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flowers + Making the movies + paper + paper flowers + Projects / Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Making the Movies: Beauty & the Beast

I’ve been wanting to do a column of DIYs from memorable elements from the movies forever now and today is finally the day! I have a hard time sitting during films so keeping an eye out for specific DIYs while I watch is the perfect distraction. First up, your and my favorite movie from our childhood, Beauty and the Beast. I used to imagine that I was Belle. And Lumiere was my buddy. You? I chose to recreate the enchanted rose that once wilted, meant that the Beast would remain a beast unless he found true love. The rose was kept in a beautiful cloche and since I finally found the perfect cloche at the Beehive Bazaar last weekend (from this vintage shop), we could finally get cracking. I didn’t want to make the DIY version TOO in your face cheese ball so I toned it down by changing the red rose to a yellow one.

Materials: crepe paper (I used a two toned color from here), scissors, fine tipped glue gun (they are the best), floral wire 8″, green crepe paper, template (download here), cloche (vintage are my favorite but here’s an Amazon pick), fishing wire

Step 1: Cut out 13 pieces of the template onto your color choice of crepe paper. Make sure the grain of the paper goes horizontal to the petal.
Step 2: With your thumb, gently shape the petal. 8 of them will be shaped vertically. 5 will be shaped horizontally. I use a pencil to shape the horizontally shaped pieces.
Step 3: For the center of the petal, glue one side of the horizontally shaped petals and curl it around to the other.
Step 4: Glue on the back side of the next horizontally shaped petal on either side points of the petal.
Step 5: “Hug” the two sides around the center petal. (center right picture above)
Step 6: Repeat to the other side of the center petal. (bottom left picture above)
Step 7: Repeat the process and glue the next 2 petals so they are equally spaced around the center petal. (bottom center picture above)
Step 8: With the vertically shaped petals, dab some glue onto the bottom of the petal and attach it to the bottom of the now glued flowers.
Step 9: Glue four evenly around the flower.
Step 10: Intersperse the remaining petals around to fill in the gaps.
Step 11: Cut out a 12″x1″ piece of crepe paper for the stem. Make sure the grain is going the short way of the paper. Pull it taut.
Step 12: Cut out leaves from green paper.
Step 13: Shape them with a pencil and cut jagged shapes into them so that they appear to be more lifelike.
Step 14: Glue the end piece of the stem crepe paper and begin rolling it around your wire.
Step 15: About an inch down, glue one leaf into the stem paper and immediately continue wrapping. Add on as many leaves are you’d like to the stem.
Step 16: At the end of the stem, glue the paper into the wire to secure.
Step 17: Glue the stem into the bottom center petal of the flower and hold.
Step 18: To make the rose float in the cloche, glue a small piece of fishing wire into the top of the rose and hold.
Step 19: Glue a tiny dab of glue into the top of the cloche and immediately attach the fishing wire of the rose in. If you want to reuse the cloche, the glue should easily be picked off.

Are there any specific projects you would like to see for next time? Feel free to enlighten me!

PS–Speaking of Beauty and the Beast, have you seen this

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flowers + Life + paper flowers + Party + workshops / Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Paper flower workshop at Anthropologie Salt Lake City

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a paper flower workshop extravaganza recently. It started with the SLC Pop-up Shop, then when I found out I was going to NYC and DC I connected up with some people who helped to make it happen there too. Then, last week when I returned home to Utah, I gave two more. Overall, I’ve given 6 within 2 weeks. And I love it! I’ll give a couple more recaps in the next week or so but first, the Anthropologie workshop at the SLC shop. I was flattered to be asked to lead a workshop for their Mother’s Day series taking place all around the nation and paper flowers were the perfect fit.
Look at everyone who came. I saw some old friends (like Aly and Tanei) but mostly new friends like Aubry from Hello Maypole, Nassari, Jessie and her mom (so cute), Amanda James, Chelsea James, Jen, Tiffanie, and more. Thanks everyone for coming! And thank you to the managers at Anthro who were so kind and helpful, as well as the ladies at headquarters, Kelly and Laura.

Do you see the very distinguished lady with the yellow bag? She should have TAUGHT the class. She made 2 in the amount that people made one AND she totally showed me up.

For some reason I didn’t get a picture of the full spread of treats from Eva’s bakery in SLC (which I hear has a lovely storefront too), but, they were delicious! Being out of the country for a few years you tend to miss all the cutesy food trends like cake pops and striped paper straws so I more than made up for them that night.

