Lovely and Romantic: Vintage Flower and Book Box

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Lovely and Romantic: Vintage Flower and Book Box
Jonathan Fong

There's something romantic about vintage books. And when you pair them with flowers in a timeworn crate, they make a unique, personal gift that would make Jane Austen proud. This arrangement's literary theme even extends to the pom pom rosettes made from book pages. A beautiful centerpiece or gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, weddings... or any special occasion!

Materials Needed
Jonathan Fong

Materials Needed

The main elements you will need for this project are a small wooden box, vintage books, a vase, a branch and cut flowers. To make the pom poms that will go on the branch, you'll need old book pages, a large circle punch, a small hole punch, and wire. You'll also need some old newspaper, glue dots and some burlap ribbon.

Place Flowers in a Vase
Jonathan Fong

Place Flowers in a Vase

Select a vase that is about the same height as your box. Pour a small amount of water in the vase, and place an assortment of flowers in the vase. You can either purchase a pre-made bouquet from the market or create your own array of flowers. Then place the vase of flowers in the box. I found my wooden box at the flea market.

Fill the Box with Books or Journals
Jonathan Fong

Fill the Box with Books or Journals

Stack books tightly in the box so that the vase is secure and won't tip over. I used vintage books I found at the thrift store. Since this arrangement is a gift, it is also a good idea to put some beautiful blank journals in the box as well. Although the books are tightly packed, leave a little space in the box where you can insert a branch.

Insert a Branch in the Box
Jonathan Fong

Insert a Branch in the Box

Place a branch in the box, using crumpled newspaper to prop it upright and hold it steady in the box. I used a manzanita branch I got from a local florist, but any branch that has many offshoots of twigs will work just fine. For example, in my yard, I have ficus and magnolia trees with branches that would work well in this type of arrangement.

Highlight an Open Book
Jonathan Fong

Highlight an Open Book

Choose one book that you will remain open. I selected a book of vintage poetry, and the page it is opened to even features a poem called "Romance." You can select any book that is special to the recipient; it doesn't even have to be vintage. Place a ribbon bookmark on the page, and rest the opened book on top of the books already in the box. To make sure the book stays in position, use glue dots at the contact points. Glue dots, which you can find at an art supply or crafts store, are adhesive dots that are stickier than tape, but can also be removed more easily.

Making Book Page Pom Poms - Step 1
Jonathan Fong

Making Book Page Pom Poms - Step 1

Using a large, 3 inch circle punch, cut circles from old book pages. I used pages from old dime store romance novels that were literally a dime each at the thrift store. You will need 12 circles for each pom pom flower.

Making Book Page Pom Poms - Step 2
Jonathan Fong

Making Book Page Pom Poms - Step 2

Fold each circle in half, and then into quarters to make paper "wedges." Then using a small 1/8-inch hole punch, puncture a hole in the corner where the folds meet.

Making Book Page Pom Poms - Step 3
Jonathan Fong

Making Book Page Pom Poms - Step 3

Insert a wire through the holes of all 12 paper quarters. Fan them out so they are not stacked right on top of each other. To hold the wedges together, bend the wire to create a loop and wind the wire around itself.

Making Book Page Pom Poms - Step 4
Jonathan Fong

Making Book Page Pom Poms - Step 4

Spread apart each of the paper quarters with your fingers to create the pom pom shape. If you fanned them out on the wire, they will be easier to unfold. Keep going until all 12 paper quarters are unfolded, and you have a spherical pom pom flower shape.

Attach the Pom Poms to the Branch
Jonathan Fong

Attach the Pom Poms to the Branch

Wrap the wire stem of the pom poms tightly around various sections the branch. If you have a difficult time keeping the pom poms steady, add a dab of hot glue to the backs of the flowers so they stick to the branch.

Finish Off with a Ribbon
Jonathan Fong

Finish Off with a Ribbon

Tie a burlap ribbon around the box. A ribbon can help hide imperfections in the box, especially when the box is weathered or even damaged. It also gives the arrangement a polished, professional look.

A Gift and a Centerpiece
Jonathan Fong

A Gift and a Centerpiece

When you make an arrangement this beautiful, you may not want to give it away. So make one for yourself and use it for a centerpiece, or as a decoration on a mantel or entryway table. Change out the flowers as needed, or use silk flowers that last forever. Everyone who sees it will agree – this is an arrangement for the books.

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