Do you know what the number one question I get e-mailed about on my blog?

No….it’s not my recipe for hot dog pot pie  (shocking, I know….as appetizing as that sounds).

Or where I got my Ripley’s Believe it Or Not flip-flop disguise.


It’s how to make these book page flowers.

And I when you e-mail me….I seriously wish I could tell you how.

How to make the flowers.

But I can’t.


Now….I could tell you how not to make them.  I could tell you about pinning an entire pinterest page of book page projects .  I could tell you about cutting out leaf after leaf after leaf of book pages.  And buying stems.  And trying to form the leaves and stems into some semblance of a flower.

And failing miserably.

So I did what all creative individuals do when they want a book page flower and they can’t create one.

I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a dozen.


And while the Hobby Lobby flowers are beautiful and fill up a basket nicely, let’s be honest….it’s just not the same.  There is something about the simple beauty of a hand-crafted book page flower that Hobby Lobby can’t re-create.  So with great sadness and heavy heart…..I thought that we all we were ever destined to be was a Hobby Lobby Flower house….



Until this showed up in the mail yesterday…in a box tied with string and a wonderful tag.

This beautiful handmade book page flower.

With a hand-painted cloche.

And shells.

And corks.

And a tiny nest with tiny eggs.



Creative inspiration wrapped with string and packaged up by the wonderful, incomparable, creative whirlwind that is Betsy.

Just because.

Because maybe she knew we were a Hobby Lobby flower house.

Because maybe she knew that even an entire pinterest project page could not save my vain attempt for the book page floral department.

Because maybe she knew that I truly needed an answer to all those e-mails.



So in the future….if you e-mail wanting to know how to make a book page flower.

I could recommend this tutorial or this tutorial or maybe even this tutorial.


Or we could just ask  Betsy  🙂

PS  If book pages aren’t your thing…..check out this flower tutorial using paper bags.


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  1. Image for Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    What a fun surprise from Bets - but it's really not all that surprising after all. You do have an army of fans and admirers - this was bound to happen. Next thing you know, you'll be receiving portraits of yourself - some on wood scraps, some on velvet, some paint by numbers ... Then, you won't be able to leave your house without those protective sunglasses and your Ripley's disguise. You'll be known throughout blogland as just "Kari" - like Madonna and Cher before you. People will chase you through the streets (and cornfields) of Kentucky! And I'll say, I knew her when. Kelly

  2. Image for Kim Kim

    Those are cute flowers and I saw them the other day at HL. How sweet of Betsy to send you that gift. The kindness of bloggers always amazes me.

  3. Image for Vicky Vicky

    Wow such a nice are one of the nicest bloggers I swear, you are surrounded by such a nice group of gals, I love getting your blog in my email :) Enjoy your flowers and cloche.

  4. Image for Betty Betty

    Kari Anne......I love your posts! You're the bestest! You make me LOL. I'm going to look for some old books and try this because I always admire them on your site too.

  5. Image for everton terrace everton terrace

    How awesome is she?! I tried to make some years ago when my daughter worked at Anthropologie and they had some in the store. I brought home french newspapers to make them with - they were very underwhelming. Next I followed a tutorial for wax paper flowers with holes in the middle to slide onto the long reeds I had in tall vases, they were so blah I didn't even want to reeds anymore. I need Hobby Lobby, or Betsy.

  6. Image for Linda Adams Linda Adams

    Hi Karianne, I do love those flowers. Lucky you to receive the cloche with another flower. Last week I popped in a Goodwill store and found a cloche that looks just like the one in your photo. I must paint the wood bottom white and then I'll have to learn how to make one of those flowers. I do not have a Hobby Lobby in my area. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week. Joyous Wishes, Linda

  7. Image for SheilaG SheilaG

    Awww, I love Betsy- she's a sweetheart! She actually sent me your pass it on canvas and I love it! I'm so bad, I forgot to send thanks to you as well. (mainly because I haven't gotten around to continuing the pass it on.) I wonder what others would think if I sent them paintings of you....

  8. Image for Michele Michele

    She's so awesome for doing that for you. Fellow bloggers are simply the best peeps in the world for sweet and kind AND GENEROUS random acts of kindness. Just lovely! Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Oh...that was such a kind and thoughtful thing Betsy did!!!....A gift from one kind soul to another!! It amazes me that there are so many, many wonderful people out there in blogland...People who take the time to listen, respond, and share their time and experiences with you...It truly fills my heart with joy.....As the famous Buzz would say, to infinity and beyond... Now, as far as the paper flowers...everytime I see them, I have visions of Marie Osmond...singing her first hit, "Paper roses".....but then again, but there is definitely no "imitation love" in them!!!.....

  10. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    Thank you, Karianne! What a nice post! Hummmm, our Hobby Lobby didn't have these amazing script flowers! They were pink or blue! Your tool box inspired me! What can I say, but I had flower envy; I had to find an alternative. Thank you for honoring me in The Pass It On Project! I had the best time making cloches! It was so wonderful sending little random acts of kindness around the country! Thank you for including me and making the world a brighter place! Blessings to you!

