Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Vintage Paper Flower Tutorial

I've got some more catching up to do...Funny, you'd think with 4 kids, a husband and a dog I'd have plenty of time to keep up with my blogging...Here's a little project my girlfriend and I worked on a few months back.

Paper flowers made from a vintage 1962 novel. My girlfriend, Julie made hers into a topiary and I put mine on a few branches I purchased at Michaels.







To make them you simply cut out a scalloped circle...doesn't have to be perfect. then you  cut it out in a spiral pattern keeping your strip at least 1/2" wide leaving a little circle or oval at the end to place your hot glue. Since I made these a few months ago, I don't have any vintage paper left to show you, but here's one from a piece of construction paper.


Roll it toward the center keeping it pretty tight...don't worry about getting it too tight. We'll let it unravel a little at the end.


Once you've rolled it all up set it on the center. Then, holding it with your fingers, gently let it unravel until you like what you see.


Once I think it looks nice, I pinch the flower with two fingers, place hot glue on the center piece and hold in place making sure you press down gently in the center.


That's it. Now go and experiment with your flowers and let me know how they turn out. If you don't want to make your own. I currently have a listing for 70+ Vintage Book Page flowers (sorry, these have been sold. I'll be listing some new ones soon or you can contact me for a custom order) I had left over from my project. If you'd like me to make some custom flowers for you, just drop me a line. I'd love to help out!


**UPDATE**

I sold my initial listing and have had some inquiries on new ones...I'll be listing more from time to time.

ESTY Listing  SOLD


ETSY Listing
134 Mini Flowers
 



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53 comments:

  1. Who knew it could be so easy to make something that decorative. Can't wait to try this for decorating christmas presents.

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  2. I know...Who needs bows when you can make your own flowers with old books...or scrap paper..or magazines...or wrapping paper...endless possibilities!

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  3. You can also keep the cut straight (instead of scalloped) for a more modern look.

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  4. Love this, my son is having a vintage wedding next year and I am bookmarking ideas! Thank you!

    Carol

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  5. These are lovely! Thanks for your tutorial.
    -Revi

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  6. So pretty!!

    evie @ brown paper packages

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  7. Beautiful! I love the thing with the branches--I am going to copy this. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Love it! You make it look so easy - i am going to try it this weekend as accents to my burlap wreath!! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. That would look great on a burlap wreath. I would love to see it when you're finished.

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  10. Hi! I'm Lisa the author behind Sewgloried.com and I just wanted to let you know I spied your tutorial at a link party this week and have featured it this week on my site:

    http://www.sewgloried.com/2011/10/wonderful-wednesday.html

    Thanks for sharing with us and if you like featured buttons be sure to stop by and grab one!

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  11. Pinned this -- it is AMAZING


    Jenny
    http://simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  12. These are so pretty, thank you for the tute

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  13. This so delightful! What a fabulously creative idea; love it!

    Cheers!

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  14. I've been wondering about those paper flowers.
    Thanks,
    Lisa

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  15. Hi Krista...

    I have seen a few of these beautiful paper roses around blogland and wondered how they were made! Thank you for sharing the tutorial with us! I'm definitely going to be trying my hand at these! They look so pretty in the apothecary jar but I love, love, LOVE how they look on the branches! Soooo pretty!

    Thank you so much for sharing this sweet post with us for the Sunday Favorites party, my friend! It was such a pleasure having you!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  16. Gorgeous! I've been wanting to put together a wreath out of these-now I will.

    Happy new follower, hope you are able to visit my piece of blogland. I have a fun contest running right now.

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  17. Really gorgeous. I've tried making flowers but they don't turn out anywhere as good as these. I think you either have the touch or don't. Thanks for joining in on Sundays' Best. Good luck in winning and come back soon.

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  18. Hi Krista, I your post and just had to tell you, putting them on branches is just genius! I love the way they look. I wish I had thought of that for a friend's wedding. I made topiaries out of them and you know how long they can take. We made 8 topiares and they took 85-100 roses each. Ugh! I dry brushed them and added some pearls. You can see the results here: http://commonplacebeauty.blogspot.com/2011/04/book-rose-topiaries.html.

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  19. Heather-I can't imagine how long it took you..hopefully you had help. Thanks for sharing the link I'll be checking it out as soon as I get the kids off to school.

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  20. Hi Krista! These are just wonderful! I am going to "pin" them on my board over at Pinterest so I can find your great tutorial when I get the time to make some of these. I saw your post over at "From My Front Porch To Yours".

