I love this time of year! Snow, hot cocoa, snuggling up in a blanket… but most of all, I love getting ready for Christmas. I love making gifts and decorations. Speaking of decorations, a few days ago, I ran across this tutorial on youtube. And I immediately thought of making paper poinsettias. So I dragged out my Cricut Expressions machine and spent a bit of time cutting up paper.
See the fun poinsettia?
I didn’t stop at just one…
So, a few notes in case you want to make poinsettias too:
The larger flowers are cut at 3 inches. The smaller ones are cut at 2 inches.
All of the poinsettias have 3 layers – a bottom green flower shape to simulate leaves, and two red flowers on top of that.
They are held together with mini brads that I found in the scrapbook department of a craft store.
The centers of the flowers are embellished a little with a glitter marker.
To give dimension, the green petals were curled downward, the petals of the top flower were curled upward, and the petals of the center flower were left alone.
Pretty, right? I think they would look fabulous hanging in the Christmas tree. Or, I could make a cardboard wreath form and glue them to it. Or use them to dress up gifts under the tree. Or glue them to the front of a Christmas card. Or add them to a cardboard tube and they could be fun napkin holders. Or… well, you get the idea.
Edited to add: (in case you don’t own a Cricut machine)
“In the youtube tutorial, she uses a flower shaped paper punch. You could pick up one of those for a whole lot less than a Cricut. Or you could cut them out by hand. Here are a few good templates you could use:
http://www.make-it-do.com/make-it/make-it-do-gift-felt-poinsettia/ (there are links to 2 templates in this blog post)
http://mytimemadeeasy.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=10&products_id=288 (this one has a small cost – format: pdf)
Happy Crafting 🙂 “
Hope you all have a wonderful week!
p.s. I added 3 Christmas themed line art drawings I did last winter to the Doodley Do page. Enjoy 🙂