat until almost done, then put in a another book or press to finish.I have an old set of encyclopedia Britannica that I picked up at a garage sale for under $10 that I use for pressing. They look better than phone books and you come across some pretty interesting info as you press.Flower Presses – You can buy a flower press or make your own. Personally, I prefer a botanical flower press because it allows greater air circulation. It would be hard to make your own though, unless you’re good with wood-working.To make a simple wooden press: Cut 2 boards, hold them together with a long bolt and wing nut in each corner. Cut pieces of cardboard and blotting paper (or newsprint) to fit between the boards, and layer it; Wood, cardboard, blotting paper, plain white paper, flower, plain white paper, blotting paper, cardboard, then repeat your layers etc. Place the other piece of wood on top and tighten the wing nuts. Your color retention will be greatly improved if you put the flowers between sheets of paper and then change just the blotter at least every couple of days. The flowers will turn brown if they don’t dry quick enough.Microwave Pressing – For best results you can use a microwave flower press that has been designed specifically for the purpose. I prefer this press because it allows greater air circulation.When pressing in the microwave, be careful not to over do it. Start out with short bursts at a medium setting, perhaps 30-60 seconds, then experiment with the timing. Let the plant material cool between zaps. I open the press to let the steam escape while cooling, then repeat until almost dry. To save time, consider working with 2 presses, just zap one while the other cools and alternate.While still in the paper, place your flowers in a book or flower press to finish pressing. This normally takes anywhere from a few hours to a day depending on the particular flower.The Microfleur press is very good too, especially for very thin flowers; you can get one from Pat Smith at Sonshine Crafts…email her for details.To make a simple microwave press: Use regular ceramic tiles, with rubber bands to keep the whole thing together. I’ve tried a lot of materials for the padding and what worked best for me is plain old paper toweling as padding, with the flowers placed between two pieces of regular paper, like you’d use in a printer. It’s important to put the flowers between printer paper so they don’t pick up any texture your paper toweling may have.I’ve also substituted coffee filters for the paper with very good results, especially when the flower isn’t completely flat, such as roses. The coffee filters aren’t as stiff as computer paper so the flowers come out much nicer.An even simpler way to press in the microwave is to substitute corrugated cardboard for the ceramic tiles in the instructions above. Try it! It works and will give you a feel for if you like like using the microwave before you spend the time and money for a more permanent microwave press.You should get good results with any of these methods. Different flowers press better with different methods, so experiment. There are many examples of flowers that press well on other pages of this website and also in my Pressed Flower Database.The variety of flowers and plant materials to press is so great that you really need a couple of different presses if you want to be well covered. A flower that presses well in one type of press may do poorly in another type of press,If I could only have one press I would choose a botanical press. However, I sometimes see presses of solid wood with either straps or wing nut fasteners that are referred to as “botanical presses” but that’s not accurate. A professional style botanical press should have the more open frame-work design.As time permits I’ll write up instructions to make several different types of presses, so check back every now and then for new designs. I experiment a lot and have well over a dozen good press designs.More Advanced Pressing Methods – The methods discussed above work well with simple flowers and leaves. You will need to put more effort into Pressing Full Open Roses but it can be done. As lilies open, always remove the stamens to prevent staining the flower.Pressing Fruits and Vegetables can be fun, and with proper Fruit and Vegetable Preparation you can get some pretty good results.In some cases it helps to treat your plant materials with a little glycerin before pressing, especially with foliage and fall leaves. Just spray it on and allow the leaves to dry to the touch before pressing.* You can get glycerin from a pharmacy or craft store and mix it with either water or alcohol.* Anti-freeze is a mixture of glycerin and methyl alcohol, so that’s an option as well. Methyl alcohol is toxic so take common sense precautions when using it.* The main softening ingredient in fabric softener is glycerin, so you can also use a little fabric softener mixed with water.* As a precaution you may want to dye foliage or flowers that are prone to fading, before you press them.Remember… When in doubt give it a try! Have some fun, experiment, and never stop playing!

Paper Barrage… What to do.

I have about 300 pieces of paper to dispose of, and by June, I’ll have another 450 or so. How can I make something creative out of it, i.e. making a giant paper ball, or making 3D Letters, or a pyramid, or a dice… paper mache is OK, but I would like to know something I could turn it into, an example. I…

Origami – you can find books at your local library that will show you how to make everything from small boxes to paper animals and flowers to modular origami decorations that can be huge depending on the amount of paper you have and your imagination http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_…If you have one blank side you can print on, you can use this site http://cp.c-ij.com/en/ to make various useful items like modular buildings, calendars, toys, boxes, etc.If you have the patience–and perhaps a few friends to help–you can make paper beads and string them up into necklaces. Donate them to churches for their rummage sales, thrift stores, nursing homes, schools and seniors’ centres for craft classes http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-M…Shred it and use it to make stuffing for pillows and beds for the animals at the SPCA.Separate it into different colours, shred it, add water to it in an old blender to make pulp, and use it to make more paper for scrapbooking and other crafts. And you can donate it to a school, nursing home or seniors’ centre for their craft lessons.You can use papier-mache to make useful items like small practical boxes.

