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Best Tips for DIY Paper Flowers.

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Making paper flowers is an art, and you’ll realize this almost immediately. The first time you make a paper flower you will think, “wow, that was easy”. But it’s not until you master the skill when you’ll see the difference in your first flower, to the rest that follow. You’ll learn where to place the petals, how to attach the back for specific hanging methods (which is the hardest IMO). I’m hoping this will help you avoid mistakes and best of all, save you time.

  • Chose your petals accordingly, for example; heart-shaped petals are great for making roses, longer pointed petals make daisies.
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  • Prep your petals. You will need to cut a slit on the bottom of the petal, and then glue one side on top of the other to create a crease. You will also need to curl the edges. Curling the edges is a very important step because it gives the flower texture and creates a more realistic look. Curling the edges requires a bit of care that you don’t rip the paper, and depending on your petal, you may need to use a thicker tool to curl the edges with. For example, you may curl smaller flower petals with a pencil but larger petals may need a thick poster marker as a curling tool.

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  • A lot of tutorials that you find online will only use 3 layers of petals. You’ll have a small, medium, and large. If you add a 4th (even 5th) layer, your flower will look much fuller and so much better especially if you are going for a rose look. Don’t forget the center of the flower, which can either be a fringe ball or a mini flower in itself.
  • For a full flower you can plan on using up at least 15-20 sheets of 8.5”x11” paper per flower. It may be more if you want to add leaves/vines. Keep this in mind if you will be selling your creations (paper/supplies + time).

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  •  Use a hexagon to best help center your petals, otherwise, they’ll end up crooked. Example: your row of small petals will be too far to the left. Also, make sure your hexagon is large enough to support the size of the flower you want.
  • Depending on where you will be hanging your flowers, you need to figure out which backing will work best for you. If you have a foam backdrop, pins do the job quite well. If you have a curtain, you may want safety pins. Floral wire is probably the most common because it easily bends and can be attached to various backdrops.

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  • It’s best to attach your backing to your center before you assemble the flower and not after. As you glue the petals to your center, it will also adhere with the backing and create a sturdier bond for hanging.
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  •  Don’t forget that the location of your backing makes a difference when hanging your flower. If you place your backing in the middle of the flower and don’t have a sturdy backdrop, such as a curtain, your flower may droop downward. In this case, try placing the backing toward the top of the hexagon center.
  •  Hot glue is definitely a time saver as opposed to regular school glue/tacky glue. Hot glue sets a lot faster and you won’t have to sit there waiting for the glue to dry in order to attach the next petal. Just be prepared for some minor burns.
  • If you will be displaying your flowers outdoors in hotter climates, your flowers may start to come apart due to high temperatures. You may want to invest in a heavy-duty glue that can withstand higher temperatures.

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  •  Hanging and arranging the flowers is not as easy as it looks. A lot of times, the display looks too empty. In order to fix this problem, you need to make sure that you have different size flowers OR leaves/vines to fill in the gaps.

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Hopefully these tips help you in your DIY journey of making paper flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Jazelle

 

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To Do List; Can’t Function Without It.

This past holiday weekend had me all over the place. The kids were out of school, the Man Hunk was off from work. That meant more cooking, cleaning, and yelling LOL! I wouldn’t have been able to get through the weekend without my “things to do” list.

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This “things to do” list is the latest template I designed to go with the Monthly Content Planner and Blog Post Planner set. The set is designed to help keep you focused and on track.

For example, I used the Monthly Content Planner way ahead of time to organize all of my social media content so it will go along with the items I’ve been wanting to release. The project for this week was cake toppers.

Monthly Content Planner I knew that I would be busy with the production of the cake toppers, so on my Monthly Content Planner I had planned to post “sneak peeks” to my Instagram/Twitter/Facebook pages. It allowed me to have something quick and easy to post while not fully giving away all of the details.  

Next, I used my “Things To Do” list to keep me on track for those couple of days that I was working on this project. It may not seem like it, but a lot goes into promoting these items. For example, here’s a glimpse at my process:

Planning (Content Planner/Project Planning)

Design Projects

Build/Create

Photograph and Edit

List Items in Etsy Shop

Promote on Social Media

Blog

This is a basic structure and there really is more to the list you see up above. Using my cake topper project again as an example, taking these pictures required me to bake and decorate an actual cake LOL! I literally had to tell my peeps not to touch the cake until after I was done taking the photo’s. Then I realized that my 3-year-old would not understand my struggle, so I baked two cakes just so they could dig in to one and leave my prop cake alone. Let’s not even talk about the set up. See my previous Flat Lay post for reference. But, here’s a behind the scenes look just for shits and giggles:

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Once I was done listing these items to my Etsy shop and promoting the items on social media, I wanted to share a bit of this process and that’s when the “Blog Post Planner” came into play. As you can see, these items require a lot of planning and execution; without my templates I wouldn’t have been able to stick to my desired time frame. I’ve figured out a way to plan ahead and this works great for me. If you need help planning for your business check out my templates here:

Monthly Content Planner

Things to Do

Blog Post Planner

Thanks for stopping by, I will catch you all up on the next one!

