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Valentine’s Day – Sometimes You Just Need Easy

Yikes, Valentine’s Day is almost here! How can it have gotten here so quickly this year? Truth be told, I lost the month of January after my brother had an unfortunate accident and passed away. So, I’m playing catch up with Valentine’s Day less than a week away.

I love how these spiral paper flowers turned out.

Spiral paper flowers, a quick easy solution for Valentine’s Day.

The bottom line is that life gets in the way of our plans. It happens to me time and time again. My answer when this happens is to look for simple and easy solutions. So, I went back through some of my older blog posts and realized these super easy flowers would be the perfect solution for Valentine decorations and little gifts to friends.

I couldn't stop trying different colors of these spiral paper flowers.

You could stick to the reds and pinks for Valentine’s Day or go for all the colors in the rainbow like I did.

These flowers start with a circle which you cut into a spiral. Because I wanted to make the best use of my paper, I made my circles 5 and 1/4 inches in diameter so that I could get 2 out of an 8.5″ by 11″ piece of paper. While I had success with these, I think next time I’ll start with a larger circle. Maybe I’ll make a number of different sized flowers.

I made my spiral paper flowers from 60# text weight paper.

I made my spiral paper flowers from 60# text weight paper.

I have seen instructions to make flowers like these from card stock to text weight paper to napkins. I made mine from 60# text weight paper and it worked well. All you need is paper, a pencil, scissors and a glue gun.

See instructions below to correspond with the steps in the above photo to make your spiral paper flowers.

See instructions below to correspond with the steps in the above photo to make your spiral paper flowers.

Instructions:

  1. Cut a circle out of paper
  2. If you wish, you can trace a spiral on your circle with a pencil.
  3. Cut your spiral. If you trace your spiral, then be sure to erase your pencil lines after you cut.
  4. Roll your spiral from the outside of the circle inward. I found a toothpick helped me to start rolling the paper.
  5. Once you’ve rolled to the center, gently release the spiral until it forms the shape you like.
  6. Glue the bottom and hold until glue dries. I used a hot glue gun because the glue dries quickly.

Warning: Be careful if you use a glue gun. Mine fell over (off its stand) and melted a bit of my cutting mat. And that glue’s pretty darn hot too. Be careful!

These spiral flowers are fun and easy to make, the perfect solution for last minute Valentine decorations and little gifts. I know my friends will appreciate them.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Custom Order For Origami Mandalas

A dear friend who lives on the other side of the country saw my origami mandalas on my blog and placed a custom order. I love how the internet allows me to stay in touch with friends and family who no longer live close to me.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

It makes me feel good when my friends like my art enough to purchase it. And it feels even better when they purchase multiples to give as gifts.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandala made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

This is a repeat of an origami mandala that my friend loved, but had sold. Luckily I had enough scraps of this paper to make another for her.

This is a repeat of an Origami Mandala that my friend loved, but had sold. Luckily I had enough scraps of this paper to make another for her.

Origami Mandalas, each made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

Origami Mandalas, each made from 8 pieces of paper and folded many times.

For information and links on folding these origami mandalas and tea bag folding, see my blog post: Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Paper Poinsettias For Centerpieces

Last week’s DIY Paper Poinsettia post inspired me to make a whole bunch more Paper Poinsettias to use as table decorations for a potluck I am hosting tomorrow night. I’m having 14 people over and have set up tables that span both my dining room and living room.

I'm loving how the Paper Poinsettias make a lovely centerpiece for this holiday table.

I’m loving how the Paper Poinsettias make a lovely centerpiece for my holiday table.

I decided to make the Paper Poinsettias in red, pink and white. The white ones are just a little smaller than the red and pink poinsettias and make a lovely, but subtle, contrast. I wanted something simple, but elegant looking. This fits the bill.

The hot pink Paper Poinsettia has a shell for its center.

The hot pink Paper Poinsettia has a shell for its center.

I sprinkled some tiny gift wrapped ornaments I’ve had for years among the Paper Poinsettias. The simplicity of the white plates and red napkins keep the focus on the Paper Poinsettias.

Simple, but elegant. I love how the Paper Poinsettias make the table look super festive.

Simple, but elegant. I love how the Paper Poinsettias make the table look super festive.

A big plus for this centerpiece is that it doesn’t interfere with people seeing each other across the table. I love that!

Once the Paper Poinsettias are made, they're so easy to arrange into a running centerpiece. It took me only minutes to put it together.

Once the Paper Poinsettias are made, they’re so easy to arrange into a running centerpiece. It took only minutes to put this centerpiece together.

I loved finding all sorts of different treasures to put in the center of each of the Paper Poinsettias. I found a discarded single earring that I was able to snip apart and use for two of the Paper Poinsettias. Shells also made lovely centers.

Paper Poinsettias make the table look elegant with minimal effort.

Paper Poinsettias make the table look elegant with minimal effort.

Loving the look of these Paper Poinsettias as my centerpiece for my holiday potluck tomorrow night.

Loving the look of these Paper Poinsettias as my centerpiece for my holiday potluck tomorrow night.

I hope this inspires you to try making Paper Poinsettias for your holiday table.

I hope this inspires you to try making Paper Poinsettias for your holiday table.

You can get directions to make your own Paper Poinsettias on my blog post: DIY Paper Poinsettia.

Enjoy, Candy