Monday, April 09, 2012

Paper Flowers Wall Decor

If you are looking for a simple, inexpensive DIY project this one is for you! I saw this project on the Nate Berkus Show, by Destiny at A Place for Us Blog and I loved it! She was on the House Proud segment (one of my favorites) and I loved her house and clever ideas. These decorative flowers are made from paper (lunch) bags! She used them as adorable decorations around a fake fireplace. I loved the idea but I was nervous surrounding my real fireplace with paper. So I decided to use mine in the doorway between my kitchen and hallway. My husband noticed them right away (which is unusual) but he thought I bought them! He didn't believe they were paper bags until I showed him (I always like that part)!
I think these are a cute idea for party decorations so I am making more using lunch bags in the school colors for our upcoming graduation!
Supplies and Instructions:

Brown paper bags (lunch bags)
Glue Stick

* Decoration for inside of flower is optional but I used coffee beans, sesame seeds, cloves, and a button.
* I sponge painted a couple of mine with acrylic paint

Cut the flap off the bottom of the bag, have it  facing you. Start cutting a leaf, any shape you want from the bottom of the bag on the right side. I started at the bottom and tried to stay close to the sides to get a rather large leaf. There will be 2 smaller, folded leaves that will just fall out of your paper bag, keep those they will will be your smaller leaves. You will need 8 leaves per flower, so 4 bags equals 1 complete flower. I folded my large leaves in half too and kind of bent them a little before I glued them together. I also sponge painted a couple of them to have a little variation.
  1. To put your flowers together, you will start by gluing 2 large leaves together at the bottoms.
  2. Repeat that step with 2 more large leaves. Glue these to the first 2 leaves - so it looks like you have a cross shape. I glued my next 4 large leaves individually (just kind of filling in) but you could just repeat the first 2 steps.
  3. Do the same thing for your smaller leaves as steps 1 and 2.
  4. When your smaller leaves have been glued together, place your smaller leaves over the larger leaves and glue them together. And there you have it - your large flower!  

 Here are the step by step pictures - let me know if you have questions.

larger flowers from 1 bag

glue together then do it again

larger flowers done

start smaller flower

2nd smaller set of glued to first smaller flowers

now take the smaller ones and glue to larger flowers

all glued together - you can add a middle decoration or not
 Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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