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I finally got a chance to get back to some Pinterest-inspired projects.  Today I decided to tackle making decorative paper flowers.  The link on Pinterest made it look very simple.  Items needed – magazine pages in various colors, shredding scissors, bamboo skewers, tape, floral tape.  First challenge – no shredding scissors and couldn’t find them anywhere in Nuremberg (not exactly a crafty place I’ve learned).  So I improvised and used a short pair of scissors and made the many cuts by hand.  I also did not have bamboo skewers and could not find them in the market, so I used paper straws instead.  The process of rolling the cut paper around the straws proved to be challenging.  I had many failures and I’ve posted a few below.  Once I finally got the hang of it, I think they turned out pretty nice.  Now I have a decorative piece for the bedroom and one for the living area.  These would make a lovely centerpiece for a bridal or baby shower – or simply a nice way to add a little color in your life!

original pin

Original Pin

and it begins

Gathering the magazine pages

cut strip

Folding and cutting the paper

Fail1 Fail2

Failed attempts

success

Success

bedroom flowers1

Flowers for the bedroom

living room flowers2

Flowers for the living area

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4 responses »

  1. Wow those are really cute! I need to start making stuff again. Thanks for the remind!

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  2. Those are beautiful! I love the vibrant colors! I feel like the hard part would be picking the right magazine page to give you the most bang for your buck color wise. But clearly you figured that part out! : )

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    • Thank you! I found that the more solid areas of color coverage on a page work best. You can have writing in those areas as well. In fact, sometimes the writing can provide the interesting “center part” of the flower. I did end up trimming some of the stark white edges off the pages as not to interrupt the color flow.

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