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Paper Flowers

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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

SCRAP- inspired project – Take 2

In the second SCRAP-inspired project, I used a faux zebra-wood cabinet door and combined it with decorator fabric and an additional mini frame at the center.  I created a simple shape embellished with beads and sequins and placed it at the center of the mini frame.  You could easily place a photo in the center for a dramatic wall-mounted frame.

starting

the start

faux leather

faux leather backer

mini frame

adding the mini frame at the center

beading

beading the center piece

sketch beading

sketching up some inspiration

finished

the final result

SCRAP-inspired project – Take 1

In Portland, we have a wonderful resource called SCRAP Creative Reuse Center.  They accept donations of a wide variety of things and encourage the community to use them in creative ways.  Yesterday I took a trip there with visions of potential projects in my head.  I made a beeline to the home decorator sample fabric books and found two with lots of beautiful patterns and colors.  Next, off to the scrap wood.  I found 2 sample cabinet doors that you typically find in home decorating stores.  I thought they would be a wonderful backdrop for some hanging wall art.  After paying $7 for my finds, I was off to get started on my projects.   Here is the first of two projects.

the supplies

the supplies

starting the beading

after cutting the decor fabric to size, I started the beading

beading complete

beading is complete

border placement

Yarn creates a border to cover the fabric edges

finished project

A final touch of beading on the yarn border and it’s done!