Paper Flowers with Craftsy!

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By now, you probably already know that I love paper flowers: I used some in the décor for this year’s Paper Party and in the bar sign for our frozen cocktail party last month, along with a few other occasions. But here’s a secret: I’ve always either used a pre-made kit or relied on the craftiness of others to create the flowers! So when Craftsy reached out to see if I’d be interested in taking some of their classes – and sharing the results with all of you – I jumped at the chance to really learn how to make paper flowers myself through Paper Arts with Alton DuLaney!

I’m sharing some inspiration from the class below, and Craftsy is offering a very generous discount exclusively for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers (for a limited time only!) who might also be interested in taking the class! This is the first post in a four part series with Craftsy – I’m so excited to share more ideas in future posts!

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If you aren’t already familiar with Craftsy, they offer a wide range of interactive online classes that you can take from the comfort and convenience of the your own home. The thing that I like about Craftsy is that you can go at your own speed and even focus on different sections of the class when you want to. So if you have a party coming up you can focus on the entertaining components first, then go back to the art of letter writing section if you’re having trouble figuring out what to say in your thank you notes. The class is yours to keep forever – so you can revisit previously viewed course materials at any time (and multiple times), and if you’re not satisfied you can return your class for a full refund. Such great features!

The Paper Arts class contains a lot of really useful information and techniques – everything from how to make paper flowers and paper entertaining ideas to the art of letter writing. Since that’s a pretty wide range of topics, today I thought we’d focus in specifically on the paper flower component of the class. Here’s a little bit of what you can expect to learn:

  • methods for creating two types of flowers from tissue paper (carnation and spider mum)
  • methods for creating two types of flowers from heavier card stock (daffodil and rose)
  • how to layer colors together to achieve your desired floral design
  • templates for the petal and leaf shapes
  • instructions on building the flowers with floral tape and a hot glue gun

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With fall on the horizon and the holidays in the not-too-distant future, my first thought was to use the paper flowers to create a beautiful table runner centerpiece for fall entertaining! I chose to keep my paper flowers fairly simple and small so that they would both lay flat and could be grouped together for the centerpiece, but in Alton’s class you’ll learn how to make flowers big and small.

You can click here to take the Craftsy Paper Arts class – and take advantage of the wonderful discount! You’ll learn the specific techniques in Alton’s class, but you can continue reading below to learn more about the materials and techniques that I decided to use for my project.

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Materials

Crepe paper (I used hot pink, light pink, and brown)

Text weight kraft paper sheets

Scissors (I like to use precision scissors with smaller blades for more control)

Hot glue gun

Sparkly pom poms (optional)

White craft paint + paint pen (optional)

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I used a mix of crepe paper and text weight kraft paper for my flowers. I love the stretchiness of crepe paper, and the kraft paper tends to run on the heavier side anyway so it was the perfect weight for this project. I started by cutting the paper down into small rectangles: because my flowers were on the smaller side each petal ended up being between 2″ – 4″ tall and 1″-2″ wide. You’ll find petal templates in the materials section of the class, but I chose to freehand most of my petals with a soft ruffly top edge for a more whimsical look.

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Once you have 5-6 small rectangles, you can usually stack them and cut out several petals at the same time. The most important thing is to remember to cut the crepe paper so that the grain runs vertically along each petal and to make the base of each petal fairly narrow – which helps when assembling and layering the flowers. Each final flower had between five and ten petals. I used either small balled up pieces of crepe paper or sparkly little pom poms as the flower centers. Both were really cute! Finally, for a bit of added texture I splattered some white acrylic craft paint on some of the petals and used a white paint pen to draw lines on some of the other petals. But you can absolutely skip this part if that’s not your style!

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Click here to take the Craftsy Paper Arts class – with a big discount for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers! This discount is only available for a week – so sign up soon!

Styling + Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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DIY Tutorial: Black and White Striped Napkin Rings

I think some of the best and most economical ways to style a table involve napkins and napkin rings, which are also great ways to break out some DIY skills. I’m a sucker for black and white stripes, so today, I’m making my own set of napkin rings donning my favorite pattern offset with some turquoise beads. They’re an affordable, low-skill project, and I’m seriously loving the combination! – Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

DIY Floss Wrapped Napkin Rings OSBP 9 DIY Tutorial: Black and White Striped Napkin Rings

DIY Floss Wrapped Napkin Rings OSBP 1 DIY Tutorial: Black and White Striped Napkin Rings

Materials
Wooden napkin rings
Black and white embroidery floss
Needle
Small beads
Washi tape

DIY Floss Wrapped Napkin Rings OSBP 2 DIY Tutorial: Black and White Striped Napkin Rings

Step One: Begin by tying the ends of both colors onto a napkin ring – with the knots on the inside.

