Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ombre Paper Flower Bouquet Tutorial--Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop

Welcome!  I am so glad to have you joining me today as I help celebrate the release of Creative Spaces Vol. 3 from Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine!  It was a honor to have my little craft room featured in this new issue.  Getting it ready for photography was a labor of love.  There's nothing quite like a deadline to motivate and inspire! 



Ombre Paper Flower Bouquet

Ombre Paper Flower Tutorial | popperandmimi.com
I love making paper flowers.  They are easy to make, inexpensive, and they don't require any attention.  As I was preparing my craft room for photography, I added a few pieces  of handmade decor to my space.  This bright pink ombre paper flower bouquet in a gold-dipped mason jar contrasted nicely with my light blue walls and white shelving.  It makes a cameo appearance on pages 56 and 58 in Creative Spaces Vol. 3.  


Ombre Paper Flower Tutorial | popperandmimi.com
When I started making flowers for this bouquet, my original intent was just to have a bunch of pretty flowers in a jar.  As I started arranging the flowers, I wondered what they might look like if I arranged them in an ombre pattern.  I fell in love with the final outcome!  


Gold dipped blue mason jar | popperandmimi.com
Create a gold paint-dipped effect on your mason jar by masking off the top of the jar with painter's tape and spray painting the bottom with gold spray paint.  Spray a few coats to create an opaque finish.  


Paper Flower Tutorial

Spiral Paper Flower Tutorial | popperandmimi.com

Spiral Paper Flower Instructions

  1. Start with a 6"x6" piece of cardstock. 
  2. Using scissors, free-hand cut a spiral into the paper starting at the outer edge. 
  3. Grab the end of the spiral with a pair of tweezers.
  4. Roll the flower along the spiral using the tweezers as a handle. 
  5. Wind the spiral tightly until you get to the center of the spiral.  
  6. Let the flower spring open. 
  7. Place hot glue at the end of the spiral.  
  8. Press flower petals into the hot glue.  

TIPS: Make larger or smaller flowers by starting with a different size paper.  Imperfect or wonky spirals make for more authentic looking flowers.  


Bend floral wire to make paper flower stems | popperandmimi.com
Create stems for your flowers by bending the top of a piece of floral wire with a pair of pliers.  Choose floral wire that is strong enough to support your blooms, but is also flexible.  This floral wire was too heavy for my taste, but it was all I could find in town. 

Glue floral wire to paper flowers | popperandmimi.com
Adhere your stems to the flowers with hot glue.  Increase the strength of the bond by adding a layer of glue on top of the wire, too.  Bend your wire stems as needed to create the perfect bouquet.  


Creative Spaces Vol. 3 

To see this project and MANY more inspiring decor and organization ideas, be sure to grab a copy of the newest issue of Creative Spaces.  I have looked through this issue several times and I always see a new idea that inspires me to create.  

Creative Spaces Vol. 3 by Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine

This pinable image (hint, hint) even has a sneak peek of my paint dipped storage containers.  Upcycling container is one of my favorite ways to get crafty! 


GIVEAWAY! 

The editors at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine have given me an extra copy of Creative Spaces Vol. 3 to give away!  To sweeten the deal, my friends at American Crafts and Silhouette America have generously added $50 worth of cardstock and crafting supplies and a roll of chalkboard vinyl.  SCORE!  Use the Rafflecopter box below to be entered to win all of these goodies!  

Silhouette Chalkboard Vinyl

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now that you've entered the giveaway, scroll on down and head over to Jen Gallacher who's next on the hop list.  


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Thanks for stopping by! 

Amanda

If you like these handmade flowers, you might want to check these out: 

DIY Paper Doily Flowers | popperandmimi.com

Paper Flower Light Bulb Bouquet | popperandmimi.com

77 comments:

  1. Fav tip: Put things away properly when you are done! Lol! :) if only I listened to myself! These flowers you made look AWESOME! Wow! Soooo cool :)

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  2. Fav tip: Put things away properly when you are done! Lol! :) if only I listened to myself! These flowers you made look AWESOME! Wow! Soooo cool :)

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  3. Always put things back when you're done! Otherwise I get knee-deep in stuff on my desk!

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  4. I think putting things away when done is most important. Next find what organization works best for you. Taking tips from these types of magazines can be so helpful!!

