Friday, June 26, 2015

DIY: Paper Flowers Version 2 - Rolled Paper Flowers

To continue with the theme of paper is an incredibly easy way to make rolled paper flowers! These are a bit more sturdy than the tissue paper flowers, but just as easy to make.

what you need:
a heavier weight paper, in various colors (i used cardstock)
hot glue gun
dowels (i used skewers, and they worked great)

cut your paper into 6" squares (you can vary the sizes for different sized flowers)

cut the corners so they are rounded

cut a continuous spiral (does not need to be perfect! the waves create texture on what will become the petals)

you'll end up with something like this:

starting from the outside, roll the paper tightly

keep rolling!

when you reach the center, you will not be able to roll any further

the un-rolled section will become the base of the flower

don't worry if you let it go, it will stay rolled and look like this:

next, place a big dot of hot glue on the bottom layer

push down

voila! rolled paper flower!

turn over your flower, and put a dot of hot glue down; press your skewer into the hot glue (and hold it there until it dries a little bit, should only take a few seconds)

you can cut the skewers to varying lengths to give the flowers depth once they are put into a vase

you can group together in vases, an easy centerpiece! our flowers live on the entry table

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

DIY: Paper Flowers Version 1 - Tissue Paper Flowers

I (Jessica) have been obsessed with the idea of paper flowers for months now...they seem to be the latest trend in DIY, and for good reason. At a recent craft night, we tackled two versions of the paper flower, and they turned out beautifully!

You can store them pretty easily, so you can use them multiple times! They might get a little crumpled, but you just need to take them out and fluff them up. 


what you need:
tissue paper in various colors
wire or pipe cleaners

cut your tissue paper into 10" squares (you can make the squares any size, depending on what size flowers you want; we learned that squares work best)

carefully select 6 squares of tissue paper

line them up 

starting from the bottom, fold up accordion-style in about 1" folds

once it's all folded up, fold the accordion in half

fold a piece of wire over the middle

cut the ends of your tissue paper into either triangle or circular shape

you can also cut fringe into the ends to create different looks

starting from the top layer of tissue paper, start pulling the tissue away one layer at a time

fluff it all the way out and you're done! 

we made a mountain of flowers, and they have already been used at multiple events. 

happy crafting!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DIY: Wood Wedding Signs

DIY wood signs can add a great ambiance to a wedding - especially a beach wedding!

what you need:
wood (the bride, Katrina, picked some up from her hometown beach)
printer (and a computer... and ink!)
acetone nail polish remover
metal utensils
newspaper to cover working surface

to start, decide what words and fonts you want to use
tip: we found non-cursive to be much easier unless you have a good free-hand painter

measure your wood to determine what size you should print

print your words BACKWARDS in a thick font
(here's a tutorial for flipping a text box in Word)

place your word(s) on the wood in your desired location and
tape them down so they don't move while you're working

look at that brilliant tape job!
(tip: encourage each other along the way to keep motivation strong)

choose one brush for your acetone

brush acetone over the letters one at a time
(tip: if you don't want to get high, wear a mask)
(obviously we didn't care about that)

after you coat a letter, take a metal utensil (spoon, wine stopper, etc.) and scrape over the letter

we found that getting the edges of the letter mattered most, which is also
why we did mainly block letters instead of cursive handwriting fonts

the ink should transfer onto the wood, but depending on the type of wood you have
it might not be very dark, which is why scraping the outline of the letter matters more

once all your letters are transferred, paint them!

though the letters will be there for you to trace, patience is still key

that's it!

photo credit: Josiah Hassler Photography                                           

we also made some signs on stone hearts, but the ink didn't transfer with this method
so we had to free-hand draw them (with a white, erasable pencil first!)

we also had a special guest this crafternoon: Katrina's cat, Fly!

he just loves being held like a baby

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