DIY Floss Wrapped Napkin Rings OSBP 3 DIY Tutorial: Black and White Striped Napkin Rings

Step Two: Wrap the thread around the ring, alternating between the two colors. I alternated between six white wraps and three black wraps.  As you wrap one color simply wrap it around the other, unused color on the back side. Stop once you’ve covered about an inch of the ring and set aside.

DIY Floss Wrapped Napkin Rings OSBP 4 DIY Tutorial: Black and White Striped Napkin Rings

Step Three: Use a needle to thread several beads onto a separate piece of embroidery floss.

DIY Floss Wrapped Napkin Rings OSBP 5 DIY Tutorial: Black and White Striped Napkin Rings

Step Four: Center the beads over the section of the ring that you’ve already wrapped, and secure on each side of the wrapped thread with a small piece of washi tape.

DIY Floss Wrapped Napkin Rings OSBP 6 DIY Tutorial: Black and White Striped Napkin Rings

Step Five: Tie the beaded string around the ring on the back, and trim the ends.

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Step Six: Now finish wrapping until you’ve covered the entire ring. Finish off by tying the strings on the inside.

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Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Black and white is always classic. It seems like no matter what design you choose you can’t go wrong with this simple, sophisticated palette. We typically gravitate towards bright pops of color, soft pastels, or neutrals – but for this tutorial we wanted to explore the modern, less traditional, side of good old black and white.  We added hand painted floral elements to bring in our signature style and make each invitation unique. With the days getting shorter and autumn knocking on the door, this wedding invitation suite feels just right to us. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

Modern Floral Final DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Materials

Modern Type Invitation Stamp and Reply Card Stamp
Art Deco Return Address Stamp
Watercolor Paper – we used 22″ x 30″ Smooth Hot Press Arches Watercolor Paper
Pencil and ruler
Sumi Ink
Paint Brushes
Stamp Pads in Black and Frost White
Craft knife and cutting mat
6×9 String Tie Envelopes
4bar Envelopes

Modern Floral Step1 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Step One: Since we will be hand painting with a bleed (a design that continues off the side or page) for this invitation tutorial, we will start by drawing our frames on hot press watercolor paper. For this design, we marked up two 5 ½” x 8 ½” rectangles spaced about an inch apart from one another. We used artist paper, which instead of coming in a pad, comes in large sheets, usually around 22″ x 30.” To make them workable, we tear that size down into four sections, resulting in sheets that are 11″ x 15.” You can also purchase watercolor paper in pads or blocks. Use what you like best!

Modern Floral Step2 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Step Two: Next, stamp your invitation (we used our Modern Type Invitation) in the center of each penciled rectangle. Press firmly but moderately when printing on a flat surface, using your hands to make sure that the entire stamp has been printed. Let dry.

Modern Floral Step2 2 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

This sheet is stamped and awaiting floral painted details. Before you start painting, make sure that the stamped ink is totally dry.

Modern Floral Step3 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Step Three: It’s always a good idea to warm up and practice before painting, especially on something as important as your wedding invitations! Get a scrap piece of watercolor paper (preferably the exact same paper as your invitations) and get creative! Grab some flowers and foliage from your yard and start working out a design that you like. We used Sumi Ink instead of paint for this design, but any type of gouache (opaque watercolor) or watercolors will work too! Experimentation is the key to getting a result that you’re happy with.

Modern Floral Step4 2 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Step Four: Get to work painting your invitations once you feel warmed up and know what you want to paint. We started by painting clusters of flowers and foliage along the top of each invitation, as shown above. You could also do something as simple as a single flower at the top or as ornate as a wreath around the entire invitation. The nice part is that it’s totally up to you! It can also help to pencil in a rough design prior to painting on your invitation if you’re not 100% confident going freeform on the design.

Modern Floral Step5 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Step Five: We decided to add a very small floral accent right below the location on our design, so after the top was dry, we added one to each invitation. Let your finished design dry completely.

Modern Floral Step5 2 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Once all of your paintings are complete, all that’s left to do on the invitation is cut it out! Use a craft knife and metal ruler (or very precise paper cutter) to cut along your pencil lines…et voila! An invitation with a full bleed!

Modern Floral Step6 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Step Six: Stamp your reply card (we used our Modern Type Reply) on a 4bar size card made of the same watercolor paper used on the invitation or a card of a similar color (soft white). We used the same black stamp pad as on the invitation design.

Modern Floral Step7 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Step Seven: Stamp your return address in black (we used our Art Deco Return Address) on the back of a 6″ x 9″ envelope and reply address in white on the front of a black 4bar envelope. We’re in love with these gorgeous string tie envelopes and love how the milkweed color softens the look of what is otherwise a 100% black and white design.

