Friday, January 27, 2012

Plant Kindness & Gather Love


What a great saying to live by, right? It's Emily here today to share one of my favorite projects that I've done this far with Authentique's lovely papers. This was one of my big projects that I sent off to CHA, but since CHA is right around the corner, I thought I would give you all a peek at what I have been working on.

How about a bouquet full of beautiful flowers with the "Gathering" collection? Yes, this collection came out around Thanksgiving, but it is a great one for all seasons. I thought that these flowers would help me to remember that Spring is just around the corner. Though it's been snowy/rainy here, I now have a beautiful bouquet sitting on my table that will never die!

All of Authentique's collections are absolutely stunning, but I think that Gathering is still my favorite thus far. The colors in this collection are so rich and also delicate and can be used for almost any project!

Want to learn to make your own beautiful bouquet? Well, you're in for a treat! I've got a step-by-step tutorial prepared for you! Beware though, these flowers are time consuming and addicting to make! I didn't count, but I think it took me 30-40 flowers to fill this bouquet (and a lot of paper)... each one took about 20 minutes to make.

First you will need to cut your paper. For the small flowers I used 3x3 pieces (the 6x6 pads come in handy for this!) for the larger pieces I used the 12x12 sheets and cut them into 4x4 pieces. You will need 5 pieces of wither 3x3 or 4x4 to make one flower.

Fold paper in half to make a triangle. Make sure that the pattern side that you want your flower to be is the side showing.

Fold the two end pieces up to make a diamond shape, make sure all of you creases are firm. You may need to use a bone folder for this part.

Take the two top pieces and fold them back to meet the sides (I can't really think of how to explain to do this... so I will show another picture below)

This is what you should have now.

Now take and flatten out the top two pieces so they look like this.

Fold the little flaps back and crease, then tuck them inside.

Fold the two outside pieces on the crease that already exists and bring the two sides to meet, you will have a sort of cone shape that looks like this.

Glue the inside pieces together using hot glue (I used a high heat setting) then clamp them for a few minutes so the glue can get a firm bond.

Repeat these steps until you have all five petals.

Now glue the petals together, again using hot glue, make sure you hold each piece for a few minutes until the glue has set or the flower will fall apart and you will have glue gunk everywhere.

Before you add the last piece, if you are making a bouquet, I would suggest bamboo skewers. I added one in right before adding the last petal to the flower. Then I topped it off with a matching button.

Just a side note... when making these flowers, BE CAREFUL! Hot glue is very hot and it hurts really bad when you get burnt with it! Also, be prepared to go through A LOT of paper, I went through almost 2 full 6x6 pads and several sheets of 12x12, but the end product was all worth it :-)

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my project and tutorial! ♥

Products used:
Authentique: Gathering Collection- 6x6 bundle, 12x12 sheets, Headlines
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Sheer Iridescent Peach, Copper Glitz Ribbon
Assorted Buttons
Bamboo Skewers
Styrofoam Ball

18 comments:

  1. I just love the bouquet of flowers! And using my favorite papers too! :)

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  2. Love the bouquet and thank you for showing us how to make the flowers.

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  3. How beautiful!! I'll have to try the technique, but not make maybe as many flowers! LOL

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  4. amazing and thank you sooo much for the detailed pictures!

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  5. Oh, I have created a shortcut to this post! Thank you so very much!

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  6. Stunning!!! I just love this. I don't know if Im brave enough to try it. But I would love to make my wedding bouquet from this technique.

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  7. Ok Is anyone having any trouble following this. I do love it when there are step by step instructions, but I need the pictures too. Im getting lost at the step that begins by saying "Fold the little flap back" and then the following step as well. Can anyone help, or can Emily possibly post another couple of pics. Im a bit whacko when it comes to making folds. Please help!!!

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    1. Here a simple tutorial:

      http://foldingtrees.com/2008/11/kusudama-tutorial-part-1/

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  8. I am sure it won't take long before this is trendy with brides! What a fabulous bouquet!

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  9. Beautiful kusudama! I love origami! I love Authentique paper!

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  10. Gorgeous bouquet! and hot glue! Tried making these last year and was having trouble with the glue working. Thanks for the tip!

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  11. thanks for sharing the steps on this bouquet, gorgeous
    ava

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  12. Can you tell me what size styrofoam ball you used for the bouquet pictured? I'd like to do one but probably smaller. So knowing the size of yours would be a good starting point reference. Thank you!

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