Thursday, April 1, 2010

DIY: Paper Flowers

Now that spring is here, flowers are everywhere.  So many flower varieties are available in the Spring - I love this time of year.  Flowers are also a popular trend on the fashion runways, too.

It's always nice to have fresh flowers in the house to brighten up any room, but something more unique (and longer lasting) are paper flowers.  So fun to make and such a great thing to incorporate into centerpieces, place cards, favor boxes and more.

Here are a few photos from Marth Stewart Living this month....
I saw these and they reminded me of how great the use of paper can be.  You can use paper of different colors and textures, or make paper flowers out of paper with unique patterns for a more eclectic look.

A great source for paper flower kits is - one of my favorite websites!!

Here are simple steps for creating the cherry blossom branches above:
To create five-petal blossoms, start by cutting pink or red glassine or vellum into 3 1/2-inch and 4 1/2-inch squares. Fold a square into a flat cone, following steps 1 to 4.

Using scissors, make four angled cuts to remove the top of the cone as in step 5.

With a utility knife, carve out a small rectangular sliver on each side of the cone. Snip off a tiny bit of the pointed tip of the cone, and unfold and shape the paper to yield a blossom. Collect branches from the yard, and poke their tips through the centers of the blossoms. Place the decorated branches in a tall vase filled with pebbles to anchor the display. For favor bags, fill colored-paper bags with token gifts of your choice, and fold down the closed tops of the bags twice. Punch a hole through one folded corner. Push colored brad through flower, then hole in bag to fasten.

Have fun and Happy Spring!!!


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