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Handmade Holiday Gift Tutorial: Tea-cup Paper Flowers

by Amy Bowerman

Hello everyone!  Today I’m participating in the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!!  The best crafters, designers, and makers have come together to create and share  a series of thoughtful, handmade gifts for the holidays during this 3 day blog hop. Our goal is to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season as well as share how to use the latest and greatest products in fun, creative ways. We intend this hop to serve as a resource to you for this holiday season and for years to come.
Hop along to each blog in the list. Each day, from November 1 through November 3, 2013, we’ll be posting a brand new list of blogs to hop to. Comment on each blog, share your favorite posts over social media, and then use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of each post to enter to win the Grand Prize, a gift basket filled with crafty swag from the companies on the hop! We’re ready to inspire, share, and create – are you ready to hop?
Today I’m sharing my latest tips and tricks on how to create my most popular and sought after Paper Flower Arrangement…Tea-cup paper flowers.  You can use this tutorial to create a darling tea-cup flower arrangement for your holiday gifting or any other occasion.    I’ll also be showing you my latest paper flower design using Eileen Hull’s Trinity Flower Sizzix Die.  Although my flowers are holiday themed you can customize your arrangement to fit your gifting needs.  The color paper, pattern, embellishments and even the dies that you use are completely  up to you, so let’s get creating!

How to make a Tea-cup Paper Flower Arrangement

 

I’ll be showing you how to use the Trinity Flower Sizzix Die by Eileen Hull to create two different flower designs.  That’s two flowers with one die and only two cuts!  It doesn’t get better than that.   If you are feeling fancy you can mix and match your Sizzix Flower dies for endless possibilities of Paper Flower designs.  For tips on how to combine different flower dies you can check out this paper flower tutorial for more design tips and tricks.

Sometimes I have trouble “getting into the holiday spirit”.  However, the promise of cookies and candy usually does the trick.  I used the Trinity Flower die to create Christmas cookie and candy themed flowers.  Who wouldn’t want a Gingerbread and Peppermint flower arrangement as a holiday gift?  Delectable and delightful I say :)

Coloring Flowers

I’ve said it before but in case you are new here I’ll say it again, I prefer to use Double sided cardstock for paper flowers.  Unfortunately, sometimes that is not an option.  My method of choice for coloring Non double-sided cardstock is Distress Paints and Stains but you can use whatever inks you have on hand.
 For the gingerbread flower I used Glitter Cardstock from DCWV and colored the underside with Antiqued Bronze Distress paint.
The Peppermint flowers were cut from Watercolor Paper, colored with Distress Stains and edged with coordinating Distress Inks.

Curling Petals

You can use the end of a paintbrush or kitchen skewer to curl and form your petals.  For more  tips and photos on curling and assembly check out my tutorial HERE.
This is a new flower design trick I discovered while creating this arrangement.  Using the leftover Watercolor paper Die Cuts from the Trinity Flower I made two snips on each petal.  Using my trusty paint brush handle I curled each snip in a one up, one down pattern.  This added a fluffy frosting like element to the gingerbread flower design.

Embellishing with Glitter and Glues

Speaking of Frosting, you can use White Enamel Accents to add a faux frosting effect to your flowers.  To make them even more sweet and sugary dip your flowers in glitter.  I used Distress Glitter Rock candy but Donna Salazar’s Fairy Dust Glitter is also a lovely option.
The peppermint flowers were also glitter dipped using Glossy Accents.

Wiring Flowers

My tried and true method for wiring paper flowers is 1 part 32 gauge wrapped Floral wire and 1 part 28 gauge paddle wire.  For this arrangement I used 9in pieces of each.

You can wire buttons, beads or a combination of both to serve as your flower centers.  Have some fun with it and see what kinds of combinations you like best.  I used Dress it up! Holiday themed novelty buttons stacked together in a coordinating color scheme.
Once your wire is threaded through your beads and buttons twist them together to form a stem.

