Working with friends, we’ve spent the first few afternoons planning, testing out techniques, and of course, talking and drinking tea. Recently, we made several flowers worth showing to others.
A few things I’ve learned as I go:
- It’s much easier to follow a pattern for a whole flower rather than cutting out and gluing individual petals.
- It is very easy to glue your fingers to paper and to each other.
- Glue guns and glue are generally sold separately.
- Your flowers will probably not look exactly like the pattern, but they can still be lovely.
- Your pets will want in on what you’re doing, so you may need to find a distraction for them.
- If painting the paper (which we are), make sure it’s completely dry before trying to work with it
If you're feeling up to the challenge, here are few books from the library catalog on making flowers and other crafts from paper:
The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72 702.812 Delany
Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration 745.5 Martha
Papercutting: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Learning the Craft by Claudia Hopf 745.54 Hopf
The DIY Bride, An Affair to Remember: 40 Fantastic Projects to Celebrate Your Unique Wedding Style 745.5941 Cochran
The Michaels Book of Wedding Crafts edited by Linda Kopp 745.5941 Michaels
Making Flowers in Paper, Fabric and Ribbon 745.5943 Biddle