Friday, May 25, 2012

Good News! (DIY: Paper Flowers)

My garden is full of blooming flowers - quite early for this part of the world (south-east of Norway).

I love flowers. I can't get enough flowers! So I made some out of newspaper, as well :-)

Here's how to make them:

Adhere two pages of newspaper together. (I found that one page makes the flowers too flimsy). I tried some cheap white glue (dilute with water if it's thick) and I tried double sided tape sheets (or sticky sheets), and both worked well. Newspaper pages glued together with white glue will get a little bulky, but it doesn't matter.

I painted my newspaper sheets with those yummy, shimmer and sparkle Silks Acrylic Glaze from Luminarte. It's so difficult to capture the sparkle in photos - you really do have to see what Silks look like in person to experience the full luminescent effect.  The reason: Silks contain a unique mix of micas and proprietary minerals that refract light like a crystal, rather than reflecting light like a mirror.

Silks Acrylic Glaze means that it's transparent, and the newspaper print shows through.

If you used white glue to adhere the pages together, it doesn't have to dry before you paint the sheets.

Once you have painted the sheets in different colors, set aside to dry completely.

Then, use flower punches or dies of different sizes and glue the petals together,
like this:

If you don't have flower punches or dies, cut the petals out with a pair of scissors.
(I've used a flower punch from Panduro that come in 3 different sizes).
Adhere the petals in 3-5 layers.

You can also use an eyelet or brad in the middle of the flowers:

And if you want some leaves, you can either use a leaf punch or cut them out with a pair of scissors like I did. Twist one of the ends to make a stem:

Here's an idea (or two):
Instead of just gluing any two newspaper pages together,
see if there is a page with comic strips and use that instead.
Or how about using the weather forecast,
make a card with a "weather flower" and send it to someone
who's going on vacation?

I hope you liked this tutorial,
and if you make any newspaper flowers, I would love to hear about it!

Home of Silks Acrylic Glaze,
and other sparkling products:

Thanks for stamping by!

:-) Bibi

My cat, Opel Susanna, loves flowers, too!