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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Paper Flower inspired by one from the beautiful book- Home, Paper, Scissors by Patricia Zapata

I "heart" paper flowers and there is a great project in the book Home, Paper, Scissors: Decorative Paper Accessories for the Home by Patricia Zapata that I used as my guide to make this one:
With Valentine's Day and Spring approaching I am in the mood to make some flowers. I also got a wonderful new tool at CHA and I was itchin' to use it! This is the pretty paper flower I made using a tutorial from Home, Paper, Scissors and my new Paper Quilling Fringer tool from Lake City Craft Company and if you are an avid paper crafter you will want one of these babies.(and a few other tools and supplies!)
So here is how I made my new and recycled paper flower.

I started by cutting a 3/8 inch wide strip of a beautiful multi-colored piece of Kiki Art scrapbook paper. Because I cut the strip like this the center of the flower has a nice gradation.
Then I ran it through the Quilling Fringer tool. How cool is that? It tool all of a few seconds and I had a perfectly fringed strip of paper to make the center of my flower.
Then to make the stem of my flower I recycled a chop stick and wrapped the tip with the fringed strip securing it with some Scotch Adhesive Dot Roller.
Then to cut the petals of the flower I recycled the Sunday comics and ran them through the Sizzix die cutter. I used to have so much fun with the funnies as a kid I am actively going to work with them more. They're fun....and funny!

Then I wrapped the chopstick with some floral tape and put it in a recycled sake bottle.

Bloomin' fun I must say!
More about Home, Paper, Scissors: Decorative Paper Accessories for the Home by Patricia Zapata from Potter Craft:

Product Description

Papercrafts have as strong and loyal a following as ever, and with Home, Paper, Scissors, paper devotees can now create a beautiful collection of projects to accent their homes and to give as gifts.

They’re quick and simple to create—most take just an hour or two to make and involve only simple cutting, folding, and gluing. Yet the outcomes are stunning. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, Zapata incorporates earthy colors and sleek, organic style into projects that will have people asking, "Is that really made from paper?"

Divided into sections on decorating, entertaining, and gifting, the book features pieces ranging from lamps to bowls to keepsake boxes and journals. For anyone who’s striving to live a greener life, most of the more than 30 projects can be made from recycled materials such as brown bags, manila folders, magazines, and even junk mail.

Pick your paper, grab a pair of scissors, and get started folding your way toward a one-of-a-kind home accessory or handmade gift!

About the Author
PATRICIA ZAPATA’s work has been featured on HGTV’s That’s Clever and in Craft magazine. She sells her handmade cards, wall art, and other paper products at her online store, She also blogs on, a site that features interviews with artists and tips on how to run a craft business.


kecia deveney said...

really cool! i was at CHA and don't remember this cool tool - thanks for sharing!

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Bloomin' brilliant - I'd say. Looks like a must-have book.

I also "heart" flowers, but curiously not live ones - they require too much care.

However, I'll spend hours and hours crafting paper ones. lol

Connie G. said...

When I first saw paper flower, I expected something frou frou that I couldn't relate to - I totally love that you used the comics to make a paper flower! Cool project!

Unknown said...

Thanks for spreading the sunshine :O) Your blog makes me smile so I am nominating you for the Sunshine Award

Unknown said...

You've been given a Sunshine Award Because your blog makes me smile and inspires me!

(sorry yesterday I sent this with a bad link. This is corrected now :0)

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