This upcycled old book flower ball decoration is such a cute idea! Whether you keep this and add to your Christmas tree, or simply hang in a window as a fun decoration, it’s tons of fun to make. After a recent project, I had just a few pages left from a book to use. Not quite enough to make a wreath, but enough to do something fun. This was the result!

Old book flower ball collage

Old Book Flower Ball Decoration

This was inspired by an old ornament I had made as a child using small bits of fabric and a Styrofoam ball. I knew I could create a similar style with paper, so I started experimenting, and this is the result. It’s just a cute little craft that is easy for anyone to make. I love that it is a great way to use up a few more of those old book pages!

With a few adjustments, this could be a great craft to keep kids busy while home from school. I also love the idea of using this as a project for kids to make around birthday’s, Mother’s Day, or Christmas to give as a gift.

Flower ball on bucket on yellow background

I like this fun old book page decorative feather as another fun project for using up extra pages. If you like that, you should also make this hanging paper fern from old book pages.

What Glue Should I Use for This Craft?

I used my go-to hot glue when making this, but if you are wanting something with a bit less mess and easier for kids, try some basic Tacky Glue. In this case, I would even say that Elmer’s school glue would work.

Since you are using a stick or toothpick to push the paper pieces a bit into the Styrofoam, you won’t need as strong a glue to keep this in place. So, I’ve used school glue, basic tacky craft glue, hot glue, and even E6000. It really doesn’t matter which you choose, just make sure that you use a child safe glue when working with kids.

Paper flower ball on bucket with coffee beans

After you make this, grab extra pages to make this cute old book page star or this easy origami old book page wreath! Great additions for your home decor!

How Can I Hang This Decoration?

It’s easy to add a loop of ribbon or twine to this for hanging, but you don’t have to hang it. I love the idea of sitting this in a bowl, as part of a centerpiece, or even mounting it to a dowel and sticking in a vase. It could, in fact, be used with a few more to create a really unique bouquet.

If you aren’t sure how to use this as a decoration, below are some ideas that I like and would try with this for adding something new to my home.

  • Sit in a bucket with beans or rocks (similar to the bucket with coffee beans shown)
  • Add to a clear jar or vase with decorative rocks as a terrarium style centerpiece
  • Glue a loop of ribbon to the top and hang from a holiday tree
  • Sit on top of any jar or bottle as a fun table centerpiece
  • Add into a basket with other decorative balls

Old book page flower on silver bucket with heart

Supplies Needed

Supplies for old book page flower ball

How to Make an Old Book Flower Ball Decoration

Start by tearing or cutting pages from old books that can’t be read or used for other things.

Next, you will use a hole punch in a flower shape or similar to cut out a number of pieces from your pages

Hole punching old book page

Start with around 50, and add more if needed.

Hole punching old book page

Now, you will fold those flowers in half around the end of the stick or dowel, and add a bit of glue to the bottom of the paper.

Adding glue to flower pieces

Then, you will push the piece of paper into the Styrofoam ball enough to secure it in place. This only needs a bit of glue and light pressure.

Gluing paper pieces to styrofoam ball

Cover the ball with these bits of paper until it is completely full.

Now, use a piece of ribbon, and create a loop for hanging to add to the top.

Gluing ribbon onto flower ball

Next, use a loop of ribbon to make a bow.

Making bow for old book page decoration

Glue the ribbon bow in place.

Gluing bow in place on flower ball

Add an artificial flower accent if desired.

Gluing ribbon onto old book page flower ball

Now you can display your flower ball!

Flower ball on jar with yellow background

If you like this flower, then you will fall in love with this old book page romantic bouquet idea. So cute and a great addition to your decor. You’ll also love this flower decoration, these paper hanging birds, and this gorgeous old book page rose wreath idea!

Crafter’s Tip

If you don’t have any scrap book pages already, you can pick up bundles of old papers on Etsy. They come in all quantities and are an excellent way to make gorgeous decor items like this.

Yield: 1

Upcycled Old Book Flower Ball Decoration

This upcycled old book flower ball decoration is a super easy way to use up scrap paper and make an adorable addition to your home decor!

Prep Time 5 minutes

Active Time 15 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Difficulty Easy

Estimated Cost $1

Notes

You can use any color craft paper or scrapbook paper for this craft to create a different look to the flower!

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PAUL WALKER

PAUL WALKER

Editor of the online magazine The Detailed Edge.