Recently I was rearranging my decor, and I ran into a problem. I needed something tall to go in one of these lanterns, and didn’t have anything around the house. These paper plumerias were the solution.
I wanted something that would complement the birds on the branches in the other lantern and I didn’t want to have to go find something specific–partially because I don’t want to take three kids shopping yet…. And since my crafting time is limited these days (getting all three girls to nap at the same time is a feat) I needed it to be fairly quick to boot.
So I went to my little room and did what I always seem to do when I need new decor–I pulled out the card stock and patterned paper. Working in a stamping/creative company for 5 years has its benefits. Besides the HUGE stash of paper. I’ve also seen some amazing home decor made from paper, so I gathered some basic supplies and started to play. The paper plumerias were the outcome, and I love how fresh and awesome they look. They’re just the look I was going for!
To make some of your own, you’ll need:
- 1 sheet each of card stock and patterned paper
- White paper scrap
- An Oval punch
- A Scalloped Oval punch
- A Circle punch (I used a 1-1/4″ circle)
- Adhesive (I used a hot glue gun)
Let’s get started:
- Punch 5 petals from your card stock or patterned paper using the Oval or Scalloped Oval punches for each flower. You’ll also punch 1 circle for each flower.
- Snip small cuts into a 3/4″ strip of white paper or card stock to resemble fringe or grass.
- Cut to the center of the circle piece, and glue the cut edges together overlapping by about 1/4 of the circle to make a shallow cone.
- Take each oval piece, and curl it back using your fingers or a pencil to resemble a petal. Then, crease the center the opposite way to give your petal a more natural shape.
- Adhere each of your petals into the cone, only gluing down one side of the flower base. Continue around the cone until your five petals are attached.
- Roll a small section of your fringy white paper, and glue it into the center of each flower. Then when the glue is dry, separate the fringe as desired.
- Reshape your flower if necessary, and then glue them to branches for a natural look.
I love the depth that the cone-shaped base gives the flowers. Although they’re clearly not real (and not intended to pass as such), they have a more natural feel that I love. Then I put them in a painted and stamped mason jar and they fit just right into the lantern.
I love how the paper plumeria coordinate with the birds without being matchy. Although I’m tempted now to put tiny yellow buds on the birds’ branches. Thoughts on that?