DIY Paper Flowers

By: Missy Sorg


In this day and age of Pinterest and Google searches, I am a fan of doing some super fun things with crafts.  When my friend got married, her sister started a Pinterest board to plan things for her bridal shower.  With a Harry Potter theme, the options were endless.  From games, to treats, to decor, there were a ton of options.  

Since the shower was hosted at a restaurant, we opted for low maintenance decor.  Since the bride-to-be was a huge Harry Potter fan, we raided her apartment for some themed items that we could easily place on tables.  One of my favorites were the house banners that were draped from the edges of the tables.  But, that’s a tale for another day.  For the purpose of this particular place on the internet, we’re going to focus on some of the DIY low maintenance decor.  

While researching centerpieces and floral arrangements, one of the recurrent pins were paper flowers – in some form or another.  Even cuter, they used pages from a Harry Potter book to create the flowers.  Not only did it provide a unique centerpiece, it also brought the Harry Potter theme into the flowers themselves.  It’s all about the details, right?

Now, I found myself in a bit of a conundrum.  I LOVE books.  The thought of cutting up a perfectly good Harry Potter book in order to craft a few bouquets was not something I was a fan of.  I therefore found my particular solution to the issue – I downloaded one of those snippet previews of a book!  I was able to double-sided print a few pages (albeit the flowers had the sum total of two pages for ALL of them) to ease my conscience.  The other benefit of doing it this way was that I had extra pages to work with if some of the flowers didn’t turn out right and I had to start over.  

So, here’s what I used, and how I did it:


  • Book Pages
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue
  • Small Dowels (I used kabob sticks for mine)


  1. Cut out a circle on the book page.
  2. Use the scissors to cut a spiral from the outer edge to the center.  Keep in mind that you want the width of your edges to be about 1”-2” depending on how big you want your flowers to be.  I used a pen to mark out my spiral so I knew where I would be cutting.  
  3. Take the inside edge of the spiral and add a dab of hot glue.  Glue the top edge (about ¼” from the top) of the dowel to the middle of the spiral.
  4. Carefully wrap the spiral around the top of the dowel, keeping the bottom edge in line with the edge you are wrapping around. (The paper should be tight at the bottom edge and starting to flare out around the top of the flower.)
  5. When your paper is wrapped around the dowel rod, loosen the petals to the desired level of flower fullness, and add another dab of glue to secure it in place.  

*NOTE:  If you’re using an actual book, I recommend using an exacto knife or utility blade to cut the page from the book so you have as much of the page to use, without having to deal with torn or uneven edges.

For my particular event, I kept some of the flowers tight, and opened others up to have a bouquet of varying flower fullness.  Since it was a Harry Potter themed party, we filled glass beer mugs with jelly beans and inserted about a dozen flowers for each setting.  The bride-to-be (and the groom-to-be) loved them so much that they took the flowers home with them afterwards!