Tuesday, April 26, 2016

DIY Paper Flower Bouquet- Part 2

How to make a paper flower bouquet




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If you have checked into my blog lately you will notice I did part 1 of a video tutorial on building a paper flower wedding bouquet. 

I wanted to now share with you part 2 of the video series and some other useful ideas as to how and use paper flowers in general.  

And well, okay I also wanted to also share the pretty photos my hubby took for me. Can you tell I love my bokeh shapes filter? Picmonkey.com people! FREE


You can view my original post to part 1 to building a bouquet and  how to go about stemming a paper flower here:




I get asked a lot about different ways to use paper floral, well honestly you can use in just about anyway you would with real flowers! 
Below I have listed just a few ideas of how to use paper flowers in event decorating...

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  • Bridal Bouquets
  • Bridesmaid bouquets
  • Corsages
  • Boutonnieres 
  • Centerpieces
  • Aisle decor
  • Backdrops (see large paper flowers) 
  • Favor toppers
  • Card crafting
  • Wreathes
  • Cake toppers
  • Baby headbands (tutorial coming soon on that!) 
  • Home decor
  • Nursery Decor
  • A gift to a special someone
  • Table runner centerpieces
  • Pretty much anything you can imagine!                                                                                          

 Comment below how you would use paper flowers in your events or crafting?  I'm all ears, really!

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In part 2  we go over how to add finishing touches like greenery, ribbon, and embellishments to your bouquet! 

Grab your ribbons, sparkles, heat up that glue gun  and jump into it!


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Monday, April 25, 2016

Rainbow Rolled Rosette Paper Flower Bouquet- DIY Paper flower Bouquet


If you enjoyed my first post on 'How to build a bouquet Part 1' you will want to check this one out too! 
 While my first attempt at building a bouquet in front of a camera wasn't too bad I wanted to make sure I covered some angels I missed. So it was the perfect excuse to build another bouquet!


                                                               



I was cleaning out my studio space and came across these rosettes I had made in a variety of colors to show as a color wheel to customers when I used to build these for events myself. I decided to use them to create a rainbow rosette bouquet for my second attempt at a bouquet tutorial. 




Here are the supplies I used:
174 gram weighted card stock in preferred colors
18 gauge wire
Rosette & leaf templates
ribbon
Rhinestone embellishments 
Corsage tape
Glue gun & sticks

Click to play the video below!

 








Friday, April 22, 2016

How to DIY a Paper Flower Bouquet



It's finally here! Part 1 of the 'How to build a paper flower bouquet.' 

I posted last week on how to stem a paper flower and now I want to show you how to get a beautiful arrangement! 

You can view all available flower templates for download here or click each flower style name listed below to be taken to that specific template. 


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I decided to go with a soft peachy pinks, nudes and pops of black and gold for the color scheme. 

Templates Used

You can also download these is a set variety here: DIY Bouquet Template Set


I used my Ruby rose template to make the roses and anemones. I also used my latest flower the Diana style rose, which can be designed 2 different ways using the same template! (view Diana Rose tutorial here) and I used my favorite peony template as well. 

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I loved creating these bouquets for brides, bridesmaids and as centerpieces for wedding and events. I want to share with all the tips I've learned over 5 years of paper crafting. 

While it is not included in this bouquet the Dahlia template also makes for a great bouquet addition too. 




Supplies you will need
  • Paper flower templates (I recommend a cutting machine for some of these flowers I am using in this particular bouquet, but you can always hand cut if you are brave!)
  • 174 gram weighted card stock in assorted shades. I usually tell people to pick 2-3 colors that work well together and then 2 different shades of those colors plus maybe 1 bold color for contrast like I did with the black in my bouquet. This makes it look more natural and not so perfect since nature isn't perfect!
  • Corsage floral tape
  • 18 gauge wire
  • Leaf greenery templates (most my flower templates come with leaves included) 
  • Ribbon of choice
  • Any rhinestone embellishments you wish to add either to the flower centers or the bouquet handle as shown above. 
  • Patience! 

                                      


Remember to be kind to yourself! This takes patience and practice. I've been at it for over 5 years and even I still make mistakes a lot! 

Hit play and watch Part 1 of the bouquet building series here: 


If you enjoyed this please share on social media! And follow along on Pinterest too!

Happy flower making! 





Monday, April 18, 2016

How to Stem a Paper Flower

I get this question more than any others since I started sharing how to DIY my flower designs.  