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Crafts, Party Supplies, Uncategorized

Going all out!

This past weekend I was thrilled to get a big order for babyshower decorations. This order included a floral backdrop, photo frame and photo props. 

This babyshower had a garden/tea party theme which included light pinks and beige with some gold. Initially we were going to go with a curtain backdrop to go with the flowers. 

Luckily, I had access to a roll of artificial grass and I wanted to go for the grass backdrop. It’s really easy to have all the visions and ideas 💡 but once you start putting it all together, it’s a lot of work. 

I purchased two 4’x8′ foam boards from The Home Depot (I ended up just using 1). I also purchased heavy duty adhesive to glue the artificial grass onto the foam board. Please be aware that most of these adhesives recommend a 24hr period to “cure”. Luckily I started early and I placed my foam board, with the adhesive and artificial grass, in the sun which cut down the time it took to “cure”. 

 

I used a frame made of PVC pipes and zip ties to hold the foam board. Also, I added bricks to the back legs of the frame for extra support. The curtains helped hide the piping and the edges of the foam board. 

After that, it was pretty easy to attach the paper flowers. I just used floral pins and it held together really well. 


I used some of the same colors for the photo props and the floral photo frame. They complimented the theme pretty well. 


I’m not surprised at all that I challenged myself to do this type of backdrop. However, I’m definitely not going to start building a backdrop the day before. Lol. I literally worked all day from morning to night on this thing. Thank God it came together as well as it did. 🙌🏼🙂

Crafts, Small Business

Managing my Workload….

These past two weeks have been amazing. I have officially experienced my first order overload. I have to be totally honest here, I freaked!! Lol. I literally lost track of my days, I thought my biggest order was due but turns out I still had a week to prepare. I think I had my first mini panic attack, no Lie!!


It’s not easy managing every aspect of your business. I had to find the time to catch up on my paperwork. I still need to organize receipts. I’m blessed to be this busy right now 😊🙏🏼🙌🏼



For me, it was a bit scary to start a business. I had many doubts and concerns. I was scared to invest money into something I wasn’t sure would pay off, but it’s definitely something I love doing. 

So I am thankful for every single order I get. Which is why I continue to try and improve in areas I’m not 💯% satisfied with.  Hopefully, it’s enough to make this journey last just a bit longer. 😀

 Thanks for taking the time to look through my blog, feel free to subscribe!! 💋🙋🏽🥂

Crafts, Party Supplies

Minnie Mouse Highchair Banner

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Aren’t first birthdays just extra special?? Of course they are. First of all, a birthday bash is costly and the host enjoys it the least! Because of this, many people (including myself) only throw big birthday parties for milestone birthdays…first birthdays included.

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This banner is shorter than what I usually make because this is intended to be used on a highchair. It’s about 24” for the length of the pennants and has an additional 11” of ribbon on each side. All of the shapes were cutout using my Cameo Silhouette 3 machine.

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The number can be customized to all ages, and the ribbon can be made longer for a larger hanging area. The colors go beautifully together and I really like using glitter paper because it pops out in photo’s.

This item is now available on my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/Jazelle86/listing/535293722/minnie-mouse-first-birthday-highchair?utm_source=Copy&utm_medium=ListingManager&utm_campaign=Share&utm_term=so.lmsm&share_time=1501962143061

Thank you so much for stopping by. Follow me on Instagram for special sneak peeks at projects I don’t always post here: #Jazelle86.

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Moana Birthday Theme 

I’m so excited to finally be completely finished with this project because now I get to show it off!!  I absolutely love tropical themes such as the one used with this Moana order.


I made a birthday banner and some centerpiece bundles.


I had the images printed on photo paper at staples and I used my Cameo Silhouette 3 to cutout all the flowers,leaves, and pennants.



It was very time consuming but I’m happy with the way it all came out in the end. Hopefully my client agrees. 😀

Thank you for visiting. Check back soon for my next adventure in paper designs.