DIY Handmade Paper Flowers.

 You know how most girls get a little extra spending money and buy something normal, say…a pair of shoes for example?  Or jewelry-how about a nice pair of earrings?  Well, I am not your girl.  After tucking some Christmas money away I remembered how I'd been saying for at least the last year  that I was going to learn how to make paper flowers.  

And then I never did it.  I didn't even take in all that my paper flower book had to offer visually, which was a lot.  I just answered the plea inside me to make paper flowers with their worst enemy-excuses.  I didn't have enough time or the right supplies.  What would I do with all those paper flowers?  
 I got over those excuses and spent some Christmas money on the most amazing crepe paper you could ever dream of.  Seriously, it's THAT good.  I ordered mine from a shop in California called Castle in the Air and you can find it here. I'm real big on not spending a lot of money on art supplies unless they are far superior to their cheaper versions.  And these are far, far superior than the $1 rolls of crepe paper.  There is truly no comparison.

So this weekend I pulled out my book and new crepe paper and got to work.  When I first started I expected to follow the book's directions, step-by-step.  That process doesn't usually work very well from me because the steps start to slide together in my mind and I get confused and say "Now where do I put that?"  
 So instead I used the book as a guide and then handed the reigns over to my imagination, to let it do the rest of the work.  Once I made one or two flowers I noticed my mind would already be thinking of the next idea to try.   I used the flowers and some feathers from a dear friend to ready the dining room shelves for spring.  The theme is "Flowers and Feathers." Two of my most favorite things in the world.

 I thought I'd give you a closer look of each paper flower, seeing as they are all so different from one another and yet so unique and originally beautiful.   (kinda like us, yes?)









 I love (love) how these turned out on the shelves!  I had a brief moment where I wondered if it was strange or too silly to put paper flowers all over the dining rom but then my very next thought was "really?"  The more silly and whimsy and fun and joy..the better.  These flowers are that to me. 
 Of course, it helps too when Anna Ruth notices the flowers all on her own and says how much she likes them.  Then Betsy Grace laid eyes on a flower today and kept telling me "I like it Ma!".  That is all the approval I need!  The flowers in the dining room stay. 
I just love projects like this! I actually have a whole "to do" list, just filled up with creative things I'd like to try.  How about you?  

Comments

  1. oh wow these are just so gorgeous, and individually in your glass bottles, just so wonderful. I've been meaning to put together a list of creative projects, there are always so many great ideas on pinterest that i'd like to try.

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    1. Thank-you so much Jenni! I Just put together a fun list from Pinterest :) Great minds think alike!

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  2. These flowers are fantastic! I don't mean to put links in your comments, but there is a store around me that is known for their window displays. I have looked online and found some of their displays from other parts of the country where they incorporate flowers. They remind me of this project. You might like to google Anthropology window displays for more fun. I thought this one was super cool http://www.popsugar.com/home/Anthropologie-Summer-Window-Displays-23782845. Thanks for the great post Sara.

    Susan

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    1. Thank-you so much Susan! And thanks for the link! I actually loooove browsing Anthropologie store window pics :) :) :)

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  3. I love them! They totally make me smile and think of spring {even though we are under another winter storm warning- and we live in GA no less!} Just beautiful Sara!

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  4. You have a sweet, sweet blog and a lovely attitude about life. Read your interview on Alisa Burke's site a while back and have been following along.

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    1. Thank-you Corrine and welcome! :) :) You have quite a lovely blog yourself! I love your use of color.

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  5. Love these flowers Sara!! The first close-up is my favorite...and the orange, yellow and aqua one is wonderful too! Actually they're all great!! I may need to give these a try!
    I have a bit of arthritis in my hands...are they very hard to make?

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    1. Thank-you so much Marie! These flowers are super easy to make but do involve a lot of cutting. I'll try to post a tutorial in the next week or two to give more details on how I made them! :)

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  6. These flowers are just fascinating to look at! Thanks for posting them.

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