Hi there crafty friends! In celebration of Movember I have a fresh batch of paper flowers to share with you. Have you ever seen a flower wearing a mustache before? Well, there’s a first time for everything! These paper blooms are in touch with their masculine side. Who says men don’t like flowers? I say Real men like flowers…with mustaches.
Since I’ve yet to see Mustache flowers in the wild (not even in Movember) I created some myself. I call them “Sir Fleurs”. Perhaps you’re familiar with the old nursery rhyme eluding to the mysterious Mustache flower.
Larry, Larry, quite contrary. How does your garden grow?
With Handlebars, Fu Manchu’s and moustachios all in a row!
Ok, so I made that part up but it has a nice ring to it no? Well, if you like it than you should “Put a mustache on it” and guess what? Now you can! My friend Jen Goode has released a new Jumbo Design Wheel Mustache stamp that makes it easy for you to strut your “stache” on pretty much anything. Stop by Jen’s Blog for more information about her fun new Mustache Stamp.
My paper flowers are sporting a much manlier look for Movember. Don’t they look dashing with their mustaches?
If you are going to plant a mustache flower you MUST have an equally m0ustachioed container to put them in. Come along and I’ll show you how to up-cycle a cigar box into a manly mustache flower garden.
Upcycle a Cigar Box
I don’t smoke cigars but I have a friend who does. He was kind enough to donate this empty cigar box to “science”. If you don’t have a friend who smokes cigars check your local thrift or stop by the smoke shop and see if you can snag one that would otherwise be tossed in the dumpster.
I can’t think of a manlier container for a mustache garden than a cigar box can you?
STEP 1: Use your Mustache stamp wheel to stamp Ranger Watermark Resist Ink on all sides of the box. Be sure to dry each side with a heat tool.
STEP 2: Use Distress Stain to color over the watermark ink and the rest of the exposed wood (I used Walnut Stain)
STEP 3: Paint on a solid stripe of color around the entire box. I used Distress Paint Peeled Paint.
STEP 4: When paint is dry stencil on a fun sentiment…like “Sir Fleur” I used Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Cargo with Clearsnap Dark Brown Chalk ink. The Clearsnap Cat Eye ink pads are really great for stenciling small areas…like letters.
STEP 5: Add some detail to your painted stripe by Mod Podgeing stamped Mustache tissue paper over it.
STEP 6: Outline the stripe with Bakers twine and adhere it with Mod Podge.
How to make Manly Mustache Flowers
I’ve been on flower making kick as of late so today I’ll just be showing how to make the mustaches and a new leaf trick I cooked up…literally. For those of you that are new here or if you forgot some of the techniques from my previous flower making tutorials you will find all the links you need below.
The mustaches were stamped on Grunge paper with Colorbox Archival Wicked Black. I also stamped and embossed with Colorbox Dragonfly black. The embossed mustaches are much shinier. I like the look of both. It’s always nice to have options.
Cut your mustaches out and hot glue them to your flowers. It’s a good idea to use rounded buttons or beads when making mustache flowers so the mustaches don’t crush your petals.
PS You can’t emboss with the Archival Wicked Black…I tried.
Now for the leaf trick. This time I used the Archival Wicked Black to stamp sheer green ribbon. Tie the ribbon to your flower stems and melt the ends with a heat tool. Be careful not to burn a hole in the ribbon (been there, done that).
Now are you ready to meet the Gentleman flowers?
The Dashing Dahlia- The Dashing Dahlia was cut from Coredinations Distress Kraft Core with the Sizzix Daisies die. You can find my Daisy Curling tutorial here.
The Iris-man- The Iris-man was cut from Coredinations Gemstone and Glitter Cardstock with the Sizzix Flower Layers #4 die. Currently I do not have a tutorial for paper Irises as this is only the second time I have created them. You can check out the first project they appeared in here…Neapolitan Paper Flowers.
The Manly man Mum- The Manly man Mum was cut from Coredinations Distress Kraft Core Cardstock using Eileen Hull’s Trinity Flower Sizzix Die. This is a new flower curling technique that you can find in my Holiday Tea-Cup Paper Flower Tutorial.
The Dapper Daisy- The Dapper Daisy was cut from Coredinations Shattered and Glitter Cardstock using the Sizzix Daisies Die.
The Bachelor’s Button- The Bachelor’s Button is actually a real flower! I know this because I have them in my garden. However, the real deal is purple and purple just didn’t jive with this project I cut this flower from Coredinations Shattered Cardstock using the Sizzix Flower Layers #10 die. This is a newish flower design I’m still working to perfect hope to have a tutorial on it for you all soon.
Oh my gosh I almost forgot! In order to make this Manly Mustache flower arrangement extra masculine I shredded some newspaper to use as filler for the altered cigar box. Not just any old newspaper, the Sports section. Don’t worry it wasn’t todays paper guys
Here are the links to all the products I used for this project…
Jen Goode has some fun Movember printables for you on her blog so stop by and say hi. She’s also teaming up with Clearsnap for a fun giveaway to celebrate Movember and Mustaches stamp release. Throw your name into the hat for a chance to win below.
a Rafflecopter giveawayWant more Movember Mustaches Inspiration? Check out the links below to see what the rest of the gang is making with Jen’s Mustache stamp.