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Springtime Succulents (planted in an unexpected way)

Try this unexpected springtime arrangement: plant a succulent in an eggshell / jones design company
Succulents are having a moment right now, and rightfully so. They are uniquely interesting, drought tolerant and rather inexpensive – a great combo if you ask me. When in Austin, Texas last month, we ate at this darling restaurant/flower shop and right away I was taken by the display of pretty succulents in brown paper. I wanted to try a similar arrangement at home, so I dropped by my local home depot and grabbed a bunch of little plants.

succulents Once home, I changed my mind. The brown paper – as cool as it looks – probably isn’t very practical for watering and I wasn’t sure how to get around that issue.

Then one day, I had this weird idea: plant the springtime succulents in eggshells! I know, strange. But I’ve seen wheatgrass grown in shells for spring and thought maybe my cute plants would be a fun twist on that idea.

planted-succulents The process is a bit self-explanatory, but I took photos as we planted with a few tips. I did this one with my No.2 and it was a great Sunday afternoon let’s-get-our-hands-just-a-little-bit-dirty activity to do with him.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’ll NEED: planting-succulents-in-eggs-supplies cracked eggs, washed out and dry / small pebbles / needle / small succulents

STEP ONE: poke hole in bottom of egg

poke-hole-in-egg-with-needle I just used a regular needle, but I remember doing this with my mom to blow eggs and we used a large upholstery needle. Whatever you have on hand will be fine. If you’re using a small needle, wiggle it around to open up the hole a little bit. Beware: the eggshells are thick at the bottom and so you may wreck a few while poking the holes. I suppose you don’t even have to do this step, I’m just assuming it’s a good idea for drainage. Up to you.

STEP TWO: add small pebbles to the bottom of egg

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STEP THREE: pull apart succulents

planting-succulents-in-egg The little plants usually come in groups of three or so in each small pot. Just gently pull them apart, keeping roots intact.

STEP FOUR: place plant in shell + fill in with soil

planting-with-kids succulent-in-egg And that’s it!

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succulents-in-egg-carton It was fun to try out all the different shapes and textures of plants.

succulents-in-egg-carton2 I kept the original egg carton to display them in (I just lightly water the whole thing in the kitchen sink and the egg carton does fine), and also put a few in a ceramic egg carton (from Anthropologie). succulents-in-eggdish succulents-in-eggs-close

Cute, yes? And maybe a little odd. But I’m okay with that.

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Succulents are supposedly very low-maintenance, but I have a way with killing most plants that I bring into our home. I did a little research and here’s what I found to help us keep these beauties happy:

TIPS FOR KEEPING SUCCULENTS ALIVE INDOORS

1. Keep in sunny places – they are a desert plant and thrive in sun and dry climates.

2. Let them dry out completely before watering.

3. Bright green plants are easier to keep alive – steer clear of the purple, grays and oranges if you’re looking for indoor success.

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how to keep cut hydrangeas from wilting

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I learned the best secret for keeping hydrangeas from wilting and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Ryan brought me home these gorgeous white hydrangeas a few weeks ago. I would have been thrilled with roses or tulips or whatever flower he presented, but I love that he chose hydrangeas. They are my favorite.

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The problem is, they never last long. After a day or so of being cut, the blooms begin to wilt. About three days later, they are completely done.

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But guess what I just learned (from an instagram conversation)? Hydrangeas take in water from their PETALS! I had no idea.

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So here’s how to keep cut hydrangeas from wilting:

1. Cut stems at an angle

2. Put cut stems in water right away

3. Once per day, gently mist petals (I use a spray bottle like this but have been eying a pretty one like this)

4. If the blooms start to wilt, shock them back by dunking the whole flower head in warm water for a few minutes

The bouquet of white hydrangeas Ryan brought home lasted for just over two weeks when watered this way. For real. This new way of watering the flowers has changed my hydrangea-loving life.

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The time I was going to show you how to make paper dahlias

I was joking with my family just the other day about how I use the word favorite quite liberally.

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My favorite candy? Good & Plenties. Sour Patch Kids. Hot Tamales. Fruit Mentos. Twix if I’m feeling chocolaty.

Favorite color? Blue – all shades – or sometimes just the jeweled tones. Green. White – ah, I love white!. Gray.

My favorite season? Which ever one is up next.

See? Lot’s of favorites. Don’t try to stick me to only one from each category because I just can’t decide. There are just too many great things to choose between. Continue Reading →

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crepe paper poppies (tutorial)

Paper flowers are just so pretty. There are many different versions, different materials, different methods and each one is as charming as the next.

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(via instagram)

Yesterday I pulled out my very old crepe paper flower kit that I bought as a college student from a mail-order-catalog called Martha By Mail. Remember that little gem of a business? Loved it. (here’s a fun blog post memorializing the catalogs)

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The kit came with crepe paper, flower templates and a booklet with instructions for several types of flowers.