Then, Jen Eliason and Tiffanie were kind enough to do an impromptu photo sesh with everyone’s flowers and an Anthro apron. Thank you Jen and Tiffanie!

If you want to see more pictures from the event, take a look at the hastag #anthroevents on Instagram and more pictures on Anthro’s Facebook wall today.
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DIY + paper flowers + Projects + Wedding / Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010

let me make you some giant paper flowers

100 Layer Cake featured our wedding last month and received so many comments on how to make the huge paper flowers that they asked me to do a tutorial for them, which just came out today. Thanks to my dear mother who showed me the ropes, I can now show all of you Lars readers as well. Above pics: this is Paul’s Blue Steel and the photo on right is the centerpiece on the burlap squares I painted. Speaking of, if you’d like to buy the painted burlap tablecloths I opened up an Etsy shop where you can buy them. Right now there’s only one picture, but there will be more on the way and even more products.
From the get-go, I wanted large paper flowers to create the Thumblina/Alice in Wonderland-ish effect for our garden reception. My amazing mom came up with the pattern which we then duplicated about 30 times for all the centerpieces, walkways, and stairs. The great thing about paper flowers is that we could create them with plenty of time before the wedding without worrying about the typical wilting. That said, by the wedding day we then had 30 huge paper poppies “growing” in our house so we were plenty ready to get them out! Making the flowers is as easy as pie. You’ll need a large surface to work on because these puppies are massive.
  • 7 sheets of a single color for petals. Each sheet is a single petal. We used Canson Colorline Art Papers 19″x 25″ from the local art supply store. Go local! Mom frequented (almost daily) the San Clemente Art Supply store and they would special order us the papers. So helpful! The picture of the colors below is not my preferred choices, especially for the leaves, but they don’t have Canson near my house here in Copenhagen
  • 1 yellow or mustard color for stamen (middle of the flower)
  • 3 sheets of different greens. We used pastel quality greens because they are less harsh.
  • glue gun
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • 18″ ruler to create the folded petal texture
  • If making multiple flowers, I would suggest making a template of the petals and leaves on chipboard
1. The base of the flower is 9″ wide so you can start by marking the middle of the short end of the paper at the 9″ mark and then marking 4 1/2 inches out on either side.
2. Create the shape of the petal. You can either copy this picture and blow it up to the right size or create your own (use your creativity!).I drew it in marker here so it would be clearer, but use pencil. It’s roughly the shape of a light bulb or shell with lots of undulating waves. You don’t want them too precise, they’re flowers! From the 9″ mark on the short side of the paper draw a 5″ line up the middle.

3. Cut the shapes out.
4. Create the texture for the petal. We kept it simple by folding the paper over the ruler from the widest rim to the center of the shortest side. Space them out about every 1-1 1/2 inches. Remember not to be too precise. Then, turn the petal over and turn every other fold the opposite way like an accordian fold. It might look a little too much like a sea shell at this point, but don’t worry, it gets better.
5. Overlap one of the 5″ split sections by gluing one piece over the other, about 2-3″. This will create a cupping shape with the petal. ( I made mine with the glue coming out to make it more obvious.
6. Repeat for each of the remaining 6 sheets.
7. Assemble the flower. Take three petals and glue one on top of the other so they are evenly spread around to form the center of the flower.
8. Evenly spread the remaining four petals around the center to create the outer petals.
9. Create the stamen by drawing a 16″ circle from the yellow sheet of paper and cutting it out.
10. Create the center by drawing a 10″ circle from the black sheet of paper and cutting it out. I found a 10″ bowl to trace.
11. Cut 3″ strips around the perimeter of the black center at every 1/2″ mark or so.
12. Do the same to the yellow stamen, about 5″ strips.
13. Slightly and gently use the edge of the closed scissors to curl the cut yellow strips of the yellow stamen and the black center, much like curling ribbon for a gift.
14. Glue the yellow stamen to the center.
15. Glue black center into the yellow stamen.
16. Make the leaves. Using the 25″ as the width and the 19″ as the height, fold the edge into the center. Do the same to the other side. This will create two leaves. Use the fold as the center of each leaf and draw a half a leaf shape.
17. Cut out the shape to reveal the full leaf. Do the same to the other side.
18. Glue two leaves together. Make as many leaves are you would like. I used 5 in a few shades of pastel and deep olive greens (not the nasty greens I have pictured here.)

19. Group the leaves around the flower and glue together at the bottom. Voila!

Easy beazy right?
Again, if you’d like to buy the tablecloths I painted for the reception, go to my new Etsy site. More on the way!
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