I don't know what spurred this on, but for the past few months I've been obsessed with making paper flowers. I've been looking online collecting links on how to make them. They ranged from very simple methods (the kind you make with your kids) to the very complicated and sophisticated (a la Martha Stewart). I ended up using a method that combined the two: instructions for making paper flowers with your kids, via Martha Stewart's website. Lol!
The first style I tried was this one... the directions were pretty easy, but I wasn't able to find any stamins locally and I wasn't about to order some online, so mine just didn't hold up too well. And the petals just didn't look as pretty as Martha's. ;-) So i was like, I'm going the easy route. Even used the pipe cleaners. :-) And they really turned out beautiful! They are easy and pretty fast to make, and I'm already addicted. There are so many uses for these.
I used crepe paper (just the cheapy kind from Joann Crafts. The colors fit what I like, nice and bright. I'm sure there are even better resources online with a wider range of colors that aren't so bright. I found sheets of it in the party decoration aisle. Martha even gives directions on how to make flowers from crepe paper streamers, but for some reason I couldn't get that method down. The directions were a little vague.)... and I also used tissue paper.
I knew I wanted to use the flowers on some sort of home decoration. Then I thought of a garland. I strung the flowers on some embroidery floss, along with various beads, crocheted flowers, my gingham and satin rosettes, some felted balls and also some large pom-poms I made from yarn. (I never EVER tire of pom-poms! :-) In fact, the flowers remind me of pom-poms.) I also tied some lace, pom-pom trim and yarn in different places along the way.
I really love how this turned out and I'm already thinking of something else I want to do with them. I saw this on Wren Handmade's blog one day and fell in love with it's pom-pom-wonderfulness. I saw that she got it at the Polish Center in NYC, so I looked it up to see if I could buy one. They do sell them there online, but they're a bit pricey. So I think I'll make something similar to it. A mobile of sorts. Or I can pick one up when I'm in NYC. ;-) Think that would be just a LITTLE cumbersome carying that around? lol!
So here are some pics of the garland... (please excuse some of the wide pics where you can see all of my laundry that I need to fold and my messy kitchen table. Keep your eyes on the garland, people. Stay focused! lol! )
I think I must have lived in Portugal or Brazil in another life, because I'm so drawn to these bright, exotic colors. I'm find myself being drawn to Portuguese and Brazillian artists on Flickr lately... people I stumble upon from other crafty flickr pages and other blogs.
And don't you love those 2 little deer? I've got a project in mind for them too. They are vintage from Japan. Got one of them on Ebay for $5, and the seller let me have the other one because it had been damaged. But she fixed the damaged part and everything! She said she didn't want to throw it away. How cool. :-)
Here are some other paper flower technique links I found:
Another random thing I read on a blog today: this is SO COOL. I totally want to do this, especially now that Cooper seems to really be into drawing lately. I can't help but get a little giddy at the idea of him inheriting the creative gene. :-)
Hope everyone has a great weekend!