Monday, February 27, 2012

Decorating with Paper Bag Flowers

I hope you all had a great weekend.  I did.  I was able to finish another project.  Now, go grab a cup of coffee, tea, whatever; 'cause this is a long post filled with lots of photos.

In my last post I teased you with what I was going to do with flowers that I made from brown paper lunch bags.  I was watching the Nate Berkus show a couple of weeks ago and saw Destiny, who has a blog called A Place for Us.  She showed the viewers how to make these beautiful flowers from brown lunch bags.  Click here for her tutorial.  As soon as I saw this I knew what I wanted to do with them.

First I had to make 15 of these.  I had some brown lunch bags, but not enough so I had to buy another package for a grand total of $1.09!  Basically that is all the project cost me since I had everything else.  Oh it pays to be a crafter 'cause usually I have most everything I need on hand.  Cut the bottom of the bag off and cut your leaf out.  I drew a leaf to use as a template, held it in place and just cut around it.  Saves time.  Who wants to trace around it each time?  Not me!  My leaf isn't perfect, but leaves in nature aren't perfect.  Each bag will give you two large leaves and two small leaves.

The small leaves are formed from the inside side folds of the bag.

I did fold each large leaf in half.  The crease gives it dimension.  The smaller leaves already have the crease. Now just glue them in place.  I used 8 leaves for each flower.  You will need to make a large flower and a small flower.  You will glue the small flower onto the large one.

I needed a center for them.  I used the spiral flower method.  You cut a circle into a spiral and starting at the end, you roll it up.  You can do this by hand, but I opted to use my Cricut to cut them out.  I recently purchased this new Cricut cartridge that is only available from Close To My Heart.  It's called Art Philosophy.


Make sure you glue the rolled up section to the bottom circle.

Now, before I show you the rest of the photos, I want to apologize in advance.  This area is our downstairs family room.  It was very sunny, which didn't make for great photos.  I don't have curtains on our windows because after all it is was the basement and only has windows on one side.  I like having the light shine in.  I do have drapes on the patio doors, but nothing on the windows.  No fear of anyone looking in.  We live in the country on 9-1/2 acres with woods behind us.  The only thing looking in are the deer that wander through our backyard.   Since I don't have anything on the windows I wanted something decorative there.  Here's the before. 

I did wash down the wall to make sure I had a clean area to stick these babies on.  First I tried using Simply Tacky.  Big FAIL!  I got about 5 or 6 of them up and they starting falling down like bowling pins.  We have a wood stove in this room and I think the heat got to them.  You can see the brick chimney.  This is where the stove is.

I was thinking 3M command picture strips would work, but I didn't have any and I wasn't about to go out to the store.  I decided to use Glue Dots.  SUCCESS!  They're not going anywhere until I want them to.

Okay, okay.  I know you're anxious to see the reveal, so here ya go.
I wanted it to flow, like a vine.  I hope I succeeded.  I really like it.  What do you think?

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  1. Beautiful, I made paper bag flowers as part of our Thanksgiving table centerpieces...

  2. They look so pretty up on the wall like that!

  3. Thanks for stopping by, I love the brown paper bag flowers so neat!

  4. It's beautiful! My wheels are turning with ways to decorate with these simply elegant flowers.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  5. These are amazing Laurie and they look beautiful! That Cricut cart is my favorite!

  6. Wow! Those are so pretty! I really like how you arranged them across your wall! I love using paper sacks to make things!

  7. These are fabulous! Gotta love cute but inexpensive crafts! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark - I'll be featuring these on my Facebook page. Have a great weekend!
    Jenn :0

  8. Oh, the flowers turned out wonderful! I love the look. And thanks for a great tutorial! Thank you so much for joining us at TTF this week! Have a fantastic day!

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  10. I love this! Found you from the Pinfest and super glad that I did! : ) I can't wait to try it. Tammy ~

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