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Handmade Holiday Gift Tutorial: Tea-cup Paper Flowers
by Amy Bowerman
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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
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.
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.
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!