This branch isn't just for Spring. It is a beautiful decoration for any time of year!
From Blair: "I made this flower branch using the same method as I did for a Recycled Flower Mirror project in my new book, Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love, only this time I used paper instead of fabric scraps. I think the result is just as lovely. Place this branch in a vase, but could also be hung from a ceiling, placed in a corner, or even wrapped with white lights."
You will need:
A variety of interesting paper. I found a book of sheet music at the thrift, then gathered some brown and cream packing paper.
A fallen branch with an interesting shape (mine is about 3 feet tall)
Fine line pen or pencil
Craft glue or double-sided tape
- 1. Remove leaves and undesirable areas from your branch and set aside.
- Make the recycled flowers. My flowers are 2 variations of one basic method:
- a) Flower with a single layer- Using your fine line pen and ruler, mark and cut across the longest side of your paper (mine started at 11" long x 3" wide for the first few, but the I varied the width and length with each flower for to create). Cut slits into the width of the rectangle, all the way across the length, but stopping approximately 1/4" from the opposite edge. Apply either craft glue or double stick tape all the way across the length of the uncut side. Roll into a flower by starting from one of the short edges, rolling on the taped/glued side, holding along its uncut edge as you roll, to create the flower.
- b) Flower with a double layer- Mark out your lengths and cut out, just as above. Fold the paper in half lengthwise. Unfold, and add either a line of craft glue or double stick tape all the way across one long side/edge. Fold the paper back in half again. Cut slits through the folded edge, stopping approximately 1/4" from the taped/glued edge, all the way across the length of the strip. Apply another row of either craft glue or double stick tape all the way across the length of the uncut side. Roll into a flower by starting from one of the short edges, rolling on the taped/glued side, holding along its uncut edge as you roll.
- Add a contrasting center, using the same method, described above (sort of a shorter, mini flower version). To create the flower, roll the mini-flower/contrast center first, and continue rolling onward using the main flower color until you are done.
- 3. Hot glue the flowers to the branch in small clusters until you are happy with the overall look. Be generous with the glue in order to hold these onto the branch securely.
You can reuse wrapping paper, even the Sunday comics could be fun!
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