I’m so pleased with this pretty floral wall hanging made from accordion paper flowers. It’s part of this month’s Garden Challenge of the Creative Craft Bloggers Group. I’d originally intended to make something that would go outside but the weather and the local germs didn’t cooperate and I missed the deadline. This project– inspired by The Craft Patch-– is now brightening the hallway outside my bedroom.
We’ve been home for not quite a month and I’ve been sick twice, you guys! The first time was just a slight cold probably caught while travelling. This week was a flu bug that’s been going around, but it hit me pretty hard. A simple project like this was a good choice because it’s quiet and I could sit. Or I could put it aside and climb back in bed when I needed to.
You could use a pad of scrapbook papers if you like or mix and match your own sheets. I used a pad of 12 x 12 sheets with various patterns. Those were cut into 1 1/2″, 2″ and 3 inch wide strips. You’ll need two strips for each flower.
The next step is to score the strips at 1/2 inch intervals. I used my cutting mat and a ruler to do this. The back of my paring knife worked well to score the paper. It makes folding a lot easier, especially when dealing with heavy paper. Once the paper is folded the two ends are glued together. Then, you can push one edge towards the center to make a flower shape.
I cut some squares out of a paper plate and glued them to the back of the flower to hold it together. It’s also useful when gluing the flowers to form the wall hanging. A glue gun is best to use for this project as you’ll want a strong, quick hold.
To make the base I traced a couple of lids onto foam board and cut out the shape to make a ring shape. After you finish a few flowers you can start arranging them on the base to see what pleases you. When you’re happy with it, figure out the balance point and glue a loop of twine or wire for hanging.
When we return to Spain I plan to make a larger version of this to hang on the entrance to my apartment.
Be sure to visit the other Creative Craft Bloggers to see how they interpreted the Garden theme.
Ann from Al Things Beautiful made a succulent garden…look at those cute teddy fairies!
Wouldn’t you love a set of the colorful spinners made by Janet of Try It – Like It?
The ladies at 2 Dishing Divas made a fairy garden. Do your fairies like to swing?