  11. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Hi KariAnne, Aren't bloggers the most generous and kind people EVER?! That was so sweet of Betsy to send you some pretty book-page flowers. Hugs, Cindy

  12. Image for Anne Anne

    I agree with Cindy - bloggers are the most generous and kind people EVER and you do make the world a brighter place Karianne! What a sweet gesture, and those gifts are gorgeous! Enjoy, xox

  13. Image for Mrs C Mrs C

    Whew! What a relief to know you didn't make your flowers! I kept wondering where on earth you stumbled upon those documents from the 1800's that you felt comfortable cutting up to create flowers with? ;D (big wink) I did notice the font was incredible and wondered the 5- w's & 1- h of journalism. Thank you for divulging this information, I can now put my inquiring mind to rest! I'd love to find some pages w/ incredible font, and just see if I could possibly make something similar to the HL blossoms. Thanks for sharing the tutorials! I remember when I found the tutorial for burlap roses, and squealed w/ delight when I demonstrated live(yes live, right here in my living room), and shared my new skill w/ my daughters! We had one of those "oh my gosh!" moments. What an incredibly kind and generous blog friend Betsy is! How sweet to have blessed you and your home w/ such beautiful gifts! I do love reading here! Your blog is always so much fun! Toodles, have a great weekend!

  14. Image for Fairfield House Fairfield House

    Kari Anne, I think the relationships we form with readers and other bloggers are one of the best things about blogging. {Telling people you're a blogger and not afraid to use it if they piss you off is another. Yes, I'm kidding. Kinda. Sorta. Maybe. Okay, I did it a few times.} How thoughtful and generous of Betsy! Getting an unexpected gift 'just because' is the best. Deborah

  15. Image for Linda @ it all started with paint Linda @ it all started with paint

    The truth is revealed. And I'm a bit bummed. I was hoping you'd share the secret to those flowers ... ... and how sweet is that gift from Betsy? Just darling. And how do you pronounce that glass thingy that's encasing that amazing book page flower ... :) Linda

  16. Image for Diane Diane

    Beautiful gift from Betsy, her work is gorgeous. I got so sidetracked today by all your wonderful links I almost forgot to comment, lol. ~Diane

  17. Image for CAS CAS

    Aren't bloggers just the best friends ever? I just love all the talent & generosity. I think all your flowers are super-cute, but what a great friend Miss Betsy is! Have a great weekend! CAS

  18. Image for Kelly Kelly

    I guess I didn't look close enough at those flowers you had to realize that they weren't real book pages! Ha! Now I know your secret. I (as you already know) am not an expert crafter, so I would probably follow in your footsteps and just go buy them already made at HL! Love the one that your friend made you though! If you had trouble making one, then I KNOW I would! I've seen the things that you've made before and consider you a real crafter!

  19. Image for sharon sharon

    Hi! I love the book flowers. Out of all the crafts like that, I like this one the most. Your creativity and style is why I nominatted you for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you choose to accept the award, you can find the details on my blog. Congrats! Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  20. Image for Betty Betty

    Kari Anne..just had to tell you, I bought an old book at the Thrift Store today just to try to make some flowers. I can't bear to tear the pages out to even try it. haha. You can read it on my blog page today. betty@ southern grace

  21. Image for Gwen Gwen

    Shhh.... don't tell... No one will ever know and we can go on as Hobby Lobby Flower girls...wearing them in our hair and on our purses and strategically placed here and there as if we were the flower nymphs of this age...

  22. Image for laurie laurie

    Blog friends are all such a blessing! What a sweet gift, Karianne! Those flowers are just amazing - handmade or not! :) May I ask where you purchased your French stamp shown on the clay tag you have on your wicker basket? I just love it!! :) xoxo laurie

  23. Image for Donna Donna

    How funny! I thought I was the only one who could not master the art of paper flowers. I followed over from Funky Junk thinking you had the magic, but I will follow your suggestion and just ask Betsy! I love the tag also.

  24. Image for Jenn Jenn

    Okay, I am officially in love with your blog! I have spent way too long looking through it but it is just too fabulous! I really need some of those book page flowers but unfortunately there is no Hobby Lobby even relatively close to me. Might have to check out some of those tutorials! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Your newest follower, Jenn :)

  25. Image for Andrea Andrea

    I happen to know another amazing, generous and over the top talented blogger who sent me a inspiring canvas, which proudly hangs in my home =)

  26. Image for Poppy Poppy

    Oh what a beautiful gift to receive in the mail.. love the little cloche with the tag:) Betsy is a wonderful friend! The book page flowers look so romantic, delicate and sooo pretty! Thanks for sharing your gift with us!~Poppy

  27. Image for Heidi @ Decor & More Heidi @ Decor & More

    What a fun special little care package! Lucky you! I've missed some of your posts-- thought I'd redone my email subscription, but I must not have. Time to take care of that so I can get my Thistlewood fix on a regular basis. :) Hope you've had a blessed and peaceful weekend. xo Heidi

  28. Image for Jean Jean

    That is so sweet! And you are so funny!! I WISH I had a Hobby Lobby nearby...tried finding those on their site to no avail. :-(

  29. Image for breida @ breida @

    HI there! It's too bad we did not meet at Haven - I wanted to check out your eyebrows! Did you have a fantastic time? I did. I'm already looking forward to next year. I'm following you on Hometalk now, too. What do you think of what's going on over there? breida

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