Assembling your Tea-cup Flower Arrangement

To accommodate the shallow base of your tea-cup you will need to adjust the size of your floral picks.  I found that cutting them in half is the perfect solution when creating Tea-cup paper flower arrangements.

Secure your pint-sized picks with a bit of floral tape and you are ready to start arranging!
You can find a plethora of vintage tea-cups in all colors and sizes at your local thrift store for $1-2 bucks.  Prepare your tea-cup for flowers by hot gluing a styrofoam ball to the center.  I found the perfect sized foam ball in a multipack from Floracraft but you can also find them at the dollar store.
You may need to bend and twist your wired flowers to get them just right after inserting them into your arrangement.  Add some foliage to fill them out by tying ribbon around the stems.
Another way to fill out an arrangement is to add some custom stick pins.  I created these holiday themed stick pins by hot gluing cookie cutter buttons (Dress it Up!) to crystal floral pins.
Finish off your arrangement by adding a custom mix of glass gems to cover the stems and foam while adding sparkle and shine.  I make my mixes in plastic containers by carefully selecting bits of crushed glass chips, glass gems, and even plastic crystals.  Simply mix them up and add them to your arrangement taking care to cover any exposed foam or floral picks.
This is a really fun and unique gift to give.  I have given countless numbers of these arrangements for many occasions and their recipients are always delighted to receive them.  I hope you have been inspired to create some Tea-cup paper flower arrangements for your holiday gifting.  For more Handmade Holiday gift ideas and inspiration by sure to stop by all the blogs on the hop!   There is a fabulous prize pack for you to win just comment on each blog and enter your name on the Rafflecopter widget below.  The more blogs you visit the more chances to win a great prize!
The hop continues until November 3 so stop by Hydrangea Hippo or Eileen Hull’s blog to find the updated lists for the next two days.

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Here are some links to the products used in this tea-cup paper flower tutorial…

Thanks for “hopping” by!  Have a Holly-Jolly day!
Amy*

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1 Gavi S November 4, 2013 at 12:39 am

Stunning flowers, love it and will have to try it out!

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2 Amy Bowerman November 4, 2013 at 8:13 am

Thank you Gavi! So glad you liked the tutorial. Stop by my Facebook page and share your creation or drop a link in the comments I love seeing what others create with my tutorials :)

Amy*

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3 TheresaMP November 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Love the little ornament, like the ginger bread man, touch inside the flowers. Adds just a bit of fun. thanks as always for sharing. PS. I use netvibes to follow your blog. First time I got a message that suggested I follow your blog. And I already do. Yeah!

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4 Amy Bowerman November 4, 2013 at 8:18 am

Thanks a bunch Theresa! I love those buttons so much. I used them in one of my first ever flower creations and have been using them ever since. The little cookie cutters come in the same set…a real steal for $1.99 (I usually find them at Michaels).

I’ve never heard of net vibes I’ll have to check that out. Thanks so much for following my blog I truly appreciate the comment love and support!

Amy*

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5 Beatrice Cristina Lawson November 3, 2013 at 1:55 am

Looks fabulous…. I am amazed how gorgeous the flowers are.

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6 Amy Bowerman November 3, 2013 at 8:13 am

Thank you Beatrice so glad you like them :). I started making paper flowers after a failed attempt at preserving my wedding bouquet. I haven’t had a paper bouquet die on me yet!

Amy*

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7 Leigh Ann Hofferth November 2, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Thanks for the great instructions! Beautiful!

