November 10, 2011

Lunch Bags Into Paper Flowers




I promised you there would be a paper flower tutorial and below she stands:



In case the above picture didn't clear things up for you, let me break it down. 
1. Start with a paper lunch bag. Cut up one seam and then completely remove the bottom rectangle. You'll be left with one long rectangle of brown paper. 
2. Divide that piece into fours. I like to fold, cut in half, stack and cut in half again. Make sense?
3. Take your four pieces and accordion them up (you'll do this on the short end)
4. Round your two ends using scissors. This gives a rounded petal flower. You could also cut the ends into a "v" for a spiky petal flower. 
5. Take a length of twine and tie in the middle of your piece, keeping the paper accordioned (is that a word?). You can also use a pipe cleaner, yarn, string or even a staple. Whatever you have on hand. 
6. Begin to separate each layer (petal) and fluff toward the center of your flower. Don't worry, you WILL tear a piece or two (or ten). It doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of life. In fact, these flowers don't carry much weight in the grand scheme of life. If you want to get real. 
7. Let's not get real. Let's finish fluffing our petals. 


Beautiful. 


Now, use these flowers as place card holders or pin them to a length of twine with clothespins for an easy-peasy garland. I did two versions of this on my upcoming mantels. You'll have to tune into Mantel Mondays to see the results. Until then, enjoy these teasers.


Do you feel adequately teased? Excellent. My job here is finished. 



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  1. Darling!!! Loving this and the way you displayed it too!!!

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  2. Really cute...I remember making these with tissue paper as a kid. Love them :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

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  3. OMG.....I LOVE these!!! I will SOOOOOO be making these and giving you credit!!! THANKS for visiting my blog!!!

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  4. I'm making a garland just like that first thing in the morning! Absolutely darling! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Beautiful! Love your garland!!!

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  6. i love these flowers they look great, thanks for sharing, new follower here xxx

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  7. Adorable! So cute! I am definitely making some of these for my Christmas mantel. Thanks for the great step by step too.

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  12. OH, my!! I love this!! I am hoping I can figure it out!!

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  13. love these! my daughters will totally get into these~

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  14. I love craft paper/paper bag color anyway - so this is right up my alley! What a cool, inexpensive way to dress things up!

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  16. OH EM GEE! So super cool! I have about 100 of these bags lying around too...so even cooler for me :)

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  17. I made my own ink out of rit dye, and spray painted the flowers with different colors, and added glitter,WOW! Thanks for the great Idea, Dawn

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  18. Wow! What a brilliant idea! They look great! Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Craft Soiree @ Homemaker in Heels! :) Have a great weekend!

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  22. As soon as century link decides to work again I'll be printing this out. So cute and they give such texture. Some thinner kraft paper would work good also. I have that but not any lunch bags. Have to make do. When you live out from a town a ways you learn to make do with what you have. This from an ex Southern CA girl with shopping almost at your door. Believe me when we moved to MT, 24 miles from town our address was from and 32 miles from a bigger town (Helena) I had to learn alot of things. Was good for me tho, learned what I was made of there.
    With Fall coming those paper bag flowers can be worked for the season, could even maybe stamp some leaves on some paper to include with the flowers. Thx for sharing.

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  23. Great idea!! I have about 200 brown paper bags in the basement from a Cookies for Kids Cancer bakesale we had, now I know what to do with them. Very cute.
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  24. I love this craft - getting a pack of sacks tomorrow!
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  25. Very beautiful flowers made by papers. We have been trying to find other blogs basically for searching the information regarding to paper bags.

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  26. Awesome! I featured this project in my post on paper flowers here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/lasting-love-paper-flowers-crafts-for-kids-to-make-other-flower-crafts/

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  27. You just made something beautiful out of something totally ugly. I love how people can do that. It's really a great idea. Thank you for the tutorial.

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  28. Lol. No need to get real. Let's keep fluffing! :) Love this tutorial! Thank you. :)

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  30. These are great! We used tissue paper for the ones we made for my daughters wedding. Love the idea of using lunch bags!! So pretty.

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  31. These make me smile. Can't wait to start cutting tonight, just in time for Thanksgiving table settings. My daughters will be thrilled!

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