Friday, April 9, 2010

Curled Paper Peonies

Hey there everybody, I'm back from my superb vacation...I had so much fun, except for the unwanted tan! Since my last post was so lengthy, this time I'm gonna keep it simple. 
So here goes, I made these beauties yesterday- Curled Paper Peonies..Don't they seem fun? 

These can used to pep up almost anything - a greeting card, a closet door, or as in my case, my computer at work is going to be adorned by them tomorrow!

These are very simple and fun to make, as they require no extensive work, and are almost frugal, as all you will need to make these is paper and glue. Glitter of course is compulsory for me, too!
 To make Curled Paper Peonies, You will need:

Paper:  Several types of paper were used. I painted cardstock paper with shades of pink glittering acrylic paints, as evident in the flowers above. I also spread some plain paper and magazine pages under some bottles I wanted to spray paint in silver color. You can see that in the pic below:

This helps in recycling otherwise unused paper, and also saves on glimmer mist or sparkle paint! I know, clever :)

Glue, Skewer or toothpick (for curling), Scissors, and glitter are needed too..Lets get started now:

You will basically need to cut three or four 9-petal flowers for making one peony. Templates are available everywhere on the internet for these. You can choose the size of flowers and their number according to the desired fullness. I found three flower shapes satisfactory for one full peony.

I cut these 9-petal flower shapes from out of cardstock paper, mag pages, plain paint-splattered pages, and some gift papers as well. I know, you're thinking what next!

Next, place three alike flower shapes on a plain surface. Do not bother with the first flower. Cut one petal from the second flower, and two petals jointly from the third flower, as in the pictures below (I included two pictures so you're more clear about it).:

Now glue two petals together so that they overlap. Note that for the second and third flower, this overlap should be done for the petals across the gap where you had cut petals previously (you still there, after this line??). 

Now hold the skewer or toothpick in a hand and curl each petal of the flowers outwards as shown here. Just a gentle curl will do the trick, no pressures required.

The first flower with no cut petals forms the base, the second flower with one cut petal get glued over the first, and the third flower with two petals cut needs to be glued topmost. Now scrunch the flowers together ever so lightly, like this:
Now for the cut petals - Curl them with the help of skewer as well, and place on the top of the stack of curled flowers. Glue in place. And we're done, Voila!!!
There you go, your flower is ready! Now attach it to a vase, or a gift..People will always admire their simple beauty.
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Anu said...

Hi,the flowers came out great. which spray paint did u use?

Sumi said...

Pretty! I loved the red/pink/peach ones the best.

Sonia said...

@Sumi: Thanks a lot! I like them the best too!
@Anu: Thank you, I used Kobe's Acrylic Lacqeur Spray Paints. It's imported from Thailand and is widely available in craft stores- little expensive, though!

Aiming4Simple said...

I really like these! Thanks for showing us how you made them.

Dee said...

this is sooooo cute. i gotta give this a go.

Jennifer Juniper said...

Really cute, and they would be great on packages too!

RootsAndWingsCo said...

These are darling! I love crafts that recycle!! Thanks for linking up to our party!
Rebecca of the R&W Gals

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

I could think of so many things to do with those! They are very pretty.

BTW, your blog is looking pretty too!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day!

Fawnda said...

This is super cute! What a fun way to reuse paper! : )

Bobbie said...

That is adorable! I would love for you to come over and link up to check me out saturday

Julie said...

Great tutorial! I am hosting Flower Week on my blog and would love for you to stop by!

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