26 September 2011

Playing with Books

Happy new week everybody!
Today, I'd like to share with you a
lovely book that I discovered.

who learned the art of bookbinding by accident.
He did not only fall in love with the process,
he fell in love with the person who taught him!
They are now married and own Rag & Bone
Bindery in Rhode Island.

In this book, instead of teaching us how to
make a book, he provides ideas on how
upcycle, deconstruct and re-imagine
books that we no longer want.

I've seen this flower on different blogs & I've always
wanted to make one. Well, this book provides the

I found a blah book from a library sale.
It was a good thing it was old and
my small donation made me less
guilty to tear it up & use it to craft.

Go ahead and use a book you no longer
read or need.

Ready to make a Kusudama flower?

You'll need 5 book pages.

Cut each page into 6" x 6" squares.

Fold 1: Fold the square into a triangle.

Fold 2: Fold the two creased corners down to
create a smaller square.

Fold 3: Fold the two triangular flaps in half.

Fold 4: Open the flaps up, then re-fold them flat,
so that the inner crease you made in Fold 3 falls
to the outside.

Fold 5: Fold the tips upwards.

Fold 6: Fold the triangular flaps in half inward.

Fold 7: Make the ends meet & secure with glue.
Use a binder clip to hold the ends together
as the glue dries.

Repeat with the remaining 4 paper squares.

Once you have the 5 petals, glue the ends
together. Again, use a binder clip to hold
them in place while the glue dries.


According to the book, Japanese Kusudama were
used like incense or potpurri to dispel evil spirits
or disease. These days, they are used as gifts or

Attach a nice note and leave it on your partner or
roommate's bedside table. Or leave one on
a coworker's desk for her birthday.

I think that's thoughtful and TADA!


  1. Oh, I have to get this book! The flower is lovely. I can't wait to see some more projects!

  2. ,,,these sweet lil flowers were showing up all over "pinterest", so happy to learn about the book, i shall make the purchase soon!,,,i triple loved "the paris wife" how 'bout you?,,,

  3. Hi Rebecca! This book has a lot of easy & cute projects :) I've noticed that I'm obsessing with all things Paris lately!

  4. Claire, I love all the ideas this week but this is one I'm going to be doing for sure..maybe some of the others too:)
    Thanks Claire for all your inspirations!!

  5. Thanks to you Betty (and all you loyal Blah to TADA! readers) for keeping me inspired to create & craft :) Hugs!


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