[D.I.Y. Tutorial] An oh-so-simple paper flower backdrop

MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_PAPER-FLOWERS_MAIN(web)I’ve got a little DIY crafty inspiration for you today, if you’re looking for more summer floral backdrops ideas… and unlike most handmade paper floral installations that can be intricate or fiddly to handle, this one is incredibly quick and simple to create! It’s perfect for those who haven’t got a lot of time on their hands but want something quick and visually effective or for those who simply feel they lack the creativity or confidence. It really is simple, versatile, mobile and one that’s catered to all age-groups! And what I love most about this, is that you can create these backdrops to your own home – whether you’re decorating a nursery or throwing a party – without having to worry if you have the right tools or break the bank!  All you need are THREE key materials; tissue paper, scissors and sticky tape! And a wall of some kind! ;)

I had in fact used this technique for a backdrop on a styled shoot earlier this year (see the end of this post) after scouring the internet for floral installation inspiration so I’m delighted I’m finally able to share how I achieved the look for the shoot. Besides, with summertime coming to a close and this weekend being our LAST long bank holiday weekend for the year, you might as well go all out and make the most of your summer craftyness while it lasts!! :)

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MATERIALS:

  1. Tissue paper – you can buy these in bulk on Ebay or Amazon.
  2. Adhesive tape – to avoid any damage to the surface of your walls opt for ‘Scotch Magic Tape‘ (which is what I used) The next up from that is an all-purpose roll of ‘Masking Tape‘ if you’re not too worried about the surface of the wall or backing board. Both these tapes, will allow for quick removal and minimal damage. (Note: If you’re looking for a more permanent fixture then, PVA, UHU or hot glue gun works but I would recommend this for more intermediate to advanced crafters)
  3. Scissors

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[1] Cut your sheets of tissue paper lengthways into strips where they are at least 25 cm in width – you don’t want to go any bigger or smaller than that as it does affect the overall shape and size of your bloom. Now fold the paper into pleats (a.k.a. accordion-folding) like you would when you make a fan…….however, with this, you don’t have to be too OCD here but try keep it relatively neat  :)

[2] Once you’ve accordion-folded all your tissue paper, use your scissors to trim the one end into a shallow half-circle shape. This is basically to soften the edges and make them look more like petals.

[3] Now, as you unfold the tissue paper crumple up the other end of the tissue paper and then gather in the middle as you start fanning it into the form of a bloom.

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[4] Crumple and fluff up the tissue paper bloom until you’re happy with how it looks.

[5] Double up some magic tape or cellotape and seal the two ends together to complete flower! Repeat these steps with all your tissue paper flowers. A mass ‘production line’ approach makes things a lot quicker! ;)

[6] Once all your tissue flowers are made, simply add a few strips of doubled-up tape to the back of the flower (on the gathered/crumpled centre) and stick to your wall. Place them to however way you wish but keep it looking natural if possible. For a strong visual effect, I would have a concentrated area of flowers and gradually scatter it out. Obviously the more you have the more dramatic your installation looks!

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And that’s how it’s done folks. A fun, simple and pretty task for anyone to try, and a great way of adding pops of colour (or drama) to your homes, party or special occasion.

Below, are a couple of ‘behind the scenes’ photos that I had taken while I was setting up the floral installation for the wedding styled shoot I worked on back in March. You can have a nosey at some of my earlier posts on the shoot here and here if you fancy more DIY inspiration.

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So, if you decide to ‘get the look’ using these paper flowers, please do share it on FB, Twitter or IG and hashtag it with ‘CraftwithMolu‘ so I can check out your creativeness myself! :)

Happy crafting folks! And have a wonderful weekend ahead (long one for those here in the UK!)  xxx

LOVE IS IN THE AIR … ♥

MbM_ValentinesDay_MAIN HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY love birds! ;)

Well, whatever you do to celebrate all the mushy stuff today, I sincerely hope your day is filled with lots of fun, laughter and love…..and massive congrats if you get asked the BIG question too. Just remember to love your better halves every other day of the year and not just this day! :) Anyway, here’s me having a bit of fun with my DIY heart garland backdrop and one of my favourite Jane Austen quotes……as you do, of course! :D

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Oh and making this garland is the easiest thing on this planet. All you need is red or pink coloured card, a heart-shaped craft punch, white sewing thread, and tape (if you don’t want to use a sewing machine)! You can cover an entire wall with it and it makes the perfect little backdrop to have for any special occasion! Can you imagine entering a white room filled with these when your significant other pops the question? :) I may not be all for Valentine’s Day but it’s these little DIY touches that make me swoon! :)

Much love x x xMbM_ValentinesDay_Supplies  [Image Credit: ©Made by Molu]

[Private Commission]: Lavender-scented heart cushion

DSC_4807-webThis is a glimpse into a recent commissioned work I did where I was asked to make a large personalised lavender-scented cushion in the shape of heart (using 100% cotton fabric) for a friend who was looking for a something ‘handmade’ for her sister’s birthday. So, if you are looking for something ‘bespoke’ and personalised, I can be available to discuss your ideas further….whatever they may be…..and draw up something to suit your needs. Always happy to discuss new and exciting projects! :) xx

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