Before I begin this post, I want to thank one of my favorite bloggers, the sweet Disney over at ruffles and stuff for her post! It is the nicest present ever and you have to check it out. What an honor. Also, hello hydrangea is now #7 on bloglovin's up-and-coming craft blog list! I am so glad to have my followers - and if you are new, then welcome! I am so glad you joined us.
Last year I began a half-hearted blog for similar reasons that I started hellohydrangea. I can't stop making things and I am inspired by so many artists, that I had to share my projects! Today's post is actually a repost of one of my favorite projects from the old blog. I may have created this tutorial a while ago, but I hadn't found my inspiration until recently.
P.s. Sometime's inspiration turns up a little late - it's not cheating.
Eloise Corr Danch is an amazing paper artist. She has designed installations for numerous companies, included Macys in the picture above. Her website is full of jaw-dropping talent. Her art pieces consist of huge displays of stars or flowers made from a collage of paper. For this particular piece, she crafted 2,500 flower sculptures. By hand! Although her art puts mine to shame, I am too inspired not to share something.
I found some beautiful wallflowers on websites like umbra.com and folksy.com. The only catch is... The price. So... I whipped up some old magazines, Elmer’s glue, buttons and friends, and we went to work. We ended up covering a nice pattern along our living room wall as well as onto the ceiling! It pales in comparison to the great paper sculptor, Eloise, but it got a compliment every time we had cleaning checks.
1. It's important to use xerox paper as a base because the magazine paper is too thin and flimsy to hold a shape alone. So your first step is to fold the printer paper and cut a loop as shown
2. Glue the printer paper to the backside of the pattern on the magazine page that you want to use. Remember: backside.
3. Cut around the two papers, which are glued together. Side note: I found Elmer’s glue to be the best. Although it is runny and sticky, it soaks the paper at first and then allows for easy manipulating. Also, when it dries it becomes pretty stiff and holds it's shape.
4. Bend the petals in any direction you choose.
5. Glue a button in the middle.
It's easiness. Stick it on your wall, fridge, television... Whatever you feel like. These are also great to make for decorating dorm rooms or temporary apartments because it only takes a bit of sticky putty to put them in their place.