guest blogger - Sasha from The Guilded Bee:

October 2, 2010

Hello this is Sasha of The Gilded Bee :), I love to discover ways of taking everyday and often overlooked items and creating something special. Today I'm honored to be able to share these with you:



Supplies to make these flowers:
• paper cupcake/muffin liners
• cloth or paper covered florist wire
• wire cutters
• scissors
• hot glue gun and glue

1. to make this flower, I used 3 regular cupcake liners
2. make a cut down one side of the liner, then cut out the center (you only want the crinkled part of the paper)
3. along the outer edge, make little snips, space them about ½ inch apart, be sure not to cut any more than halfway through the paper.
4. repeat steps 2, and 3 with your other liners
5. with a dot of hot glue, tack one end of one snipped liner with the snipped edge at the top.
6. roll, keeping the paper even, tack with a little dot of glue every few inches to keep the paper from unravelling
7. repeat steps 5 and 6 with your other papers
8. with your fingertips, gently peel the petals back to form your flower

Project Carnations Variations:
You can make these with any size of liner, you could use patterned liners, and you can add extra layers to create a fuller bloom (the white carnation pictured is made with 6 reg. size liners, the multi one has 9, and the yellow has 12).


Now, here is something lovely you could create with your newly made flowers,
The Carnation Brooch:

To make this piece you’ll need these additional materials:
• 6 inches, 28 gauge jewelry wire
• 12 inches, ½ inch wide rayon seam binding or ribbon
• 12 inches, 1 to 1 ¾ inch wide crepe paper
• One, 2 inch long flat pin back

{For this piece I used one 9-regular liner carnation on a 4.5 inch long stem, one 3-regular liner and one 3-mini liner: both attached to opposite ends of another 4.5 inch long stem}

Step 1: Bend the double ended flower stem in half.
Glue end of bent stem to the center of the stem of the largest flower.
2. Tack end of crepe paper to the end of the longest stem, wrap around stems, working toward flowers, tack other end of crepe with a dot of glue to keep it in place.
3. Toward the top of the stem, attach the base of the pinback by twisting and wrapping the wire around it.
4. Tack the end of the ribbon to the end of the stem.
5. Wrap around stem/weaving under and around pinback.
Tuck end of ribbon under (about 1/4” to prevent fraying) tack at the top with a little dot of glue.

More Project Carnations Variations:
These could be customized to make very original boutonnières, you could use them in the place of a bow on top of a gift, loop the stem to form a napkin ring or gather a bunch of flowers together to form a lovely bouquet.

31 hello's:

  1. wow, this is SUCH a great DIY!! i LOVEEEEE it!!! now off to find my cupcake wrappers....!

  2. Wow, these are so beautiful. Who would have though something so pretty could come from something so simple?! x

  3. Fun project! Have you tried using foil wrappers?

  4. this is the pretties paper flower craft i've seen!!!!

  5. sasha, you are SO talented. love this!

  6. Love this! they look really quick and easy too.

  7. great DIY! and super cute. a cluster would make for a cool flower girl bouquet!

  8. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. so beautiful! a garland of them would be rad. love your blog!

  10. How so very lovely! I can totally see myself decorating a centerpiece with them.

  11. lovely, saved to try this out later. thanks for sharing!

  12. wow~ this one is seriously amazing! I must try it with the leftover cupcake holders that I have.

  13. I love this idea! I have some leftover polka dot holders that I think would be fun to try this with. Thanks for the grand idea!

  14. Brilliant! Will do one to put in my hair ;)


  15. Absolutely beautiful project!
    I love paper roses as well.
    I made this:
    Regards from Tuscany

  16. omg! who would have thought!
    out of paper cups!


    on my list to try it.

  17. These are cute..thanks for sharing with us...

  18. my goodness. i have all these materials -- there's no excuse -- i've seriously gotta try this. :)

  19. What a lovely simple idea!
    --Lee Ann

  20. absolutely great
    must try it soon

  21. I featured your carnations on my blog today!

    Love it :)

  22. ❤hi Danni,
    what a wonderful tutorial .I will be trying to make some of did a really great job showing us how to do it! thanks so much!

  23. Oh, how lucky to find this tutorial. My friend is having an engagement party for her son and I'm helping with the decorations. Thank you for sharing this idea.


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