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Monster Party Flowers

by Amy Bowerman

Do you have a “Little Monster” in your life?  I sure do!  My little Monster nephew turned one this past weekend and we had a big Monster bash to celebrate.  It wouldn’t be a Monster Party without a “Monstrous” centerpiece so I whipped up this flower arrangement.

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As of late I have taken to making flowers out of recycled materials.  Can you guess what these Monster Flowers are made of?

I’ll give you a hint:  It’s slippery, it’s wet and playing with it usually results in a bruised rib or two.

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If you guessed Slip n’ Slide you are correct!  I raise my glass of hose water in salute to you!

Our Slip n’ Slide has seen better days and was destined for the dump.  However, the colors of the plastic were the perfect match to the color scheme for my Nephew’s Monster Party.  I knew I could salvage it (or at least some of it) for use in an up-cycled project….like these monster flowers :)

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 How to Make Monster Flowers

 

First, you will need to cut pieces of vinyl plastic from your slip n’ slide (or whatever you choose to up-cycle) and clean them.  I gave my Slip n’ Slide pieces a good scrub with Lysol.

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Next, cut your pieces into smaller strips (the longer and wider your strips are the bigger the flower).  *You will need 3 strips for each flower.

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Fold your strips together Accordion style.

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Secure the center with wire.  *I use 18 Gauge Wrapped Floral wire.

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Add some fun and whimsy to your flower stems by twisting two colors of pipe cleaner together.

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Wrap Pipe cleaners around folded strips and twist floral wire around to form a stem.

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Cut off the ends in either a half circle or an angled point.  *I prefer the half circle method but that’s just me.

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Form your flowers by opening the accordion fold and pulling the layers upward.

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Add centers to your flowers with buttons and googly eyes.

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Or perhaps some Monster Buttons?

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Place the finished flowers in the container you plan to use so you can see how many will be needed to fill it.  *I used a large Chicken Broth Can.

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To add pattern and texture to my arrangement I made some of my flowers from tissue paper.

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You can view my Custom Tissue Paper Tutorial to see how to up-cycle your own packaging tissue with Dylusions spray inks.

*Follow the steps above to create tissue paper flowers and omit the 18 gauge wire.

 

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*Hot glue floral foam to the bottom of your container and attach floral picks to each flower with floral tape to form your arrangement.

 

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You can personalize your arrangement with chip board letters.  I colored my letters with Dylusions spray inks and added polka dots with a white Sharpie.

 

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Hot Glue wire to the back of each letter and insert them into your arrangement.

 

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I decorated the front of the can with polka dot scrapbook  paper and added a birthday message with a Martha Stewart Chalkboard label and white Sharpie.

 

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This Monster flower centerpiece was simple to create and saved a few things from the land fill to boot!  I love turning strange things into things they were never meant to be.  Do you have any odd up-cycling tricks up your sleeve?  I’d love to hear about them…do tell!

I hope you enjoyed this Monster Party Centerpiece…we sure had a monstrous time at Max’s monster bash!

Have a happy monster day!

Amy*

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sakshi Jain March 9, 2015 at 4:17 am

I appreciate from this post thanks for share with us.
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2 malia December 3, 2012 at 12:26 am

Amazing project and incredible technique (as always!)

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3 Giftxoxo November 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm

giftxoxo
Its a great post.It makes me a master in creating artificial flowers.

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