Posts Tagged ‘paper’
We are only one day away from Halloween, but I couldn’t resist squeaking in one more last-minute idea for the spookiest holiday of the year. DIYs are great, but with less than 24 hours left before Halloween, you might not have time to tackle a craft project at this point (if you do, check out this list of Halloween DIYs).
So I worked with designer Jordan Brantley again and she created this set of Trick or Treat Halloween candy and bottle label printables for you. Just print them out, cut ‘em out and glue or tape them to bottles, gift boxes, wine & beer (or soda) bottles, etc. They’d be great for a Halloween party or attached to candy for Trick or Treaters.
I recently found blank watercolor postcards at a local art supply shop. I bought a few packs immediately, because I knew they would be fun to play around with, and have come up with a couple of ways to use them for notes to friends and family. I shared one of these ideas on Project Wedding recently: watercolor DIY save the dates.
But if you’re not getting married anytime soon, you can still use this exact same technique to create cool personalized postcards to send to blog buddies, etc. I’ve been using them a lot lately!
The full tutorial can be found right here on Project Wedding. But before you head over there, I’m curious to know…
What color combo would you use if you were making your own set of postcards like this? I’m making a batch of ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ postcards soon and could use some color inspiration.
I am busy with offline projects today, so Ally from Now That’s Pretty has kindly offered to share a colorful paper flower hair accessory DIY with you. And let me tell you…I am totally in love with this idea. Definitely a must-try. Take it away Ally…
A sure sign that it’s summer is when every girl in every magazine suddenly has flowers in her hair. For us girls without a styling team watching our every flyaway, there has been a dozen amazing flower crown tutorials floating about the web, all ready to transform us into summery flower fairies. However! Flower crowns can be a little awkward to wear; firstly, they are not very adaptable, you’re pretty much going to have to settle with hair down. And secondly they can sometimes skirt around the edges of simply looking like you’ve plonked some flowers on top of your head. I wanted to create a little hair accessory which was totally adaptable to different hairstyles and still looked delicate and pretty.
The best part is also how much potential you have with these little spirals; for my prom up-do I replaced flowers with pearls for a sophisticated look and in the future I fully intend to try out some bows. If you try out any be sure to share!
To make your flower you will need: Some good quality card // Scissors // Two knitting needles of different thicknesses // A glue gun
Steps: 1. First cut out your petals. You will need one tear drop shape for the centre and then about five rounded heart shapes. 2. Take a small knitting needle and roll the tear drop to make the centre of your rose. 3. Now take your heart shape and pinch the base around a large knitting needle. 4. With a small knitting needle curl the tops of your petals backwards. 5. Curl all of your petals in this way. 6. To assemble your rose start by gluing the tear drop shape into the centre of one of your petals. 7. Continue to build up your rose in this way adding petals diagonally opposite. 8. When you’re finished your rose should look like this!
To make your spiral fitting you will need: Wire (I used 20 gauge) // Some round nose pliers // Some flat nose pliers // Wire cutters // A glue gun
Steps: 1. Using the very base of your round nosed pliers make a large circle. This will be the centre of your spiral and where you will be gluing your flower. 2. Using your flat nosed pliers hold your wire and keep rotating and twisting round until you have a wire spiral. 3. Cut off your spiral leaving a short tail. 4. Using the smallest part of your round nosed pliers make a small loop at the end or the tail. This is just to round off the edges so it doesn’t hurt your head. 5. Now holding the centre circle gentle pull out your spiral. 6. Add a big blob of glue gun to the centre of your spiral and glue on your paper flower.
And you’re done! To wind in your flowers simply thread the end of your spiral into your hair and twist. The spirals work best when applied into tight hairstyles or up dos but can also be reasonably secure in loose hair.
I try to send out cards to friends and fellow bloggers whenever I can. Everyone likes snail mail, right? But sometimes I struggle with what to send with a card if it’s a thank you note or something along the lines of ‘you are so dang awesome’. Not much else will fit a card envelope. Open to your ideas if you have any suggestions.
But then I was introduced to this greeting card collection from Ruff House Art and it’s kind of perfect for what I am looking for, especially since spring is right around the corner. So what’s so special about these cards, aside from the fact that they’re letterpress and 100% handmade (yep, even the paper)? When you send one of these guys out, you’re sending more than a greeting card. You are sending a tiny, snail mail garden!?
I am totally in love with this idea. How it works… The handmade paper that the cards are printed on is embedded with vegetable seeds that will eventually grow into a plant. Just moisten the card and plant just under the surface of soil in a sunny spot and water regularly. Sprouts will form in 10-14 days. There are plenty of vegetable seeds to choose from: carrots, onions, tomatoes, peppers, and more.
Wouldn’t these be perfect for a foodie or cook? You can find all the available cards in the garden seeds collection over on Ruff House Art now and while you’re there be sure to check out the other lines of cards, prints, and wrapping paper that Jill has created. Lots of awesome letterpress to explore.
I made these paper flower pins a while back for something that never materialized. And I figured, why not share them here now. These little guys are super easy to make and you can use them in lots of different ways. Here’s how to make your own…
old catalogs, scrap paper, or wallpaper samples // scissors // craft glue // pin back
Step by Step:
- Stack up several pieces of paper and cut them into circles that are the same size. Repeat this process until you have at least 7-10 circles (per flower). Also, cut a much smaller circle (just one) for the center of the flower. Set small circle aside for now.
- Next, create petals by cutting slits about half way in toward the middle of the circle, all the way around the edges.
- Repeat process with all circles (except for tiny circle that will go in the middle at the end).
- Glue each circle together with a dab of glue in the center, stacking each circle on top of the next.
- Once dry, pull your newly formed petals upward with your fingers – kind of ruffling the petals so they are more three dimensional. Next, glue your tiny circle in the middle of the flower.
- Turn your flower over and glue your pin back on. Wait for it to dry and you are done! Ready to wear.
Think you’ll make a few of these? I’ll just warn you now, they are kind of addictive once you get going. I started using them as gift toppers because I have so many.
Photos, concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff for papernstitch