To make the vase, I found that the easiest way to shape a book into a vase is to cut it by hand using an xacto knife. Someone suggested using a band saw. Can't imagine doing that.
Anyway, let's get started.
I use one of my vases as a pattern and drew around the side of the vase onto a white piece of paper the size of my book and then traced it onto a piece of cardboard.
The design of the vase should fit the height of the book. Too bad I couldn't find a really tall book to capture the lovely curves of my vase. Keep in mind that the width of the vase will be twice as wide when finished so your template should be narrower when drawing the overall shape.
Next, cut your pattern you just drew out of the cardboard. Tape or clamp the cardboard template to the front portion of the book against the binding and around the back cover to prevent movement of the cardboard while you are cutting.
With a sharp xacto knife, cut along the template, slicing though several pages at a time, removing as many cut out pages as you can until all are done.
Apparently I can't cut straight even though I was following the template. I had slivers of paper all over the place. I suggest having a trash bag beside you for clean up. It was easier for me to cut and see the pages by turning the book upside down. Midway through cutting, I repositioned the template on the remaining sheets which made it easier to finish cutting them out.
Once you've finished cutting out the vase pattern, remove the outside hardcovers leaving the spine binding intact.
Next, take the front page and the last page and fold them with the rest of the book backward. It helps to crease along the spine to help with gluing the pages together and making the shaped pages more flexible. Place glue on the first and last pages and along the binding and press together. Hold or clamp for a few minutes until dry and secure.
As I mentioned before, I dabbed tea on the pages to give it an aged look. The tea also helped to swell the pages a bit.
Now step back and admire your work! What an adorable book vase!
I just had to make spiral flowers out of some of the left over pages to go in the vase! More recycling, folks!
I guess the glue was still drying because once I put the stems in between the binding, I couldn't pull them out!
Don't know which view I like best.
The possibilities are unlimited for designing and cutting out a book vase.
And the best part is that it's quite simple, cheap, and easy to do in no time!
You just have to make one!
Take a little time to enjoy