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.
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?
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:
- Eileen Hull Flower Layers with Heart Petals
- Eileen Hull 3-D Basket
- Eileen Hull Plant Markers
- Eileen Hull Basket Weave/Honey Comb Embossing Folders
- Distress Ink (Vintage Photo & Pumice Stone)
- Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink (Hydrangea, Potting Soil)
- Alcohol Ink Honey Comb
- Floral Pins
- Floral Foam
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
STEP 4: Thread petals onto floral pin and secure with glue.
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!
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!
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!