Friday, June 26, 2015

DIY: Paper Flowers Version 2 - Rolled Paper Flowers

To continue with the theme of paper flowers...here 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)
scissors
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
scissors
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!


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