Thursday, January 29, 2015

THE DECORISTA CHRONICLES// DIY PAPER TULIPS!

I simply adore tulips! It's a rarity here to ever get to buy some because roses are the conventional go-to flowers here when it comes to fresh decor so I thought of making a bouquet on my own. These are so easy to make, just four steps and you're done! Not to forget no watering required! Cover the stem, cut out paper strips, fashion them into petals and wind them around the stem!

If you're looking for an quick evening of gorg paper flower creations or a cute diy floral bouquet to gift to someone with a special note, give this one a try! I'm sure they'll send the significant other in fireworks!

DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

Crafting tulips can be slightly trIcky since they are more bulbous at the bottom and tapered at the apex but this is the lazy-girl's guide and we're always looking for shortcuts, aren't we?

Here's mine:

DIY PAPER TULIPS


DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!


You'll need:

-Very light-weight colored paper on the flimsier side so that the petals fluff up and look more ruffle-y (You can even start with white and dye it later so it looks more natural). Mine is hot fuchsia.

-Florist's wire. If you've never done flowers before you may use regular wire or pipecleaners or even wooden skewers (but they'll give a stiffer look to the stems)

-Green duct tape/washi tape/florist's tape to wind around the stem.

-Some cotton for the "centers" of the tulips.

-Scissors, glue, a ruler and a pencil.
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!


How-to:

1.You'll first need to cut your wire to size for the stems and wind them with whatever kind of tape you're using. Don't cover the entire length and leave a little at one end and turn it over itself forming a loop.
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

2.Dab a little glue here (on the loop) and press over the cotton covering the wireframe we just made entirely. Cut a 1.5 inch. by 1.5 inch square and wrap it over the cotton and secure with glue so that it's completely covered.
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!


3.Here's the fun part. I had an A3 sized colored sheet so I folded it in half and drew the dimensions of the strips around 2x5 inches. Draw lines using a pencil and a ruler demarcating each strip and cutting them out. You'll need six of these dimension-ed strips per tulip.

       Since I'd folded my paper beforehand, when I cut one strip, I ended up with two.
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

You'll then fold each strip on half to make a crease and unfold it. Then twist the strip scrunching it along the middle. This gives both halves of the strip the curvature of a spoon (which we are aiming for) and thennnnnn fold the bottom half over the top half.
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!
 After you've done that, snip off the squarish frame of the petal in a curve to make it's perimeter more rounded.

DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

4.To adhere the petals around the center and aim for the more bulky part at the bottom, wind the first three petals taking the narrower part of the triangular petal shape as the top of the petal and the wider traingle base as the bottom of the petal. Then for the next three petals, adhere them around successively as inverted triangles. (Base of triangle as top of petal and narrow part as bottom).
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

And we're done! Just fluff up the petals and play around with the shape a bit so that the petals look more tapered at the top and puffier at the bottom. If you'd like to add leaves, cut oblong organic shapes and twist the ends gluing them to the stem. I just ran out of paper to do that. :^(

DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

TIP: To add a fancy punch, I used a polka dot envelope and folded it into a cone and wrapped it around the tulips. I'll be writing a special note on the cone's interior as a special surprise. So if you're gifting this, that's something you can do to brighten up their day Sherlock Holmes style. 
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

Enjoyed this tut? Pin and share it! (because we all know pinning's hot!) Want to get hold on more DIY tuts? Check out lots of fun ideas in my DIY gallery below. If you're on the lookout for freebies, printables and giftwrap, I have that too!


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Nash


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Friday, December 19, 2014

GUEST POST // TURNING REGULAR SWEATERS CHIC!


Craft A Doodle Doo has its first guest post today!

This one is from Daniela who blogs at Curly Made! I first got to know her when she dropped me an email appreciating my work at Craft A Doodle Doo. She does incredibly easy-to-follow DIYsgorgeously cute nail art and even freebies you should be definitely checking out!
So without further ado, here's how she updated a Plain Jane sweater to a sparkly glitzed statement !
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 Hi everyone, recently I've bought these really cool star studs and decided to give an update to my wardrobe, so today I want to share with you this simple idea to make your sweaters extra festive this season.


You will need: studs in whatever color  you want and a comfy sweater.
I've choosen a mix of some smaller silver round and square studs, golden and the copper stars.


Attaching all the studs does take some time, but a trick to make it easier is to use a spoon to close the pins.




 

Ta-da!! Super easy, to make and a great personalized alternative to those ugly commonplace sweaters.


I hope you liked this, if you want to see more of my diy's check out the blog curlymade.blogspot.pt and follow on blogloving.

Talk to you soon,



Thanks Daniela! It was certainly a pleasure to have you pen down something on Craft A Doodle Doo and I look forward to more collaborations in the future! :)


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Friday, December 5, 2014

THE FREEBIE JUBILEE // THE BETTER WINTER BLUES!

Okay, I've been spiraling back and forth between college and while I decided to take a break from my weekly blogging routine I still know it's that beautiful frosty time of the year in most places and soft, cool winds in areas round the globe situated more near the equator like mine.
         So here's to celebrating a decidedly awesome winter with another freebie collection. Perfect for wrapping up presents or making your scrapbook wonderful these prints can update anything in a pinch!

Go ahead and download them all for free! And don't forget to let other friends know about them too!

New free digital and printable papers by Craft A Doodle Doo; The Better Winter Blues Collection #free #printables #winter #digital #scrapbooking #giftwrap #prints


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