Monday, March 26, 2012

Make It Monday - Paper Flowers

Check it Out!  I love to make these paper flowers using my scraps.  As a scrapbooker, I have tons of scraps and sometimes they aren't really good for much, but just big enough to save.  This is a great project for them. 
The first step is to gather up different punches, templates and I also used my circle scissors. 

I set about making my layers by punching/cutting out various size flower and circle shapes.  Small, medium, large, extra large, whatever shapes and sizes appeal to you.

I love the vintage look on my flowers so I crinkled them up and straightened them out and inked up the edges to give them an aged look.  Then you just start layering up.  Totally up to you whether you use 2,3 or even 4 layers.  You can glue them together and add buttons or gems or you can just punch a hole into the center of them all and attach a brad.
To make the multi- dimensional one, I started with one flat shape...
Then take 6-8 of the same shapes and fold them in half and then in half again.  And then just lay them beside each other and then stack to create the shape.

So what do you do with all the paper flowers?  Well...
*Stick a pin back on the back and you have a lapel pin
*Use them for scrapbooking layouts
*Decorate with them...
I have these old stackable containers that I use for some of my crafting supplies and they are like I said old, so they aren't really pretty.
But with some more paper scraps cut to fit the fronts and my paper flowers, I now have a decorative element in the middle of my craft area!  And functional, add some decorative tags with the contents labeled and I have functional decoration!
If you know me then you know that I love things that are multi-purpose and with multi possibilities.  These are really endless in the possibility of ways you can design them and use them. 
Curl up the edges creating an even more dimensional flower, add glitter to the edges or center for a beautiful finish.  Spray them with a spray sealer and they become stronger and can be used outdoors in wreaths and such.  Make jewelry with them, a little hot glue and some findings and you have a pendant and earrings or a headband!  Make them using mini-punches and you can create a garden!  I'm telling you, endless possibilities!  My kinda craft!!

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