Showing posts with label flowers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label flowers. Show all posts

Friday, September 28, 2012

Mexican Paper Flower Tutorial!

Well looky who has a tutorial for you??  Yeah, I know it's been a while.  Ok, it's been a long while, but check it out,  I meant well!  I mean, I have been busy learning new tricks to share, right?  Well that's my excuse, and I am sticking to it!

Actually, I have been computer impaired and have been using my janky netbook in place of a computer, and well, lets just say, I rode that little pony as long as I could, but the poor little beast finally gave out on me, and I was limited to my internet through my microscopic smartphone.  So.......... Long story short, I bit the bullet and went and purchased me a gigantic lappy, a tablet and state of the art fancy pants printer, fax, scanner.

All of this brings me back to you!  I have missed yall, and if you are still here, bless you!  Ok, enough of my ramblings and onward to one of my favorite crafts!

So, I am penning this Tutorial, Mexican Paper Flowers, but feel free to insert your indigenous origin, and make it your own.  :-)

When I am done with you, your final product will look like this...
 And this.
Pretty, huh???

Ok, so to start off, I purchased a multi pack of tissue paper at the Dollar Tree, but you can find tissue anywhere, I just like to keep my craftyness on the cheap. This pack came with 25 sheets.

You willl also need some pipe cleaners and scissors.  (Thats it)

Step 1.  Stack about 7-8 sheets on top of each other.  (for this tutorial, I was making large flowers)
 Step 2.  You are going to start at the end closest to you and start folding accordion style, back and forth till you get to the opposite end.  See pic below.

 Step 3.  Grab a pipe cleaner and wrap around the center of your folded papers and twist nice and tight.

Below, is a picture of a bunch of them.  (I had to make 45 for a recent party.  Ayyee Dios Mio!)

Step 4.  I cut the ends of each side of my gathered stacks into an angle.  This step is totally optional.  You can also get fancy and cut them rounded, pointy, or just leave them "Be"

 Step 5:  This is where the magic happens.  You are going to start at one end, and slowly and carefully, pull back each layer of tissue towards the center of your flower.  (where your pipe cleaner is cinching the center of the flower base.)  Just chill and take your time at this step.  Otherwise, you are bound to tear your paper. When you have separated all your layers, turn your flower around, and do the same thing to the other side.  When you are done, your flower is done!  Pull and shape it up till you get the fullness of and desired shape.

Tada........  This is what you get.   If you want to go for a Pom Pom effect, just add two completed flowers together and join with your pipe cleaners.

The End. 

There are so many variations you can do with this Tutorial.  You can use all one color, you can cut your sheets down, and make smaller flowers. etc.  I love color, and these flowers give a lot of WOW factor on the cheap!

Tell a friend, and or feel free to share!



Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tutorial: Easy Vintage Felt Flowers!

Hi My Lovely Chicas,

I have been pretty dormant lately, but I do miss you all and I thank those of you who have subscribed and kept me on your list. I am going to make an effort to blog and comment more. I have been getting my creative Mojo back! I am transferring some tutorial I have from another blog site over to this site. I do hope you enjoy!

Tutorial: Easy Vintage Felt Flower Tutorial

Who doesn't love a little flower now and then. These little babies can
be made a bunch at a time (porque they are so easy) and be used for all
kinds of projects. Jewelry, hair pins, jackets, t-shirts, dolls,
collages, ok, you get the picture. I'll hush now, and get to the

Here is a pic of the finished product. (of course you can do so many variations, but I will keep it basic for now.)

example two

candle (lit)
felt in assorted colors
embroidery floss
Decorative button


That's it!

Step 1.
your felt in long strips. the longer your strips, the larger your
flower will be. These strips are about 10 inches and length. You will
want to give your strip a nice soft wavy cut.

step one

Step 2 (this is the fun part)

your strip and drag it slowly across the flame of your candle. This
will give your felt a nice curve to your strips. Be careful not to go
to slow, or the flame will eat up your felt. Also be careful not to
burn yourself.

step two

When you are done, your strips should look like this.
step 3

Step 3

On the opposite side of your burned edge, make a simple loose running stitch across your strip.

step 4

Step 4.
Pull the end of your string and your felt piece will form a circle.
step 4

felt strip should look like this. (note, I used a contrasting thread so
that you can see it more easily, but you may want to use matching
thread) Once your circle is in place seal it shut with a small stitch.


my Flower, I stacked to circles together to form my flower. After I
stacked my two circles, I added a button in the center to finish it
off. I also can envision a little clay face in the center too. The
possibilities are endless.

example 1

I glued this to a hair pin for a purrdy hair flower, however I would love to see or hear your ideas!