Mexican Paper Flowers

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What a week it has been. I am most certainly ready for the weekend, and I couldn’t be more grateful for Monday being a bank holiday. I spent today at a high school in Lancaster teaching a Maths and Science session as part of a Summer School for the new students starting in September. I always find working in schools good fun, but dear Lord am I tired. The kids seemed to enjoy it though so that’s the main thing.

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In other news, today’s post is a super easy DIY for you all. As some of you may know, I’m currently in the midst of planning my 21st birthday celebrations. It turns out that I love party planning- who knew? I guess it’s no suprise, I am an avid list maker and organiser. I know it sounds really boring for those of you who aren’t that way inclined, but what can I say, I do love a good list.

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So, onto today’s project. These Mexican paper flowers were sooo easy to make and I love how bright and colourful they are; they’re going to make perfect decorations for my party.

Here’s how I made them:

You will need:

  • Crepe paper or tissue paper, assorted bright colours.
  • Pipe cleaners.
  • Scissors.

Method:

  1. Cut your crepe paper into squares, about 4″ wide. You will need about 6-8 sheets of paper per flower. P1240636
  2. Place your square sheets of paper on top of each other and fold them together in a concertina style, as though you were making a fan.P1240638.jpg
  3. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the centre of the folded paper and twist the two loose ends together to secure. P1240642.jpg
  4. Use scissors to round out the edges as shown.P1240643.jpg
  5. Carefully peel your paper up, one layer at a time, until you create your desired flower shape.
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    Front view

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    Back view

  6. Use your flowers to decorate your home, garden, or wherever else you fancy!

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There we have it! I hope you enjoyed this post guys, have you ever tried making paper flowers? What have you been up to this week? Let me know in the comments!

 

DIY paper mache paste

 

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Hi guys! A super quick and easy blog post today- my DIY paper mache paste! I’m sure a few of my readers already know how to make their own paper mache paste, but for those who don’t, this is for you lovely people! 🙂 I also thought I’d include some short instructions on how to paper mache, too.

Paper mache (or papier-mâché) is a need to know technique for aspiring crafters. Fun fact: ‘papier-mâché’ is actually French for ‘chewed paper’!

Paper mache is a composite material consisting of pieces of paper and some sort of paste or glue. It is sooooo versatile, and can be used for a multitude of craft projects. I used the  particular paper mache paste featured in this post for an upcoming blog project- so keep your eyes peeled!

So, how do you make your own paper mache paste?

You will need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water

Method:

  1. Combine the flour and the water in a bowl… and that’s it! Told you it was super easy.

How do you paper mache?

  1. Tear up sheets newspaper or similar into strips. Dunk your first strip of paper into your paste, ensuring it is thoroughly coated. Remove from the paste, take any excess off the paper strip by running it between your thumb and finger. (I never said it wasn’t messy!)
  2. Place your first strip onto the object you wish to paper mache, and stick down with an old paint brush. Repeat this process until all of the object has been covered.
  3. Leave to dry over night.

So there you have it, how to make your own paper mache paste. I hope some of you found it useful, and maybe it even inspired you to get making! The possibilities of paper mache are endless.

Before I go, we’ve got some great blog posts coming up this week: homemade bunting being just one of them! I’m so excited to share them with you, I hope you’re looking forward to it too.

Best wishes to you all for the week ahead.

Maddie x