Newspaper Flowers

Recycle old newspapers to create these fun & original flowers!

Each sheet of newspaper can make multiple flowers, which you can use as a unique and eco-friendly way to decorate cards, and embellish any plain gift bags or wrapped gifts!

 

Materials:

-Flower template {download template here}

-Old newspapers

-Toothpick

-Paint (watercolor or acrylic, depending on your desired look)

-Scissors

-Paintbrush

-Small decorative brads

-Pen or pencil

-Optional: Spray starch (to make more stiff)

 

Directions:

Download and print out the flower template. Cut out each flower from the template page and use a toothpick to punch a small hole in the center of each flower.

Choose the newspaper pages that will become your flowers – try to choose pages that have a lot of text and few pictures (and you’ll probably want to avoid the obituaries).

Painting Option 1 – Acrylic Paint

This method will result in more coverage; acrylic paint is thicker, so you won’t see as much newsprint  through the paint.

Choose your desired color(s) of acrylic paint – the flowers I created for this tutorial used 3 colors of paint. Use as few or as many colors as you’d like, and experiment with different color combinations for different looks.

Using acrylic paint will yield the look  in the picture below:

Painting Option 2 – Watercolor

Using watercolor paint gives a tint of color to the newspaper, and allows all of the newsprint to show through. I’ve found that when using watercolors for this project, it looks better to stick to just one color on a page.

Using watercolor on the newspaper will produce the look in the picture below:

 

Paint one side of the newspaper, using any painting technique you like – I randomly painted different areas with each color, and then did a little dry brushing on top. Allow paint to dry completely.

Turn the newspaper over (painted side down), and trace each of the flowers cut out from the template. Be sure to mark the center of each flower.

Cut out the flower shapes. Use a toothpick to gently poke a small hole through the marked center of each flower.

Gently “crumble” each flower.

Open each flower up, being careful not to tear the paper. Put the brad through the hole in the center, starting with the smallest flower, and working up to the largest flower.

Secure the flower by opening the brad in the back.

Optional: you can spray your finished flowers with spray starch to stiffen the paper and help the flower hold it’s shape.

Each sheet of newspaper should be able to make several flowers – have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yo-Yo Flowers

These simple, yet adorable flowers have been around for ages, and they have recently come back into style in a big way! They are great accessories, and look cute adorning headbands, bobby pins, alligator clips – even on clothes and bags!

Yo-yo flowers are super quick and easy to make, and they’re a great project for beginners. Try stacking them for a fun look, and get creative by using them  to embellish napkin rings, t-shirts, decorative pillows, picture frames, or gift bags!

Materials:

-Paper (can be scrap paper)

-Pencil

-Needle

-Scissors

-Strong thread

-Fabric

-Button or beads

Optional to create “slide-on” back for the yo-yo flower:

-felt

-fabric glue or hot glue

 

Directions:

Trace a circle on a sheet of paper – this will serve as the pattern template for your yo-yo flower. Any size circle will work, just keep in mind that the pattern circle you make should be at least twice as big as you want the finished yo-yo flower to be. For example, I traced a 5 3/4″ diameter circle for this tutorial, and the finished flower was 2 1/2″ in diameter. If you don’t feel comfortable free hand drawing the circle for the pattern, try tracing something circular onto the paper – soup cans, cup rims, bottles, jars – there are tons of items around the house that can be used!

Cut the circle out.

Trace the paper circle onto the wrong side (the back) of your chosen fabric. Cut the circle out. Hold  fabric face down (wrong side up) and fold back the right side of the fabric, about 1/8″ – 1/4″ folded back (see picture below). Use strong thread to make small gathering stitches (long stitches that aren’t tight), working your way around the circle.

When you’ve stitched around the entire circumference of the circle, pull the gathering stitch you just sewed, which will gather the center of your yo-yo into the middle of the circle.

 

 

 

 

Add a few stitches to secure the yo-yo, and cut your threads. Sew a button (or anything decorative you choose for the center) into the middle (covering up the hole), making sure to sew all the way through the yo-yo to secure everything into place. Congratulations! The flower is complete!

Now you can use it to accessorize anything you choose. You may want to use the yo-yo flower as a hair accessory – keep reading below to learn how to add a “slide-on” to your flower that will allow it to simply slide on to any headband or hair clip, so that you can use your yo-yo in a variety of different looks. By using this easy slide-on, you can change up the way you wear your yo-yo and switch it between any of your hair accessories, without having to permanently attach it to anything!

You’ll need a small rectangular piece of felt (smaller than the yo-yo you plan on attaching to) – for example, for the 2 1/2″ finished yo-yo that I created for this tutorial, I used a 1 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ rectangle of felt.

Fold the felt rectangle in half lengthwise, and cut two small slits large enough to slide your clips/headbands through – see picture below.

 

 

 

 

With hot glue or fabric glue (my personal favorite is Liquid Stitch), glue around all four sides of the rectangle, but do NOT put any glue in the center. Glue on to the back of your yo-yo flower.

