Book Page Crafts: How to Make Your Book Club Party the Talk of the Town

Book Page Crafts: How to Make Your Book Club Party the Talk of the Town

Book Club Party food and drink display

So You’re a Hosting Book Club!

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Whether you’re in a book club to have a guaranteed girl’s or mom’s night out, to have lively intellectual conversations about literature or something in between, a Book Club Party is a fun social experience. Book page crafts can add a little extra to the evening’s decor.

One thing I have loved about Book Club’s I’ve been in over the years is that they bring a wide variety of people together with a common love of reading. I’ve gotten to know people I probably wouldn’t have otherwise and thought more about the meaning of a book than I would if I just read it on my own.

Depending on your group, hosting can be as easy as making sure the bathroom is clean and there are enough seats to a more elaborate affair with a party planned around the theme of the book.

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In this blog post I’m going to share some simple Book Club hosting ideas for decor. There are inexpensive ways to add bookish ambiance to your next event, no matter the book!

Ways to decorate with Book Pages

One thing all books have in common is their color scheme – black and white. Black print on a white page – assuming of course that your book club isn’t reading children’s illustrated books or coffee table books. So keeping your color scheme black and white is an easy and sophisticated choice. You can add pops of color that coordinate with the book cover or just a color you love by using colored napkins, plates, embellishments and more.

First – you need a book that is primarily text. You don’t want to use pages with pictures or even large blank areas. I also like to cut off the title so as not to distract guests. You want the focus to be the fact that pages of a book are being used in clever ways, not on actually reading it.

Be sure the book you choose isn’t anything of real value like a first edition! Books are easy to find at thrift stores, garage sales or the Little Free Library network around the world.

I built a Little Free Library when I moved into my home and it is a hot spot for walkers and people will stop while driving by to see what they can find.

Book Club welcome sign on front door

Your party starts at the front door

Set the stage for a fun event with a welcome sign. As your guests arrive they will see your unique welcome and know that this Book Club Party will be a little extra. (And the person hosting the next month might get a little nervous – but that’s not our concern right now!)

Here’s how to make one like mine:

  • Tape book pages together, at odd angles, to cover a space approximately 16″ x 20″.
  • Fold one short end over about 2″ and tape to the back, forming a tube for a dowel rod or string if you don’t want to attach the sign to your door.
  • Add a sentiment – I used the “Welcome to Book Club” sign from my Book Club Party Kit on Etsy. (LINK)
  • You can keep it simple and be done or add book page flowers. You can learn how to make them here.

Make a book page table runner

The simplest of food seems more festive when you do something extra in how you present it. Put plates on book pages or make a simple table runner to go under your food display, on a coffee table or wherever you want.

  • Measure the area you want to cover.
  • Tape pages together at angles, like on the Welcome Sign, until you create the size you want.
  • My table runner is 19″ wide x 82″ long – a great length for a large table or my narrow table I use for a food or drink area. I taped two sections of pages, 19″ x 41″ each, and then connected them in the center so the pages went in the opposite direction. That is totally optional but I wanted the pages to look “right side up” from both ends.
book page table runner for food table
book page table runner on table
book pages around candles

Decorate Candles with book pages

I have a set of 3 flameless pillar candles  with string lights that look so pretty shining through the text of the book pages.

  • Measure how high you want the pages to go on each candle or votive and how many you will need to wrap around them. (I love how easy it is to cut book pages – just cut in between the lines!)
  • Wrap the pages and tape or tie with ribbon, lace, twine – whatever fits your book club vibe!
add wire and glue two leaf pieces together

Book Page Flowers

If you want to add paper flowers made from book pages to your decor I have a blog post with detailed directions to have you rolling in blooms in no time.

More book club themed accents for your next party

When it was a good friend’s turn to host Book Club I volunteered to help and she smartly agreed. I created the Book Club Party Printable Kit you can find in my Etsy Shop. It includes book themed food table tents or label, wine glass tags, water bottle labels, signs and round designs you can use as confetti, stickers or whatever other idea you come up with. Many of the items can be personalized in Canvas too.

Pull out all the stops with book page flowers, decorations and Book Club themed printables to make your next event the talk of the town!

