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Back to Painting Flowers

I love to paint.  My grandmother taught me: if you can’t move it, paint it, and if you can’t paint it, put a flower in it.

I wonder if that was my inspiration for painted paper flowers?

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I started making these a few years ago for weddings (including my own).  And yes they are a bit labor intensive, but I can’t help myself.

So here is a re-run of the step to create these lovely large flowers (the tutorial uses a mix of green paint, but the process is the same).

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Supplies

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*Regular copy paper (or drawing paper)
*Hot glue gun
*Stick or Floral Stem Wire
*2 colors (or more) craft acrylic paint (the cheaper the paint the better, I’ve found)
*Water
*Paint brush (for painting and rolling)
*Tape

CuriousPurplePig Rating: 8.5 oinks, could be messier. I do manage to get paint in my hair though.   Takes about 30 minutes per flower to cut/paint the petal (not counting paint drying time), another 30 minutes or so to assemble.

Steps

Each petal is cut from regular 8×11 paper, free form “teardrop” shape. The outside petals take 1/4 of the sheet, the inside ones, 1/6th. I advise at least 8 petals of each size (24 total). I stack the paper and do them all at once. I cut waves into the edges too.

Lightly fold the paper in 4ths for the larger petals:

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And into 6ths for the smaller, inside petals (fold in half, then into thirds):

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Using two colors of watered down craft acrylic paint, I quickly paint each side of the petals. The water helps to blend the colors. Just follow the form of the petal with your strokes. Only use one brush for all colors.

After making hundreds of these flowers, I’ve found that the cheaper the craft acrylic paint the better.  The “good stuff” is too thick and has to be watered down to much.  I don’t want to offend Craft Smart brand, but it works really well for watered down/blended effects like these flowers.

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I used more darker color on the smaller inside petals, and went lighter on the outside. More water mixed in lightens the paint too.

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Find a center stick. I have a bunch of old dried stems lying around that I use. But a skewer stick will work too (or a stick from your yard–even better). The larger the flower, the larger the diameter the stick.

UPDATE: I switched from using sticks to florist wire stems like these:

I then glue a piece of styrofoam or rolled paper on the end to give it a larger diameter base to glue the petals. With the wire, I can bend and shape the flowers as needed in the centerpiece, much better.18_gauge_green_stem_floral_wires_20pcs

I use a paint brush handle to roll the paper edges.

Low temp glue glue gun, my best friend. Attach the petals by gluing at the base.

If the paper tears a bit, just dab with glue to seal it. Keep working around until you like it.

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I used more glue and then florist tape to secure it more to the stick/floral stem.

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Done!

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DIY Petal Aisle Border

I saw this on Pinterest and said “Want.”

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And roughly $15 and about 20 hours of labor later, I have what I want:

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Supplies:

Bags and Bags of Dollar Store Petals (300 petals per bag)–I suggest starting with at least 10 bags.

Roll of masking paper for painting (like you get at a home improvement store)

Glue–I started with regular white craft glue, but quickly changed to my trusted low-temp glue gun

Scissors and tape

Dye for Petals (optional, depending on your colors)–I just tea-stained mine to make them off white/ivory

Purple Pig Rating: Easy, not messy, but has “WOW” factor . 9.5 Oinks because it is awesome.

Steps:

There are lots of tutorials for DIY petal runners.  The big difference with mine is that I didn’t use tulle for the base.  I was at the home improvement store in the paint aisle and notices a 125′ of paper masking (like craft paper) in green that was a perfect match to our wedding colors.  It was $4, so I had to buy it. Some diy brides discuss gluing petals on tulle and the glue coming through the tulle (making it hard to work with). I had no problem like that using paper.

1. To make the edges, roll out the paper and fold in half. Mine is in 12.5′ sections.

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2. Cut your design on the folded side.

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3. The curly design is a series of arcs cut and taped together.  Overlay both sides on top of each other when taping so they are match.