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Yesterday, I spent some time making poppies and they turned out so pretty, I thought I’d share how you can make them, too.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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crepe paper / petal template (see below) / floral stem wire / floral tape / scissors / glue

Let’s talk for a second about crepe paper: you’ll want a few complimentary colors in varying shades. Each flower uses two colors for the petals, plus brown for the stamen and green for the leaves. You can find crepe paper at your craft store, or online here or here.

STEP ONE // make the pistil & stem

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Roll a piece of crepe paper into a small ball. Place wire at base of ball and wrap it in a square of paper, gathering corners together and twisting down the wire. Wrap with floral tape to hold together.

STEP TWO // add stamen

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Cut a 1 x 2 strip of brown crepe paper. Fold in half and again. Snip a fine fringe and unfold. Repeat with cream colored crepe paper, making it slightly longer.

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Dab glue on brown fringe and wrap around pistil. Continue with cream fringe.

STEP THREE // make petals

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Make four double layer petals with peach and cream paper (peach on top).

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Layer one peach petal over one cream petal. Sculpt petals by gently pinching and pulling the top and through center.

STEP FOUR // Add petals to stem

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Dab glue at base of each petal. Wrap around stem. Add next petal opposite and then fill in with last two.

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Wrap base with floral tape to secure.

STEP FIVE // add leaf

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Cut leaf out of green crepe paper. Sculpt gently. Attach to stem with floral tape.

Finished!

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A whole bouquet in varying colors looks so sweet in a little jar.

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I’ll be using a few of these poppies to give to the kids’ teachers for teacher appreciation week next week and as a gift topper for mother’s day gifts this weekend.

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Just one more way to make dainty paper flowers!

For more flower inspiration, this book is on my must-buy-very-soon list.

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It’s so beautiful. See more details here.

If you’d like to make a bouquet of poppies, feel free to use my pattern.

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The template for the poppy petal is found in the Archive (our library of downloads, freebies and templates). Please sign in (or sign up!) to the archive for instant access.

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things I like: ferns

I have a slight love affair with ferns.  Their bright, fresh color, delicate texture, slightly wild arms going every which way … they add just the right feel to my otherwise neutral rooms.

{in my office}

{on the front porch}

{in the kitchen}

{in my favorite little nook of the house}

{and on the coffee table}

In a home dressed with mostly gray, white and taupe, mixing in natural greenery adds interest, texture and life.

Plus, they only cost a few dollars at the hardware store. And that’s a bonus if you’re anything like me and have a difficult time keeping houseplants healthy.

Keeping my love of ferns in mind, I now have a pinterest board dedicated to the lovely foliage.

Click here to see more fern inspiration.

Please tell me, do you have a plant-crush?

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enjoying the lovliness of nature

It’s instafriday on Life Rearranged and so I thought I’d link up once again.

I have had my iphone for just about two months now and I’m pretty much in love. Mostly because the camera is so. darn. good. And super easy.  It is fun to snap photos in an instant of things that catch my eye.

What catches my eye the most lately is the amazing show that the springtime in the pacific northwest is putting on for us.  I suppose this happens every year, but as I get older, I appreciate the beauty of nature so much more.

Here are some of my favorites taken this week:

{amazingly ruffled tulip}

{euphorbia – one of my favorite perenials}

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put a penny in it

A few weeks ago I posted this picture of my haphazard tulips.

A reader suggested dropping in a penny the next time I bought a bunch to keep them from drooping.

And so I did.

Well, what do you know, I now have tall tulips.

I did a bit of research and found that the penny trick may make tulips stand tall, but it also results in a shorter life span. Experts suggest the best way to keep cut tulips looking pretty is good, old-fashioned clean water.

It may be a myth, but it sure worked for me.

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the bloom event & the emily font

The bloom event took place this past weekend and it was a great success.

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Not only did we raise money for the Butterworth family {that is Marisa on the left} to adopt their baby girl from Ethiopia, but we spent a beautiful Seattle morning chatting, eating tasty treats and creating a few different simple flowers.

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Marisa did the most amazing and thorough job planning this event – with every detail covered – and that made it so easy to relax and enjoy ourselves.

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I have tree-envy

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This tree sits in my sister & brother-in-law’s back yard.

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With its showing blooms

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and their delicious fragrance

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and far-reaching span.

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It makes me very envious.

I need a lilac tree.

Then I could cut flowers and have them filling up my house with their amazing scent.

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But for now, I’ll just be happy for my sister. And thankful that she let me cut a {huge} armful.

Anyone else in love with lilacs?

