Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Paper Flowers

Inspired by a cute covered box by Janet @Today's Fabulous Finds, I searched my craft cabinet for some snippets to make a container myself. I made some sweet little paper flowers that can be used to decorate anything you might imagine.  Here are a few projects I did.
This oatmeal covered container is very similar to the one Janet made except that instead of crepe paper flowers, I added these little paper flowers.
I think it makes a lovely place to store special treasures a little girl might find.

Cute when attached to a tiny gift card.
Recycling a tin can for a desk accessory.
Using a 40% off coupon, I bought a cutter in a pleasing petal shape.  I followed this YouTube video.
After cutting out 8 circles, lightly spritz with water.  Scrunch each circle into a small ball.
Open the scrunched balls and stack.  Punch a hole through the stack.  This can easily be done with a pointy object, but my husband excitedly suggested using his drill and so, to please him, I did.  You can purchase cute little brads in the scrap-booking department of a craft store. Since they don't show, I used plain ones that worked fine and were less expensive.
To form the flower, begin with the top petal and squish it together.  Repeat with the remaining petals.  Then open gently until you like the shape of your flower.

I made my flowers from computer paper and card stock.  You might choose paper in solid or a printed pattern.  For an added dimension, the edges can be inked just after punching them out and prior to scrunching.

Note about using pages from a book:  I found that when making these flowers using pages from an older dictionary that they came out better when I did not wet them.  Perhaps there is a greater fabric content but they simply did not hold the scrunch when wet! Pages from a regular book may not react this way but if you find they do, skip the wetting step.
Linking to the very sweet blog of Olga @Olga's Home & Garden Blog for her Handmade Monday!

28 comments:

CJ said...

These are cute! I have a punch...I have paper...

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I want to make some of those flowers right now...just darling!

Carol said...

You are so creative, they look so cute! I absolutely love the oatmeal container, and the paper is so pretty!

Rosabela said...

Truely amazing and beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

sewingseeds4U said...

So cute. I love making paper flowers and you've given me some new ideas on where to use them. Thanks for the tutorial.

Buttercup said...

Your flowers are lovely and I especially like the note paper. What a great idea.

Susan said...

Oh, LDH, you are truly an artist. Imagine making such lovely creations from such simple things! You are amazing. Susan

NanaDiana said...

LOVVVVE it~ I have bookmarked this page for something to do with the little girls! GREAT idea! xxoo Diana

Debbie @ Cheaper by the Bakers Dozen said...

These are beautiful. My daughters and I have done the felt flowers before, but these are less expensive and perhaps even more versatile.
Thanks for sharing.

I love the picture of you and your grandchildren.

marie said...

These are so pretty! Love your new desk accessory. What a perfect use for a tin can.
I'm looking forward to giving these a try.

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

So pretty Lorraine. I'm thinking of all kinds of places where I need a sweet little touch.

Cozycomfycouch said...

Such a lovely idea! Beautiful! :D Thank you!

Tracy said...

Those paper flowers are absolutely gorgeous...I am definitely going to try that~
I'm a new follower...I was on Valarie's site and felt compelled to hop over and check you out; I liked the title so here I am :)

Life In a Little House said...

Oh thankyou for the tutorial those are absolutely adorable!!! They would look cute on a little clip and you could put them in your hair ;)my daughter Anna would love that!! I will be trying this out later for sure ~Thanks Love Heather

Lady Farmer said...

Yay! for tutorials NOT on video! Thanks so much for this fun idea! I can hardly wait to get a punch to try this out.
All of your projects turned out fabulous! Love, love, love them!
Blessings!

Olga said...

Lorraine, this is so beautiful. The little flowers are so lovely. I would like try this project too.

Gini said...

Lorraine, I love these...they are so sweet and wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing and explaining the process...I am off to try making some of the flowers for a card I am in the process of creating!

keri said...

Very nice flowers! I will want to be trying these soon! Thanks for the beautiful idea!

Ann said...

I just love how you can make an oatmeal container and a tin can look so pretty with a little paper. I don't have a punch like that but I can cut out that same shape with my cricut. I think I see another project being added to my list. Yours turned out beautiful. You've inspired me once again :)

crochet lady said...

Wow, very cute!

Suzy said...

It's funny how the same crafts get updated and modernized with the years. I remember seeing covered oatmeal containers and tin cans in old craft books from the 60s and early 70s. Yours are beautiful. Love the pink and green!

Vivienne said...

Wow! These are beautiful...I thought you bought them when I first saw the photos! Didn't know it was makable at home. I'll be keeping an eye out for those punchers! I really like the pink flower you have attached to the card.

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Okay... running out the door to find a petal punch! Great tutorial! Cute cute cute! The sky is the limit with this craft :)Michelle

Lallee said...

Gorgeous! I know what I'll spend my coupon on next time. Thank you for the tutorial!

Petra (Zoom Yummy) said...

What a nice idea! :) Petra

Boo-Bah said...

This is my first visit here and I am so loving it. Marie at Spun By Me told me about your blog. I am so glad she did. Your paper flowers are wonderful. I am definitely going to give making them a try.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That came out so pretty! Thanks so much for adding this to the One Pretty Thing Flickr pool, I'll be linking.

Anja said...

Amazing what one can do with paper!! Looks really great!

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