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The weather has been dreary and cold this week, so I decided to cheer myself up by bringing a touch of spring into my apartment. I decided to get crafty, and this colorful DIY spring flower art is the result!
I had a lot of fun putting this together, so I thought I’d share the process with you. It was super easy, and if you love pretty paper, this is a great project to use up those little scraps that inevitably accumulate.
Here’s what you’ll need to make you own masterpiece:
- miscellaneous decorative papers
- picture frame
- a piece of paper cut to fit your frame
Each flower is made of layered paper with a button in the center. Begin by selecting the papers you would like to use, as well as a coordinating button. Don’t worry about everything matching perfectly.
Cut out a small piece of paper for the flower’s center, and then cut out progressive larger pieces for each layer.
Tip: Add interest by trimming your paper into various shapes or by adding fringe to the edges, as I did with the yellow and grey papers below. Tearing the paper instead of cutting it, like I did with the pink paper, is also a great way to add texture.
To assemble your flowers, place a small dot of glue in the center of the largest piece and attach the next smallest piece. Repeat this process until your layers are all glued together. Glue the button on top.
I made three flowers, all with various shapes, but you can make as many or as few as you would like. It would look cool with one large flower, instead of three, or even with a bunch of smaller flowers.
Tip: Try adding other ephemera to your flowers, too, such as ribbon, glitter, paint, etc.
After you’ve cut out your stripes, position them on a piece of paper that fits in your frame. When you are happy with the layout, attach each strip with a narrow line of glue.
Trim any excess paper from the edges, and to ensure the background will lay flat, place it under a stack of heavy books until the glue is dry.
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Cute, sweet, and easy to make, this DIY Conversation Heart Banner with Free Printables is the perfect Valentine’s Day decoration!
I am way behind on my Christmas decorating this year. Usually, I have everything up right after Thanksgiving, but not this year.
As I was going through my box of holiday decorations the other day, I came across some shadow box ornaments that I made a couple years ago. I had filled empty tin containers with clip art, glitter, and various ephemera to create the vintage-inspired decorations.
Those ornaments were so much fun to make, and I was feeling crafty, so I challenged myself to create another one using only supplies I had around my apartment. After searching my home for materials, I realized that I didn’t have any containers small enough for ornaments, so I decided to make a larger shadow box instead.
Here’s how you can make a shadow box or ornament, too!
- cigar box or other container
- vintage clip art
- decorative papers
- various ephemera (ribbons, cotton balls, glitter, tinsel, faux snow or greenery, etc.)
- paint or nail polish
- hot glue gun
I didn’t want to hide my box’s vintage character, so I chose to simply paint the outside edge with glittery gold nail polish (Julep’s Dahlia).Next, cut out the clip art. Take your time going around the corners and edges. It’s easy to accidentally amputate paper limbs!
I used a Victorian Santa image from The Graphics Fairy, which a great resource. If you don’t want to use a Santa, check out their roundup of 100 free Christmas images.After you’ve cut out your clip art, play around with your materials to determine a layout.Once you’ve decided on the box’s layout, it’s time to begin decorating your box. You’ll want to start with the back layer first.
The letters I used to spell “Merry and Bright” were actually decorative brads, so I attached those to my backing paper first, and then hot glued the paper to the box. I added a little extra glue behind the letters to ensure everything would stay in place.
This is a first-gen glue gun. I’m amazed that it still works, and I can’t even tell you how many fingers have been burned on this thing over the years!
Next, I added a layer of cotton balls for my snow. Cover up any blank spaces and vary the placement height of the balls (to avoid a layout that is too uniform looking). Attach the cotton balls with your glue gun.
Tip: for a more realistic look, pull the cotton balls apart a bit before gluing them down.My Santa was next. I wanted him to stand out from the background, so I used a cotton ball as a spacer. I glued the ball to the back of his body and then hot glued the cotton ball to the paper background to hold Santa in place.Finally, I wanted to give my box more depth, so I added additional cotton ball snow in front of his feet.At this point, continue adding various ephemera until you are happy with the design.
I kept my shadow box fairly simple, but I’m going to keep an eye out for a little holly sprig for Santa’s hat. Wouldn’t that look cute?Here are the ornaments I made a few years ago. As you can see, there really is no limit to what you can do with this project!
Are all of your Christmas decorations up, or am I the only one so far behind? Have you ever made your own ornaments?
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