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How to Make Easy and Gorgeous DIY Book Page Flowers

How to Make Easy and Gorgeous DIY Book Page Flowers

how to make book page flowers

Book Page Crafts: Making Stunning Paper Flowers

If you love to read you will love these DIY book page flowers made from, you guessed it, the pages of a book. Now I know some may gasp at the thought but this is a great way to recycle and reuse old books that are destined for a worse fate.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of creating exquisite paper blossoms out of book pages. Get ready to unleash your creativity and add a touch of literary charm to your decor!

Paper flowers made from books are the perfect decoration for book club events, libraries, English classrooms or as home decor for anyone looking for something a little different.

Use a paper bloom bouquet as a gift for a favorite teacher or other person who loves to read. Use it instead of a bow on a wrapped book or a gift bag. There are so many ways to use these beauties – and they are so easy to make!

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cut pages from a book to make book page crafts diy

First – you need a book that is primarily text.

You don’t want to use pages with pictures or even large blank areas. Be sure the book you choose isn’t anything of real value like a first edition! Books are easy to find at thrift stores, garage sales or the Little Free Library network around the world.

I built a Little Free Library  when I moved into my home and it is a hot spot for walkers and people will stop while driving by to see what they can find. I went to my box and found a 575 page book that I used for flowers and other decorations for a Book Club Party.

MAKE THE FLOWERS FROM BOOK PAGES

Use an x-acto knife and carefully cut pages from your book, as close to the spine as possible. (fig. 1)

Trim the pages to straighten them on the cut side and then cut the bottom margin off. (fig. 2) you can do this with multiple pages at a time.

Cut the pages into squares.

Put 2 pages together and fold in half diagonally. (fig. 3)

cutting pages out of a book for crafts
figure 1
trim book pages
figure 2
fold book page squares in half
figure 3

Fold again (fig. 4) and again (fig. 5).

Cut the side away from the point, as close to the paper edges as possible. (fig. 6)

You can cut a large curve, 2 curves so it looks like a heart as I did, one or two points. The shape you cut will determine the shape of the petals so try different things and have fun!

Cut a second set of 2 so you have book pages.
Fold a single square and cut into 2 points, lower on the paper than the first 2 sets of paper (fig. 7) – this will be the center of the flower and give more texture to your flower. (If you are making multiple flowers you can cut these two at a time as well, but you only need one per flower.)

fold book pages
(figure 4)
fold book pages again
(figure 5)
cut petal shape
(figure 6)
cut smaller petal shape for center of flower
(figure 7)

Stack the 5 papers with the smaller piece on top and twist them papers so the petal curves aren’t all lined up. (fig. 8)

Fold in half and punch a small hold in the center, about 1/4″ up from the fold. (fig. 9)

Secure with a wire or piece of string. (fig. 10)

layer book page flower shapes
(figure 8)
hole punch book pages
(figure 6)
put wire through the hole
(figure 7)

Open all 5 papers up and taking one at a time, pinch and fold them up to create a shape you like. (fig. 11)

Continue with each layer (fig. 12) until all 5 are done.

Adjust the paper and folds until you are happy with how your flower looks. (fig. 13)

pinch center piece to make center of the flower
(figure 11)
gathering the book pages to make a paper flower
(figure 12)
finished book page flower
(figure 10)

ADD PAPER LEAVES

After you cut the squares to make the flowers you will find you have a lot of thinner pieces of book pages left. These are perfect for making leaves!

Cut leaf shapes out of a few pieces at a time – I just eyeball the shape so I end up with a variety, like in nature. (fig. 14) You want to make sure you make them in pairs that match for the next step tho.

Tape a piece of wire to one paper leaf. Put adhesive on top of the wire and leaf then put a second leaf on top to hide the wire and tape. (fig. 15)

Fold the leaf in half and then open it again. (fig. 16)

Twist the wire from the leaf around the base of the flower. (fig. 17)

Adjust and position the leaf until you are happy with the results. (fig. 18)

making book page leaves
(figure 14)
add adhesive to the book page leaf
(figure 15)
fold the book page leaf
(figure 16)
attaching a book page leaf to a paper flower
(figure 17)
book page flower and leaf
(figure 18)
add wire and glue two leaf pieces together

So pretty, right? With a little creativity and a few simple materials, you can transform discarded book pages into captivating paper flowers. This DIY project allows you to preserve the beauty of literature and to breathe new life into old books.

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