In my last post I showed a collage I made and one of the elements was hydrangeas made from... what else? Paper! I learned the technique from a book called "The Paper Garden". This is one of my go-to books for ideas on making paper flowers. I don't usually use the techniques on my cards simple because they are SO time consuming that I'd have to charge a gajillion dollars per card.
Anyway, let's get started. Here is your supply list:
1. Mod Podge (best glue/sealant ever)
2. toothpicks3. Small styrofoam balls (you can find at most craft and art supply stores)
4. small blossom punch (I got mine here it's called "hydra punch")
6. mulberry or other soft paper in the same color as your flowers
7. paint brush
8. x-acto knife
9. stylus (you can use any rounded tip - get creative)
You need to cut your styrofoam balls in half,
cover them in mod podge with the paint brush and then
wrap them with the Mulberry paper:
Set them aside to dry. Now comes the tedious part. You need to punch a million tiny flowers. ;)
You will then take each individual flower and "cup" it with the stylus on the sponge:
Once you have them all done then you can start gluing the flowers randomly on the ball.
First, mount the ball on a toothpick so you have a "handle":
Once you add them all and they dry you can add some pearls or beads for centers (depends on how much time you have). Then you can cut or punch out some leaves and arrange them. This is how they turned out:
Of course, hydrangeas are most commonly blue but they can be anywhere from white to deep purple. You can also make variegated ones with different shades of the same color.
Here is a pic of some in my garden last year:
I hope you try this out and, if you do, I'd love to see what you come up with.
Have a wonderful weekend full of sunshine and prettiness!