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flouncy flowers {two tutorials & more}

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Well, today is the final day of flower week and I can say that I’ve loved it! I hope you have learned a few new things, have been inspired to create and maybe even finished a few of the projects. Like I said earlier this week, I could probably keep going for days and days with so many fun ways to create blossoms. I tried to narrow it down to five of my current favorites, but I just couldn’t. So today, there are two flowers.

Be sure to scroll all the way down for a few extra goodies at the end of the post.

The first flower today is a simple and modern one.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: satin fabric

:: beads for embellishing {I used pearls from a broken pearl bracelet}

:: round template {mine is approximately 2 1/2 inches}

:: needle, thread & scissors

STEP ONE: cut four circles

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STEP TWO: stack circles and stitch through center

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STEP THREE: add beads to center to embellish

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STEP FOUR: snip into circle

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And you’re done!

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Pin a little bunch to a sweater for a fun accessory.

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Cute and simple, right?

Let’s move right into the next flower:

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: organza

:: a small piece of satin for the center

:: thread, needle & scissors

STEP ONE: cut organza into eight rectangles

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My rectangles are 2 x 1, but you could cut them any size you like

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STEP TWO: layer

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STEP THREE: stitch through the center of the layered pieces

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Just use a running stitch and go from end to end, gathering as you go

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STEP FOUR: wrap thread around center

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Tie off in back and snip thread and you’ll have this:

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STEP FIVE: add center embellishment

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cut small circle from satin {approximately 3/4”}

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fold into quarters and stitch through the bottom to secure

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then attach with a stitch through the center of the flouncy flower.

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So sweet. I attached two to a pair of shoes for a summery look:

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And there you have it. Flower Week 2011. Six great flower projects to get you in the spring and summer mood.

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As a special gift for mother’s day, I’ve created a free printable card for you to download and print.

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Just click the image below for the pdf, print on cardstock, cut along dotted lines and fold in half.

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I hope the mothers in your life enjoy it!

 

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rolled fabric flowers {tutorial}

Perhaps you’ve seen this flower elsewhere : it is a popular one.  There are many different ways to roll and fold the fabric for different looks, but today I’ll show how I make these rolled fabric flowers.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: fabric

:: scissors

:: hot glue gun {you could also hand stitch if you prefer}

STEP ONE: cut fabric into strip

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For this 2 1/2” flower, the strip is 2 1/4” x 28”

I tear the fabric both for ease and because I like the frayed edges

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STEP TWO: fold strip in half

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STEP THREE: roll end into a ball for the center

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Add a dab of hot glue to hold securely

STEP FOUR: twist and roll

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starting with the strip held straight, twist away from the center

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then roll around the center

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Did you get that? Twist away

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then roll.

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Every few twists you can add hot glue to hold

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Keep twisting and rolling to your desired size

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STEP FIVE: finish the back

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Leave a bit of fabric at the end so that you can flip it over the back

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add hot glue

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and trim the ends

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The back will look like that and the front looks like this:

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I attached a mini flower {and felt leaf} to a hair clip for the baby

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and added one to a piece of thin elastic for a dainty headband

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A bundled group of funky flowers makes a fun belt when pinned to a grosgrain ribbon.

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For this pillow I cut up an old shirt and used the material to hot glue a enormous flower to an existing pillow.

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I can’t decide if I’m in love, but it was super easy and a good mindless activity while the kids were out making mud pies in the back yard. You should have seen their muddy little bodies when they were finished. Oh my.

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So have you enjoyed flower week so far? I hope I’ve given you the inspiration and easy steps for making a few of these blossoms. I’ve heard from many that it is teacher appreciation week and a few of the flowers have been made for the sweet ladies who teach our kids. I’m sure they love receiving a hand-made gift! And, of course, we have Mother’s Day on Sunday and what mom doesn’t like a flower?!  So keep creating and I’ll be back tomorrow with one more flower tutorial.

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button flowers {tutorial}

Today’s flower is the simplest of them all {perfect for a mid-week spurt of creativity}.

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I saw this project in the April 2008 issue of FamilyFun magazine {yep, I still have the tear out in a binder}. I didn’t changed much from the original how-to, other than using silver wire instead of florists’ green.  These are super easy and a great craft to do with kids.

Here is what you’ll need:

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:: buttons in various sizes {I went monochromatic, but you can be as crazy as you want}

:: 26 gauge wire {or whatever you have that is easily bendable}

:: scissors or wire cutters

STEP ONE: select your buttons

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Choose three buttons in varying sizes and stack them up

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STEP TWO: cut wire to desired length {mine are approximately 6 inches}

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STEP THREE: thread wire through holes in buttons

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STEP FOUR: loop the wire up through the hole and down the opposite button hole

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{oh good heavens, don’t judge my hands}

Thread the wire back through the bottom button

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STEP FIVE: twist the wire to secure

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Aren’t they so sweet?

