14 January 2012

Weekend DIY: Paper Flowers

Amidst the January darkness I am dreaming of flowers, don't you? And since I don't like plastic flowers I'd rather make paper ones. In the size and colors of my choice. A girl can dream, can't she?

Here are three amazing projects for paper flowers, which are on my to do list this weekend.

I like the casual look of the first flower. It is seemingly humble but carries the power of the written word because it is made out of old dictionary sheets. I just love the symbolic nature of the flower. And look at that vase, gorgeous, isn't it? Head on to ocasiocasa for the instructions.


The second one is a romantic Ranunculus flower bouquet that I fell in love with the minute I saw. Although there is no free tutorial for it, the Sunny And Stumpy etsy shop is offering the supplies and the tutorial for $115. That is one precious bouquet, isn't it!



The third one is a stunningly enormous rose that can be made out of creep paper. Drop by to the Green Wedding Shoes for detailed instructions.


What are you making today?

23 comments:

  1. Today we (My daughter and I) are making whole wheat bread; without the "bread mix" I usually buy from the Colony. I found a recipe that is supposed to work, but its got dates or prunes or something in it. So I'm not sure if I'll try it. Then we'll make two cinnamon rolls with some of the extra dough as a treat.
    Love the paper sweet william and the paper ranunculus. Its a flower I've never seen in person before. I had to google the ranunculus to see if there were freebie tutorials out there.

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    1. Did you find any free tutorials? It will be fun to share them here!

      And please, tell me how it went with the dates/prunes bread, that sounds totally interesting!

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  2. After a very full week...today I will be making art...through an online "Open Studio" with Misty Mawn. If I could remember how to paste a link to either her book or her class I would as she is AMAZING. It is a mixed media class where you learn everything from home bound books and poetry to working with clay and drawing with pastels, charcoal and watercolor. The tutorials are available for a YEAR so it gives you plenty of time to move at your own pace and practice. Lovely idea, instructor and opportunity.
    The flowers are AWESOME...would love to give them a whirl...maybe in a month...after the bulk of the online class is over.

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    1. Wow, Julia, I am curious as to how this course is organized, I can imagine you working with clay in front of your PC, that sounds so exciting! And well, you will be covered for a month as far as creativity is concerned :))

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  3. Oh my goodness, I love them!! :D The flowers in the second tutorial are absolutely gorgeous, and I just love the first one. Things made out of old book pages are fantastic!!

    Great finds!

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  4. Do like the idea of the crepe paper rose - could come in useful for no end of decorating occasions and be just the thing to amaze the incoming throng!

    As for what I'm making, it's finishing off a new Toy offering for listing at www.coldhamcuddlies.etsy.com. Don't rush yet - it's still in two pieces. But it's a Big Koala, as opposed to the little ones on offer now, and he's been made with a template made from an old Koala who had to be consigned to the dustbin as he was completely untreatable when taken to bits in the ColdhamCuddlies Soft Toy Clinic. This is the phoenix-like recreation, if you like. Posts as to how it was done will appear soon on www.ColdhamCuddliescalling.blogspot.com. In the interim, please call round: would be delighted to see you!

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    1. Isobel, as I see it, you've gone into cloning, haven't you!

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  5. I am taking a knitting class!

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    1. I am curious as to how a knitting class goes because I taught myself to knit on the Internet and with the initial push from my daughter.

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  6. These are so cool! I especially love the first one. Having flowers and floral images in my house this time of year always makes winter seem more bearable :)

    xo,
    melissa

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  7. Oh, those second flowers are gorgeous! Can't you imagine them in different colors? Today? I spent the morning cleaning, now catching up on computer work and then on to crocheting!! My finger has finally healed and it's so fun to have a hook in my hands again! :)

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    1. Oh, Melinda, I clearly remember the time when you were still considering crochet, and believe it or not, today I thought about that comment of yours long time ago. Here you are, several hours later talking about crocheting :)

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    2. Sonya, that doesn't surprise me in the least! We seem to be on the same wavelength... often! :)

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  8. Hey there Sonya! They are all lovely! MaryJanesFarm magazine has a cool article on paper flowers this month too... made out of a deck of cards...!
    fun!

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  9. Flower gardening shares the same spot as knitting in my heart! It was actually my first love! These ideas are all beautiful. I love things made out of book pages. Real ranunculus come in many colors and are very easy to grow. They are a type of bulb. Bulbs make fantastic projects for forcing (making them grow early). It can give us lots of beautiful spring flowers inside all winter. There's another DIY idea for someone to do!
    As for me, after a walk with my husband to watch the ice flows on the St-Lawrence river, I'll be knitting a hat for my daughter to match a wool coat that she just finished sewing for herself!
    Happy weekend everyone!

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    1. Happy weekend, Laurie!

      I must shyly confess that I don't know much about serious flower gardening and you amazed me. My, I think a new passion is being born at this very moment!

      Aren't you a crafty family! I would love to see the coat and the hat!

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  10. I have made paper flowers before with newspaper, they turned out ok! Not quite as nice as these though. This weekend, I've been using dye to revamp stained clothing.

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  11. i like the diversity of the three blooms ..all so different ..all so lovely ! As always I really enjoyed this post S.~~

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  13. What a beautiful collection. I love paper flowers they make such a wonderful statement. The Ranunculus flower bouquet is amazing.
    Valerie
    Everyday Inspired

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  14. These are so beautiful! I have tried to make paper flowers in the past and they NEVER turn out like this. They always look like they have had a hard life!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Brandi

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