5.01.2010

happy may day!

paper flower bouquet for may day

last week i spent the cold, rainy friday making paper flowers. i think i'm in love & will definitely be making lots more, especially since all these will have new homes this morning :(

paper flower bouquet for may day 2

some special friends and neighbors are in for a treat-we're delivering may day baskets full of these. may day is such a simple holiday (do you even call it a 'holiday'?), but i love it. and i think nash and haven are going to love the "ding-dong-ditch" part. although i have a feeling we will be caught...

happy may day!
may 1 (3) web

and happy birthday, alexistexas! if you were here or i were there i'd give you a huge bunch of these...

paper flower bouquet for may day

to make these, i used something along the lines of what's done in this tutorial (p.s. this lady is hilarious!). except i used hot glue instead of glue dots and i added cloth covered floral wire in the base. before adding the glue, i bent the top of the wire to a 90-degree angle, inserted it through the flower base, then applied the glue to seal everything up. this makes for a clean finish. if that's confusing, let me know and i'll post my own tutorial here-i'm making loads more of these anyway.


edited to add: i've had a few questions about materials and sizes. i used 12x12 scrapbook paper, cutting each sheet into four squares. so my finished spirals were about 6x6 inches before i started rolling them up. the floral cloth wire is found in the floral section (i got mine at michaels) and is in brown paper sleeves about 18" long. each package contains 12 pieces-i cut them in half to get 24 stems. hope that helps!

11 comments:

Stacy said...

those are awesome! Especially since I have buckets of scrapbook paper from when I kind of scrapbooked. Are you going to tell us how you made them?! Or at least me :o)

{lizzythebotanist} said...

stacy-just edited the post to add a link and some notes on how i made them!

Mel said...

This makes me want to decorate a Maypole

M. Kasch said...

I wish I was your neighbor! These are delightful!

Chocolates for Breakfast said...

may day was a BIG day in hawaii...kind of non-existant here...so thanks for keeping it alive! i am always on the look-out ofr YW ideas so thanks for this! on your beautiful flowers did you just start with much bigger circles?

Alifinale said...

So cute. Makes me wish I was your neighbor. Happy May Day!

AlexisTexas said...

cute friend! thanks for the bday shoutout, i feel famous. I miss the alexistexas nickname...though I don't live in texas or work at atlas anymore (i guess they were shortlived there as well anyway...).
I do wish I was your neighbor, just not the one that was followed while we were there!
more so i wish i was there crafting with you.
andy's little julian is super cute, i feel honored to share his bday week. must be killing you to have them so far away!
miss you. thanks for bday wishes! come teach me how to use my present!

gina bina said...

Thank you thank you thank you! I CANNOT tell you how much these little flowers have brightened my whole week. It was so sweet of you.

Mwaaaa! XOXO

naomi said...

these are mint. they kind of make real roses redundant haha

LollyChops said...

These are stunning! I am sorry that I missed your comment and did not get to check them out until now!

Do you mind if I post these on my blog next week (with a link of course)????

I would love to share them with everyone else!!!

HUGS and thanks for dropping by!

FLORES & Co. 2008 said...

Wow, thanks for the links...you are an amazing woman, very talented!!! We are still enjoying our wonderful pictures. We loved them all!!! Happy mother's day!!!The Flores Family from Texas.