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4. Optional Step: Dye/stain your petals.  These white petals from the dollar store are white-out white.  I’m an ivory girl.  So I boiled a big pot of water and dumped several cups of strong tea in it and brewed up some ivory petals.  I pulled them out at various times for subtle shade differences, rinsed and put in a salad spinner (yes a salad spinner) to dry off quickly.

5. Glue on petals.  Keep gluing, get more petals, keep going.  Bored? Keep gluing.

Put just a dot of glue on each petal, and stick the glued part under the “flap” of petal next to it to hide the glue spot.  Glue in different directions, and on top of one another. But I also found it easier to glue the edges first and then work inwards.  The look you want is dropped petals.

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I started with regular white kraft glue, but it took too long to dry, so I switched to low temp hot glue.  You hid your glue spots by only using a tiny drop and sticking that part under the petal next to it.

This picture just has the individual sections (6 in all, two side sections at 12.5′ each, and the two curly sections) just laying butted up to each other.  I will use tape the day of to attach them on site.

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(please ignore the bad photo stitch for this panorama shot.  I have limits with my iPhone).

Wedding Card Pop-up Box

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It started the weekend as a mere cardboard box my karaoke machine came in. It is now our weeding card box -or- “mailbox” to be more descriptive.

I was browsing vintage mailboxes and got inspired. This may be the most fru-fru thing I’ve ever made. And just to make sure it reaches cute overload, I made a pop-up sign that says “Thank You!” when one opens the drawer to put the card in. Yes, when a guest opens the front drawer flap to put their card in, the sign on top will pop up and say thank you.  It’s sure be a hit with the kids at the wedding 🙂

I don’t have a tutorial, but basically:

1. Find a box.
2. Cut a flap in the front on three sides leaving the bottom attached. This will be your drawer front. Duct tape the inside of the bottom of the flap (maybe the outside too-you can cover it later) so it will have more strength as it gets bent (opened) multiple times.
3. Cut two drawer side pieces with an arc between the edges. Here is someone else’s tutorial on that. http://torispelling.com/blog/post/tutorial-kids-diy-mailbox
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4. Punch three holes in the flap: one in center for the knob, and one in each corner for the ribbon or string.
5. Make your pop-up sign for on top out of card stock. Punch one hole in each corner of it for the ribbon. You will need two pieces card stock (the other piece get used in step 7). I recommend a thin piece of cardboard for the middle of the sign for extra sturdiness.
6. Sit the sign where you want it on top. Punch two holes in the box top behind the sign for the ribbon to feed through.

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7. Duct tape the sign to the box by running tape over the back of your sign onto the box (the tape is shaped like an “L” when the sign stands up. Use your other piece of card stock to cover the tape in the back of the sign. You will also want to attach a piece of wood, marble, or something right behind the sign. This will keep it from flopping backwards. I just use hot glue to attach some flowers.
8. Optional Step: paper mâché the entire box to cover all duct tape and to make a nice paint suface.
9. Tie thin ribbon (or string) to each corner of the sign, feed them through the holes on the top of the box, open the drawer (flap), grab the ribbon and tie to the corners of the front flap (where you punched the holes). Adjust tension of the ribbon as necessary so the sign pops up. Optional: glue washers where the ribbon feeds through the holes for looks and for strength.
10. Decorate your mailbox. I found that I had to make the sign top heavy so it would fall back down when the drawer was closed. So I hot glued on some flat sided marbles on top.

Sorry I didn’t take pics as I went. It was all trial an error for me. It went through several iterations. I took several pics of the final product, all painted. Hopefully, you’ll be able to figure it out.

Notice the flowers on top? They are my previous blog -Painted Paper Flowers. In fact all the decorations on my box are paper (except the knob & pearls).

Final list of supplies for this: box, duct tape, thin ribbon, hole punch, paper, paint, knob, 6 washers, flat marbles.

Cost: Well I had everything, so maybe about $5 of supplies.

Here are some more pics.

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Painted Paper Flowers

Two nieces married, now it’s my turn. I’m getting married!

