So I borrowed this visually-inspiring book from the library:
It's called Paper to Petal authored by husband-wife team Patrick Farrell and Rebecca Thuss. I've renewed it so many times because I can't get enough of all the handmade beauty! Here, let me show you...
They're based on real flowers but with a whimsical spin. Stripes, baby!
And pastel speckles!
Vibrant arrangements to keep or give away. Sigh.
The tutorials are easy to follow, it contains many templates and a generous directory of supply sources.
I just had to try out some of the projects, in my blah to TADA! twist -- I'm re-purposing tissue and packaging paper.
I started by tracing a petal from the one of the templates.
I cut these out and painted on a darker shade of pink.
Having no green paper, I made leaves with watercolor.
I did the same to make yellow paper that I fringed.
Floral tape, floral wire and a wire cutter are a few other essentials.
Here's how I made the flower:
The center is made of a cotton ball attached to one end of the floral wire. Then wrap the cotton ball with a square piece of paper.
Secure the loose ends to the wire with floral tape.
I'm using the yellow fringe as the stamen, adding more floral tape as I go along.
I pinched the ends of the petals and added them to the base with glue and more floral tape.
Here's what it looks like.
Add a calyx to make it more lifelike.
And then some leaves.
Here's what it looks like now.
Just the right size to add color to a desk or shelf. TADA!
Please stop by tomorrow for another idea from the book.