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  21. These are just darling!! Sharing them on FB- thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! Following you along :)

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  22. Those are simply beautiful! Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays!

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  23. Love the roses! Thank you for sharing! Found you via Sunday's Best...Congrats on your feature!

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  24. I love these flowers. great tutorial thankyou. new follower here :-)

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  25. These are so cute and I can see many ways to use them. Thanks for sharing at the Open House Party.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  26. Come on over and grab your Ive been featured button! Hope your week is going well!

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  27. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial, I want to try this out tonight! (in the world of make believe I would have time!) Soon I hope :)

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  28. Wow I love these! These will make a perfect addition to my centerpieces for my wedding (we are hallowing out the center of old books that I got for free and turning them into planters). Love it!

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  29. Kayla. Sounds like a beautiful plan for wedding centerpieces. If you run into any issues or have any questions feel free to ask.

    Krista

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  30. I tried doing this and it was practically impossible. I ran in to issues when twisting the paper around. I would get stuck at weird corners with angles that did not work. It also turned out nothing like the picture and I don't understand how to make the final product stay. Is there any more technique to it than what is shown or strategies that would help solve these issues?

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  31. Anonymous,

    Try holding the "top" and "bottom" of the flower between your thumb and pointer finger while you roll it up (don't press too hard, or you'll damage the paper). When you make your initial cut, try to keep everything in a circular spiral. If your cuts start to get more of an oval shape, then you tend to get those "weird corners". When my flower was finished and it had unrolled enough that I liked it, I pinch the "sides" of the flower, gently pull the very center far enough away to get your hot glue gun in there and place some hot glue on it. I then gently hold the "top" and "bottom" together to make sure it stays together while the glue cools and making sure that most of the bottom edges are secured in the glue. Be very careful, this last step can get a little hot.

    I hope this helps. I appreciate all you questions and comments. Please feel free to contact me if you need any more help.

    Krista

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  32. I am very stewpid

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  33. Anonymous,

    We all have our moments...but I'm sure you're not. Were you able to figure it out and make some nice flowers?

    Krista

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  34. hey my name is niky desai from india... loved d rose and tried making d roses ... its fantastic an idea and made many of them ,,, loved it .... thanks

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  35. Thanks for the great idea. I am going to try these this afternoon. Wonder if they would work using newspaper? Have to give it a try!

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  36. Love this idea! I have been looking to purchase something similar for my baby girls room. Thank you for sharing, now I have to see if I can actually do it.

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  37. These are great! I made one...just to try and it turned out so cute that I want it to last forever. I might try spraying some with paint..or watercolor on the edges..then some sealer? Worth a try! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. very very thanks for this design i am impressed with your great idea,I think your design will like all's one so please keep posting on paper craft and paper flowers

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  39. Love these!!

    TIP: I used a little pumpkin hole puncher I got with a cheap pumpkin carving kit to start the "roll". It's about the size of a toothpick and has a little handle on one end (kind of like a mini screwdriver). Works perfectly for rolling the paper and is much faster!

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  40. I absolutely love these little roses and plan on making them as decor for my birthday some months from now! I'm not entirely sure how I'm gonna incorporate them yet, but they will be used somewhere. I might end up painting some of them a nice apple green to go with the rest of my theme. Maybe seal them up with mod podge to make sure they're durable. I can't wait to try them.

    And on another note, I linked back to this on my blog so others can see it too. ^_^

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  41. I love these! What a great tutorial! I like many of your projects and I'm looking forward to seeing more! Happily following you via GFC.

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  42. Beautiful art of paper flowers and easy to learn.

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  43. How big should the square be? I made some out of a 3 x 3 square, and they came out great, but anything larger and they get all funky. Am I doing something wrong?

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    1. Sorry for the delay...

      ...I've made them with as big as a 10" square. Without seeing what you're doing I can't tell you what you did wrong....just keep these things in mind.

      *try and keep your work symmetrical....ovals will come out "funky"
      *keep your strips between 1/4" to 1/2"
      *start your roll tight,...you can always let is loosen up

      Hope this helps.

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  44. Thanks for the tutorial!I'll probably be making these for my sister's wedding coming in July!

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  45. Are there any pictures of centerpiece ideas with the roses? Thanks for the tutorial!

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  46. Using this tutorial for our wedding reception centerpieces. Purchased a vintage bible signed and dated 1933 for the paper. 600 flowers...here we come!

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