I’ve been experimenting with paper flowers for a while. I love the stylized look. They don’t wilt, require no water, and can be done way in advance.

To make it just wee bit more messy, and since I love the look, I paint the petals. I’ve made several styles thus far, but the pics below show my favorite.

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Supplies

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*Regular copy paper (or drawing paper)
*Hot glue gun
*Stick
*2 colors (or more) craft acrylic paint
*Water
*Paint brush (for painting and rolling)
*Tape

CuriousPurplePig Rating: 8.5 oinks, could be messier. I do manage to get paint in my hair though.  Very easy. Takes about 30 minutes per flower.

Steps

Each petal is cut from regular 8×11 paper, free form “teardrop” shape. The outside petals take 1/4 of the sheet, the inside ones, 1/6th. I advise at least 5 petals of each size (10 total). I stack the paper and do them all at once. I cut waves into the edges too.

Lightly fold the paper in 4ths for the larger petals:

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And into 6ths for the smaller, inside petals (fold in half, then into thirds):

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Using two colors of watered down craft acrylic paint, I quickly paint each side of the petals. The water helps to blend the colors. Just follow the form of the petal with your strokes. Only use one brush for both colors. Don’t worry too much how it looks.

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I used more darker color on the smaller inside petals, and went lighter on the outside. More water mixed in lightens the paint too.

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Find a center stick. I have a bunch of old dried stems lying around that I use. But a skewer stick will work too (or a stick from your yard–even better). The larger the flower, the larger the diameter the stick.

I use a paint brush handle to roll the paper edges.

Low temp glue glue gun, my best friend. Attach the petals by gluing at the base.

If the paper tears a bit, just dab with glue to seal it. Keep working around until you like it.

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I used more glue and then florist tape to secure it more to the stick.

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Done!

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Cat, for scale.

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Some of my other large, and very small, paper flowers…

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Simple Paper Flowers on Branches

I adapted this project from simple paper flowers by Jeffery Rudell.

These flowering branches will eventually form the center of the centerpiece for my niece’s wedding.

Supplies:

Paper in varying shades of your color for the flower. Bits of tissue paper/napkin for the center, branches (I pick mine up from the yard), white glue.

Time Commitment:

About 20 minutes to make the flowers and glue to the branch (bigger branches = more flowers = more time).

Skill:

Do you remember how to make a spit wad?

Purple Pig Rating:

7.5 oinks out of 10.  The flowers are really sweet and very easy.  The cost is nothing (doesn’t everyone have paper, glue, and yard debris?) Making a lot of flowers is a bit tedious, but again very easy.  Gluing to the branch takes some time.  Hot glue is faster, but shows.  Using white glue takes time to let it dry, but is invisible.  Minimal messy factor, in fact it requires cleaning up your yard of branches.

Detailed Step by Step:

1. Trace a round circle onto your paper in the size you want your flower.  I used a 2″ diameter lid.  Cut out your circles.  Fold/layer your paper to make several circles at once.

2. Fold the circle in half, then in half again, then in half again.  You will have a little cone.  Cut a rounded edge to form the petal shape.  Unfold.

3. Cut out two triangular sections from the flower (to make a more open flower, cut out one section, to make a smaller bud, cut out three sections).  Glue the two end sections together by overlapping.

4. To make a flat base (so you can glue it to a branch), I placed a blunt-ended pencil inside the flower and pressed down onto the table.

5. Make “spit wads” out of a contrasting color from bits of napkin or tissue paper.  A dab of glue in the center of flower will hold them. A shiny bead would look pretty too. Shape the petals by pinching each rounded end between your fingers.

6. Glue to your branch.  Repeat.

6a. (Optional Step): Making smaller buds from your left over cut out bits.

6b. (Optional Step): Use tissue paper (or napkins) and make even smaller circles/flowers for a completely different look.  The small blue flowers are made from 1″ napkin circles, cut “pointy” instead of rounded, and the flower base doesn’t need to be flattened.

