Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Recycled Paper Flowers Craft

Theres a ton of great DIY paper flower tutorials on Pinterest and I've been wanting to try these for a while. GreenCraft magazine had an article (in one of the first issues) on creating similar flowers that also inspired me to give these a whirl. These are great for kids to make and look really cute as a center piece in some pretty bud vases.

All you need is a few simple supplies:
  • Recycled paper (magazines, old wrapping paper etc)
  • Shredding scissors
  • Twigs
  • Washi tape
  • Masking tape

 1. Fold a magazine page accordion style.

2. Using shredding scissors, snip all along the edges that are folded, leaving about 3/4" along the other edge.

3. Add a piece of masking tape along the entire edge (that isn't cut).

4. Gradually wind the paper around the top of a twig (if they're thin twigs just use two and tape them together). You need to start about 1 1/2 inches down the twig and gradually wind upwards towards the top. You can add some adhesive (double sided permanent tape) to the twig before you start winding the paper to help keep it in place.

Once its wrapped and the you have the flower shape, use washi tape to wrap around the base of the paper on the flower to secure it to the twig. Thats all there is to it. My daughter loved this project and we made a bunch of them together.