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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Handmade paper flowers

A couple of weeks ago I came across a tutorial for making paper flowers and since it seemed super easy so I decided to give it a go! I am now addicted – and here are some of the results!

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I wanted to link you to the tute, but unfortunately the blog is now private so you won’t be able to see it :( So I’ll try to give you a super simple rundown.

You’ll need:
Paper – cardstock is best, or thicker than average patterned paper (lines such as Basic Grey are perfect)
Brads for centers
A spray bottle or dish of water
Flower stencil or punches (or you could print shapes, or freehand)

Cut/punch 9 flowers – 3 large, 3 medium, 3 small. Pierce a hole in the center of each and join them together, with largest on the bottom, then medium, then smallest, rotating each one so that they are not perfectly lined up.
Give the flower a generous spray of water (or dunk it in a dish). You then need to fold each petal toward the center, pinching and scrunching it all together as you go. Spray as often as needed – the paper needs to be fairly pliable for this to work. Continue until all petals have been folded in, and you have what resembles a small rosebud.
Now comes the point where you can make this as neat and tidy or as messy as you want. Start to unfold your little bud petal by petal. Be gentle as it is rather wet. You can flatten the petals out a fair bit, or just unfold them slightly to give a more scrunched, rustic look. You also have the option of unfolding every petal so that you wind up seeing the brad you started with, or you can leave the center petals folded in to resemble a small bud.
Allow plenty of time to dry, or use a heat tool to speed things up. Once they are completely dry you can remove the brad if you like and replace it with bling, buttons, ribbon or anything else you can think of. You could also add glimmermist, stickles etc.

I hope that made some sort of sense to you all lol If you’d like me to take pics for each step, let me know and I’ll pop it on my to do list.

Heading out now to relax with a book or nap. I miss sleep…we used to be such great friends.

Lita x

8 comments:

Darcy@SomewhatMuddledMusings. said...

Those are really pretty, Lita!!!

Vieve said...

Wow! Those look real! Gorgeous really!

Lynn said...

Ok, these are GORGEOUS! thanks for the re-cap of the tut for us!

felix and lily said...

I looove these!

Sarah Schwerin said...

These are awesome!

di basnett said...

Love these chica! You're super talented.

TheEverDazzling said...

These are so amazing! Great work! x

Kate said...

These are gorgeous, Lita! Thank you for sharing how you made them :)