Jan 262015
 

I watched an interesting flower-making video this weekend using a Provo Craft flower quilling kit that was introduced at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) spring conference about five years ago. I have no idea if I’m the last person on the face of the earth to learn about this type of a paper flower, but in any event I ordered an economically priced kit through eBay to play around with it.

My Provo Craft kit should arrive later this week, but honestly, I was itching to try the technique today. I looked through my cutting dies to see if any of them could be used to craft a lookalike flower. The basic method involves rolling strips of decorative-edge paper into a spiral, then folding back anything that resembles a petal to form a flower. When I ran across my Vintage Lace Decorative Edge Die from Tim Holtz, I thought it might just work to make a quilled flower.

Vintage Lace Die

You need an extended length cutting platform and extended length acrylic cutting plates to make this work with your Big Shot die cutting machine. Fortunately, I already had these accessories on hand.

Platform and acylic cutting plates

The decorative strips are rather detailed, so you have to poke out lots of little bits of paper to get the lace effect.

Poking out the holes

I inked the three lace strips of paper with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink by Tim Holtz, but I suspect the cream-colored paper would have looked just fine without the inking. Note that I cut a 1/8 strip of paper to begin the quilled flower. A quarter-inch strip would work equally well.

Decorative edge strips #2

Inked strips

Next, I slipped the tip of the 1/8 inch strip of paper into my Imaginisce® dual-tipped quilling/embossing tool, and began wrapping successively wider strips of paper around the narrower strips. In the end, I finished by hand because I found that to be easier. It doesn’t look like much of anything at this point.

Rolled up strips

The real magic begins when you fold back the petal-like points of the decorative strips. You really do end up with a tiny little flower! I adhered a pearl to the center of the florette, but this step is optional.

Finished florette

On the underside of the florette, I squeezed out a generous amount of Beacon Fabri-Tac glue to secure the layers of paper. I don’t like to use a hot glue gun because it adds bulk to a project, so this is my go-to substitute. Fabri-Tac sticks to nearly everything.

Gluing the underside

The finished flower is tiny, measuring just under 1-3/8 inch in diameter—a little too small for the covers of my mini books, but perhaps you feel differently. The blossom sits about a quarter inch above anything to which you adhere it, so if you’re looking for a raised 3-D flower, this is it.

Size of florette compared to palm

I’ve started a short list of ways to use the above type of flower:

  • Adhere a cluster of florettes to the corner of a picture frame.
  • Decorate a lid for a jewelry box, altered tin or glass jar.
  • Adhere magnets to the underside of the florette to make fridgies.
  • Decorate a greeting card with a florette, but keep in mind that you’ll need to mail it in a padded envelope.
  • Insert floral wire, add leaves, and make flowers you can arrange in a vase, or wire into a wreath.
  • Adhere a florette to a satin or velvet ribbon to make a choker.

How else do you think this dainty little paper flower could be used? Let me know in the comments below.

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2 comments on “Make a paper florette from a decorative edge die

  1. How cute! I love the magnet and flowers in a vase ideas!

  2. Natasha on said:

    Very cool! I think they’d look great on a fridge or on a jar.

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