During the long nights of rocking Mazy back to sleep, I have had some time to think about how I wanted to decorate her room. Her walls are a little bare, though I am becoming a person of simplicity and enjoy a little open space on my walls.
We had attended a wedding of a good friend who had a paper flower wall. It sounds like such a childish craft, but if you were to Pinterest (the act of googling something…) “paper flowers,” you would come up with beautiful pictures of those who have created scenes, using flower, made out of paper. The idea of a paper flower for Mazy’s room had come to mind, but I thought eh, maybe later. Then I was walking through one of my favorite craft stores that had similar looking flowers for $34.99. Then I thought okay, maybe I could make them.
Well, it was an experiment and with all experiments you learn a lot, but I am very pleased with how they turned out! If you are wondering if making “paper flowers” is for you, well, you don’t need all these craft materials, but just some time and some ideas. It was a very fun project and Mazy loves them too! They added just what I was envisioning for that space next to her beautiful sign!
Here’s the DIY version:
Items needed: cardstock, pencil, scissors, hot glue gun
Cut out the design for a petal.
Trace and cut numerous of them. I folded a piece of cardstock 3 times so it would save me some time. I usually cut about 6 or 7 petals.
Fold each petal in half. I also rolled the edges to give it some life as well.
Cut about a 1 inch slit at the bottom center of each petal.
Using a hot glue gun, put a dab of glue at the bottom corner of one of the slits and over lap with the other (as shown below). This gives the flower some dimension.
Glue the petals together:
Then cut about 2-3 more rounds of petals, using the same directions as above. This is what it will look like after you repeat the steps above, with 2-3 more layers:
Then create a center for the flower. I simply folded a long strip of cardstock into a rose-looking center. You can make it as big or as small as you would like. I would suggest gluing a little circle of cardstock to the back of the flower, so there is not a hole in the middle and the center has something to adhere too.
The finished product!
An example of another flower I did:
Same idea, just a different type of petal. I again, curled the edges of the flower to give it a little more dimension.
For the center of this flower, I folded a long strip of cardstock in half, then cut little slits into it. Roll the long strip together into a ball, and hot glue it together. Once inserted into the flower, fluff out the center. Another idea would be to do a different colored center, to accent!
The finished look! OF course you can choose to do any colors, any style, and your choice as to number of flowers. The flowers do take a little time to make, but if you enjoy crafts, this is a fun one! Plus, this beats the $34.99 it took to buy a similar product that was not even the right color! The only cost was the cardstock! Oh, and I bought 3M stickies to adhere the flowers to the wall. Other than that, I feel it was an inexpensive way to decorate a wall!