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Brown Paper Flowers

I love brown paper stuff. It’s the paper version of burlap I suppose.

I’ve discovered that the brown paper flowers can be used in all sorts of applications. Centerpieces and wall decor and Christmas ornaments.

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Paper bags weren’t in abundance at my house so

upcycling went extremist when I grabbed the cat litter bag and used it to craft flowers.

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There are two layers of brown paper beyond the colored bag covering.

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I cut out scalloped edged circles in varying sizes from the bag.

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Then I take the circles and twist, crumple and ruffle them while pinching the stem area.

And after placing smaller inside larger flowers, I poke a wire through the whole deal and twist.

Hot gluing them together is advisable even with the wiring.

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Tada, brown paper flowers.

Last year at Christmas, I used them on the tree. I even dipped some of the edges in glue and glitter.

From Shalavee.com, brown paper flowers on a trellis/baby gate

But the best use of them was this wall piece I made from a baby gate. Sideways, it became a trellis and the ribbon a vine.

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I ‘ve glued fabric rosettes between the “petals” and clustered them in purple plastic flower pots with mini sand bags inside as centerpieces for a fundraising event. And glued fall leaves I sprayed with polyeurothane for fall centerpieces in plastic pots too.

Dipping the paper flowers into plaster of paris or spray painting them may be other fun ways to manipulate them. But what I love the most is that they are a huge visual bang for no money. Love them. Even though they may smell like dusty clay cat litter.

Paper Makings

I admit, I have a “thing” for decorating, playing, and crafting with paper.

Paper gets you such a visual bang for your almost unspent dollar.

And butterflies have become my current paper obsession.

From Shalavee.com, Flower boat centerpiece with paper butterflies

The first I made were these butterflies from color copied card stock.

I cut out three different sizes and glued them to the flowers and the wreath handle on my flower boats.

These were created as centerpieces and ended up in a local restaurant.

From shalavee.com, butterfly thank yous for the baby shower

This butterfly version also appeared on my Butterfly Thank You Notes.

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Last Christmas, I made butterflies from envelopes.

There are more where they came from. And will show up again.

The last butterflies were the accordion fold butterflies. I was inspired to make these from a Pinterest picture, of course.

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I die every time I see this picture.. Perfect.

They aren’t hard to fold but you need very tight folds.From Shalavee.com, accordian ffolded butterflies tutorial

You do have to cut them right to achieve the shape. I looked at the picture and copied what I saw.

My brain works like this, “Cutting from corner angled down to third ridge then doubling back, then down to second valley.”

Good Luck.

From Shalave.com, accordian folded butterflies tutorial

These were made from scrap-book paper. Packs come in matching colors and patterns.

After the fold, I tied them with stunt yarn. After the cutting, little ribbon sashes were attached.

I grouped the butterflies together in threes to put on old book paper wreaths.

From Shalavee.com, Newspaper leaf wreath

To make the wreaths, I grabbed old encyclopedias and

started cutting leaf shapes out.

From Shalavee.com, Newspaper leaf wreath

I then affixed the “leaves” to a base of cardboard cut in the shape of an O.

From Shalavee.com, Newspaper leaf wreath on green clapboard wall

This took all of five minutes to make.

From Shalavee.com, Accordian butterflies on newspaper leaf wreaths

They then became something like these. Although the butterflies were larger here and I used some color paged leaves as well.

 I promptly gifted these to my two special blogging friends, Kathy and Amy. We were to bring gifts we’d made

to our Christmastime blog meeting. Our get together had inspired me to be creative.

My gratitude for friendship brings out my creativity the most.

Do you find that to be true of you too?

Thanks for keeping up with me and my crazy month stunt.

If you haven’t done so yet, click on the badge in the sidebar or here and vote for me.

I want to be in the Top 25 Family Blogs by Moms on the Circle of Moms blog.

And I need you to make it happen for me.

There’s more paper projects coming tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Asking For Your Support

I didn’t set out to be a mommy blogger. I started a blog to hone my writing skills. And I happened to be a Mommy as well. And that means that my daily brain waves are often tied up with how to do right by my child, now children. And yet, my blog and my children are equally important to me. I would do anything to keep my children alive and happy. And I also would do anything to continue to fulfill my calling as a writer.DCP_3406

I was tremendously flattered to be offered an opportunity to guest post on Jennifer Cooper’s Classic Play website. After meeting her in person at a creative’s meet up organized by Jen, I asked her for support in growing my blog. And she offered me my first guest post entitled The Needs of the Many and the Needs of You, published this past week on her blog. The piece is near and dear to me as it discusses how to meet your needs as a creative, especially writer, and the needs of an infant or child. Because both need your undivided unending patience and attention.DCP_3182

And as I am cruising through this month of 31 Days of Pretty Picture posts, I discovered I am in a contest for the top 25 Mommy bloggers that blog about family life on the Circle of Mom’s blog. And I can taste it. I suddenly realized that I wanted votes. I wanted to ask for support and feel great about receiving it. Soooo…

Please take a moment and click the badge to the right.

Vote for me today. Vote for me tomorrow. And every day until Halloween .

And ask your network, on my behalf, to do the same.

I would be so humbled and appreciate it so much to at least rise to the #50 spot. The leaders are way ahead of me as they obviously knew they were in a contest. Having Fiona put me out of touch in a few places. But I’ve still managed to keep up with my posts 3x a week. And this month, 31 days in a row.

The benefit to winning a coveted spot in the top 25? Writing opportunities. I know what I want to do besides be a parent. I want to be a paid writer.

Love to all of you who have supported me so far. Turn a few more people on to me please. And we’ll see if I can’t rise above.

And thanks to whoever voted for me 6 times before I even knew I was in the contest.

Love,

Shalagh

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