When the glue is fully dry, your flower is ready to slide on to any clip or headband you choose.

 

Blooming Frayed Fabric Flower

These gorgeous and funky flowers are the perfect accessory for headbands, hair clips, hats, purses, backpacks, shirts, cardigans… there are limitless possibilities!  Follow this simple tutorial and start creating!

 

There are tutorials for these flowers on tons of blogs and websites; below the method I’ve found to be the easiest way to make them that yields the prettiest results:

Materials:

– Fabric (to create flower)

– Felt

– Thread

– Needle

– Scissors

– Ruler

– Pin back

-Hot glue (or any type of fabric glue)

Directions:

Measure 2 inches of width in fabric and tear to create a long strip, approximately 2″x45″. Tearing the fabric instead of cutting is what gives the edges a frayed look.


Fold in the raw edge of both ends of the strip and iron.

Fold the strip in half lengthwise, and iron.

Create the center of the flower by folding the strip back and forth (like an accordion) 3-4 times and secure the folds by running the needle &thread through the bottom (the folded side – not the raw, frayed side) of the folds. Be sure to pull the thread tight to make sure the folds will stay in place.

To form the rest of the flower, use the needle and thread to make a gathering stitch.


Pull your gathering stitch tight,  and start wrapping the strip around the center. I find it’s easier to work in small sections, doing 4-5 inches at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure your stitches are tight and each new “row” of the flower is secured. The back is not going to look pretty, but don’t worry – no one will see it when you’re finished 🙂

Cut a circle of felt that is about the same size as the bottom of your flower. Hand sew the pin back to the felt circle. To make sure the pin back is secured tightly to the felt, sew through each hole in the pin back 3-4 times.

Use hot glue (any fabric glue will work, I just prefer hot glue) to glue the felt circle and sewn on pin back to the bottom of the flower.

Cut a small piece of felt that will fit over the area of the pin back that you just stitched, and hot glue it on.

Hand-fluff the layers of the flower, and trim any loose or unwanted strings.

Your flower is complete!

Red White & Blue Coffee Filter Flowers

Decorate your summer table with these fun and patriotic flowers that kids can create and decorate!

Coffee Filter Flowers

Materials:

  • White coffee filters
  • Red and blue food coloring
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Water
  • 2 plastic cups
  • Newspaper
  • Vase or container to place finished “bouquet” in

Directions:

Put red food coloring into plastic cup, and add a small amount of water. Test the color intensity by dipping coffee filter into cup. To enhance color, add more food coloring to cup (in this example, I used 1 bottle of food coloring diluted in about 4 tablespoons of water). Repeat with blue food coloring in second cup.

Fold coffee filters into triangular shapes and dip into cups of food coloring. To save time, fold many filters together and dip. Lay flat on newspaper to let them dry.

To create different looks for your flowers, try the following techniques:

  • Use a small paintbrush to dip into the food coloring and dab onto the filter to create spots or polka dots.

  • Take the triangular coffee filter and fold in half (see picture below). Dip the center into one color (which will create a “stripe”, and then unfold to triangular shape and dip one end in the other color.

After filters are dried, create the flower by stacking 3 coffee filters, pulling them together in the center, and twisting the center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap pipe cleaner tightly around the twisted area to create a stem.

Add shape and fullness to the flower by carefully separating each filter.

Arrange flowers in vase or container and place on your table to admire!

 

 

Layered Fabric Flower

Make a fabric flower quickly and easily with just a few steps and basic materials in this tutorial – a template is available for download to make the creation process even simpler. Flowers can be used to dress up and adorn almost anything – headbands, hair clips, barrettes, cards, gift tags, gift bags, shoes, clothes…the possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

Experiment with different colors, fabrics, beads, and sizes to create a variety of looks for your flowers.

Materials:

  • Flower circles template {download template here}
  • Scissors
  • Fabric: satin, silk, or organza
  • Candle
  • Matches or lighter
  • Glass beads (any type, color, or size – seed beads are used in this example)
  • Beading needle
  • Thread

 

Directions:

Download and print out the Flower Circles Template. Cut out circles from template page, then use the paper circles as a guide to cut fabric into circles.

To singe the edges of the circles (which keeps the  fabric from fraying and also creates a pretty curled-up effect), light the candle and slowly rotate the edge of the circle while holding it near the flame.  Experiment with how close you hold the fabric to the flame and how quickly you rotate the circle to create different looks.

Start with the largest circle (template circle #1), and work from larger to smaller circles, stacking them as you go.

*Tip: for the smaller circles, you may want to use a clothespin or tweezers to hold the fabric over the flame.

After all layers are singed and stacked, sew beads into the middle of the circle (this is also what keeps the layers held together). Use as many or as few beads as you’d like, depending on the look you want your flower to have.

Your flower is complete!

Check out our tutorials that use this flower to embellish cards, headbands, barrettes, sandals, home decor, and gift tags!

 

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