Hello Friends! I’m trying to get a jump-start on my Holiday Decorating. Since the Holiday’s are right around the corner I wanted to get my Thanksgiving table decor out-of-the-way so I’ll have more time to focus on cooking and *ugh* cleaning :). Today I’ll be sharing how you can create your own Holiday Decorations using die cuts. For this tutorial I will be using Sizzix dies but you can use whatever die or even paper punches you have on hand.
As you may know I have a penchant for paper flowers and love to create themed arrangements, especially for the holidays. As the weather grows colder I seem to create paper flowers more often since I am unable to enjoy the real deal.
My most popular arrangements thus far have been my Tea-cup paper flower arrangements. I was inspired to create this tea-cup paper flower set for my Thanksgiving table upon finding this lovely Tea-set at the thrift!
I scored this tea-set for $4! Quite, honestly I would have paid 4 bucks just for the box! With only one tea-cup missing this was the perfect base for my holiday paper flower display.
Tea-Cups are cheap and prevalent at the thrift store and are perfectly whimsical containers for paper flowers. Check your local thrift store (and check it often) and you are sure to find the perfect tea-cup to complement your paper flower creations!
How to make Tea-Cup Paper Flowers
With just a few supplies you too can create your own tea-cup paper flower arrangement for Holiday/Home decor or thoughtful gift giving. I’ve given these arrangements for Birthdays, Holidays and Even Hostess gifts!
You will need:
- Floral Foam (Dollar Store)
- Glass Gems or Stones (Dollar Store)
- Floral Wire (32 gauge wrapped and 28 Gauge paddle wire)
- Thrifted Tea-Cups
- Coredination’s Card Stock or Patterned Paper of Choice
- Distress Glitter (optional)
- Sizzix Dies or Floral Punche
One of my favorite things to do when creating paper flowers is to mix and match my Sizzix dies to create endless flower designs. Here I have used the Sizzix Daisies and Trinity Flower from Eileen Hull.
If you are just starting out making paper flowers Daisies are the easiest to create. Unlike some of my other flower designs you can create daisies with one cut. You can find detailed instructions on how to create paper daisies from dies and punches in this tutorial.
Generally I prefer to use double-sided scrapbook paper for my paper flowers. For solid colored flowers Coredination’s is my paper of choice. The durability of Coredination’s cannot be beat by any other colored cardstock IMHO. The Daisies were cut from Coredination’s Kraft Core “Shattered”. The shattered print gives them just a hint of crackled goodness.
The Trinity Flowers were cut from DCWV Glitter Cardstock in Copper and Gold. This cardstock is NOT double-sided but fear not. You can quickly and easily color the underside of one-sided cardstock with Ranger Distress Paint or Distress Stains. They are available in nearly every color you could imagine and you won’t even need to dirty a paint brush just swipe the color on.
To form the smallest part of the Trinity Flower pinch your petals and roll them around a skewer or paint brush handle.
I seldom use Hot Glue for securing my flowers but the Trinity Flower is the exception to that rule. Add a drop of hot glue to secure the end once the flower is wrapped all the way around. I also use hot glue to secure the wired buttons when working with this flower.
If you are not familiar with my wiring technique you can check out this tutorial for all my wiring tips and some advanced petal curling and coloring techniques.
You can add a subtle vintage sparkle to your daisy petals with Distress Glitter. I’ve found that the easiest way to accomplish this is to apply Glossy accents directly to a craft sheet and lightly dab it onto your petals with your finger tips. Place your daisy in a cupcake liner and sprinkle with Distress Glitter. Don’t be stingy with it either…using the cupcake liner makes it easy to return any unused glitter to the jar.
I used Antique Linen and a bit of Rusty Hinge Distress Glitter for this project. Some of you have asked me what my favorite (and most used) Distress Glitter colors are. My recommendations are Antique Linen and Clear Rock Candy. They are also the most versatile and can be used on nearly any project. For more information on Distress Glitter and all the wonderful things you can do with it check out my Distress Glitter Review.
How to make Leaf Place Cards
These are not place cards per say, but you could certainly use them as such. I created these leaves to add a heartfelt message to my paper flower display. You can create these leaves using the Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves Die, some stamps, ink and a bit of glitter.
Start by die cutting your leaves from Kraft paper or whatever you choose. You can add detail to your leaves with stamps. I used the Tim Holtz Falling Leaves set from Stampers Anonymous.
Use any ink you like to add detail to your die cut leaves. I used Distress Embossing Ink and brushed on Gold Perfect Pearls to match the gold edging on my teacups.
If you like you can edge your leaves with Distress Ink (I used Vintage Photo). If you are the glittery type add some Distress Glitter (antique linen) to the outermost edges with Glossy Accents.
You can handwrite or print names or messages directly onto your leaves. I cut small strips of Sticky Back Canvas to apply my message “Gather Here With Grateful Hearts.”
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial on Decorating with Die-cuts and inspired to create some Paper Flower arrangements and such for your holiday table or home decor.
You can find links to products used in this project below…
I’m already working on some new paper flower designs for your holiday gift giving so be sure to check back later this week. I would love it if you “Liked” my Facebook page. We had a great discussion over there this week about this project. Thanks to all who shared their opinion. I’ll be sharing some progress shots of my upcoming flower tutorials so please stop by and let me know what you think! I’m now on Bloglovin if you would like to follow me there…Follow my blog with Bloglovin
Have a grateful day!