Happy Monday! I’m very happy today even if it is Monday. I have a fun Teacher Gift project to share with you that I have created for The Scribble Challenge. Want to find out more about the Scribble Challenge? Check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Google +
I received a box in the mail from the Scribble Shop filled with a selection of craft supplies and was asked to treat the challenge like an “Iron Chef” competition. Check out my “Secret Ingredients”….
Hmm….such a random lot of craftiness! Whatever shall I create with these items? Well, I saw the glass gems and dress it up buttons and immediately thought of making a Paper flower arrangement.
I’m not a teacher but I have a lot of friends who are and I know how much money they spend on restocking supplies for their classes. Whenever I give teacher gifts I like to include some school supplies….especially Sharpie’s. Teachers LOVE Sharpie’s…who doesn’t? I usually make a paper flower arrangement or a custom pencil jar as teacher appreciation gifts. This time I have combined the two to make a garden filled with Teacher supplies.
The base of the Garden is a recycled clementine box that I spray painted. This is the second garden I have made out of a clementine box. Remember the Octopode Factory Garden? I never throw these boxes away and use them for storage until I get the itch to alter them.
How to Make a Paper Flower Garden
Using the supplies I got for the challenge coupled with these supplies from my stash I was able to create a beautiful…and functional Teacher Gift.
Creating a Box for your Garden
STEP 1- Paint a box…any old box will do (I like clementine boxes…the wood ones are my fave!)
STEP 2- Mod Podge it! Be creative….cut stuff up…go on get sticky!
The sides of the box were Mod Podged with this fun wrapping paper. It’s from Border’s so that alone should speak to its age. I can’t even remember what gift this once wrapped…probably since I was preoccupied with pretty paper and thinking “This would be great for a teacher gift project!”
Creating Custom Magnets
STEP 3- Grab a Magnetic sheet, some fun images, Mod Podge, a little assistant, and make some custom magnets.
I was scrolling through my news feed the other day and saw a post on the Scribble Shop Facebook page with this cute printable coloring page. That’s when I got the idea to add a magnetic strip to the front of the box and use the Scribble Town printable found on the Scribble Blog to make Magnets.
For this task I enlisted the help of my “Little Assistant” and had him color the images…ok I colored two houses but I swear he did all the rest! Jack showed me his “Hard Coloring Technique” and I explained my golden rule when it comes to crayons…”Color on all sides so it stays pointy!”
Creating a Base for your Flowers
This is the easy part…STEP 4- Glue a brick of Floral Foam inside the box. Don’t be shy…throw the whole brick in there! I like to use E-600 (I like a strong bond).
I LOVE Folk Art Paint. I Also LOVE Coredinations Card Stock. This was the perfect combination to create grass for the garden.
STEP 5- Stencil Coredinations Cardstock with Folk Art Acrylic. Sand and cut out top of design.
Core Cardstock is meant to take a serious beating. The more you destroy it the better it looks.
STEP 6- Color Craft sticks with Picket Fence Distress Stain, hot glue, snip off bottoms.
A Garden needs a fence and the jumbo craft sticks were just what I needed to build it. Naturally, when making a white picket fence out of popsicle sticks one must color them with “Picket Fence” Distress Stain….it’s the logical choice.
Despite my glue gun’s shabby appearance it is quite handy for mending Craft stick fences.
Creating Jars for Supplies
STEP 7- Raid your recycling bin and rinse off those spaghetti sauce jars. Grab some Krylon Glitterblast and spray away….don’t forget the clear sealer!
To create the jars for the teacher supplies you need look no further than your recycling bin. In order to give them a fresh look I called on another one of my favorite stash Supplies….Krylon Glitterblast. Glitterblast is quite possibly the best thing ever. The clear sealer pulls it all together and is definitely worth the extra ching since it can be used for sealing all your glittered projects. I imagine I may have been a magpie in a past life due to my love of all things sparkly.
STEP 8- Cut Tags with Tim Holtz Tabs and Tags die out of Core card Stock. Sand bottoms and edges.
I try to be as organized as I can although organizing skills often elude me. However, I love the look of a neatly labeled tag for organizing craft supplies. I created tags for the teacher supplies jars to add some interest and show off my organizational skills. We don’t want anyone mixing the colored pencils with the Sharpies now do we?
STEP 9- Stamp and emboss bottom of tag.
To add a touch of color to the bottom of the tags I stamped a touch of Harlequin from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous. I was really impressed by the amount of Tim Stuff the Scribble Shop has. They have that and everything else under the sun practically! One stop shop is right…I may never have to leave my house again!
STEP 10- Add Ribbon to jars seal ends with clear nail polish. Label tags with Zig Painty and tie with raffia.
Making Paper Flowers
STEP 11- Get out your Sizzix machine, grab a Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die and some core, school papers, book pages and get cutting. *Tip Make a template the size of your die out of card stock to speed up cutting time and eliminate the need to measure (I HATE measuring!)
*If you don’t have a die cutting machine check out my tutorial for creating paper flowers with punches here.
It’s no secret that I have an affinity for Core’dinations card stock. It’s nice and sturdy and oh so alterable! I used nearly every color in the Tim Holtz Ranger Distress collection to cut my flowers. *Tip- when making paper flowers it is always better to cut more than you need. Better to have more than not enough. I also cut some of my son’s artwork and school papers to make it a little more personal. I threw in a few pages of the Cat in the Hat for good measure.
*Don’t worry I have like 10 copies of it. It’s one of those books I love to alter and buy it when I see it at the thrift. You would think I’m waiting to find Kate Beckinsales number in it (a la “Serendipity”).
STEP 12- To prepare the flowers for curling you will need to put a snip between each petal so it has give. Do this with all the flowers except the tiny ones and the daisies. While you’re at it grab a piercing tool and poke a hole in the center of each.
STEP 13- I like to give my flowers a nice hard edge so I brush them with Distress Ink. You can use any color of Distress ink you like as an accent. For this arrangement I used Black soot to really make the edges pop.
STEP 14- Curl petals. You can curl the petals any way you like. Be creative and have fun. Art happens!
STEP 15: Once your petals are curled thread floral wire through buttons. *I use 32 gauge wrapped floral wire and 26 gauge paddle wire. Grab the end of the button and twist wire together. Remember the holes you punched in the centers? Poke the wire through each layer making sure to add a dot of glue to secure them or your petals will spin. I like to use Glossy Accents. Once all of your petals are layered add one more glue drop to the back and thread on a bead to secure it all together. Grab a floral pick and some floral tape and stretch wrap the two together.
Adding leaves to your flowers is easy. Especially when using Stick it Felt Shapes.
STEP 16- Take a piece of wrapped floral wire and a Stick it Felt shape. Peel back a small part of the sticker and adhere wire to shape. Fold protective covering back over to secure. Repeat with other side. Using recycled packaging plastic colored with alcohol inks cut out leaf shapes and secure to back with Glossy Accents. Twist wire around flower.
Now all you have to do is “Plant” your Garden and add Accent Glass Gems and you will have a beautiful and practical gift for a Teacher, Crafter or anyone in between!
All of the supplies used in this project are available at the Scribble Shop and Pluckingdaisies.com readers get 15% off your entire order! Just use my Scribble Shop code PLKDAZES. This code is valid from March 1st until April 30th and offers you 15% off your entire order at Scribbleshop.com!
Have a Creative Day!!
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