My yard might not look so great this year due to the drought; but, here in my craft room, things are in full bloom! Whether you are an avid reader, a flower fanatic, or both, you are sure to love my pop-up flower book.
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Not too long ago, I made a design for my Cricut Design Space page that included a book illustration with a bunch of wildflowers bursting out of it. I really loved how the design came out, and thought, “Why not make a 3D version?”
I toyed with the idea of it being a static papercraft, but I just knew that this was a project that deserved movement. So, I devised a way (after much trial and error) to actually make the flowers burst out of the book!
Watch a short video of me putting this project together on Instagram.
- Hot Glue
- Precision Craft Glue or a Glue Stick
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the pop-up flower book pieces.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, and a bright blue to indicate the debossing lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
Assembling the Flowers
2. Optional: Prep the center of your flowers with some ink to add a gradient effect.
Sort your flower pieces. There are 3 large flowers comprised of 8 main pieces (with slightly pointer petals), and 5 center pieces (3 white, and 2 of a different color). Layer your flower pieces from largerest to smallest. Layer the center pieces together, with the colored piece in the middle, and attach it to the inside of your flower.
There are a total of 12 daisies (6 white, 2 pink, 2 yellow, and 2 blue). To make a daisy, simply layer together to pieces of the same size, and attach the center piece.
Assembling the Book
3. Grab the book cover and fold along the score lines. Attach the white, rectangular piece to the front. Next, glue on the four little triangular pieces—slightly off of each corner. Add any other embellishments or decorations you’d like your book to have.
4. Take your two, white “page” pieces, and attach them together using the long tab. Be sure that you are connecting them on the side that does not have any decorative lines on it.
Fold along the score lines and attach the bottom/top sides to the left/right sides using the tabs provided.
Attach the middle section to the inside of the book cover (where the spine is), then attach the front and back cover.
Forming the “Pop-Up” Portion
5. Take the larger pop-up piece and fold along the score lines as shone in the first photo below.
Then, take the two smaller, rectangular pop-up pieces and fold along those score lines as shown in the second photo below.
Attach the smaller pieces to the larger one—where they will go over the top of the triangular sections that don’t have a crease through the middle.
Note: This part probably looks confusing, I’m sorry! You basically just want each of your center/edge points to fold inward when you close the book.
6. Attach the pop-up section to the interior of the book. Add your flowers, stems, and branches inside—all around the pop-up section.
Note: Before gluing a flower down, be sure that the book can close without it hanging outside.
Lastly, attach some ribbon to the front and back of the book in order to keep it clasped shut.
As a book-lover, this project is very close to my heart! I am really pleased with the overall look of both the book and the flowers within, and I hope you are too.
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy putting my pop-up flower book together. And don’t forget to share your whimsical finished project with me on Instagram!
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