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Eco-Friendly Flower Tutorial

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Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2011



After several requests I decided to do a quick photo tutorial of the eco-friendly flower that I put on all the Close To My Heart Idea Book Survival Kits that I made as Convention goodies and roomie gifts. If you'd like to check out those goodie bags and see all the details, click here
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Supplies Used:
Grocery Store Paper Bag
CTMH Black Ink
1-CTMH Black Brad
Glue (I used Fabri-Tac)
Large Scalloped Scissors
Black Feather
Black Netting (you could use Tulle instead)
1" punch
Black Cardstock
Hair Clip

  Cut out 6 large circles (approx 3") using scalloped scissors. As you can tell mine are not great circles but the good part is you won't be able to tell. Next you'll want to ink all the edges using Close To My Heart Black Ink. Simply dab your sponge in the ink and rub along all the edges of your circles. I just ink 1 side... not the backs. It's fine if the grocery store logo is on the back of your circles. A few of my circles have a bit of the logo and you don't end up seeing it at all.
  Next you'll want to lay out your 6 inked circles on a paper towel and grab your little water bottle. Spray each circle with 2 spritz of water.
  Now for the fun part! Crumble, crumble, crumble.... just wad them up.
  Now unwad the circles and lay them on top of each other. Take your black netting (or tulle) and cut a 2.5"-3" circle. Place it under the top paper bag circle. I like to have it show a bit so I place it a little off center so it hangs over the edge. Also I place the largest circle on the bottom. I know, I know.. they are supposed to be around 3" but I'm horibble with cutting circles so some end up smaller than others.
  Grab your CTMH Paper Piercer and poke it all the way through the center of your circles.
  After you've taken out your paper piecer you can stick a brad through and fasten in the back.
  Now bring each layer to the center and scrunch them together. You can watch one of my flower YouTube tutorials if you'd like to see what I mean by bring to the center and scunch if that description is not helping. =) Click here to see that. It's very simple. Once you have them scrunched together just kinda push on it a bit and fluff them out until you get the look you want.
  You'll now have your flower ready for the final steps. If you're just wanting the flower for scrapbook pages or a card you won't need to attach the hair clip. Now grab your glue, feather, the 1" punch, a small piece of black cardstock and a hair clip.
  Put a little glob of glue in the center, on the backside of the flower and place the feather in the center.
  Now using a 1" punch, punch out a circle from the black cardstock... put glue on one side of the 1" circle and open the hair clip. Place the hair clip around the circle so that one side is on the glue side and the other is on the none glue side. Then push down against the feather/flower to secure it. Let it set for a few minutes so the glue dries before attaching your flower to anything.
  Viola!!!! Now you have a finished eco-friendly flower that can be used as a brooch, hair clip, on a gift bag, etc. If you are wanting it for scrapbook pages or cards you can skip the hair clip portion.

See how cute it looks just clipped onto a shirt? Hope my tutorial inspires you to make your own. Let me know if you have any questions.


Posted by: Peggy Lee Baker
Friday, July 22, 2011 @ 5:20:41 PM

wow aren't these super fun flowers to create, thanks for sharing. love it

Posted by: ann
Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 5:15:33 PM

these are so cute!!!! Thanks for sharing the directions

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