Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to make a Paper Sunflower


My neighbor was just about to chop down his first sunflower plant last year, when I asked him why he wasn't saving it for the seeds. He was surprised when I showed him where they were hiding. He gave me a bag after they were dried, but actually they were kind of too small to bother eating. I thought it would be intriguing to make a paper sunflower from those seeds.



I first glued about 4 of them side by side and waited until they dried. Then I stuck them on top of an adhesive backed foam dot (used for holding CDs in place). Row by row, I layered the glue and another set of seeds. It's key to step away and do some other task before gluing the next row (yes, I'm talking to myself here). The foam dot is really just to mound the center so it gets a bit of height.


As I got near the rim, I placed it on a yogurt lid and slid seeds in below. The glue does not stick to plastic and using a flat surface for the last rows ensured I would have a flat item to glue to my final surface.


I made the petals from crêpe paper ribbon from a dollar store. After wadding up a few layers, I freehand cut some petals out.


The crêpe color was a bit too lemony yellow for my taste and luckily I have markers from my college days. Holding the petal base with my finger tip, I lightly dragged the marker across the petal, lifting it off partway – more of a flicking motion. 


The markers are slightly dried out, which is perfect because it allowed for a streakier, lighter coverage of the translucent wrinkly petals. I think the two tones helps add more depth to the petals. Then I cupped the petals by pulling in the middle slightly. Crêpe paper is well known to take on that subtle sculpting nicely.


For the backing of the petals, I cut a circle of paper smaller than the seed circle so it ensured the backing would be covered completely. The petals are quite transparent and I didn't want anyone to see how they all got stuck together – which was simply using glue stick, one row at a time, one petal at a time.


I covered all the seeds with more white glue and stuck it on top of the petals, completing the flower. To ensure all the seeds are extremely secure, I used a fine tip glue bottle and squeezed deep within the mound, just to be sure nothing ever dropped out over time.


This is being placed into a shadow box as a memento gift to someone special. If you give this paper sunflower a try, I'd love to hear about it!

14 comments:

  1. Wow....awesome flower...Great idea to use crepe paper as it gives such great shape to flowers!!! Using real seeds is another outstanding idea!!!

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    1. So glad you like this inspiration Sathya!

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    1. Yes, it was exactly how I imagined it could be :D

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  3. This is utterly gorgeous!!! What an awesome memorable gift that will make someone or for you to remember the kindness of your neighbor!!!

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    1. I'm thrilled to hear you think so Alicia - thanks so much! The person I gave it to says she will treasure it forever.

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  4. Thank your neighbor for us!!! STUNNING flower! Thank you for showing how you put it together!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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    1. Know what Jan? I had to make it so quickly I didn't even have time to show him! Perhaps I'll make another one...

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  5. I am glad you think of all these wonderful ideas which delight us and we can learn so much from you. Thanks for sharing Cecelia.

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    1. Aw, thanks so much Suganthi, Yes, it seems like such an obvious thing to make now that I've done it, LOL! I'm thrilled you like seeing what I make. :D

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    2. Hi, my name's Minh, and nice to meet you :x

      Thanks for great job, I love all things crafty - paper flower, crochet, knitting, quilling, beading, jewery making...

      There're some video clip about handmade tutorial step by step here:
      Tutorial step by step

      Please watch, like, comment and share if you like it :)
      Thank you God bless u :x

      My Youtube

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  6. brilliant and beautiful colors have you used
    I love all your work
    Greetings Baukje

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    1. Hello Baukje! Thank you so much for visiting and letting me know you enjoyed my sunflower!

      Cecelia

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  7. Hi, I'm Dzung Mac, nice to meet you ^_^
    Thanks for great job, I love all things handmade products, DIY crafts such as crepe paper flowers, paper cutting, origami, Quiet book, valentine card/gift, birthday card/gift, christmas card/gift, christmas card/gift,...

    There're video clip about handmade tutorial step by step here:

    --->>> HOW TO MAKE ROSE PAPER FLOWERS

    If you are interested in it please follow/like/comment my channel
    Thank you God bless u :x
    --->>> MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL

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