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8 Buttons November 2, 2013 at 11:12 am

This is such a great idea Amy. I love that you could swap the flowers to different cups depending on the season/decor and that they are so beautifully coloured and embellished. You are always a source of fantastic inspiration. Jenny x
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9 Amy Bowerman November 3, 2013 at 7:53 am

Thank you so much Jenny! (*blushes*). I do usually glue in my foam but with this tea set I didn’t even need to, which is great because now I DO have the option to swap out flowers to change with the seasons :)

Amy*

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10 Jan Jenitis November 2, 2013 at 9:42 am

wow, the queen of flower making comes through again with a fabulous tutorial. Amy, thanks so much for sharing1

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11 Amy Bowerman November 3, 2013 at 8:18 am

Jan you are too good to me :). I’m working on a new set this morning and thinking about donning a crown to make it official. I don’t think my family will be on board with bowing and saying “God save the paper flower queen” when I enter the room but it’s worth a shot! Lol!

Amy*

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12 Janis in ID November 2, 2013 at 3:07 am

Wonderful and unique gift. Great tutorial!!
<3 J

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13 Viki B November 2, 2013 at 2:38 am

A great tutorial! Thank you. The flowers are sweet.
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14 Scrappin' Diva - Cindy B November 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

This is a wonderful project! Thanks for the tutorial!

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15 WendyJ November 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Love this idea!

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16 Lynn Hardy November 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm

That’s such a sweet idea! I love your custom stick pins too!
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17 Amy Bowerman November 4, 2013 at 8:28 am

Thanks Lynn! Those stick pins were one of those last minute additions. Who knew? A floral pin a cute button and a little hot glue could be so cute :)

Amy*

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18 Jody Green November 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Love the gingerbread flower and the stick pin! Very cute!

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19 Elizabeth Etheridge November 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Great, detailed instructions. Lovely project and it’s something a bit different.

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20 Aggie Stiefer November 1, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I adore this thanks for sharing

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21 kath White November 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Love this idea! I just learned something new about how to work with flowers!

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22 Amy Bowerman November 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

Kath I’m so glad! I hope you will come back and share links to your creations here or on my Facebook page I love seeing what you create :)

Amy*

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23 de November 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Terrific idea for up-cycling!

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24 stamping sue November 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Thanks for the tutorial on making these beautiful tea flowers.
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25 stamping sue November 2, 2013 at 7:01 am

Hi Amy,
don’t know if it’s just my machine or a glitch but the giveaway box where we are supposed to add our name just keeps loading & loading & loading but never loads to be able to add name. let me know if it’s just me or everyone. thanks, stamping sue
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26 Amy Bowerman November 3, 2013 at 8:20 am

Hey Sue sorry I didn’t get back sooner (I had the “wine flu” yesterday). I tried it and it seems to be working. Try giving it another go the giveaway is still on till the end of today.

If it still doesn’t work let me know.

Amy*

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27 stamping sue November 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

nope still doesn’t work for me just keeps loading but I went to several others on the list and the same thing happens to me. Guess it’s just my machine. no worries.
sorry you had the flu but glad you are feeling better.
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28 hazel parr November 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Great tutorial and I love the little gingerbread man buttons, nice touch,
H xx

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29 barbara macaskill November 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm

WOW! You make it look so easy! These flowers are just gorgeous! I have bookmarked this page so I can refer back to it when I am trying to do this!! TFS!

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30 Amy Bowerman November 5, 2013 at 7:03 am

Barbara don’t you worry you WILL get the hang of it and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to give me a shout.

Whoever you create paper flowers for will love them. My earliest (primitive arrangements) from when I first started are still adorning offices and the homes of friends and family members. One of my friends jokingly calls her arrangement (one of my first) “Plucking Daisies Beta Stage”

Here’s to letting creativity bloom!

Amy*

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31 Eileen Hull November 1, 2013 at 11:44 am

Amy- you rock my friend! This is so cute- I am stealing this idea and making one for my mom :-) Thanks for hopping with us!

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32 Dorothy(Dakota Bear) November 1, 2013 at 10:36 am

Very helpful tutorial.
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33 Shari Czerwinski November 1, 2013 at 10:07 am

Fantastic tutorial! Thanks

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34 Debbie Craine November 1, 2013 at 9:31 am

Great tutorial. You make something difficult look easy thanks.

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