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Mini Flower Wreath

By Guest Blogger Tina from the blog Crafted Living

As the Writer, Photographer, and Creator of Crafted Living, Tina gives step by step tutorials for creative cardmaking, recipes, and inspiration for living crafty.

Mini paper flower wreath

This little mini wreath is a perfect desk accessory to brighten up your office through those dark winter months. Its small size is great for bookshelves, bulletin boards, or anywhere else you need a little color. Don’t have the sweet treats cartridge or a cricut machine? Find some floral paper punches you love and create your own version!

You need the following tools and supplies to create this wreath:

Cut the flowers using the Sweet Treats cartridge at the following sizes: Flower 1 and 5 at 2″ and Flowers 2,3 and 4 at 1.5″.  For Flower 1, punch two circles per flower at .75″ and 1″ with circle punches.  For Flower 2, cut the centers from the cartridge at 1.5″.  For Flower 3, punch a circle at .75″.  For Flower 4, cut the center from the cartridge at 1.5″.  For Flower 5, cut the center from the cartridge at 2″ and punch a circle at 1″.  Run the flower centers through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Put all of the flowers together and adhere to the wire wreath form with hot glue.

This wreath was my first attempt at using the Cricut paper flowers.  I am thrilled with the results and now am a little obsessed with the process.  So many variations and color ways.  The possibilities are endless!  By the way, my mother has displayed it amongst her pressed glass bowls on her sideboard.  Perfect!

Roses are Red, White and Blue Tea Light Candle Holder

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

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Peg’s Crafting Corner

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Show your happiness or spirit with this rose topped tea light candle holder.  Create them for a party, wedding, anniversary or any occasion to light up the fun time.  Use them along a walkway or as a table decoration.  Reuse them for more than one occasion since they are made to use with a battery operated tea light candle.

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Craft Book Review: Paper to Petal

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Paper to Petal Book

The world of paper flowers may never be the same with Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell’s Paper to Petal officially on the market. The flowers shown in this book put real flowers to shame. With countless folding, cutting, and decorating techniques, you’ll be able to create the perfect bouquet for any occasion. No more running to the florist all the time, and no more leaving dead flowers in a vase for much longer than you need to. This book has everything you need to create the perfect homemade floral decor for any occasion. It’ll last much longer than real flowers, and you don’t have to sacrifice beauty.

Crepe Paper Flowers

Just opening the book up will bring a smile to your face. You’ll find 75 beautifully photographed paper flowers that will inspire you to create right then and there. The colors are eyecatching and so well coordinated, and the flowers are displayed differently, giving you plenty of new ideas for your future creations. From garlands, to napkin rings, to place cards, you’ll find exactly the right flower you’re looking for in this book.

White Pine and Japanese Paper Peony

The book is laid out in 5 different sections, to help you easily find everything you need to get started. The Flowers includes beautiful photographs with ideas, uses, and staging for all of the paper flowers and suggestions for where to use them. The Materials gives you detailed information about everything you might need from paper types to stems and notions. (Lots of the materials can be found at CreateForLess). Skills is where you’ll find all of the techniques you need to cut, fold, and glue your flowers. How-to’s includes different flower types includes beautifully photographed step by step instructions that are clearly laid out and easy to understand. At the end of the book, you’ll find Templates, with every petal and piece included to scan and cut to give you the perfect flower every time.

Even just as a coffee table book, Paper to Petals is a stunning edition to your craft book collection.

Dictionary Page Wreath

By Guest Blogger Kim from the blog Trashy Crafter

On June 9th, 2013 dumpster diving, thrift store shopping Kim made a pledge to turn trash to treasure every day for a year. Check out her blog Trashy Crafter to see all 365 projects as she comes up with them. From golf tee art to an old bed spring organizer, she’ll inspire you to look at your trash a little differently.

Dictionary Page Wreath by Kim from The Trashy Crafter - ThinkCrafts.com

I found this twig wreath in my local thrift store, it had some silk easter flowers attached to it, just a few…. and they were horrible looking, so I ripped them off and did my own recycled status wreath.  All of the flowers you see are cut out of old dictionary pages.  I made some leaves, roses, lilies and lavenders.  I am by no means a paper flower genius, they are not exact and scientific duplicates, but you can however I hope, tell that they are flowers lol.