Crepe Paper Streamer Flowers


This is an easy paper flower made from crepe paper streamers.  I adapted this flower from the Brides Cafe which used sheets of crepe paper.  However, streamers are more readily available, less expensive, and it cuts down on cutting.

Supplies:

Crepe paper streamer in your choice of colors (be sure to buy green if you want to add leaves & stems).  It’s about $1 for two rolls, each roll will make about 20 flowers. Skewer sticks (or you can use wire). Again about $1 for 50 sticks.  White school glue.

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Time Commitment:

About 2 minutes per flower, with some drying time.

Skill:

Have to be able to hold a stick.

Purple Pig Rating:

8 oinks out of 10.  A decent messy factor since I manage to get glue all over my hands and eventually in my hair.  Very easy and cheap.  They look great, but making a whole bunch can get tedious.  I recommend mini-flower making sessions.

Detailed Step by Step:

1. Cut about a two foot length of streamer.

2. Fold the streamer in half, then in half again, then again…until it is about 1 inch or so wide.  Cut a rounded “petal” shape along the top.  Unfold & lie flat.

3.  Lightly squirt some glue along one short edge and along the bottom for a few inches.  Place your stick (I used a skewer) about 1/2 way up on the edge.  Remember, this is crepe paper, so a little glue goes a long way.  You also do not need complete, uniform glue coverage along the bottom.

4. Roll the stick a few turns to make the inside petal.  How many turns exactly? Just until you like the look–but at least 1 complete turn so it will be glued to the stick when you are finished.

5. Add more glue to extend your glue line along the bottom a by a few inches more (you’ll keep doing this as you go) and start rolling the stick slowly while you use your fingers to gently gather the streamer to the stick.  Just keep rolling, gathering, and sticking the crepe paper.  Here’s lots of pictures:

When you get to the end of the stream, add glue along the short end and finish rolling/gathering.

6.  Pinch the paper along the bottom where it meets the stick to make sure there is good contact with glue, paper, and stick.  I add just a bit more glue around the bottom as a just in case measure.  Then you just need to let it dry (hang upside down while drying if you used a lot of glue along the base).

6a. (Optional Step) Stem & Base with green crepe paper streamer–Cut about 2 inches of green, fold in half, fold in half again (and again) cut a point on BOTH short ends.  Unfold & lie flat.  Then fold in half long ways so the point ends do NOT line up.  Glue along the bottom straight edge and roll onto the base of the flower.  You can then continue to wrap the stick in green paper if you like (or paint it).

6b. (Optional Dual or triple, or ? colored flowers): Do the same procedure as above, but cut some alternate colors and glue at the base.  I did this at random intervals.

And that’s it.  I could have made 10-15 flowers in the time it took me to write this tutorial, it’s that easy.

Me vs. Paper Flowers (my niece is getting married)

My niece is getting married and I am delving into the world of paper flowers as shower, wedding, and reception decor.

The advantage of paper flowers is how much in advance you can make and arrange them. Plus the uber low cost is awesome. The wedding is in mid-April. I’m hosting her shower one week before the wedding (to accommodate out of town guests) and will be a “bridal tea” theme. Lots of flowers, ladies with hats, small crustless sandwiches.

My goal, under my niece’s approval, is to create decorations for the shower that can also serve as wedding ceremony and reception pieces. Triple duty paper flowers in her colors of yellow and blue.

I was inspired by these DIY online tutorials:

And then I saw this centerpiece with real flowers:

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Centerpiece (entire project)

General Supplies

One thing I have is branches. They are all over my yard. Paper? Check. Crepe paper streamers are $1 for two rolls at the dollar store. I still haven’t worked out the vessel (vases) just yet, but I’m thinking…

Time Commitment:

It takes about 2 minutes per flower –start to finish.

Purple Pig Rating:

8 oinks out of 10.  It is really easy, but can get tedious if making a whole bunch.  Best to break up into mini flower making sessions.  I manage to get glue everywhere, including my hair, so the messy factor is good.  Very cheap.

Individual Flower Tutorials

Crepe Paper Streamer Flowers:  (more…)

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