I like crafting from scratch. It takes longer time,of course, but I get more satisfaction from the final result. It is also less expensive solution, as we all know ready made materials can cost a bit. I will probably devote one whole post to the crafting materials I use, but in general I craft from anything and everything. That's why I need a hand by my imagination to create charming results from anything available.
And this is why I've decided to devote a section in the blog called "Lovely and easy" to sharing ideas how to create various lovely and easy items to complete any crafting project.
Project number one: Lovely and Easy Paper Flowers
Paper, according to your ideas
Glue (I use two types of glue: all purpose glue for the paper and glue for porcelain for the plastic beads)
Fiskars squeeze punch - heart or simple heart template
1. You will need to cut six hearts with the help of the squeeze punch. I use the squeeze punch simply because I have it :), but if you don't have one there is no need to buy particularly for this project. You can make a heart shaped template and cut six hearts with its help. No big hassle.
|Cutting the hearts with the squeeze punch|
2. Layer and glue the hearts in two levels, using three hearts for a layer (shown on the picture below). The hearts will represent the petals of the flower. By crossing the layers, so they don't coincide, you can create an effect of a fuller flower. If you need a simpler one, only three hearts are enough. Then just move to the next step. Glue the paper hearts with a all purpose glue - it's just hold stronger and longer than ordinary paper glue.
|Layering the petals|
3. After the layers of the petals are ready, next step is gluing the beads. For this purpose, I use glue for porcelain - just holds stronger, and I prefer to be on the safe side, that it will not come off soon. Use any kind of beads you have - small, big, round, gems..... anything you like.
|Adding the beads|
4. Create a 3-dimensional effect by simply bending the petals of the flowers. Simple!
|3D effect by bending the petals|
And..... you are DONE!