Posts Tagged ‘weddings’

Crepe Paper Flowers

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Crepe paper has recently arrived to The Paper Place in 31 gorgeous colours!!! Oh the crepe paper possibilities!!! The sheets are very large and measure 20 x 90 inches and they are sold for $2.00 a sheet in the store.

Once I saw it, I immediately wanted to make crepe paper flowers. Crepe paper flowers are another way to add everlasting floral element and a bit of nature to any space. Many people are using crepe paper flowers at weddings as an alternative to real thing. I think they are equally as beautiful and a very economical (yet a little time consuming) option. They are much more durable than real flowers and will hold up during lengthy festivities. They can be matched to your event style and colours and you can have whatever flowers you want regardless of the season.

Dennison Crepe Paper Company has been creating crepe paper since 1922 and that is where our paper is from. We found the vintage instructions and templates online from books that have been scanned. Scroll down to the very bottom of the PDF file to find the templates and browse through tons of different flowers.

You may find a more modern set of instructions but we think the original, vintage ones are very cool. Here’s the link below:

http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/pub/PDF/Dennison-Crepe-1922.pdf

What you will need:

-Crepe paper in a few different colours (I got about five so I could experiment)

-1 Roll of floral tape

-Scissors

-Cloth wrapped floral wire

-Petal and leaf templates (downloaded from the link above)

Simply follow the instructions from the slides and you’ll be turning out flowers like nobody’s business. I ended up making the dahlia (continuous petal method) and tulip (single petal method) and put them in a vase for a bedroom bouquet. I am so excited to try out more colours from our selection and make more lovely flowers. Here are a few photos from my flower making session. Enjoy!!!

Downloaded templates

Downloaded templates

 

Dahlia Stamen

Dahlia Stamen

Flower before curling process

Flower before curling process

The beginning of the curling, flower is starting to form.

The beginning of the curling, flower is starting to form.

The completed flowers!!

The completed flowers!!

- Leah

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New Year, New Crafts!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

New Year’s is a time for self-reflection and, in an effort to improve upon the previous twelve months, resolutions are often made. Many of us at The Paper Place are ambitious in our art project planning throughout the year–so much so that, at times, the end of the year is accompanied by the realisation that not all of our projects were brought to fruition!

This year, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to get an early start on some of the artful endeavours I’ve been fantasizing about since last year. Many of them are timely and have even helped to commemorate the fun I had tying up 2011.

Making your own picture frame is fun and fairly simple given the online materials that books like Paper + Craft supply you with. Photo frames are great when paired with all of the fun pictures you snapped over the holiday season. Take a look at this one of my best friend, Belinda, and I!

Making this frame was as easy as selecting one 8 1/2 x 11 ” piece of card stock and two same-sized pieces of paper weight. From the wide variety of material The Paper Place carries, I chose black for the card stock, “paper bag” for one of the pieces of paper, and “linen ivory lightweight” for the second. From there I downloaded templates from the Paper + Craft link above, layered my frame cut-outs, and added a playful safety pin detail using a paper punch. Divine Twin is a great way to hang my framed photo as it isn’t very heavy.

Even though many parties occurred during the month of December, January finds us with plenty of reasons to celebrate, including Chinese New Year, a new job, or a new baby in the family! Why not adorn wine, juice, or water glasses during social gatherings with silhouette animal glass markers? They are playful and help you remember which glass is yours!

I made these using black card stock, animal stencils, and an X-Acto knife. The cut-outs can be adhered using Yamato rice paste with no harm to your glassware as the adhesive is water-soluble and non-toxic. Alternatively, double-sided tape will do the trick!

Speaking of silhouettes, many brides-to-be have begun to come in to plan and design their wedding invitations. I always like to give my dear friends a black paper-cut silhouette wedding portrait to capture such an exciting and memorable event in life. Starting early is key if I have learned anything over the years, so January isn’t too soon to start planning to collect materials and tools! Take a look at the last two I executed!

From all of us at The Paper Place, best of luck in 2012 and take the new year as inspiration to plan so fun, artsy projects!

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