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Entries in Paper Flowers (3)

Friday
Sep132013

Cupcake Wrapper Paper Flower DIY

I have a hard time keeping real flowers around our apartment (one of the bad parts of having these cuties) so I am always looking for ways to make paper flowers. These flowers are made from cupcake liners, which I always have around the kitchen. Here's how to make the cupcake liner flowers...

For this project, you'll need Mod Podge, cupcake liners (5 per flower), floral wire, and floral tape. The supermarket sells inexpensive packs of pastel cupcake liners that would be great for this project!

This tutorial is similar to these coffee filter flowers, which has more detailed photos.

Take a piece of floral wire and fold the end into a loop. Fold each cupcake liner into fourths.

Cut the wide end of the liner into a backwards 3, turning the folded liner into the shape of a heart.

Dip the end of the floral wire loop into Mod Podge and shake off any extra. Poke the center of a liner through the floral wire and slide up towards the loop. Twist the liner around the loop and paint a small amount of Mod Podge on the twisted section.

Add another liner and repeat with all 5 liners.

Ta-da! This where things start to take practice...

Holding the flower in your hand, begin wrapping the twisted section of the flower with floral tape. The trick with floral tape is to overlap it often, since it sticks to itself. Continue down the wire until you reach your desired stem length. Cut the wire stem to length.

Place in a small vase or fun decorative jar. These are perfect for spaces that might not have any windows, like my downstairs bathroom, or to add the effect of fresh flowers without dealing with changing the water or having your pets try to eat them. You could even dye them!

Happy DIY weekend!

Tuesday
Apr232013

Dying Coffee Filter Flowers

I wanted to put together a little follow-up post to these coffee filter flowers. Now that you can make tons of white peonies, you probably want to make them in a slew of colors (maybe that's just me...)

The process is fairly simple. Begin like you would to make the simple white ones, cutting out the amount you need with the scalloped edges. In a large cup or bowl, mix a small amount of craft paint with a cup of water. The more paint, the more vibrant they will be. I used a couple small squirts for each color, mix it up.

Take each filter, crumple it up, and stick in in the water/paint mixture. You can put a whole several in at a time and let them soak for a few minutes. Again, the longer they soak, the more vibrant they will be. Lay them out on some paper towels and let them dry. Continue making your flowers as normal. And that's it! Now you have lovely colored coffee filter flowers to go with your white ones!

Tuesday
Aug142012

Creating Coffee Filter Flowers

Isn't Pinterest the most glorious thing the Internet has to offer? I think so. I found this little walk through on making peonies from coffee filters, thought it was neato and pinned it away for a rainy day when I was looking for a DIY project to fill my time with. Then, when we were moving, T found a pack of like 200 coffee filters he threw into a box when he moved out of his old apartment. I remembered this pin and BAM, a cute little project happened.

These are amazingly easy, like if Abbey had opposable thumbs, she might have been able to make them. 

So this is what you do: grab some coffee filters, floral tape, covered floral wire, scissors, and some glue (you can probably use any kind, I used ModPodge). You need five coffee filters that are bigger, and five smaller. I cut about a 1/4 inch all the way around five of my filters.

Now the folding. With two or three of the filters, four in half four times.

Cut the main folded corner off, then open once and round out the tops so you have a little heart.

Repeat the folding and cutting with all 10 of the filters.

With your floral wire, make a little loop on one end and dip in some glue. Take one of the smaller filters, push through the non-looped end of the wire and shimmy all the way up to the loop. Start pinching and twisting the filter around the wire loop. Work your way around it wire until the whole thing is tight around the loop. Tight is good.

Repeat this with all the smaller filters. Pinch, twist. (Yes, this picture is fantastic!)

Now, maybe you're like me and didn't know that floral tape is icky sticky and googled "why is this floral tape so sticky?" Maybe you now think I'm an idiot. But if you don't know floral tape is sticky everywhere and will make your fingers very sticky and slimy, don't panic.

Take said floral tape and tape the pinched filter part by wrapping it around and around, working down a bit onto the wire. The trick is to wrap it really really tight and overlapping itself so it sticks to itself. It takes a bit of practice. Some of mine were lumpier than others but your are going to cover it up anyway.

Now you're going to do the same thing with the larger filters. Poke through, twist and pinch, one at a time.

Now it's probably starting to look like a flower, exciting right?

You're going to have to manhandle that flower by grabbing it, wire to the right, and wrapping it again in the floral tape. This time, work you're way all the way down the wire. I had really long wire so I wrapped until I wanted to stop and cut the wire.

Now you have a flower! Ruffle it up a bit to fan it out and you're done! Just make 4-5-6 more... You get better with practice.

I would to try dying this to get some colored one too. But for right now, I'm pretty obsessed with how simple and pretty they look.

Happy Tuesday!