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Friday, March 21, 2014

1st Blogiversary!

 
 Today's the day! The traditional gift for a 1st anniversary is paper and the modern gift is clocks, so here you are: a paper clock, paper slice of cake, paper flower, and paper diamonds! In response to my PaperLove post I received a request for a tutorial on how to make paper flowers like the one on top of the slice of cake. So, for some celebratory crafting:
Materials:
String
Scissors
Thin paper (I used blank newsprint. Weights between tissue and multiuse paper work best)
Step 1: Cut about 8 rectangular sheets of paper and layer them on top of each other. They don't have to be exactly the same size (the imperfection makes for more realistic petals), and obviously the bigger you make the sheets the larger your flower will be. The width is the approximate diameter. These pieces are about 3'' wide.
Step 2: Accordion fold the sheets, parallel to the width.
Step 3: Knot string around the center of the folded sheets, perpendicular to the width.
Step 4: Carefully separate the sheets to arrange them into petals.
Step 5: Sometimes the paper tears slightly on the folded ridges, so cutting the sharp corners off the petals makes the whole flower look more natural.
Also, if you are interested in making these satisfyingly geometric diamonds, I used this post's template, which I printed on cardstock, painted metallic, cut out, scored, and glued together with hot glue. Here's to the coming year of creativity!
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