Friday, June 14, 2013

Crafty Chicks Blog Hop

Welcome to the first Crafty Chicks blog hop!  We are a group of ladies who share a love of paper crafting and decided to join together and share that love with all of you on the 15th of each month.  Our theme for June was wedding and we hope you'll find some great ideas along the way for creating your own wedding projects.

I have been working on some paper flowers which would be perfect for a DIY wedding bouquet (unique and still elegant) or for centerpieces on the tables.  The size of the flowers can be adjusted simply by making the petals smaller or larger.

I am including a full photo tutorial in this post.  To go on with the hop you will move to my dear friend Jessica over at Homespun Elegance to see what fabulous creation she made.  Here is our complete list of blogs:

Elizabeth Mindemann  (You are here)

Jessica Kephart  (You go here next)

We have a fabulous prize for you!  This month the winner will receive an adorable mini  album kit from Archiver's called Daily Junque!

In order to be eligible to win this prize package we are asking that you leave us some love in the form of a comment on each blog telling us what you like or don't like about our project :)  That's it - just go through the hop and leave us a comment.  Then on the Rafflecopter below just click "did it".  A bunch of other optional entries will then appear and you can do them for extra entries if you choose.  One is a just a fun scavenger hunt of sorts.  Can you find our mascot in one of the project photos?  Leave a comment in the Rafflecopter telling us where our "crafty chick" is hidden.  We would love it if you would follow us on our facebook or other social media sites and we love having blog followers but that is not necessary to win.  Also if you feel so inclined and had fun on this hop (which we hope you did!) would you share it with your friends?  Thanks so much we appreciate that!  Happy Hopping!  Head on over to Jessica's blog next.  

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Scroll down for the tutorial

Ink (I used mini pigment inks from Close To My Heart)
hole punch
glue (I used liquid glass)
Floral wire
Floral tape

To make the petals I found a template for free over at Cake Central.  I printed it out just by printing the computer screen page instead of the template because it was too large.  You could also make your printer setting for 5x6 or 8x10 and print out to make smaller lillies - these were rather large!  If I do this again I would make some smaller ones and I think smaller would look great as boutineers too (just don't do paper flowers if your wedding is outside and it is calling for rain - you know paper and water don't mix well right? lol)

Use the template to cut out your petals (you need six for each flower).

I did not punch holes but some tutorials tell you to punch a hole in the base of your flower.  I just glued them all together the way I wanted and then using a paper piercer and floral wire went through the flower center and created a stem.  I then used wooden skewers to make a thicker stem, wrapped the wire around them and then covered them in floral tape.  
To make the pistil in the center I took an "L" shaped piece of cardstock and cut slits, then rolled the paper up starting on the slit side and glued it in place.  I use glue to put it in the center of the flower.

That is all and the flowers were done!  The first one took me some time to play around with but after that the rest came together pretty quickly.  Thanks for stopping by
 - your next stop is Jessica's blog.  

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  1. These flowers are gorgeous! What a great idea for a wedding!!

    1. Thanks Nicole - I really thought paper flowers would make a unique and inexpensive addition to a DIY wedding :) Wish I had thought of it about ten years ago!

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    1. Thanks girlfriend! So glad you took the time to leave me a comment :)

  3. These flowers are beautiful! Thansk for sharing the DIY!

  4. Your flowers are ah-maz-ing!! OMGoodness, so very beautiful!!

  5. Elizabeth, these flowers are just stunning! I love lilies! You did a beautiful job!

  6. OMG, Elizabeth! Your flowers are beautiful! Wonderful first stop on the Hop!!

  7. WOW!!! They look so real! What a fantastic project!!

  8. Wow Elizabeth. These are so cool. Great project.

  9. Oh Elizabeth, your flowers are just stunning! Thank you for the tutorial.

  10. Your flowers are gorgeous!

  11. Gorgeous flowers. I like the way you added the dots and lines.

  12. Wow, big beautiful
    flowers! Thanks for
    the instructions.
    Carla from Utah

  13. The flowers are so pretty! I need to look at this on my computer so I can read the directions, but I definitely eat to try this!

  14. These are great...would also be great for lawn party.

  15. Very cool! Those would make great wedding decorations!


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