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  5. Love the flowers...put stuff away..haha at least once a week..lol

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  6. LOVE the gold dipped vase! As far as organizing tips...my best tip is the one I rarely follow....when you are done with it, put it away!

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  7. Love this blog hop -- it inspires me to organize more. I like to keep my supplies out in the open so I use them. I love things organized by color within the type of item.

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  8. Bright and cheerful...love this and it's doable for the rest of us!

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  9. Stunning project! I would love to have those sitting in my craft space.

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  10. Fun way to arrange
    your flowers!
    I like to have a
    place for everything,
    and everything in it's
    place! Don't always
    make it but that's my
    thought!
    Carla from Utah

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  11. It is impossible to pick just one favorite, but it may be the diy cubby organizer! Love the jar dipped in gold!!

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  12. Those flower are gorgeous. Awesome to be featured. Congrats.

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  13. My favorite organizing tip is to keep trying until you find what works for you. I shuffle things around so much in my craftroom until I finally find the perfect way to make things look their best and be as easily accessible as possible.

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  14. Thank you so much for the flower tutorial....love those!!! I want to see my stuff, so I use jars and wire baskets! I'm a recycler, so I reuse those great jars and containers!

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  15. I love putting spools of ribbon on multi pair slacks hanger!! You are awesome at the flower making!!

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  16. I think that each person has to find what works for them. There is not one solution for everyone.

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  17. So far on this hop my favorite tip is Jennifer Macguire's paper storage ideas!! WOW~ I would be in Heaven if I won more cardstock to organize!! It is one of my biggest addictions~! In my opinion, you can never have enough cardstock and American Cardstock is one of my favorites! Thanks for the chance to win some!!

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  18. I cover shoe boxes with wallpaper or scrapbooking paper. They look pretty and are pretty uniform in size.

    Noreen at craftyjournal.com

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  19. Thanks for sharing the tutorial! My craft are is a complete disaster. My tip would be to have a place for everything and put everything in its place, but so far I haven't been able to do the "place for everything" part yet :)

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  20. I use old tic tac containers to store my brads and eyelets
    -Katiria

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  21. I like storing stamps in cd cases! Love your flowers!!! TFS!

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  22. clean gunk from your scissors with one drop of orange or lemon essential oil and a paper towel.
    Thanks for a chance to win. : )

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  23. Your paper flowers are beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  24. My favorite organize tip has to be to keep items together by projects because it helps me scrap my stash.

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  25. My tip:
    You needn't buy expensive stuff - use what you have! Make a storage-system out of shoo-boxes, tins or jam-glases. Everyone of you is creative enough to make it!

    Find a way to organize your stuff - or maybe you will be more creative when you find fine inspriations and "things-you-wanted-to-use-weeks-ago" during the times you are searching something... and maybe you won't need the lost things any longer (for this day) ;-)

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  26. I use plastic file storage boxes to store my 12x12 papers. I reorganized my whole room for this specific purpose and I love it! Thanks for the giveaway1

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  27. What a fabulous upgrade on your paper floral arrangement to paint the mason jar with gold paint-- so beautifully clever. Thanks for the links to other paper flower how to's too.

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  28. Best thing for me to keep organized is to put things away in between each layout or project.

    I did get a nice new bookcase 1/2 off at Pier 1. Love it!

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  29. Love the flowers! I've started making them myself - not as good as yours yet, but getting there - maybe! As far as organizing, I think everyone should store things the way they use them. For me, it's usually by color, so I have everything of one color together. So much easier to get what I need!

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  30. Organizing my ink pads in a holder, I know it's pretty simple but it makes stamping so much easier when you're not trying to de-stack inkpads to get at the right color.

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  31. I love this blog hop. Nothing like rooms to dream about!

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  32. Beautiful roses - congrats on being featured in the magazine.

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  33. My favorite tip is to keep a record of the items I use when creating a project so that I know how to do it again in the future. I post these when placing a picture of the item on the website I follow.

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  34. My recent favorite organizational tip is to stamp samples of each of your ink colors, mist colors, embossing powders, etc so that when you create you can quickly flip through and see the exact color you need for your project. Can't wait to see your full room. ;)

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  35. Love your ombre flowers! Congrats on being featured!

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  36. Love the paper flowers! What a great idea!

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  37. I'm so excited about the blog hop, I'm having so much fun looking at all the spaces and how well organized and clean they all are. Congrats on getting published and thanks for sharing!

