Friday, October 15, 2010

Pretty Paper Pansies How-To


These pretty paper pansies are a cheap alternative to store bought scrapbooking flowers. They are made from recycled paper bags and pages from old books and magazines. They are a great addition for most paper crafts including, cards, invitations, scrapbooking and gift tags.

I used my final flower by gluing it to a bobby pin and placing it on a gift tag to add a little something extra to a present.

What you will need:
  • Recycled brown craft paper bag
  • A page or two from an old book or magazine (newspaper is too thin)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paper Glue
  • Button
  • Teaspoon
  • Dish towel
  • Paper towels
  1. Download pansypattern.jpg and print it out full size (a scale has been placed on each jpg to help with printing at the correct proportions).

  2. Cut out each flower pattern. Using the large pansy flower pattern trace three flowers on the brown paper bag and book pages. Then take the small flower pattern and trace two small flowers on the book pages.



  3. Cut out all the flowers. Referring to the dotted lines on the original pattern, carefully cut each flower between its petals.


  4. Take a dish towel and fold it in half and place a paper towel on top. Placing the pansy cut outs on top of the paper towels and lightly moisten the front and back of of the paper flower.



  5. To get the slight curling and creasing in the flower petals, take your teaspoon and place the end on one of the moist flower petals. With moderate pressure press down and pull back the teaspoon stopping when you reach the middle of the flower.



  6. Repeat steps four and five with the remaining flower petals and let them dry completely.


  7. Starting with the larger flowers, glue them one on top of the other alternating paper colors. Use the two small flowers for the top of the flower. When gluing the flower layers make sure to rotate the positions so they are not all aligned.



  8. Take the spoon and place it on top of the glued flower and let it dry completely.


  9. Glue a button in the center to finish.