What You Need:

DIY Dictionary Page Wreath

The Trashy Crafter's Dictionary Page Wreath

Dictionary Page Paper Flowers

Dictionary Page Flowers on a Straw Wreath from the Trashy Crafter.

Coffee Filter Flowers

By General Crafts Contributor Erin from the blog Lovesome.

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I love having fresh flowers in my home. They give such a nice pop of color and bring so much life to a space, I love it! If I had it my way, I would have fresh flowers in every room, all the time. I’ve told my husband that I’ll know we’ve “made it” when I have a standing delivery with a florist to have fresh flowers delivered every week :). Until then (if it ever happens!) I keep trying new ways to get the look, and I have to say, these coffee filter flowers are my favorite! My husband even thought they were real for a few days until I mentioned that I made them. So they pass the test!

 

Let’s get to it!

 

What you need:

What to do:

 

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1. Use 4-8 coffee filters per flower, depending on how full you want it. The more filters you use the more bunched the petals will be, like a carnation. Using less filters will make it look more like a peony.

 

Stack your filters and then fold them into thirds; folding them in half, in half again, and in half again.

 

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2. Cut the edges off by cutting scallops. This gives the petals their shape at the top, so experiment with different shapes! Loose scallops and sharp points would create interesting flowers, too.

 

I set half of my filters aside and cut them same way, only cutting off more of the filter to make these smaller. The flower bunches better and looks more realistic if the filters are smaller in the middle, and I found that taking 2-3 inches off the filter looked best to me.

 

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3. Lay your filters out flat with the smaller filters on top, and coming from the bottom, poke floral wire up through the middle. Pull the wire up a bit, and then poke it back through to the bottom, leaving at least a quarter inch between the two holes (we don’t want any ripping!).

 

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Twist the wire in the back to secure it.

 

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4. Now it’s time to bunch the filters and shape the flower. Start with the top filter, and scrunch it between your fingers. It naturally scrunches nicely, but you will want to shape it.

 

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Continue adding one layer at a time until the flower is completely shaped.

 

5. Wrap the floral wire around the base of the flower making sure to keep everything nice and tight.

 

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6. You could wrap the base and wire with floral tape, or you could stick a skewer into the base and wrap it as well. I like doing this if the flower will be in a vase, it keeps it nice and upright.

 

Once you have your skewer nice and tight, start at the base of the flower and wrap the wire and skewer with floral tape, all the way to the bottom.

 

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7. Now the fun part!

The reason I like these flowers more than tissue paper flowers is because you can really customize the color, and the filters absorb and hold the color really well making the flowers look realistic.

 

I have experimented with three ways of coloring these:

1. Painting the finished product with watercolors

2. Dying the filter in food coloring and water BEFORE making the flowers (make sure they dry completely before you start)

3. Dipping the finished flower in food coloring and water and letting it dry

 

All of these methods produced beautiful flowers. Dipping the finished product was the fastest, but one flower did slip out of the floral tape and fell apart, so keep that in mind. It was fun to mix food coloring and get varied colors on the filters, but I also love the look of the ones that have been hand painted. They look the most real to me and have a stiffer texture that might allow the flower to be more protected from little hands.

 

Have fun with it, and enjoy some new, long-lasting flowers in your home!

 

Party Flowers – DIY Decorations

By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the blog A Geek In Glasses.

DIY Party Flowers at ThinkCrafts.com

Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but in our house there are a lot of Summer birthdays. This year my little girl is have a huge gala for her birthday and there must be large and plentiful decorations! I have been working on some large tissue paper flowers and that’s what I’m sharing here today. These are fairly versatile, for instance, left by themselves they can lay flat, hang on a flat wall, be mounted on a large stick or dowel rod for a flower on a stem, or make about four of the same color to make on large hanging 3D ball. They are simple and inexpensive to make so your party dollars can be spent elsewhere. Here we go!

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