I coined this word when I created my board on Pinterest – papel, Spanish for paper and philia, greek for love of. So yes am completely in love with paper and what one can create with this beautiful material, origami, paper cutting, paper making, decoupage, marbling, embossing, book binding, quilling, papier mache, parchment, calligraphy to name a few. I have tried most of these. Recently when reading this beautiful blog and this post in particular it reminded me of these paper vases we made as centrepieces for my grandmother’s surprise 90th birthday. Inspired by this book we set about to make 10 vases. The books were hardbacks the local 2nd second book store no longer wanted – apparently I did them a favour taking them of their hands. The covers and spine off we set about cut the pages to form the curves of the vase. I have found that removing some of the glue under the spine helps in forming the centre and allowing all pages to sit nicely to create the full vase.
Sorry, the quality of the photos aren’t great but you get the idea.
I often inspire my mum or my dad or both to try out what I have tried and my dad came up with this. I was going to say he cheated but no that’s not accurate, he just took a short cut, he used a saw to cut the pages. Much quicker, yep much smarter. He also cut the shape closer to the spine and then used his own glue for the ‘core’. A little paint job and branch and here is his pear.