May 10, 2011

Paper Flower Puffs

Do you love Martha Stewart?  I do.  So much so that I recently plunked down a few bills for her most recent book, "Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts."

I have been known to purchase crafty books only to never produce one single craft from the book. Sometimes just drooling over the projects feels like enough.

Well, not this time.  There are far too many yummy crafts to let this book go unused.  So I give you my first project: Flower puff balls (currently on display in Kate's room).


These tissue paper flower puffs are so simple to make, and here is how:  Begin by stacking 8 to 10 sheets of tissue paper together.  Then accordion fold the paper until you get to the end (about a 1.5" for the fold).  If there is a little tail of left over paper just cut it off.

Fold the long accordion sheets in half to find the middle and then twist a piece of 18 inch floral wire (or any thin wire you have on hand) around the center.  Twist the top of the wire into a loop for hanging your puff.

Next use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the ends to make them either round or pointy.  My 50 pairs of craft scissors all seemed to dull to cut through all the paper at once so I simply cut it in sections (I'll bet you Martha never has that problem).

Now gently start pulling each layer of paper towards the center.  I pulled half of the paper in one directions and then pulled the other bunch in the opposite direction, forming a ball.


Ta Dah.......you have a super pretty decoration to hang in your kids room or better yet, use them to brighten up your next party.


While I am at it I thought I would share the new mirror in Kate's room.  I used a can of white glossy spray paint to give this old mirror a hip upgrade.

It was so much fun spray painting the mirror that I am looking for other items in my home to spray paint.

Here is a link to the craft on Martha Stewarts site.  Craft on sisters!

Linking up with Angie at Seven Clown Circus for Wordful Wednesday.

28 comments:

Kayla Sue said...

I've seen these at many a party and LOVE THEM! They are so elegant and cute! And I guess, simple! Thanks for sharing!

blueviolet said...

Those are deceptively tricky looking! I love them!

I'm Genny... said...

Oh I long to be crafty!!! Those are so pretty, and I love that mirror. Beautiful, Michelle!

Kathy said...

Looks like fun! Hope you're back on a more regular basis. I've missed your great pictures!

Buckeroomama said...

You are so great at these things, Michelle! I love the puffy balls. Great idea for party decoration --thanks! =)

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

I love these flower balls! Now I know what my next rainy day activity will be....
you have a new follower!

Rachel said...

And this post just got SAVED!

I LOVE, ADORE those . . . I am planning a Wizard of Oz party for my daughter and these will be PERFECT as decorations!

YAY!

Elaine A. said...

Those are so fantastic! And all the colors to choose from! I just might try this one!

P.S. So good to "see" you again. :D

debi9kids said...

I remember making those flowers back in the day with girl scouts, only we didn't cut the edges to make them look so stylish.
Super cute!

ps I do the SAME thing. I have at least 60 craft books and yet, have maybe made 3 crafts from any of the books. LOL

Erin said...

I am all thumbs, so know mine would look like a ball of garbage! Yours are beautiful!

Stacy Uncorked said...

Both your projects turned out amazing! And now I'm going to have to get that book...and get busy! ;)

WW: Alligator Fun

Amanda D said...

Those are SO cute! My daughter would love to have some in her room. Thanks for the idea!

Jingle said...

LOVE the puffs!

Susie said...

I love Martha! That's one of my favorite of hers!!!

mle said...

The puffy flowers look so light and playful for the warming weather! : )
great party idea!

angie said...

They are so cute. I've only made these on a smaller scale, but these. These are fantastic.

EG Wow said...

The flower puffs are a wonderful decorating idea...easy and effective. :)

Jenners said...

This actually sounds attainable ... even by non-crafty me. And that mirror looks fantastic!

Feyella @ Parenting ... smh said...

Sooooo the next time I need to decorate I can call you right? cause I am so clumsy at craft and what you did is totally beautiful

Whimsical Creations said...

Love those puffs. That mirror is beautiful!

The Blue Zoo said...

Those are so darn cute! Wish I had a girl so I could make some pretty pink ones.

Serline said...

Tissue paper, really? My little girl would love them! Now if I could pluck up enough courage to try them...

Krystyn said...

Wow! I can't decide which I like more...the flowers or the mirror. I never see things like that (the way they could be instead of the way they are!)

Honey Mommy said...

Those are so fun! I love the color you chose!

Mama Kat said...

Where did you go mama!?!

angie said...

I think blogger just ate my comment. Are you going to BlogHer?

Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle, Hint about your craft sissors. Use them to cut up some foil to sharpen them. Or my favorite, when I have a lot to cut throught I use my Kitchen Sissors 0-works everytime!

Jon said...

You are so great at these things, Michelle! I love the puffy balls. Great idea for party decoration --thanks! =)

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