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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fuzzy Lollipop Flower Tutorial

I just love the new Prima Innocence 2 flowers and was inspired to make my own using some inexpensive thin mulberry paper (can be found at most local artist materials supply shops - where university art students buy from have the best prices though). You can use thicker paper like people use for making tear bears but then the cost is a lot more and probably worth just buying the Prima ones, LOL.


Supplies you will need:
- a sheet of mulberry paper (a 12x12 sheet will yield 3 good sized flowers of 2-3 inches each)
- a very firm bristled toothbrush (if you don't have a wire brush used for tear bears)
- a Q-tip type cotton swab
- a decorative brad
- a little pot of water
- pearl strand (optional, not shown)


Step 1: Using the Q-tip, freehand "draw"one water circle at a time and then with dry fingers gently pull out the circles. For a 2-3 inch flower you will need 7 circles (anything bigger use 9 circles). You will want to progressively get smaller with your circles. 


Step 2: Stack the flower larger to smaller circle and secure with your brad.


Step 3: Brush the layers all around, stroking from middle to outer edge to make the paper fuzz a little more.

Step 4: One layer at a time, starting with the smallest, crumple them up toward the center as shown below. Be careful not to pat down the fuzzy edges though.


Step 5: Carefully open up the layers starting with the largest circle. This circle flower is about 2 inches in diameter.


Step 5: You can further decorate your flower by adding a ring of string pearls around your decorative brad but be careful not to put too much glue as it will stain the thin paper. The larger flower below is over 4 inches in diameter and I used 9 circle layers for that one.


Here are the original Prima flowers I used as inspiration. I suspect they are made of thick mulberry but I have not seen these yet in person. Just fell in love with this picture and had to try making something similar for an upcoming layout.


Thanks for stopping by. As always, I am more than happy to share how I make my flowers but should you make them yourself and post online, please give credit where due (as these tutorials do take a fair bit of time to produce). TFL!

23 comments:

Sandi Smith said...

How creative are you...they are BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Lisa Harrolle said...

Those are beautiful! So soft!!

Jess said...

Very beautiful flowers! I will have to try making them some time soon!
Thanks for the great ideas again!
JEss

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Awesome! TFS! =)

Bonnie aka Cinnabon said...

Thanks so much for sharing! Those are adorable! Now if I could only find mulberry paper around here!

Missy Whidden said...

Those are beautiful!! Thanks for showing us how to make them. They look so expensive and elegant!

Barbara said...

Absolutely stunning! You are so clever, I have no idea where to get mulberry paper around here though, will have to go hunting ;)

Kristine Berc said...

These are gorgeous :)

Karen Wilson said...

OH MY Vicky! These look just like the Prima version! WOW! I am soo going to try this out, imagine, adding a bit of color to the center....soft chalk ink??Ooooh divine! Thanks for sharing!! I wonder if Michaels has Mulberry paper????

Cheryl said...

So amazing!! They are fantastic!

Sandy said...

yay, yay, yay!!!! I have some mulberry paper and was trying to do this very thing last weekend and could not get the look I was after...thank you, thank you, thank you, for showing me how...just cannot wait to try this....you rock!!!

Amarilys said...

WONDERFUL new flowers Vicky! I need to try these very soon! they look so elegant in white!

Thanks for the head's up about my pictures not showing up in the dashboard. I think that I fixed them now.
~Amarilys

Fran Brunke said...

Super-creative and just lovely. Thanks for a great tutorial.

Lori said...

Scrap That! can order Mulberry paper for anyone interested!

We have an Australian Supplier and we are about to place an order so take a browse!

Email us at friends@scrapthat.ca with the item numbers of the products you are interested in.

http://www.greentara.com.au

zandra said...

Love the flower tutorial! I use extra thick mulberry paper for my bears, you can find the extra thick mulberry paper here:

http://www.mulberrybear.com/servlet/StoreFront

Thanks for sharing! Hugz, Z

Karen Shady said...

he he I used to make these flowers years ago, when mulberry paper was soooo hot, I havnt even seen it for ages. thanks for sharing, I will have to go on a hunt for it now :)

Amy said...

These are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

Joelle said...

Oh thank you so much for the tutorial. I tried them out mine are quite so fuzzy but I just adore the way they look, I also linked the tutorial on my blog

http://captureeachmoment-joelle.blogspot.com/2011/03/miss-you.html

Martha said...

this is gorgeous!!

Kazza said...

Ooooooh....You are clever!!!! TFS

Andrea Slee said...

I just LOVE these flowers!! I can't wait to try them! TFS!

Marlene said...

Love it - it´s beautiful ! ~Marlene Krogh, Denmark~

Kathrin Kurth said...

Incredibly wonderful and easy to make. Just great ! Thanks very much for this Tuto, big hello from Swotzerland, Kathrin