Flowers in my garden

Flowers in my garden are blooming right now. They are truly beautiful. I haven’t picked up my camera in a few weeks. It was so nice out this morning. Cool but with only a light breeze. The perfect time to take some macro shots of my flowers. So I did. I almost forgot how much fun it is to just take photos of something so simple. It’s nothing fancy. But I know in winter I will be able to look at those photos and enjoy the bloom of those flowers and remember a late summer day. Sometimes all it takes is some action.

What creative thing did you do lately?

Transparent Flowers

I tried to use the medium of watercolor for what it does best: wonderful colors with transparency. Thus I painted this transparent flowers painting. I wanted it to look like the flowers where lit from behind.

Paper Roses Wall Hanging

The Paper Roses Wall Hanging looks good at your front door, at a wall or use it as a center piece of a table. Or use the tutorial to make a bouquet.

Here is how to make it:

Supplies Needed:

  • Coffee Filters
  • Food Coloring
  • Colored Paper
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue
  • Craft Glue
  • Tape
  • Cardboard
  • Craft Paint
  • Paper Towels
  • Hole Punch Tool
  • Round Pencil or Brush
  • Small Piece of Wire
  • Straight Edge
  • Craft Knife
  • Cutting Mat

Craft Steps:

Dying Coffee Filters

  1. Dye your coffee filters in the color that you want your roses be colored in. I used a little bit of red food dye diluted in water and just set the edge of the coffee filters in it. You can dye one at a time or multiples. If you dye more than one at a time, make sure to peel the filters apart carefully, so they don’t tear. I spread mine out on the paper towels to get rid of excess water. Then I laid them on a table to let them dry.

Creating The Leaves

2. While your filters are drying make the leaves for the Paper Roses Wall Hanging: Cut the colored paper into squares, then into triangles. I varied the sizes of the paper. Keep the strip that is left from cutting it into the squares. This will also make a leaf.

3. Fold the triangle in the center and then accordion-fold it. Lastly fold it and glue the edges together with craft glue.

4. Fold the thin rectangle that was left over from cutting the paper into squares down the center. Accordion-fold it on an angle. Then smooth the paper somewhat and cut in a half moon shape. Unfold it and you have another type of leaf.

Creating the Base

5. Cut a half moon out of cardboard in the size that you want your wall hanging to be in. This will be the backer for you Paper Roses Wall Hanging. Then paint it to match the color of the leaves.

6. Once the paint is dry, use your hole punch tool on the largest setting and punch holes where you want the roses to be.

Making the Roses

7. Next, take the dry, dyed coffee filters and fold them into eighths. Then cut a half moon shape on the larger end. Unfold the filter and cut a slit down to the center. Next take your round pencil or brush and curl the scalloped edges.

8. Roll the coffee filter around the edges of it. Then twist the end to fix the rose. Lastly tape the ends. I used a small piece of masking tape. But clear tape works well, too, if your roses will be seen on this end.

Assembling the Paper Roses Wall Hanging

9. Stick the roses through your punched holes of your base and glue them onto it by turning the base over and hot gluing the backs, that stick through the card board.

10. Then arrange and hot glue your leaves onto the base.

11. I Used a piece of  looped wire that I hot glued on one end to hang it.

Notes

You can also use this technique to make a bouquet. Then use clear tape and stick a sturdy wire on the end of the rose, then tape it on. Or use a wooden skewer for the stems.

Its Your Turn

Show me how you used this tutorial to make your own version of the Paper Roses Wall Hanging.

 

Silver Ribbon Flowers

Silver Ribbon Flowers are easy to make and look elegant. Maybe even as a bouquet for a wedding or other special occasion.

Here is how to make them:

Supplies Needed:

  • Wood Skewers
  • 2.5 inch or wider Wire Ribbon
  • Tissue Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Craft Paint
  • Hot Glue
  • Glass Votive Holder
  • Flat Back Jewels

Craft Steps:

  1. Cut an about 18 inch long piece of ribbon.

2. Cut the ribbon in a wave pattern trough the center of it.

3. Fold the ribbon at the wire end back and forth.

4. Cut small circles out of the cardboard for the center of the flowers.

5. Glue the open end of the flower to the opposite side to close it, then glue a jewel in the center of the cardboard circle. Lastly, glue the ribbon flower onto the same circle around the jewel.

6. Cut the wooden skewers to the desired stem length and glue them to the underside of the cardboard rounds.

7. Paint the skewers and the base of the flowers. I used Bahama Blue acrylic craft paint.

8. Cut a large square of tissue paper. Mine was about 15 inches by 15 inches in size. Then take the votive holder and stuff the paper inside. Next stick the flowers into the paper.

Notes

When you glue the stems to the bases of the flowers you will need to have some patience and hold it for a little while for the hot glue to harden, as you will need a fairly large amount for the stems to be glued on well. Instead of a votive candle holder you can also use a small vase or something similar. If you want to do a bouquet I recommend using stiff wire instead of the wooden skewers.

It’s Your Turn

How did your silver ribbon flowers turn out? What were your challenges? Have you tried to do a bouquet?