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Origami Flowers Paper Kit Mother Day Gift

I have been enamoured with the Origami Flowers Super Paper Pack and my kids have been using the kit to make lots of flowers from it!! Here are some examples how you can use the lovely papers from the origami kit. 
The word Origami (折り紙?, comes from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper" (kami changes to gami due to rendaku)) is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word "origami" is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin. The goal is to transform a flat sheet square of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Modern origami practitioners generally discourage the use of cuts, glue, or markings on the paper. Origami folders often use the Japanese word kirigami to refer to designs which use cuts, although cutting is more characteristic of Chinese papercrafts.[1]
The small number of basic origami folds can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. The best-known origami model is the Japanese paper crane. In general, these designs begin with a square sheet of paper whose sides may be of different colors, prints, or patterns. Traditional Japanese origami, which has been practiced since the Edo period (1603–1867), has often been less strict about these conventions, sometimes cutting the paper or using nonsquare shapes to start with. The principles of origami are also used in stents,packaging and other engineering applications

Here is the fritteralia that we made!

I was having a blast making these when I thought how about creating large paper flowers ? Here we use the full paper to make oversized blooms.Share your comments with #flowersforever 

Some samples of the paper from the lovely kit!

Origami rose folded from the kit

                                  An assortment of origami flowers from the instruction kit!

If you need a hands on crafting time with your kids these can be useful to you...

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Paper Plant - A Bromelaid DIY tutorial

I have been thinking of creating paper bromelaids for a long time since I thought the Fire Flowers in my How to Make 100 Paper Flowers book closely resembled a bromelaid... In case you don't know what a bromeliad is, it's those plant you see at supermarkets for gifting,they trap water in their leaves.

A very hardy plant the epiphytic vriesea bromeliads are native to Central and South America. They are prized for their interesting and brightly colored flat (swordlike) flowers. They do well as indoor plants in shady conditions, and they can be kept outdoors as long as they are kept warm in shadier balcony gardens. Here is one version of my bromelaids,I am hoping to do more versions of them in the near future and a DIY to create them.If you are the type of person have a "black thumb" :-) these are for you..They won't wilt even if you dont water them.

They are a gentle tweak on the fire flowers from the book.Templates are also in the book.I would love to hear your comments so do leave your suggestions or comments below!

paper flowers bromeliads

Materials Needed:-
Red Paper 
Green Paper
Kabab Skewers
Stem Wire
Tacky Glue
step 1 tutorial paper flowers bromeliads

Step 2
Using the fire flower template in the book cut out the petals for the bromelaid trimming off some edges for the top petals to make it smaller.You would need around 15 for each flower.Fold down the middle.
step 2 tutorial paper flowers bromeliads

Overlap 2 smallest petal on top adding glue to stay in place, insert skewer.

Step 4

Step 5
Form more petals adding petal downwards tilting petals to open out flower.At the bottom trim petal to slimmer versions,stick to cover stem.

Step 6
Cut a long leaf pattern from the book using cardstock

Step 7

Fold leaf in half

Step 8

Curl leaf using blade of scissors running down the leaf halfway.
Step 9

Step 10
Glue a small stem wire to enable you to pot the leaves

Add Floral Foam to a pot and add moss.Insert flowers pushing skewer ends down.Add leaves and you have a wonderful plant you need not water!!!

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Orange Blossoms botanical representation for a vintage wedding

Orange Blossoms
I have been trying to perfect my orange blossoms for a while and after tossing out many approaches
finally I have arrived with this the process I am just enthralled at the design of the flower!
Orange blossoms are a well know addition for all vintage theme weddings after Queen Victoria adorned herself with it on her wedding day.

orange blossoms artifical vintage wedding
orange blossoms

Orange blossoms are know to be a symbol of fruitfulness.I felt like I wanted a drink of cold blended orange juice after making this one!!

vintage weddings orange blossoms
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orange blossoms

and here is one more shot of some paper flowers gathered in a bunch!

vintage weddings orange blossoms paper flowers

Origami kits in Barnes and Noble and some tips on instagram

I recently took a short peek into my local Barnes and Noble and I found to my surprise the Origami Kit (also in target )on the shelves.Looking back my handmade business started around 10 years ago and I never ever thought that in my wildest dreams that I would have a book (let alone 3) selling in Barnes and Noble sitting alongside books from craft icons likes Martha Stewart.When  I started paper flowers were not popular but now what a comeback it's making...