How do you make pretty flowers out of tissue. I need patterns, we did this as children & I have forgotten how.

I remember making pretty flowers from tissue and tissue paper as a child in school and Bible school. I would love to be able to do this again for old times sake even though I am 41. I would enjoy a little blast from the past I suppose. Thanks!

Barnes&nobles crafts section, try the various arts& crafts books there, they have some wide range of selections you can choose from! ^-^

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37 thoughts on “How To Make Paper Flowers Out Of Old Books

  1. I had my kids collect recycling cans. If your parents would take you to the recycle center to exchange them, then you’ve got yourself your own business.

  2. make sure it isnt too wetput the top facing upwardsWork at home jobs are tough to come by, do not do anything that asks for a payment. See

  3. This site will show you how to make a huge one. Once you see the directions, you’ll be able to adjust it to make smaller ones. If you want to see some beautiful flowers, look for the coffee filter flowers on the Martha Stewart site. She has a video to show you how to make them.

  4. I would suggest getting a summer job, but it’s already too late for that. I started working when I was 13 in a hospital commissary, my first job. The pay wasn’t great, but I did have the opportunity to work there, and if you save up, you may have the money you need sometime. I guess I’m showing my age here, but why would you want expensive clothing anyway, when your only 13? Girls your age shouldn’t be obsessing with stuff like that until their 15-16, when they get their first boyfriend who will pay for things like that. How the hell do you think other girls have those gucci bags and versaci shoes? The boyfriends pay for it. Just be prepared to return the favor to them, which sometimes won’t be pretty, but the shoes will be there for life, or at least until you need a new pair to go with a new outfit, in which case it’s back to the boyfriend =) Get used to this cycle, since you’ll be experiencing it time and again until you are either married, or over the hill at 45-50 and as such cannot get a man to pay for you anymore, in which case you really will need to get a job. Again this is also if you aren’t set already by now, and are either a widower who has access to your dead husbands life earnings in the bank, or inherited a large lump sum from your parents.

  5. i’m now no longer very arranged on wax paper by potential of certainty by potential of it particularly is thoroughly namesake, the moisture isn’t in a position to flee to boot as doing it the previous college way. Yep, can now no longer beat a competent e book sort press with some sheets of easy previous paper. ^_^ g’success!

  6. they sell flower presses which are simply two pieces of wood and something to tighten them together. but i have used books. simply place the flowere either in between two books or in the middle of a heavy book, i put mine in tissue as well. place the flowere like you would like it look and slowly press together, give one firm push and let set for awhile. might practice a couple times on some random flowers you find outside.

  7. just take a flower and put in a heavy bookGreenTextbooks.org specializes in the recycling of textbooks, DVDs, CDs. Buying used textbooks not only saves you money, but cuts down on greenhouse gases caused by the manufacturing of new textbooks.Vague memories of buying a box of coloured tissues, fuse wire and green electricians tape. Fold the tissue in half, then fold into a concertina, hold the middle part and wrap a length of wire around to secure, leaving a long piece of wire trailing for the stem. wrap the tape around this. Fan the tissue out to make your flower. Good luck

  8. well you could set up a website or youtube account. and if you put ads on your site, then you get paid every time someone clicks on the ad. try to gain popularity on your site and then you can get lots of money. good luck 🙂

  9. You can’t press roses because they crumble. You can dry them out and thats it. You can press posies, asters, and carnation petals but not roses. You can press leaves, pine needles and seed but not roses. Now forget about pressing those roses and go do the dishes.

  10. They really are very pretty. You can try this site:Give to students who can’t afford textbooks. Even if its filled up they will find it useful and be thankful to you. This is the best way you can dispose off your books. Or sell it to a second hand book shop or recycle the paper. But please don’t throw them in the trash. Its a request.

  11. I vaguely remember doing this myself once upon a time… and I’m 43. Seems like you took the tissue or Kleenex and folded a thin strip on one edge – turned the tissue over and folded it back the other way – flipped it over and made another fold and just back and forth like that until you have one long thin strip tissue.. I remember putting a bobby-pin across the middle of it (that became the stem) folding it in half, and then either trimming part of both ends off – and then fanning out all the folds or just fanning it without trimming?! I hope that at least partly made sense 🙂 Good luck and have fun!

  12. when you press a flower you want to remove the moisture so unless you really don’t like the book that may not be your best option. Flower presses are your best option, it allows for maximum air flow. This may take a day or two. If that’s not an option I recommend placing the flower in paper towels, then corrugated cardboard, then placing a book on that for weight. It will take a few days.

  13. Mod podge it onto your wall. Use a variety of pages, colors, types of books. Make some sort of meaningful decor out of it like that. Depends on how into school you are but I’d love that in my office.

  14. Cleaning cars in your neighbourhood, dog walking running errands. You cannot legally work so it is limited as to what you can do. Tell every adult you know that you are desperate for money and want to earn some, they may take pity on you and just give you some.

  15. You could do baby sitting, pet sitting, or house keeping. Put up flyers around your neighborhood offering to do any of those and you should get a few people taking up the offer.

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