Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pretty Paper Flowers

Happy Thursday!!  Last week I blogged about this oh-so-lovely rainbow collage...

...and may have mentioned a little upcoming tutorial for the pretty paper flowers.  Well here is that little tute!  To make these pretty, fluffy, mini-flowers you will need a few VERY simple ingredients:
  • Few sheets of paper towels (and some newspaper or water-proof surface)
  • Watercolors (stolen borrowed from your son's stash)
  • Water
  • Small Round Object (ie: lid from a Diet Pepsi)
  • Thread
  • Seed Beads
On a little side-note, I love bullet lists.  They're so clean and organized, which is the polar opposite of my house... Okay then, we will now return to our regularly scheduled tute:

Step 1 - Spread out the sheets of paper towels (obviously white ones work the best) on your newspaper or other water-proof surface

Step 2 - Let loose and watercolor all over the paper towels.  I liked the hues that resulted from brushing colors on with a damp brush and then using a pastry brush (I gotta use what I got) to really saturate the towel with water.

Step 3 - Let em dry really well (I left them for a few days purely because I was busy with other things, but I'm thinking that a good 24 hours should do it)

Step 4 - Use your round object to trace circles onto the now lovely colored paper towels

Step 5 - Cut out all those little circles (I used 3 circles for each flower)

Step 6 - Seperate the layers of the paper towel

Step 7 - Stack up your flower circles (6 layers) and sew 3-5 seed beads to the middle of the flower (securing all the layers together)

Step 8 - Scrunch and scrunch and scrunch the little layers to fluff them up

Just like the collage itself, the flower assembly is a nice meditative task (which is a VERY welcome activity during naptime!)  They're a little time consuming (for being so tiny), but I think they're worth it :)


Cecily said...

Really pretty... can't wait to try this myself! Thanks for the tutorial!

Laura said...

This is just darling. Thanks for sharing!

Jenni said...

so pretty! i think i could handle this one!

Beverly @ said...

Oh I love the project! What a creative idea!!

JanMary said...

Definitely going to let my kids have a go at these - perfect rainy day activity!

Thanks, and hi from N Ireland.

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Oh wow, those are adorable! I was guessing tissue paper, but surprise! They're paper towels :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I REALLY adore this project. It is going into my style file for sure!

Happy 4th of July!

Mama E said...

Stopping by from Keeping it Simple linkup.
I love this! i am going to try it!
-Mama E


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