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Teacher Appreciation Paper Flower Basket

by Amy Bowerman

Hi everyone!  Today I have a Teacher Appreciation Paper Flower Basket tutorial to share with you.  You can create this sweet paper flower basket for your favorite teacher, as a Mother’s Day gift or simply to show someone you care.  No matter who you create it for this paper flower basket is sure to brighten someone’s day.

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It’s teacher appreciation week and the theme at my son’s school is “Teachers plant seeds of knowledge that will grow forever!”  Truer words have never been spoken.  I have fond memories of many of my teachers and the lessons I learned from them.  Do you have a special teacher that made an impact on your life?

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This paper flower arrangement is smaller than most of my other arrangements and it’s easier too!  We all need an easy peasy project once in awhile.  Am I right?  Come along and I’ll show you how to create this cute flower basket for your favorite teacher, Mom, Grandma or a special someone.

How to make a Paper Flower Basket

 

Our theme this month at the Art with Heart Challenge is “May Flowers” and I couldn’t resist trying out some of my new Eileen Hull Sizzix dies to create some new paper flower designs.

Sizzix Dies Used:

Other Supplies:

  • Distress Ink (Vintage Photo & Pumice Stone)
  • Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink (Hydrangea, Potting Soil)
  • Alcohol Ink Honey Comb
  • Floral Pins
  • Floral Foam

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STEP 1:  Cut Basket pieces from mat board or heavy chipboard and emboss with basket weave embossing folder.  Ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

*TIP* All basket pieces can be embossed in one shot thanks to Eileen’s extra long embossing folders.

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STEP 2:  Ink raised portion of embossing folder with Potting Soil Archival Ink and run through again.  *You can see a more versions of this technique on Tim Holtz’s Blog HERE.

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STEP 3: Assemble basket pieces with hot glue or favorite adhesive.

*TIP* Do not attach the handle if you plan on creating large flowers.

How to make Floral Pin Flowers

 

Usually I make flower arrangements with wire but this time around I decided to give pins a try.  It’s a lot quicker and is a nice option for small and compact paper flower arrangements!

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STEP 1:  Cut Heart Petal Flower Layers from double sided patterned paper and snip between petals.

*TIP* Save your scraps and cut more flower layers!  I was able to cut 2 extra sets of the smallest flower and 1 extra set of the middle flower using scrap from the original cut.

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STEP 2:  Ink edges of petals.  I hate a “naked” edge.  Here you can see the difference between inked and un-inked petals in the above photo.  A little bit of ink goes a long way and will make your paper flowers pop!

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STEP 3 (optional):  Color Floral pins with Alcohol Ink.

*For my arrangement I used two different sized floral pins.  The Crystal pins are longer and just begging for a lil’ inking!  A crystal pin with Ranger’s new Honeycomb Alcohol Ink makes the perfect flower center don’t you think?  The pearls were perfect as is so I left those alone :)

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STEP 4: Thread petals onto floral pin and secure with glue.

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Now all that’s left to do is add a Plant Marker with a heartfelt sentiment and your paper flower basket is ready to brighten a special someone’s day!

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Who wouldn’t love a pretty paper flower basket?  Whether you create one as a Teacher Appreciation Gift, Mother’s Day Gift, or anytime gift this paper flower basket is just blooming with cheer!

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Have some flower filled art you’d like to share?  Stop by the Art with Heart Challenge and show us your stuff!

Have a Flowering day!

Amy*

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1 Claudine Criner May 7, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Beautiful flowers Amy, I really love the way you made them! I have to try this. What a sweet teacher’s gift for the end of the school year. Thanks for the idea!
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2 Anna-Karin May 6, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Beautiful Amy! Love those happy flowers with the pretty pin centres. The basket is gorgeous too.

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3 Anne Rx May 6, 2014 at 9:46 am

This would make such a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day…. or any other day! I love that basket weave embossing and your flowers are so beautifully crafted – I love how you used the pins for centres (great idea that I must try), gorgeous! The sentiment is perfect too. :) Anne xx
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4 Oxana May 6, 2014 at 3:41 am

so cuuuuute ^.^
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5 Donna May 6, 2014 at 12:02 am

Great idea Amy, so cute for the teachers desk!
Love it!

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6 Anita Houston May 5, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Any teacher would love this!!! You are so great to make them!!!
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