Tuesday, April 23, 2013

CRAFT :: Spring Paper Flower Bouquet

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Today we welcome, Wendy from Scrappy Bags, as she shares a post here on the blog! Enjoy!

Everybody loves spring flowers, right?  I decided to make a paper spring flower bouquet using my Silhouette Cameo (which I LOVE)!  I wish I had more free time to sit down and play with the machine.

I already knew that I wanted to use some bright and bold colors for the flowers, so I picked the Pebbles “Basics” line and the Doodlebug Design “Take Note” line.  

I put the Cameo to work and cut out a bunch of different types of flowers.  I was able to cut two-three flowers per a 12 x 12 sheet of paper.  I then assembled the flowers using different brads as the center of each flower. 

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After assembling the flowers, I made the stems out of 20 gauge floral stem wire.  I took each piece of wire and wrapped it around a pencil to give it a twisty look.  You can wrap it tightly, and then stretch it out to loosen it up.  In hindsight, I think the 20 gauge wire was a little too thin.  I ended up having to wrap the wire around a wooden skewer to get the flowers to stand up properly in my vase.  If you plan to use floral stem wire as your stems, I would recommend going with a heavier gauge wire.

I had just recently purchased some old glass milk bottles at a local antique shop that were in perfect shape.  I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do with them, but it turns out that one will make a perfect vase for my flowers!

To hold the stems in the bottle, I filled it up with some dry beans that I picked up at the grocery store.  The beans make perfect vase fillers.  I then made a paper wrap to go around the milk bottle, cut out a label with a paper punch and stamped “happy spring” on the label.  I also inked the edges of the label in orange and backed it with some of the Doodlebug Design polka dot paper.  For the finishing touches, I chose a bright orange ribbon from my stash to tie around the neck of the milk bottle.

I’m really happy with how they turned out!  I hope you decide to make some of your own spring flowers. 

P.S.  They would make a great Mother’s Day gift too.

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Guest Contributor: Wendy Diem

Wendy is a stay at home mom living in Hershey, Pennsylvania, also know as the sweetest place on earth! 

She loves creating memory books and cards and would spend my whole day scrapbooking, but I do need to make time to take care of my family.  You know, those fun things like laundry, cleaning the house, etc.  

Back in March, 2012, she had the privilege of going to NYC as part of Martha Stewart’s Dreamers into Doers to attend some workshops and the live taping of her show.  She enjoyed meeting lots of wonderful entrepreneurial women.  What a great experience it was!

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