Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Newspaper Flowers DIY

Not long ago I saw some colorful newspaper flowers made by kids on Pinterest and have not been able to get them out of my head.  There was something about the up-cycling, the wild abandon with color and how joyful they looked that just inspired me.  I immediately pulled out my Gel Press (best way to get tons of colorful paint on paper) and started experimenting on newspaper sheets.  It was addicting!  The paint on the paper made it into an amazing craft material.  Next, I cut some patterns and started stitching them together.  Pretty soon I had an adult version of newspaper flowers that could adorn almost anything!  Grab some newspaper and start crafting....
and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Gift bag magic!
Try them on a wine bottle!
The more color the better!
Watch how I made mine here!
STUFF I USED
Americana Acrylics
Plastic Gems
Newspaper
Optional:  Sewing Machine
DecoArt Craft Twinkles and Glamour Dust
Flower pattern
Print on standard copy paper
HERE'S HOW
1.  Squirt Americana Acrylics on your Gel Press and spread the colors with a brayer making sure to keep it color blocked by rolling off each color before you spread it
2. Press and pull newspaper sheets laying them flat to dry
3.  Coat the sheets with Craft Twinkles and Glamour Dust to give them a glittery sheen and sparkle
4.  Trace the 5 different sizes of flowers and the leaves on a sheet (or 2 depending on how big your Gel Press is)
5.  Pin the pressed sheets in stacks and cut out several of the different sizes of flowers
6.  Stack the flowers largest to smallest
7.  Optional:  Stitch lines emanating from the center on the smallest flower
8.  Place the small flower back on top of the stack and stitch (or glue) the entire stack together right in the center
9.  Stitch down the center of a stack of 3 leaves
*You could also glue a line down the center of a stack if you don't have a sewing machine
10.  Glue (with hot glue or white glue) a plastic gem in the center of the stack on the smallest flower
11.  When the gem is dry, crunch the flowers, one by one, around the gem
12.  Glue curling ribbon and the flowers on gift bags, wine bottles, wrapped packages or toss them around your dinner party table!
 Gift ready!
Recycle, reuse, repurpose!

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