Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Alter A Paper Bag..with a giant Paper Flower

Simple, elegant, timeless & utilitarian. All of these describe the paper bag that we rely on to transport our groceries or pack handmade lunches. Add a crafted paper flower to a brown paper gift bag and it is instantly transformed into a stylish one of a kind gift in itself. 

This giant patterned paper flower was made using the Flower shoppe Cricut cartridge  Each petal layer is inked with a light gray ink along the edges, and hand curled for dimension. 

To curl petals use a bone folder or for giant petals I like to use the edge of a ruler. For large flowers sticking power is important so use hot glue or a bonding agent like liquid nails. The center of my flower is encrusted in clear coarse glitter, a staple in my craft room!

If you don't own a die cut machine there are printable templates available and you can cut them by hand.....Which is why I have a die cut machine *wink*  

My point is that if you want to make paper flowers you CAN make beautiful flowers with or without a die cut machine.

Dress up a paper bag or 3 and keep them handy to present your gifts and be ready to receive a few oooohhhhs, & aaaaaahhhhhhs!

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