Welcome back! Did any of you try the carnation and foxglove tutorials from yesterday? I received an email from a gal from New Brunswick who made the carnations on a much bigger scale, creating a lovely bouquet for her dining room table. I’ve asked her to share a photo and can only imagine how beautiful they are!
To refresh your memory on this project and all of the tools and supplies you will need, check out yesterday’s post . Today we are going to cover how to make the paper roses and rosebuds that are part of the rooftop swag, as well as the teeny weeny flowers found throughout the project
Roses and Rosebuds
I promise you these little gems are not very hard to make. Until you get a feel for how they go together, I would recommend using a larger flower punch, which I will be doing here. You will need a six-petal flower punch, a foam pad (or mouse pad), a large ball stylus and wet adhesive.
The reason I recommend wet adhesive (versus dry or a heat gun) is that it allows you a few seconds to adjust what you are gluing together before it sets up.
To start, punch out five 6-petal flowers from cardstock. You can use a 5-petal flower punch, but will have to punch an extra flower.
Set two flowers aside. From the remaining three, trim them as shown:
(Note: unless you use patterned paper, the side you apply the stylus to does not matter. I’ve noted “front side” and “back side” in the event you have used patterned paper.)
Using a large ball stylus and a foam pad (or mouse pad), rub the stylus over the back side of the two solid flowers in a circular motion to break down the paper and form a cup. Turn them over and rub the stylus in a circular motion directly in the center to invert the cup slightly. Do not press too firmly.
On the front side, rub the stylus around the petals of the remaining three pieces in a circular motion until they curl up.
Begin with the two-petal piece. Gently curve the piece to form a cone, with the V-notch going to the outside. When you are happy with the cone shape, dab a bit of wet adhesive onto the notch to secure.
Curl the three-petal and four-petal flowers into a cone the same way, adding wet adhesive to the V-notch to secure.
Snip off the points from the bottom of all three pieces using sharp scissors.
Glue the three cones together, from large to small, using a dab of craft glue inside the cones. At this point you have a rosebud. To make it tighter and more compact, squeeze the sides in until you are happy with the shape.
Apply glue to the center of one of the whole flowers. Press the bud you’ve just created into the center, pinch up the sides of the whole flower around the bud. Do not squeeze too hard.
Repeat again with the final whole flower.
You can fill the rose center with glitter, dimensional paint, a glass bead or leave it as is. See, that was pretty easy, right?
Teeny Weeny Flowers
If you do not have this 1/8th floral die by Cheery Lynn Designs (die #B188), you can still make these itty bitty flowers by using a 1/8” hole punch.
Punch out a bunch of 1/8” circles. Using a fine-tipped stylus and a foam pad, gently press the stylus into the center using a circular motion until the circle forms a cup. I scattered lots of these through the project.
The topiary tree was super simple to make. You’ll need a small Styrofoam ball, a wooden dowel, a wooden flower pot and a Martha Stewart 3-in-1 hydrangea punch.
Paint the Styrofoam ball the same color as your flowers. Punch out the flowers from a variety of patterned and solid papers. Bend up the petals a bit on each one and start gluing them to the surface of the Styrofoam ball until it is covered. Dot the centers with white paint. Assemble into the flower pot and that’s it!
I hope you’ve enjoyed these tutorials and are ready to make some handmade flowers of your own! Enjoy the rest of your summer, everyone!
MAYA ROAD GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
Our friends at Maya Road loved this project and want to give a lucky reader some of the great products to make it including the sweet chipboard house and some brand NEW products just released at CHA last month! In fact Caroline, the owner of Maya Road, is selecting her favourites to share with our lucky winner! Just leave a comment below by August 29th for a chance to win this prize package. Good luck!
We also have the name of last week's Unity Stamp giveaway!
Karen please send us your name and address to email@example.com with "Unity winner" in your reference line. Thank you to everyone who played along!
Have a great weekend friends! See you Monday!