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DIY : How to create your own paper flowers

This past week we have been flooded with a bug on and off so little miss P has been suffering from a bit of cabin fever. Today was one of those days when you wish you could get out of the house to a park to let the kids burn some energy but the little boy just wasn’t up to it and I wasn’t sure if I could cope either. So instead of putting on another DVD, It was the perfect afternoon to get into some craft with our goodies from Office Works
Simple crafts are the key with toddlers so we decided to make these beautiful little paper flowers from the range of awesome and inspiring DIY projects to keep both big ones and little ones entertained over the holiday break by Stylist, Emma Clapham, from Who Loves That who has teamed up with office Works. Emma has some other great Office Works DIY projects for us to tick off our list this holidays including; bespoke corner storage shelves, a holiday scrapbox, a childrenโ€™s homework station and an awesome organised wall. You can check them out on her blog here
In the mean time; put your crafting hat on and go get paper flower making. All details below to get you going! HAVE FUN!
Officeworks shopping list
Elephant Learning Company decorative paper scissors RRP: $10.01 (you can also use normal scissors if desired)
Elephant Learning Company assorted chenille sticks RRP $1.98
Elephant Learning Company crepe paper (colours of your choice) RRP $2.23 
 Step 1: Cut your crepe paper into multiple pieces measuring 10cm x 15 cm, and stack 8-15 pieces of crepe paper together (this will determine the thickness of the flowers). If you wish, you can alternate colours for a multi-coloured flower.

Step 2: On the longest side of your piece, fold the paper in 1cm increments back and forth, similar to how you would fold a fan. Ensure all of the paper is folded.
Step 3: Fold your chenille sticks around the centre of the tissue paper to keep the folds secure. This will also create your stem.
Step 4: Using your scissors cut each end of the crepe paper to your desired petal shape; we have created a range of shapes using the different paper scissors. Feel free to have play and experiment with different cutting techniques, e.g. frayed look, petal look etc.

 Step 5: Unfold each side into a fan shape (as far as the crepe paper will allow), and then carefully pull apart each piece of paper to create the shape of your flower.


Disclaimer: Office works was lovely enough to send me some vouchers for our craft supplies. 
April 20, 2014