Make a paper flower from old receipts
I end up with lots of useless receipts, for things like some shower gel I bought in 2002, or a proof of postage for a card I sent 5 years ago. Most of the time these end up shredded in the bin, or recycling, but this week after finding more of the things I thought I’d create something with them. I came up with the idea of a paper flower, having seen lots of tutorials for allsorts of papery flowery delights on Pinterest lately.
Just in time for Christmas, these bright decorations are easy to make and great for kids.
You will need:
- Wooden plywood disks (from Hobby Craft or similar)
- Acrylic paint in bright colours
- Plain white paper
- PVA glue
First paint your wooden disks. I chose to paint three disks in the primary colours.
Whilst they are drying make your snowflakes. I found this quick tutorial on how to make a six pointed snowflake – rather than the standard 8 pointed ones I have made in the past – these look much more natural – but make what ever shape you feel most comfortable with.
To make a simple 8 pointed snowflake fold a square piece of paper in half diagonally making a triangle. Fold this triangle in half diagonally two more times. You should be left with a small triangle which you can cut in to from each side, make sure the areas you cut out do not meet!
The square of paper should be no bigger than the wooden disc you are using so that the snowflake won’t stick out over the sides.
Try and cut some different shapes into the snowflake rather than just simple triangles so you make an interesting pattern – have a bit of fun with it!
Once you have finished cutting, unfold the paper and take a look at your amazing snowflake! Now it’s time to get gluing – your painted wooden disks should be dry by now, so smother them in PVA glue and lay your snowflake in the middle, glue over the top of the snowflake too.
Once dry your decorations are ready to hang! The discs I bought had a little plastic hook on the back so I attached string to that. If you don’t have a hook, try gluing or stapling string or ribbon to the back.
I found instructions for these decorations on the internet and decided to have a go myself. They are made from cup cake wrappers and brilliant for Christmas decorations, or for dressing up a party. In fact there are lots of great things you can make with cup cake wrappers, check out this Pinterest board for some great examples.
You will need:
- Cup cake wrappers. I got some cheap, colourful ones from The Co-op
- Polystyrene ball
- Glue gun
- String or ribbon if you want to hang them
The aim is to cover the whole of the polystyrene ball with the cup cake wrappers. Do this by scrunching them slightly and gluing them all over. Be careful with your fingers as the glue is mega hot and the cup cake wrappers are very thin!
Once you have covered the surface completely you can attach you ribbon or string if you are planning on hanging it. Simply cut to length then secure in a gap between wrappers with glue.
A great way to bring the summer inside! Every few months I scour the garden, pair of scissors in hand, and cut a few odd stems and flowers to make a little arrangement. My garden isn’t full with blooms so anything goes; old woody thyme, half-dead cornflower, something looking like a weed… Once you put them all together in a little vase, or in this case a mug, it looks very pretty and rustic.
Have a go! I’m no expert on the best way to cut flowers, but use a good sharp pair of scissors. It’s best to cut early in the morning or in the evening and put the cut stems into water as you go. Clean the mug or vase before you put the flowers in and remove any leaves that will sit below the water line.
When arranging the flowers have fun and experiment. I try and make the centre of the arrangement have some height and stick a few bits of each plant around the edge but there is no hard and fast rule so just go for it. The mug is a good size vessel to use as I don’t manage to get too much foliage from the garden, but jam jars, drinking glasses, and food tins work well too. You could even decorate them with ribbon or string.
These make great little centre pieces for dinner parties but don’t last very long so it’s best to make them on the day of the party.
My mug of summer flowers and the garden plants they came from:
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