There were many many periods where I have thought I should stop crafting and find a different avenue but always the love of crafting and the creative process always won out.It was never easy especially juggling  a family and 3 kids! So I guess it was a dream come dream on!

barnes and noble maria noble origami kits

A gathering of the tools I use often and the flowers!
paper flowers

I have started to share some tips on my instagram account, so be sure to follow me there,I finally took out the cricut machine (I am planning to post more on the machine soon) and the two leaves are cut via cricut you can get the svg free here if you liked them 

Here is my first cricut cut peony and wonderful rose leaves (where was this when I handcut all those paper leaves!!!).I uploaded my own files had some hiccups but finally landed  with a beautiful peony I still haven't found the time to stem it.

Tip1: I have been using a lot of scissors over the years Fiskars are my best bet for thick paper (like my large paper flower here) till now and mine is well worn out but I also use these steel scissors (see above) also called "barbers scissors" for fine cuts like stamens.I found hem at local pharmacys or even your local grocery store if you don't have one do consider buying one if you are in the "cutting world" I hope to be sharing more tips each week,follow me on instagram id paperflowersjude for the heads up and some instagram followers only tips..

Another of my cards the mushrooms are made up cupcake wrapper btw..along with my crepe paper anemone that are in the "How to Make 100 Paper Flowers" book.

Paper Punches and Crepe Paper Flowers

I have a load of paper punches that I somehow have picked up over these year and unfortunately not used them at all thanks to having a great Michaels store a few steps away from my home....

I thought I should put these and all the stacks of paper I have left over after all my orders and all the paper I have ordered for the 3 books I wrote a while back,so some time back I was in card making deluge..and recently I came back to these and thought this was the time to take pictures of them and perhaps redesign a few of them to sent to loved ones..especially with my new cricut machine that I have to add sentiments..

I sometime looks at all the paper I have and wonder and gulp :-) as I am sure all crafters do..

Here are some basic card I made all created using paper punches,some are via Martha Stewart and some are Fiskars..

This one used quilling ideas I have in the book "How to Make 100 Paper flwoers"

this one paired with my paper dahlia I made recently and the leaves I cut using my new cricut explore (isn't it beautiful! and what a breeze to make them)

A modified vintage rose in yellow

and here below is another one with Martha's punches along with a note card!

Here is by the way some pictures of  boxes that crafters have done who have my kit "Origami Boxes Super Paper Pack"! Lovely paper and a steal at the prices,check your local Barnes and Nobles for both the kits!

Crepe paper Dahlia and handcrafted cards!

I have been playing around with creating crepe paper Dahlias so here are some new pictures I managed to get this time.The flower in the back is fire flowers from the book "How to  Make 100 Paper Flowers" It creates quite an impact,when used in arrangements.

crepe paper flowers dahlia

paper dahlias

paper dahlias

To add to it Valentine's Day is coming up and  I hope to create a DIY for these gorgeous post it note camelia like flowers that you can create easily.I have been inspired to create some handcrafted cards using the paper punches lying around and here is a gorgeous card along with a note card I created!

valentines day flowers

paper flowers

Christmas is over but don't throw away the wrapping recylce them to create boxes using instructions my Origami Boxes Super Paper Pack and use them to store yours treasures till next year! 

origami boxes

Origami Easter gift basket Tutorial

A lovely and super easy gift basket that you can make out a single sheet of paper - yes can you believe a  single sheet? to pack your goodies for your baby shower or Easter or upcoming valentines!

There are 10 other such creative boxes in my new kit on Amazon.To create this one you would need one 6 by 6 square paper preferably double sided which is a good feature of the kit that all the papers are double sided and soo gorgeous! 

Step1: Cut one square paper into half lengthwise.(it's a square so anyways :-) fold the rectangle into half bringing the taller side into half.Fold this into half bothways marking the edges to get half points.Bring up the folded corner edges to meet at center to form 2nd step in first picture.Fold this triangle formed inward (open the paper and tuck in the triangles to result in first shape in step 2.)

Step 2: Turn over and bring flap to meet at the middle.Turn over the shape and repeat step to result in first shape in Step 3.
 Step 3: Fold upwards the bottom triangle creasing the fold very well using any hard tool.Fold down the top corners of the flap to meet at middle to form handles.

 Step 4: Bring folded handles up and tuck one handle within the other like shown in 2nd shape to form a lovely box to hold all sort of goodies and favors.

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