Friday, August 20, 2010

Paper Towel Roll Flowers—Tutorial

Puppy puddle? Chips not strong enough to hold the salsa? Drippy pancake batter? I am constantly reaching for paper towels. Inevitably our recycling bin has it’s fair share of craft paper cylinders that make up the core of paper towels and toilet paper rolls.

For years my idea of repurposing the tubes was to use them as an amplifier and howl in them, driving my dogs crazy and earning an eye roll from my husband. However, recently I was struck with an idea. The curve of the cardboard would lend itself well to making paper flowers, hence this tutorial was born.

Sorry it is a little lengthy…

Tools & Materials
  • 1- paper towel roll core
  • Scissors
  • Button
  • Paper glue
  • Page of paper (can be recycled from an old book or magazine)
  • Brown paper shopping bag
  • 28 gauge wire (or wire that you can bend and manipulate that is heavy enough to hold up a paper flower)
  • Wire cutters
  • White craft paint (optional)
  • Small paint brush (optional)
  1. Cut the paper towel roll lengthwise (fig. A).

  2. From the cut, measure 1” and mark. Cut off the 1” marked area (fig. B).

  3. Cut four strips from the roll anywhere between a .5” and .75” wide (fig. C).

  4. Take the remaining roll and measure, mark and cut 1.5” from one of the edges (similar instruction number two).
  5. Cut two strips from this roll approximately .5” wide.
  6. Take the six strips and free form cut the petals similar to the shape shown in fig. D. These petals do not have to be exact, just make sure that the center tapers in.

  7. Glue two of the larger petals at 90° angles. Repeat with the remaining petals keeping the larger and smaller petals grouped together (fig. E).

  8. This step is optional! If you would like to add a bit of texture or color to your flower, take some craft paint and dry brush some paint on the tips of the petals. On the smaller group of petals I added some paint to the center also
  9. After the glue has dried, glue the groupings on top of each other, keeping the smaller petals for the top.
  10. Glue a button to the center of the flower (fig. F).

  11. From a piece of recycled paper use the pattern from fig. G to cut the calyx for the flower.
  12. Curl the ends of the calyx by wrapping them around a paint brush, pencil, etc.
  13. Take the wire and cut it double the length that you would like your stem. Fold the wire in half and twist together. Take one tip of the wire and bend it about a .25 at a 90° angle (fig. H1).

  14. Cut a strip or two from the brown paper bag. Starting at the straight end of the wire stem, glue the end of the paper to the wire and start to wrap the paper to cover the wire (fig. H2). Make sure to add a dab of glue here and there to keep the paper secure to the wire stem (fig. H3).. Stop wrapping short of the 90° bend.

    * BEFORE CONTINUING TO THE NEXT STEP, please make sure the glue on the flower is completely dry.
  15. Turn over flower and glue one of the calyx pieces to the bottom (fig. I). Let dry.

  16. Take the stem and glue the bend to the bottom of the flower by taking the second calyx piece and gluing it to the flower bottom sandwiching the metal bend between the calyx and the flower. It will be necessary to hold the wire in place until the glue dries (fig. J).

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Flowers and football?

Flowers and football usually do not go together. But in preparation for the upcoming season I have been sewing up Baltimore Raven's Frayed Daisy Brooch/Clips. For those of you who don't have casual Friday's at work, this clip still offers the opportunity to show your team spirit!

Who says football can't be fashionable or crafty??