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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

DIY – Colorful Spiral Paper Flowers

Wildflowers are everywhere I look. They’re so colorful and inspiring.  They inspired me  to try making some colorful spiral paper flowers.

I love how these spiral paper flowers turned out.

I love how these spiral paper flowers turned out.

I’ve seen lots of this type of paper flower all over the internet for some time now. I decided it was time for me to try to make some. Although they were fun and fairly easy to make, there was a bit of a learning curve. Isn’t there always when you try something new?

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

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

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 these flowers from card stock to text weight paper to napkins. I made mine from 60# text weight paper and it worked well.

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!

I can see that these spiral paper flowers could become addictive. Try them in all sorts of sizes and colors.

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

DIY Paper Poinsettia

These paper poinsettias are easy to make and can be used for holiday decorations, package toppers, table centerpieces or place cards. I made mine in off white and in red, traditional poinsettia colors.

Three Paper Poinsettias surrounded by vintage buttons, which make great flower centers.

Three Paper Poinsettias surrounded by vintage buttons, which make great flower centers.

I started out by folding strips of paper in half lengthwise. Then I cut out 8 boat shaped petals of each of 3 sizes. Photo below shows the paper folded and pencil marks for each of the three sizes of petals along with how the petals look once cut and opened.

The folded strip of paper above the Paper Poinsettias show the three sizes of petals I cut out of the paper to make the flowers.

The folded strip of paper above the Paper Poinsettias show the three sizes of petals I cut out of the paper to make the flowers.

I cut 8 petals of each of the three sizes and a square of card stock to glue the petals to. I drew diagonal lines from corner to corner to help line up the petals. I started by gluing the larger petals around the square (see photo below). The second layer uses the middle sized petals and the last layer used the smallest petals (see photo below). I then glued a button or bead in the center of the Paper Poinsettia.

This shows how I add each layer of petals to make my Paper Poinsettia.

This shows how I add each layer of petals to make my Paper Poinsettia.

For my first Paper Poinsettia, I used glue stick to attach the petals. It worked fine. For the rest, I used a hot glue gun, which I rarely use as I am not very adept with a glue gun. However, for this project, having the globs of dried hot glue actually helped add dimension to the Paper Poinsettia. I preferred the end result of using the glue gun, but any glue will work.

Paper Poinsettia with large pearl bead for its center.

Paper Poinsettia with large pearl bead for its center.

I used a heavy text weight, about 60# to 70# papers. Feel free to experiment with different colors, weights and sizes of petals. Play and enjoy.

Happy Holidays, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Spring Paper Flowers

It’s Spring! So our neighborhood decided to have a Spring Potluck which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. tonight. I decided to make some paper flowers to use as table decorations.

These paper flowers were made from discarded paint samples.

These paper flowers were made from discarded paint samples.

Last Fall, Ace Hardware, here in Ashland, was kind enough to give me a large supply of left over paint chip samples. I decided these paper samples would make the perfect colors for my Spring Flowers.

Paper flowers made from discarded paint samples will decorate the tables for today's Spring Potluck.

Paper flowers made from discarded paint samples will decorate the tables for today’s Spring Potluck.

So, this past week, I’ve been making these paper flowers. The paint samples are 4″ by 4″ so each flower is two different colors while two leaves on each flower are the same color.

So far I have made 36 paper flowers from discarded paint samples for today's Spring Potluck.

So far I have made 36 paper flowers from discarded paint samples for today’s Spring Potluck. There should be enough for everyone to take one home.

For the flower centers, I cut a circle out of watercolor paper and painted watercolors in yellows and orange.

Paper flowers made from discarded paint samples. I still have hundreds of paint samples left to play with.

Paper flowers made from discarded paint samples. I still have hundreds of paint samples left to play with.

Enjoy, Candy