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DIY Paper Flower Cupcake Topper
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Blue-Flower-Cupcake-Topper-side-eating-cupcake-#DIY-#paperflowers-#babyshowerLast week I made a number of these cute paper flowers to decorate a tower of decadent, vanilla cupcakes. These adorable paper flower cupcake toppers are the perfect addition to a sophisticated baby shower! Although I made these flowers in blue, they can easily be made in pink, purple, orange, yellow - really any colour you can think of.Blue-Flower-Cupcake-Topper-table-view-#DIY-#paperflowers-#babyshowerDIY Blue-5-Petal-Paper-Flower-Cupcake-Topper-tower-#DIY-#paperflowers-#babyshowerBlue-Flower-Cupcake-Topper-top-view-at-tower-#DIY-#paperflowers-#babyshowerHere is a quick 6-minute video tutorial for these easy DIY Paper Flower Cupcake Topper. This is my very first video tutorial so bear with me through the tutorial. With carpel tunnel in both my hands due to the pregnancy (7 more weeks to go - yay!), my fingers are super clumsy right now. Isn't it a wonder how much we rely on the feelings in our fingers when we type, or grab things, or just to know where our hands are spatially in relation to the other hand! I can't tell you how many times I've cut myself lately...Otherwise, I loved making this video tutorial because it was so fun to make and easy to edit!Blue-Flower-Cupcake-Topper-side-eating-cupcake-with-tower-#DIY-#paperflowers-#babyshowerHere are my instructions and my general comments* **:

  1. You will need 1 strip of primrose yellow fine single-sided crepe, 4" x 1/2 ", fringed half way, 4 white double-headed stamens (I used small hammer-headed stamens), 5-petal strip of blue crepe paper, 3" 20-gauge floral stem, floral tape, scissors, and pliers.
  2. Fold the double-headed stamens in half and attach 2 folded stamens at a time to the floral stem with floral tape.
  3. Wrap the strip of fringe around the attached stamens, 1/2" below the stamens, and secure with floral tape.
  4. Using your thumb and forefingers, cup each petal, and then gather the bottom of the petal strip. The gathers will let you adjust how close or far apart you should adhere the petals to the stem wire. Wrap the gathered strip around the stem wire and secure with floral tape, ensuring that only the fringe is showing, and not the floral tape that is securing the fringe.
  5. Use a narrow tool, such as a pencil or 16-gauge stem wire, roll the edges of the petals downwards.
  6. Cut the stem wire until only about 1" is remaining.
  7. Slide the stem wire into the top of the cupcake, push down to secure as necessary.

*Again, I am using fine crepe paper, although heavier crepe like 180 grams should do the trick as well.**For the 5-petal strip, I used a template similar to the one included in the book, Paper to Petal, by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell, so I honestly cannot take credit for the template (the authors offer a .pdf download for the templates in the book) or the gathering technique. You can create your own similar template, based on the size of the flower you want to make.Click on the video to view:Happy paper flower making!~ Jessie 

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Check out my other DIY Paper Flower tutorials here:

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation 2-Tone

DIY Crepe Paper Garden Rose

DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea

DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea - Improved

DIY Paper Flower Boutonniere

DIY Paper Flower Hanging Glass Globes

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Peas

And other helpful posts from my DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series here:

DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series: Planning

Purple and Gold Floral Wedding Centrepieces

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DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea: Improved
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DIY-Paper-Tissue-Hydrangea-Update-glued-centre-#tissuepaper-#paperflowers-#wedding-#centrepiece-#bridalshower-#DIY-#Tutorial-#homedecor-#hydrangeaThere are times when I make a paper flower and I adore how it turns out...at least initially. Later on, as I look at it more and more or as I think about it more and more, I decide that I could have done better and there must be another technique I could use or another way of making it that would make the paper flower even more realistic or pleasing to my eye.There is always room for improvement.My DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea has always been a filler flower for me, so I have never really thought too much about the technique I use to make them, other than the colour of the tissue paper (for example, dye bleaching it to create depth) and the size of the bloom (small enough to use between flowers). But the other say, as I was grocery shopping, I came across some beautiful purple hydrangea and after examining them up close again,  I wanted to revise my paper flower version. The petals surround a little round knob in its centre, which is missing in my original version of the DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea.So today, I tried to correct that omission by applying a glob of tacky glue, coloured with a little light purple gauche paint. Using a mini bottle with a small tip, I applied the glob by squeezing it into the centre of the petals and letting it dry. Once dry, the glue turns a darker shade of purple.DIY-Paper-Tissue-Hydrangea-Update-applying glue-#tissuepaper-#paperflowers-#wedding-#centrepiece-#bridalshower-#DIY-#Tutorial-#homedecor-#hydrangeaAlthough I applied the glue directly to my finished hydrangea from my DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea tutorial, I think I would recommend applying it to the petals prior to putting the hydrangea together. In fact, I would revise the steps like so for this improved version:

  • Instead of putting the stems together in Step 2 prior to gluing on the hydrangea petals/buds, I would glue the hydrangea petals/buds to each small piece of stems first.
  • Then, apply the glue glob centre and let it dry with the stem placed upright on a piece of foam.
  • Once the glue is dried, cover the entire stem with floral tape, starting from the bottom of the petal/bud where you glued it to the stem with glue gun.
  • Finally, tape each stem (10) to the stem wire to create the final product.

I have also considered using a round topped stamen to the centre of the petal before gluing it down...I think I will try that technique next and see how it turns out.DIY-Paper-Tissue-Hydrangea-Update-with-paint-and-glue-bottle-#tissuepaper-#paperflowers-#wedding-#centrepiece-#bridalshower-#DIY-#Tutorial-#homedecor-#hydrangeaI've been pondering my technique of the DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation for some time now, as I was experimenting with a single-ply crepe paper and was able to make some beautiful and delicate carnations. I was also experimenting with using mainly floral tape and tacky glue (no glue gun use) and was able to be quite successful with both. I will tell you about it in a later post.Happy making!~ Jessie

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Check out my other DIY Paper Flower tutorials here:

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation 2-Tone

DIY Crepe Paper Garden Rose

DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea

DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea - Improved

DIY Paper Flower Boutonniere

DIY Paper Flower Hanging Glass Globes

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Peas

And other helpful posts from my DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series here:

DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series: Planning

Purple and Gold Floral Wedding Centrepieces

Foam Sheet Pacifier Baby Card
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Foam-Sheet-Pacifier-Baby-Card-hanging-on-a-giftLast week, I gave you a sneak peek of the baby gift that Warren and I was giving to our friend Kat for her baby girl. You saw the Baby Book Tag Printables that I had made for the baby book we were gifting. I promised that I would show you the card I made to complete the gift set.I find that cards get read and then discarded so quickly that they're seldom memorable. How often have we put the cards in a box, and inevitably forget about them? Or even worse, the cards get discarded as quickly as promotional flyers? I wanted to make a card that was unique, reflected the theme, and the mother-to-be would rememberThe plushiness of  foam sheets reminds me of the baby toys made of various materials and textures meant to stimulate a child's sense of touch. Foam sheets can be very colourful. A pink pacifier seemed to fit the stereotype for a baby girl. Thus along came my idea of a Foam Sheet Pacifier Baby Card!Foam-Sheet-Pacifier-Baby-Card-materials-and-tools

Gather your materials:

  • 1 pink foam sheet
  • 1 white foam sheet
  • pacifier template (there are 2 pages to download)
  • scissors
  • tacky glue
  • stapler
  • exacto knife
  • pencil & eraser

  Template-Download-ornamentTemplate-Download-ornamentFoam-Sheet-Pacifier-Baby-Card-cutting-out-templateStep 1: Trace the template onto the coloured and white foam sheets, and cut. You should have a total of 5 pieces - 3 coloured pieces (eg. pink) and 2 white pieces (one piece with a handle is the back of the card, one piece without a handle is the front of the card).Foam-Sheet-Pacifier-Baby-Card-scoring-pink-handleStep 2: Using the exacto knife, gently score across the back of the pink handle. Then, glue the pink handle to the white piece with the handle. Leave the end of the pink handle unglued starting at the scored line.Foam-Sheet-Pacifier-Baby-Card-gluing-pieces-togetherStep 3: Glue the pink cap of the pacifier to the top of the white piece without a handle.Foam-Sheet-Pacifier-Baby-Card-stapling-end-of-handleStep 4: Score the pink lip through the centre, horizontally. Slip it through the white piece without the handle. Place the white piece without the handle on top of the white piece with the handle. Staple the 2 white pieces together at the top right, where the end of the pink handle will cover.Foam-Sheet-Pacifier-Baby-Card-looking-insideStep 5: Glue the end of the pink handle onto the white piece with the handle and over the staple.Foam-Sheet-Pacifier-Baby-Card-hanging-on-a-gift-on-topEt Voila! Now you can write your thoughtful message in the card. I recommend you use a fine permanent marker, and to practice writing your message on a piece of discarded foam sheet.signature-4v