Sunday, December 9, 2012

Book Page Poinsettia

This is a reprint of one of my very first holiday posts which I'm sure only a couple of you saw.  These are very easy to do and I'm sure if you took a silk poinsettia and made a pattern from the leaves you could easily recreate these in a smaller version.  The ones I made last year were really large and a smaller size would be fabulous for Christmas packages.

 I love things made from book pages.  I recently went to a cute little shop in Orange County and saw a wall done with paper book flowers.  They were more springy looking.  Since it is time to decorate my space at Aubergine Emporium for the holidays, I decided to do my own rendition of a book flower.

Poinsettias by the Bunch
I started with a box I had laying around the house.  I used  a normal sized bread plate and traced it to make a back for the flower.
 I cut burlap circles larger than my cardboard and attached a ribbon on the back for hanging.
 Then I took spray glue and sprayed the burlap.  I cut slits in the excess burlap so that I could fold it over the cardboard neatly.
 Then I cut three sizes of poinsettia petals all in the same shape.  The actual largest petal was about the same length as the card board circle.  Then I made a slightly smaller petal and then a smaller petal still.  I put the patterns on book pages and cut them out.  I cut out five of each size petal for each flower I wanted to make.  Then I fan folded the base of the petal and taped it.  When I say fan folded, I first folded the base of the petal in half and fan folded out to each side.  Then I made the base of the folds flat and taped them so that I could glue gun them flat onto the cardboard.  You need to tape them so they stay flat and are easy to glue.  I laid down the largest petal first all the way around on the unfinished side of the cardboard.
 Next I took the middle size petal and folded them the same way at the base of the petal and then I glued them in between the large petals.  Be sure to leave a small circle in the center to put the center of your flower.
 Next do the same fan folding with the smallest petal and glue them in between the middle sized petals.  As you can see, I stayed in a pretty even circle in the middle.  Each layer goes directly in between the previous layer of petals.  You are still leaving that circle in the center.

Next take a little custard cup and cut circles like you did the larger back piece.  After these were cut, I took tissue paper garland (ivory color) and went around in a circle starting from the outer edge and working into the middle of the center piece of the flower.  I just used Tacky Glue to glue this down.  When that was done with the garland, I glue gunned the small circle into the center of my petals.
I purchased a sprig of red berries at Joann's Craft Store and cut off the little berries.  I glued them randomly over the center of the flowers to give them a little color.
When they were all finished, I cascaded them down my wall like a vine.  These would be beautiful on gifts at Christmas or also can be used as ornaments on the tree.  Thanks for visiting.  

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Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

Very creative! You are so talented!! Lynda

Anne said...

Beautiful Maggie! Thank you for sharing this again! I missed it the first time around!

Susie said...

That's a cute idea. You seem to come up with new ideas all the time. Wonderful, Susie

NanaDiana said...

Maggie- Those are REALLY cute! I love them. They would be a lot of fun to put on top of plain red packages wouldn't they? xo Diana

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I've seen similar flowers on walls of shops and wished I could take a photo to remember how they were put together. Now I know how! Thanks for the instructions, Maggie!

Donna said...

Wow, your flowers are just gorgeous, Maggie! Yes, on packages or the tree would be stunning! I was wondering where you got the tissue paper garland? Have a great week!