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  38. I'm not sure if my comment went through, but I was admiring all of the clean and organized spaces. I guess that is my favorite tip - organize, organize, organize! Thanks for the chance and congrats!!

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  39. Stay clean and organized or I can't relax and create!!!

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  40. I'm just seeing up my new room so I am taking in all the ideas along the way. I am learning to purge add I set up though and let go of things I know I won't use.

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  41. I don't always have the most organized spaces in terms of making sure coordinating papers, material, stamps, etc. are together, but I try to always clean up the messy bits before ending the day. The project may not be done, but the scraps are disposed of and the floor beneath my work area is clean. Love the Mason jar vase. What CAN'T they be used for? ;-)

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  42. Your flowers are beautiful. And congrats on the magazine. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  43. Wow, such beautiful paper flowers! Love the gold bottom to the jar, I may have to try something similar...I am not very organized, and am trying to label everything...Excited to see your space. Thank you for offering a giveaway. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  44. Such a beautiful flower arrangement.
    My favorite organizing tip... that would be "put away supplies you finished using right after you finished using them" - I have a cute little bucket on my table where I keep my pens, scissors, brushes, liquid glue and other things like that, it helps keep my table tidy.

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  45. Keep things you use regularly nearby. Mine are in a kitchen tool organizer that spins.

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  46. Great flowers! Great space---very inspiring!
    My fave tip---clean up after you 'play'...

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  47. Gorgeous flowers. I bought some cheap mdf tea bag storage container which are perfect for storing ink pads in a portable container. However, my storage solution is usually to put it wherever it fits and try to remember where that was.

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  48. I can't wait to see your space! I LOVE those blooms and how you dipped the mason jar in GOLD...love love love!

    I'm a huge fan of storing all of my stamps in sleeves that I pick up from office depot.

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  49. Love the flowers and the giveaway.

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  50. Very pretty bouquet of flowers.
    My fave organizational tip is to store embellishments by color.

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  51. Beautiful flowers. Mine never turn out that stunning!!

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  52. The ombre flowers are stunning! There are so many great organizational tips it is hard to choose just one. I guess my favorite is storing stamps in the Avery Elle or something similar plastic sleeves.

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  53. My tip is to use large acrylic picture frames (michaels) to store wood mounted rubber ink stamps in.

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  54. Your ombre flower bouquet and gold dipped mason jar are absolutely FABULOUS!!! Can't wait to check out the magazine and see your space! One of my favorite tips: I organize my colored cardstock scraps in plastic sleeves by color. This has definitely helped me to make better use of my scraps.

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  55. The flower arrangement gives a nice touch, possibly even a gift to someone. The best thing that has helped with my storage/organization is label, label, label!

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  56. I love using small favor tins to hold all of my embellishments! The tins have windows, are easy to transport and open and can stack! I push them around in the drawer like the old tic-tac-toe puzzles.

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  57. Congrats on being in the magazine!! Thanks for sharing the flower project and the awesome giveaway too!! :)

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  58. The idea of dipping things in paint on the bottom is a great way to add color and upscale a plain item.

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  59. Start with what you have to store things- containers, upcycled boxes, etc.

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  60. My organizing tip is if you bring something new in you have to get rid of something old. The best way to stay organized is to not have too much stuff and to keep in in check!

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  61. Clear boxes to store stuff in them is a favorite organizational habbit of mine.

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  62. It may seem simple, but having what I use all the time OUT, VISIBLE AND NEARBY has saved me so much hassle!

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  63. I have "areas" an inky area, a stamping spot, a spot for assembling, a cutting/scoring station, my sizzix in one spot, silhouette in another. It is rarely tidy but I usually know where most things are!

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  64. Two of my favorite organizing tips are to use your vertical space if needed and to store like things with like.

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  65. I like to organize my paints/pens/markers by color. Makes them easier to find

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  66. I put away my things when I'm done! :)

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  67. Keeping like items together in storage bins has kept me sane!! Lots and lots of storage bins...

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  68. I store my washing tape in a unique way. I drilled a hole in old stamp blocks, inserted a 1/4" dowel and voila! Washi tape holders! When I want one near the bottom, I just lift the stack up including the one I want and replace all but that one. That way they stay stacked!

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  69. Love the flowers! Sort everything by color : )

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  70. I love to use lazy susans and mason jars. Then I know what I have available to use.

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  71. What a gorgeous bouquet you made! Love the detail of the gold dipped jar.

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