It’s summer! The season of patriotism, lemonade stands, and trips to the beach! It’s also time for the monthly #MakeIt Challenge where I join several talented ladies and this month’s theme is Patriotic Crafts. Every fourth of July we hold a huge family bash at our house so, of course, patriotic decorations are a must. And this little patriotic wall hanging is getting me in the spirit. My tutorial is below but check out some of these amazing, yet simple patriotic decorations:
Life has a lot of changes in store for us this summer. I am signing the contract today to build a new deck and I cannot wait to unveil it to our family this Fourth of July. But, as yet, we have no deck which would have been perfect to decorate for the fourth. I guess that will have to wait until next year but I can still spread the patriotic spirit by decorating a print like this one.
Originally I was going to make an American Flag out of small paper roses (how cool would that have been?!), but I realized that it would take about 60 roses to do such a project. Yeah, nevermind. The tutorial photographs were taken before I had reached that decision. Regardless, the tutorial for the rolled paper flowers is the same, just a smaller variation.
Supplies Needed for Paper Flowers:
- Cardstock or Paper of Choice
- Something to draw a circle with (I used Diecuts like these but the bottom of a mug or can would work well)- the framed roses had a circle diameter of 4 in but you can alter as you see fit.
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Step 1. Trace a circle around the circular object you have chosen. Starting from the outside, make a spiral to the inside. I prefer to keep the spiral thickness even throughout.
Step 2. Cut the circles and the spirals out with scissors. Snip a bit of the outside tip off of the rose (not too much!) so that the spiral is a bit more even in thickness.
Step 3- Begin rolling the rose from the outside of the spiral to the center. With thumbnails facing each other, hold the end of the spiral between thumb and forefinger of both hands. Then I use my finger nail at first and scrap the inside of the paper a few times until it starts to curl. It’s the same concept as people using scissors to curl ribbons on presents. Then start rolling….
Step 4 – continue rolling until you get to the center but don’t roll the center. I always roll pretty tight and loosen when I am done. You can loosen the tightness of the flowers or spin them tighter as you see fit. If you lay them down, the rolled form will hold but in a looser state.
Step 5- Hot glue the center of the rose onto the back where you stopped rolling (aka the original center of the paper spiral).
To make the print, I printed “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” off on standard 8 1/2 x 11″ cardstock in a printer. I used a golden color (RGB color -> red- 223, green- 196, blue- 99) and Rechtman Font if your interested. Print in landscape and frame as you see fit. I actually think a cream frame would look better but I have a ton of black frames around the house.
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