Stemming a paper flower isn't as challenging as one might think. Once you learn this quick technique you can create paper flower bouquets or arrangements in a snap! 


  • You will need a paper flower of course. Check my large collection of templates for download
  • 18 gauge wire 
  • corsage tape if your wire isn't wrapped already
  • glue gun and sticks


In this video I'm stemming a paper orchid


Watch this quick video to see its's done! 


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

DIY Paper Rosette Hanging Fan with Decorative Paper Flowers


Here's an easy craft anyone can pull off! DIY paper 
rosette hanging fans with flowers. These are perfect for 
hanging in a wedding arch or as a backdrop for any event.





Instructions


1. Pick out a pretty scrapbooking paper. Make sure it's not card stock or it will be too thick to fold. I use 3 12x12 sheets for a hanging rosette, but if you wanted to make these as fans for your guests I would use 3 8.5x11 sheets for more appropriate size. 


2. Begin folding like you would a paper fan, back and forth. (you remember from elementary school ;) 


                                             You should have something like this so far.


3.  Take this piece and fold it in half. 


                                         
                                                            4. Now glue the inside of the fold together.


Should look like this now. 


5. Repeat the above steps 2 more times with your other 2 sheets of paper. 



6. Glue the 3 pieces together. You can see I punched holes after I assembled the pieces for some extra detail. You can also use craft scissors to add a scalloped edge too.  


7. Now connect to form the circle. 


8. I use a circle punch to add a circle to the center. You can stop here if you want or go on to add more details with the flowers. 

9. The flowers I used are paper from my shop since I am a paper crafting fanatic! The pinks are peonies, and one purple is a dahlia and the other a rolled rosette flower. You can find all these templates available in the 'download templates' tab on  the home page. If you aren't up for crafting paper flowers then just go buy some silk from a craft store!



10. Cut a piece of ribbon, as long a you want and glue the ends together. Find a good spot between creases to slip it in and glue it. 




11. Add in any greenery you desire. 


12. Be creative and don't be afraid to add other elements like butterflies and such. 

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Monday, April 11, 2016

DIY Paper Flower Pomander Rose Ball!

In this tutorial you will learn to make paper flowers and turn them into beautiful flower balls for decorating any event

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These DIY pomander rose balls are one of my favorite thing to make, and its not as hard as you would think!


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The templates make about a 5-6 inch ball. You can always enlarge the templates for a bigger flowers as well. Or if using a cutting machine then alter the templates to make any size you desire. 

Supplies You will need:
Card stock in preferred colors
scissors
glue gun and sticks
ribbon or strands of pearls.

One of these days my goal is to make an entire backdrop of hanging pomander balls!

How would you use these flower balls in your events? 

Gather your scissors, handy dandy glue gun, view my tutorial below and download your templates if you want to get to making these for yourself! 




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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

An Example of what can be accomplished with my paper flower templates!

I am always overwhelmed with graditude when customers send a photo of their lovely handiwork made from my paper flower template designs! 



This is just one example of what can be done, but the size of the flower wall you create is up to you! The sky is the limit!

A few examples of the templates used to create this wonderful backdrop..


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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Helpful tips for fellow working artists promoting on Pinterest

                                         

I recently learned 2 very helpful tips when it comes to promoting on Pinterest and can tell you they have worked first hand for me in a very short period of time; now I want to share them with you.

 1) Use BIG images! It's so obvious and yet I didn't really notice until someone pointed out that there is no size limits on photos on Pinterest. So go BIG!

 I like to use Picmonkey.com to build my collages.

 2) Ask a question in the description. For example if I'm pinning this image of my paper roses I might ask something like, Wouldn't these easy DIY paper roses look beautiful at your wedding reception?

Why does this work? Because not only is a question going to catch the eye of the person scrolling easier, but it also forces them to answer the question mentally; thus leading to a repin or click to your site.

Bonus tip- I recently opened a business Pinterest account and it is definitely worth it. You can convert an existing account if you wish but I like to keep mine separate to not bore my family and friends on my personal page with my promoted pins. (Promotion is a great tool to use on the business accounts too!) 

So that's it in a nut shell, give it a try for yourself and tell me how it works out for you! 
Monday, April 4, 2016

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Follow Catching Colorflies's board DIY Giant Paper Flowers on Pinterest.

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                                     Paper Peony Tutorial

Click the link to view how to make these pretty paper peonies! Go to my download templates tab to get them now! 

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Use these with a cutting machine or if you are brave you can hand cut too. SVG, PDF, PNG formats included.