Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wedding flower tutorial ♥

Last week I gave a little sneak peek at what was on my craft table, and a few of you requested a tutorial for the paper flowers. Show you how I did it? Why, I'd love to!!! :o)
You don't need fancy equipment to make these pretties. Just gather up some circle shapes and start tracing. I used five different sizes going from big to small {used the inside circle of the roll of tape in case you're counting...}. And I cut the circles out with a cool pair of scissors that I inherited from my mother-in-law. They cut a pretty scalloped edge, but you certainly don't need those to make this flowers. Pinking shears would work, or even a straight edge on these circles would still make a pretty flower!Oh, and a rhinestone brad for the center. Although, again, you don't have to have one of these to make this flower. You can glue the layers together in the centers and top it off with a pretty button and you'd be just fine!For each of my circle templates, I cut one from white cardstock, and one from vellum giving me a total of 10 circles to stack. After I cut the circles out I use an eraser to get rid of my pencil marks. {Does anyone else love eraser droppings? No? Just me? embarrassing...}Fold each circle in fourths and poke a hole with a large needle. And then crumple up each layer. The more you work with the cardstock the softer it becomes. The vellum I used wasn't as pliable, but I made it work.Stack 'em up ~ I alternated cardstock and vellum for this flower.Next, start pushing the brad through the center. {If you aren't using a brad you can put a dot of glue in the center of each layer and stack the flower. You'll just have to wait until the glue dries completely before moving to the next step.}Pretty but a little flat for my liking...So the final step is to scrunch each layer up and around the center brad {or button if you have glued one in}.Keep scrunching, one layer at a time...Until it's all bunched up like this:This is my favorite part ~ the unfolding...And that's it. Easy, huh?These flowers will be arranged on top of a box that my niece is using for her wedding to collect cards at their gift table. I'll show you that when it's finished. :o) ♥

PS: You can see some other examples in this tutorial that I did last year using the same stacking method. xo

24 comments:

Mom said...

And I thought the carrot flowers were unique! These are beautiful! Another well-done tutorial that I'll promise to try and then hope that I can! I truly think the scalloped-edged scissors really add to the look! Love! xo

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great tutorial and beautiful flowers! I don't think I'd ever have the patience to make them though! It's funny I can spend hours playing with paint to get the right effect I want, but 20 minutes of cutting, folding, etc. would drive me over the edge! I think that's why I admire evverything you make so much!
Rinda

Sian said...

The scrunching up at the end really does give them a perfect finish. They are very pretty indeed Deb

Wanda said...

Your flowers are very pretty. I laughed when you were talking about the vellum: "I made it work"...sometimes it's all about determination!

Beverly said...

OH yay!yay! yippie skippy! Thank you, thank you! Can you tell you have made me happy? Seriously, I appreciate you doing the tutorial. Can't wait to see them atop the card box.

Carrie Rosalind said...

These turned out so pretty! I am totally going to try to make some - can I borrow your scissors? :)

debs14 said...

So pretty! And today lurking in the bottom of a sewing basket I found my old pair of pinking shears - although my school dressmaking teacher would go mad if she knew I was cutting paper with them "only fabric, girls, never paper, it blunts scissors". Sorry Mrs Hockley but these are just too pretty not to try!

Karen said...

Just beautiful! As always . . .

dianapena8 said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial, I was one of the requesters :) :) I did not even know you had used vellum it does add nice texture to the this beautiful flowers.

=Di-TST

Alison said...

TFS Deb...these are very pretty!Thanks for dropping by my Blog today!
Alison xx

Lizzie said...

It's so nice of you to share your clever flower-making tricks with us. They are lovely flowers and I'm going to have a go very soon!
Thanks Deb!

Karen said...

What beautiful flowers Deb, I can see them showing up on a page near here quite soon!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

You really are amazing! Come over and let's play crafting!!

Amy said...

I have never contemplated my fondness for eraser droppings ... hmmm, something to observe next time the kids are doing their homework!

Rinda has hit the nail on the head for me, these are gorgeous but I would never have the patience to make them - but I can happily spend plenty of time editing photos or creating a digital template!

MarleneMAZ said...

Fabulous flowers Deb! yes they seem simple but oh boy lots of layers, you have a lot of patience:)
I have been away the last week, I would have loved to go to the Creative Estates event if I was here, maybe next year.

ella@lifeologia said...

Gosh these are so beautiful.
What a lucky bride.
I think you needed the eraser droppings on there or else that looked like a nice sweet piece of taffy ;D
xo

Rachel B said...

Be-a-utiful! Thanks for sharing Deb :)

Becky said...

Pretty flowers and a great tutorial.

furrypig said...

thanks for the tutorial they are gorgeous flowers xxx

Margaret said...

Yes. I know you make this sound so easy, but I don't believe it for a second. It's all about you and your talent. Show off;)

Lori said...

These are so pretty! Great tutorial, I might have to try these some time!!

Ilke said...

Never thought paper fake flowers would look so good!

Rhona said...

These flowers are beautiful and you make them seem so easy to make! I see you're certainly keeping busy :)
Emily is on holiday and I'm hardly getting on my computer because it's been playing up :(. I'll drop you an email soon.
xx

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