Friday, April 19, 2013

Velvet Paper Flower Tutorial + GIVEAWAY!!

When I saw the soft, yet strong velvet paper from SEI, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it-- colorful Spring flowers. They are the perfect tabletop decoration for Mother's Day, bridal showers, girls' birthday parties, Teacher Appreciation Day... basically any event that goes with flowers.



To create the form, I decided to use plastic eggs leftover from Easter. I've used plastic eggs before (for these fabric pinecones), and they easy to work with and economical.

Flowers from Plastic Eggs

materials needed:
SEI velvet paper - one 12x12 sheet should make 2 flowers
green duck canvas or green velvet paper for flower base
small 2.5-inch plastic eggs
hot glue gun and glue sticks
scissors
1-inch circle cutter
ruler

instructions:



First, cover the bottom (rounded part) of the plastic egg. Cut out a 2-inch square from the velvet paper and, using a hot glue gun, attach it to the center.

Make 4 cuts and glue down the paper so that the base of the egg is covered. This will become the center of your flower.



Now it's time to make the detailed center of the flower. Using a 1-inch circle cutter, cut out 10 circles and then cut them in half into semi-circles.

Using a hot glue gun, apply a dab of glue to the corners of the semi-circle. Starting just off center, attach the semi-circle to the egg form. The semi-circle should have a little lift, so glue it down with a small arch. Then move onto the next semi-circle, overlapping and making a small square or pentagon in the center before moving down to the next layer. Stagger each piece so it has a "realistic" look. Do this for all 20 semi-circles. This should cover about 1/3 of the egg.



Now it's time to make the petals for the flower. I made my own templates for the petals. There is no set rules for this, but keep the base of the petal at 1-inch or less. Anything larger is harder to attach to the egg.



Using your template, cut out your petals from the velvet paper. I used around 10-12 petals per flower.

Use the end of a pencil to add a little curl to the petals.



Using a hot glue gun, apply a little glue to the base of the petal and attach it just beneath the center detail. Stagger the petals for a more realistic look.

The final step is to cover the base of the flower. Cut out a 3-inch square from the green canvas. Similar to step one of covering the base of the egg, glue down the center, make four cuts and wrap & glue down the base.



The flowers can be displayed in small cups (these are sake cups from World Market) or, if you want them to stand on their own, you can make "feet" using your hot glue gun. The details for the "hot glue feet" are here.

You can also attach a stem. The details are here (steps 10-11).

Soft and pretty flowers for Spring!



I had so much fun blogging here at SEI this week. Thanks so much for having me over! If you're interested in more craft ideas, please stop by bliss bloom {blog} or my facebook page.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Melanie
bliss bloom {blog}



Thank you, Melanie! We love your blog and thoroughly enjoyed this entire week. Not only did you share great ideas but you also taught us exactly how to do them too. The only problem now is a longer project list. :)

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21 comments:

Deanna Lynn said...

Beautiful!!!

Miriam Prantner said...

These are beautiful! They would be gorgeous at a shower/wedding!

Ruth said...

These are amazing flowers. It also puts those eggs to use.

Tab said...

Those are really pretty! They would be lovely for a Mother's Day table :)

jengd said...

1Those are gorgeous! Will definitely have to give them a try!

s. berry said...

AMAAAAZING. love this!

Beth said...

They are lovely! I always wondered how to make those flowers.

Jean said...

My goodness - how prettY!

eunice said...

Wow! These are gorgeous.

Kristen said...

Those are so pretty...great idea for Mother's Day.

Beatrice Lawson said...

How original and pretty!

Стокли said...

I love paper flower tutorials!

Carla said...

Such pretty flowers.
Thanks for sharing
the idea.
Carla from Utah

Sue D said...

These are gorgeous--thanks for sharing how you made them.

Cherie said...

GORGEOUS!!!

Denise Bryant said...

These are GORGEOUS! Love the paper you used!

Kim H said...

beautiful flowers, thank you so much for sharing the technique.

Carol said...

Great flower tutorial, thanks!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Jeanne said...

Just beautiful! Thanks for the great giveaway!

The Leaf Studio said...

These are gorgeous!!!

BethW said...

These flowers are gorgeous-and I bet so very lovely to touch.Thank you again for the wonderful inspiration.

 

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