Now all that’s left is to address them to your loved ones, add postage, and send them on their way! We guarantee that your guests will be floored by the beauty of your hand crafted work of art!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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DIY Tutorial: Striped Linen Pom Pom Blanket

Labor Day has come and gone and I think we all expect to see an explosion of fall around the web. I’ll still be clinging to summer for a while though. I know I’ll have to accept the cool down sooner or later, so I started to think about things we might all be needing to transition us from summer to fall. One thing I love having around the house, ready for entertaining or tossing in a bag for a little wine and cheese picnic, are lightweight blankets. Toss them over your chairs in the yard for a little color during the day, and guests can grab them at night. Or leave one in your beach bag… this one won’t take up too much room! – Lauren

DIY Dyed Striped Linen Pom Pom Blanket AFabulousFete OSBP 11 DIY Tutorial: Striped Linen Pom Pom Blanket

DIY Dyed Striped Linen Pom Pom Blanket AFabulousFete OSBP 1 DIY Tutorial: Striped Linen Pom Pom Blanket

Materials

Large piece of linen
Fabric dye in your favorite color
Paint brush
Yarn for pom poms

DIY Dyed Striped Linen Pom Pom Blanket AFabulousFete OSBP 2 DIY Tutorial: Striped Linen Pom Pom Blanket

Mix a small amount of your dye with water in a bucket. I wanted a faint wash of color, but you can add more dye to make your stripes more saturated. Once you have mixed the water and dye, lay your fabric out on a flat surface (outside or on something you won’t ruin). Paint freehand stripes across the length of your fabric.

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DIY Dyed Striped Linen Pom Pom Blanket AFabulousFete OSBP 4 DIY Tutorial: Striped Linen Pom Pom Blanket

You can set the fabric dye by throwing your blanket in the dryer or with an iron. While you are waiting for your stripes to dry, make four (4) pom poms for the corners of your blanket. To make the poms, wrap the yarn around 3 fingers about 50 times.

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Tie another piece of yarn around the center. Double knot this tightly and make sure you have plenty of extra length.

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Cut the loops open and fluff.

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Once your blanket is dry, cut a small hole at each corner about 1/4″ in from the sides. Using the long pieces on your pom poms, thread through the holes and tie each pom tightly to the corners. Trim.

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Now pack your bag or toss in the yard for guests!

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Photo Credits: Lauren Saylor for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

We have a confession: we’re crazy about details… and we can’t get enough pattern in our lives. A few weeks ago, we were on the hunt for the perfect favor bags and just couldn’t find exactly what we were looking for. A light bulb went off and Emma dreamed up these custom DIY wedding and party favor bags that can be made from any patterned sheet of paper! And thus a new obsession was born. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

GoodieBAg Final 1 DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

These favor bags are best made in an assembly line fashion, completing each step for all of your bags at once. Doing it this way will save you tons of time!

Materials

Coco and Paloma Green Floral Patterned Paper in text weight

Scoreboard

T-square Ruler

Pencil

Scissors

Double Sided Tape (a tape gun is faster but optional)

GoodieBag Step1 DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

Step 1: Using a scoreboard, score your sheet of paper on the back (we used 8.5 x 11″ patterned paper) half an inch above the bottom (the 11″ side) and half an inch from right hand side. Lastly, score down the new center, at the 5.25″ mark. You can adapt this technique to any size paper by using this formula, simply adjust the center score accordingly.

GoodieBag Step2 DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

Step 2: With a t-square ruler, draw a light pencil line across the lefthand side and righthand half inch portion of the paper that you just scored, about an inch down from the top.

GoodieBag Step3 DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

Step 3: Next, you will center a plate on the right-hand side, in between your straight pencil lines. This is how to create the top arch on your bag. Trace the top of the plate light with a pencil. You should now have a cutting guide that runs all the way across your paper.

GoodieBag Step4 DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

Step 4: With scissors, carefully cut along the line that you just made. You will also need to cut half an inch at the center score line along the bottom to where the score marks meet.

GoodieBag Step5 DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

Step 5: Next, fold down the righthand half inch score mark. Apply double sided tape along the length of the right side as well as across the bottom right side (from cut to edge). Carefully fold the left side to meet the right and adhere them together.

GoodieBag Step6 DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

Step 6: Flip your bag over and finish it off by folding up the bottom half inch and tape it to the back using double sided tape.

GoodieBag Final 2 DIY Tutorial: Patterned Wedding and Party Favor Bags

Et voila! Favor bags sure to impress at any wedding or party. Now… what to put in them?

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper