Monday, April 20, 2009

Pretty Flowers--No water needed!

Hi Guys! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I was involved with a great redo for the majority of the weekend and can't wait to post my pictures for you!

In the meantime, I wanted to share a great project I ran across in my recent purchase of "The Big-Ass Book of Crafts"



I needed some little accent pictures to go above our new bed. I didn't want anything too bold so I decided to give this a try.

I'd like to preface this by saying you need a cutting mat. You can get one of these at your local craft store. I kept mine from college so mine has been around the block. And, you'll need to have a good understandiong of how to use a Exacto knife. You might take a few peices of paper, all with different thicknesses and try making a few u-turns with the knife. These blade are super sharp and you need to make sure you have a good surface to cut on and make sure you know how to use the knife. I know my project doesn't look like rocket science but I don't want anyone to get hurt :)


Here are the things you'll need:
-Cutting Mat
-Exacto Knife or some sort of craft knife
-Some of your favorite scrapbook paper
-Small Shadowbox {I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $3.99}
-Hot glue gun and spray adhesive
-Some sticks {you can go gather sticks but I find they are too big for my projects. You can buy some twigs at Hobby Lobby for a few bucks}
-Straight pins




Get your scrapbook papers out and cut whichever paper you chose the the size of the back panel of the shadowbox. Use your spray adhesive to attach it to the back of the panel.





Start cutting away! You can really get creative with this. I chose this shape of flower because it was easiest to cut. You could Google flower shapes to get some ideas. I drew the flowers on the BACK of the paper so it wouldn't show up on the front after I cut. I also used some off white velem and a green paper for the leaves.





Here is how to get the 3D look. Get some sort of straight edge that you can crease the flowers and leaves. I used my husband's Starbucks gift card and just gently make 2 creases from one end of the petals to the other. You get the idea.



Here is the fun part! Start grouping your flowers together. You might double up on some of them to give them a more full look. Use your straight pin to pick a hold through the center to attached the flowers to the twigs. I ended up cliping a bit off of the pin with some wire cutters so that it would look better on the twig.




Using your hot glue gun, gently start attaching your little pretties to the twigs. I actually used 3 twigs and bunched them together. Don't forget your leaves too! If your twigs goes over the edge of the panel, just clip it off.




Go ahead and paint the actual shadowbox. Make sure you don't forget to paint the spacers that are inside the shadowbox between the glass and the back panel.



When things are dry, slap that puppy together and there you have it! Here are two of mine.








And here is the series above the bed. Not too shabby, huh?




4 comments:

A Joyful Mom said...

Those pictures are beautiful. I'm so glad you posted this. I'll have to buy that craft book :)

Averill said...

Lovely! Honestly, those look professionally done, and I love them in the white frames.

Kristina with a K said...

Thanks guys! I really enjoyed making them :)

Blayne said...

Wow gorgeous! You are so creative!