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I used a silver egg cup, added play dough to the inside {you could use florists foam if you have it, but I didn’t and play dough seemed to do the trick!} then covered with a bit of moss.  Poke the wire stems in and you have a playful little flower arrangement.

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These are the same button flowers that are in Audrey’s room, except in white and tied up with twine.

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I did a search on google images for ‘button flowers’ and look what else I found:

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How beautiful, unexpected and cheap{!} for bridal bouquets. Wish I thought of that for my wedding! You could even have each of the bridesmaids make their own at a button-flower making party. I like that idea.

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This is the photo from that magazine article where I first saw these flowers. They look awfully cute sticking out of a plant.

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And I love these ones that have black wire stems that twist all the way down. Very whimsical.

So many variations you can do with sizes and colors of buttons. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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gathered flower {tutorial}

A few months ago my sister found a really cute burlap table runner with three fabric flowers on each end. She loved it, but didn’t really love the crazy-expensive price tag. So she asked me to re-create the flowers to attach to her handmade burlap table runner and this is what I came up with.

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Here is what you’ll need:

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:: fabric {linen, canvas, wool, felt – something slightly sturdy}

:: template {download here or at the bottom of post}

:: scissors, needle, thread

:: something pretty for the center {rhinestone, old brooch, a button}

STEP ONE: print template and cut out petals

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There are two templates available for download: small and large. I used the small for this example and the large for the pillows. You can certainly adjust the size and shape to your liking and disregard the template altogether if you prefer.

STEP TWO: cut petals

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I fold the fabric so that I only have to cut once.

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You’ll need FOUR large petals and THREE small

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STEP THREE: gather the center of each petal

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Make a running stich through the center, then pull the thread taught, wrap it around the center a few times and make another stitch through the center. Knot it off and cut the thread.

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You’ll have this:

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all the petals

STEP FOUR: stack the petals

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Start with the large,

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then layer on the small.

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STEP FIVE: stitch the petals together

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Just stitch back and forth through the center several times to secure the layers.

STEP SIX: embellish the center

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a little dab of hot glue does the trick.

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This size is just right to attach to a headband

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And do you remember this cute flower pillow? It is part of this month’s giveaway {have you entered for a chance to win? You can do it here}. I made it out of felt then stitched directly onto the pillow.

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If you would like to make a few of your own, please feel free to download my templates:

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Note: to make a fuller flower keep the center a bit wider than on the template.

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I hope you are enjoying flower week! Come back tomorrow for another great flower project.

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rolled paper flowers {tutorial}

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Welcome to flower week – five days of simple and delightful flower projects. I could probably do three weeks of flowers because there are so many different ways to create them, but I’ve limited it to five of my current favorites.

Before we get started, let me make a few disclaimers:

1. I find inspiration for projects all over the place {online, in shops, in magazines}, then figure out how to re-create them on my own. Each of these projects are my adaptation of something I’ve seen elsewhere.  In other words, I do not take credit for ‘inventing’ these blossoms.

2. Simple, inexpensive projects are my favorite. Each of the flowers this week use just a few low-cost materials and can be created by even the beginning crafter.  I hope you give them a try!

3. My fingernails are a mess. I should probably take calcium supplements or at least get a manicure. Sorry you have to look at them.

Okay, so let’s begin.

FLOWER WEEK PROJECT ONE:

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: paper {either cover or text weight}

:: florist wire

:: scissors, pencil, glue gun

STEP ONE: cut irregular circle

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This circle is approximately 8 inches, but you can do any size you wish.

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STEP TWO: cut spiral

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Start at the outside edge and cut in a spiral fashion to the center.

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I like a sort of bumpy shape so that the petals end up a bit irregular

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If you aren’t so sure about your cutting skills, feel free to draw your spiral before cutting. I did this one with a straight edge, but you could make it bumpy as well.

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To add a little interest to my bouquet, I used a variety of yellow scrapbook papers {my favorite is that yellow dot}

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STEP THREE: roll your blossom

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start at the outside edge and coil tightly

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Continue rolling until you get to the center. You’ll have a tightly coiled rosette.

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STEP FOUR: release coil

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And your flower grows.

STEP FIVE: glue together

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Add a glob of glue to the center and press to adhere the coiled paper

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TO MAKE A LEAF:

cut a leaf shape out of green paper

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Fold in an accordion-style fold

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and adhere with a dab of hot glue.

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TO ADD A WIRE STEM:

Cut a piece of floral wire to desired size {mine are about 6 inches} and bend a small piece at a 90 angle.

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Glue wire to the bottom of the flower.

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Then attach the leaf to cover the wire.

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When grouped together, you have a very sweet bouquet of wilt-less blossoms.

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I also tried these with sheet music.

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And attached to a wreath form covered in linen.

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Aren’t those the cutest paper rosettes? Start rolling :

I’ll see you tomorrow for another flower project.

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