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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wall Flowers


I made these large flowers for a wall in a bedroom.  The big one is about 20" across.  I love the neutral tones against a gray wall.  Calming for a bedroom.  I accented the center green, to match the bed.  Here's what they look like in the room.  I would have showed you the whole room, but I admit, it was too messy and I was in a hurry!  I'll take some more once I get the room finished.  I was just so excited about my flowers! 
Here's what you need:
8 1/2 x 11 assorted colored cardstock
Hot glue gun
Scissors or exacto and mat
a little string or fishing line for hook

Here's what you do:
Start by cutting petal shapes out of a whole piece of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.  FOr the big flower, I used about 8.
Then, divide the paper in half, and cut out more, using another color.  maybe 6-8.  It doesn't matter, as many as you want, really.
Then cut a bunch of smaller ones in another color. 
Tip:  Use an exacto and a mat for the big ones.  It's much faster, and your stroke with the exacto is more fluid than a cut with scissors.  Don't worry too much about trying to keep the petals the same.  It looks better if they are all different :)

  Then just start gluing the petals on top of one another in the center.   Bend them as you go, some forward, some backward.  I bent them around a thin rolling pin.





 Once you get all of your petals in place, make the center by folding 1/2 of a piece of cardstock in half again, and cutting little slits down the folded side.  Use scissors for this. 
Then, turn it inside out, and roll it up so you get a cute little cone flower.  Like this:







Trim it, and glue it in the middle.  To finish them, I picked out a lime green silk flower at the craft store, and stuck it in the center.  Ta Da!  Done!

Oh, to put the hanger on the back, hot glue a piece of fishing line to the back.  So easy!

These would be so cute in color too!  Bright pink or yellow for your daughter's room, or play around  with patterned paper.  

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