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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Flower Power! Paper wall flowers

What says "welcome springtime"  more than these gorgeous wall flowers?! I made a neutral version of these a few years back for my own room, and loved them so much, I decided to make a bunch of them to go above my daughters bed as a statement piece.  So, I ditched the neutral, and went bold!  I chose a color pallet based on their bedding, and we had a whole lotta' fun at the paper store choosing paper!  You can do what I did and make a statement wall piece, or make flowers for a springtime wreath or as a centerpiece for your Easter table. 

You need:
Card stock
Glue gun
Manila folders or scrap cardboard

Start by determining how big you want your flowers.  My biggest flower was 14" in diameter using 8 outer petals.
I got 2 petals from one piece of card stock.  Then, I cut smaller petals for the center of the flowers.  I didn't really have a specific formula, I started with the outer petals and went from there.  I determined how many petals I could cut from a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of card stock.





Here is a rough formula to give you a sizing ballpark. 
2 petals per page = 14"  diameter flower
4 petals per page = 11"
8 petals per page = 8"



Really easy to assemble!  Cut a rough circle from a manila folder or scrap cardboard, about 2"- 4" smaller than your flower.  Just glue the petals one by one on the cardboard in flower pattern.  Avoid going around the flower in a circle.  In other words, keep your petal placement random.  Once you have the outer petals formed, continue with another ring of different shaped petals in the center.


Finish by curling the petals around a pencil or a wooden spoon handle.  I curled some petals forward, and some back to give them a bit more of a whimsical look. 
Petal shapes-  Don't worry about making every petal exactly the same, or cutting them perfectly. Once the flower is put together, no one will be looking at your imperfections.  I always think it's better to have less uniformity anyways. 
Experiment with different shapes.  Heart shaped, sunflower petal shaped, fringed on the end, round, clover shaped, you can't go wrong! 

More techniques:  Like I said, I made these a few years back.  Here is a link to other techniques I used the first time. http://www.hipstersteaparty.com/2010/06/wall-flowers.html

To hang your flowers, you can make a hook by hot gluing a piece of fishing line on the back or just stick a nail directly through the center of the flower and hammer into the wall.  I even used thumb tacks for the smaller flowers.



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