These pretty little paper flowers are a quick and simple idea for Mothering Sunday. Once you learn how to make them there are hundreds (well maybe 10) of ways to use them. From the garland shown here for jazzing up gift wrap, to sticking on a plain greetings card or scattering over a dining table or breakfast in bed tray. I’m sure any mother will appreciate a little handmade something on Mothers Day.
PAPER FLORAL GARLAND
You will need
Two 8cm squares of coloured paper, for large flowers
Two 5cm squares of coloured paper, for small flowers
4cm squares of coloured paper, for leaves
Craft knife and cutting mat
Small metal split pins
Length of thin ribbon or gold cord (if making a garland)
Glue stick or glue dots
TO MAKE THE FLOWERS
Using the templates below, cut the petal shapes from coloured paper. You need two petal shapes in different colours for each finished flower.
1. Take one of the petal shapes and, using the blunt back edge of the craft knife, score two straight lines as marked on the template (A and B). Turn the shape over and score the two diagonal lines marked in blue (C and D).
2. Fold the petal shape along the line marked A. Open it out and fold again along the line marked B, then turn it over and fold along the lines marked C and D.
3&4. Working around the shape, pinch each quarter together to give a slightly three-dimensional effect. Repeat steps 1–4 with another piece of paper in a different colour.
5. Using a bradawl and resting on a piece of wood, make a hole in the centre of each petal shape.
6. Place one petal shape on top of another and push a split pin through the two holes. Arrange the petals so both sets are visible. Repeat steps 1–6 until you have made as many flowers as you like.
7. To make the leaves. Using the template, trace and cut out the leaf shapes from coloured paper. Score a line three-quarters of the way down the centre of the leaf and crease.
8. To use the flowers and leaves to decorate a gift box, make holes in the leaves and thread them onto some thin ribbon or gold cord and wrap around the box. Use a small amount of glue or a glue dot to fix the flowers in place on the top of the box.
This project was taken from my book Scissors, Paper, Craft. Click here to see more of the book or use the blog search facility on the right for more Mothers Day inspiration.
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March is a very special month for my mum. In it she has two days of celebration. 1. Her birthday 2. Mothering Sunday. Some years these two occasions land on the same day so sometimes a bit like those poor people whose birthdays fall on December 25 she misses out on the full quota of gifts and treats.
This year the two events are separated by a couple of weeks but as I wasn’t able to see mum on her birthday (she was on holiday) and I’ll be away for Mother’s Day I hosted a special breakfast in bed extravaganza last weekend.
Having said that I didn’t really have much time (in between packing, tidying the house and work) to organise it all but I found wonderful wonderful Marks and Spencer was the perfect one stop shop for everything I needed …
Flowers delivered on the day.Tick
M&S do a great variety of cut flower bouquets and actual planted plants (always better value if you ask me as you get a plant that will last and often a useful receptacle for doing useful things with). Prices start at £20 and delivery is free. Click here for more info.
Special china. Tick
There’s a pretty range called Spring Meadow which has everything from mugs to seat pads. The floral pattern is really cheery for a breakfast table. Click here to see the rest of the range
If you’re looking for something slightly more refined for your mothers Earl Grey Kirstie Allsopp has done a range of bits and bobs including a bone china teacup set and an all-in-one-teapot and cup combo. (A very clever idea and apparently something my mum has wanted for ages). Click here to see what else she’s been up to.
Yummy breakfast goodies. Tick
I couldn’t resist these Lemon Shortbread biscuits as they come in such a pretty tin that would be Really Useful For Keeping Things In when all the biscuits are gone (about 20 minutes in our house) and they’re a bargain at only £3. I also served Welsh Cakes, fresh fruit, yoghurt and honey and a delicious apple and cinnamon granola musli thingy which is so much more than a breakfast cereal (I reckon it won’t be long before mum is mixing it into her crumble toppings and flapjack recipes). Click here if you’re feeling peckish.
And finally if you can’t decide what to buy or need to send something small in the post then this pretty gift card is just the thing. Tick and tick. Click here for more info
For more Mothers Day ideas visit the M&S website where they’ve put together lots of handy Mothering Sunday gift ideas.
Today I am off to visit lovely lovely Hannah R-B and Teddy her new little babba. To mark his imminent arrival I made these bunny slippers and gave them to her at her baby shower a few weeks ago.
The basic slipper shape is the one from my Felt Sew Good book and I adapted it by cutting a heart shape in white felt for the face (embroider the eyes and nose on the white heart first. Then sew it to the grey slipper upper and then sew the upper to the sole.). I cut one pink and two grey ear shapes for each ear and attached them to the slippers by making a small hole in the slipper to poke the ear through and then sewn in place. This makes the ears stick up. The tail was a rectangle of felt folded in half lengthways then snipped down across the folded spine (stopping before the bottom). Roll the felt rectangle up to form a kinda pom pom and sew in place.
They were quite hard to part with but I’m sure Baby R-B will appreciate them as much as his mummy did. I’m thinking it may take a few weeks before he fits into them though!
Just a little something I made in case you need a last minute V card today. I think they offer the greatest expression of love possible …
Feel free to download and share with your beloved.