Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Tuesday Tutorial: Paper Flowers

Inspired by the Something From Almost Nothing class and lots of strips of patterned paper, I had a play with making some paper flowers :-) Here's how:

Cut a strip of paper about 1 inch wide (I used A4 patterned paper so my strip is just under 30cm long). Crumple it up and then smooth it out again. The crumpling loosens the fibres and makes the strip easier to roll, and adds to the 'shabby chic' look!


Turn the strip over and fold the top edge down to about the midpoint - don't worry too much about being exact though! Then fold it over again...


...and once more. Now you're ready to start winding the strip into a spiral.


You can get different effects by winding it tightly or more loosely. When you get to the end of the strip just add a piece of double-sided tape to secure.


If you want a larger flower just stick another strip to the end of the first and keep winding! The length of the original strip doesn't matter too much as you can just keep adding more strips till the flower is the size you want. In the picture below the second flower is made from three strips:


Add glue dots or double-sided tape on the back and mount onto your project! I used a small one with a stamped swirl as a stem and leaves:


I finished the larger flower with a brad in the centre and added some decorative leaves:


The flowers also look good made from newspaper. You can ink them before or after rolling or leave them as they are, they look equally effective! I turned one into a tree by inking in green and adding a strip of ribbon for the trunk:


I stamped a birdie body, wing and tail onto more newspaper and added a bit of colour with inkpads (stamps from my Feather Flourish set by Stampendous). Let's have a closer look at that little birdie:


All of these are blank cards for now, I'll add the greeting when I've decided what occasion I need them for!

18 comments:

Maria Ontiveros said...

That's awesome Mel! I never think to stamp on newspaper, but I should. And I have lots of skeleton leaves, too! Thanks for more great ideas on using up some of my stuff!
Rinda

Jessica Griffin said...

SUPER CUTE!!

Nadine said...

great tutorial and it looks lovely~

scrappyjacky said...

These look great,Mel... particularly good for cards.....I think you could do them with fabric as well.

Deb said...

So cool. I'm always looking for new ways to make flowers and this is a great one. I also love that you stamped that cute bird onto newspaper and cut him out. I'm so going to copy you!!!

SarahLP said...

Love it - the flower/tree and the newsprint bird - I keep meaning to try stamping on newsprint and other printed stuff.. now i really want to do it!

Cheri said...

Thanks for the great tutorial Mel - I've been struggling with the paper flower concept.

Sian said...

I love the idea of flowers from newspaper :)

Enjoy the Ride said...

Love this new flower concept... tfs! I'm off to play!

Scrappi Sandi said...

Thank you so much for sharing this...I will definitely be giving it a go...that bird is to die for!! Thanks also for the kind words you left for me...I am also in awe of your 'Click' LO & your 'Rainbow' LO just blew me away!...may just have to lift that one (with your kind permission!!!)

Ruth said...

This might be something that even I can manage to add to a card!

Lizzie said...

Lovely Mel! Thank you for sharing your idea.

Amy said...

The flower with the silver leaves ... FANTASTIC! These are great Mel, don't know what I would use them on but I really want to try :-)

Karen said...

Thanks for the clear directions on making the roses! I also have some skeleton leaves around here somewhere. I need to put them to good use.

melissa said...

thanks for the great tutorial, and I love that little birdie :)

Clair said...

I love that wee birdie. So, so cute. The tute is pretty awesome too! x

Lara said...

These are awesome Mel! I adore the birdie too

Rachel B said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing x