Cricut Design Space Star Challenge {September}

We’re teaming up with our Lucky 13 girls again for the next round of the Cricut Design Space Star™ competition – Monica of East Coast Creative, MJ of Pars Caeli, Sarah and Jessica of Pretty Providence, Melissa of The Sweet Escape, Sadie Jane of Simply Sadie Jane, Crystal of Sew Creative Blog, Katie of That Girl Katie, Celina of Petit A Petit and Family, and Andrea of Andrea’s Notebook. Look for links to all their projects at the end of the post. Be sure to pop by their blogs and see more of their gorgeous creations!

Cricut Design Space Star Team Lucky #13

Do you remember Erin’s amazing pink and gold leather clutch than won us  a spot in the top five in the last round?

DIY leather clutch with cut outs // suburban bitches

Well, I’m hoping I can live up to those high standards with my entry. This round’s design concept is Weddings & Celebrations and as a team Lucky 13 chose “A Floral Affair” for our theme.  As my three year old likes to say, “Let me tell you something.” Weddings are not factoring large in my life. It’s been 18 years since I took that walk down the aisle and none of my children need to be doing that themselves for at least a good twenty years. What was I going to do for this round? I started madly pinning flower inspiration and let the ideas percolate for a few days. Erin and I were out to dinner (to celebrate her anniversary while her husband watched all our children) and she said “What about this one?”

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via Design Sponge

It was the perfect concept. I went one step further with this floral hanging and made it into a chandelier. This is how it translated into paper and crepe.

Garden Party Floral Chandelier Rachel Olsen Photography for Suburban Bitches

What good would the floral wedding chandelier be if it wasn’t paired with a gorgeous tablescape courtesy of Erin?

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To really jazz it up and do the whole wedding setting justice we asked one of Colorado’s top wedding photographers Rachel Olsen to come do a shoot. She totally up’ed the gorgeous factor for us. She also managed to keep any sign of the eight little hooligans running wild out of the photos. Thanks so much Rachel!

Garden Party Floral Chandelier Rachel Olsen Photography for Suburban Bitches

If you’re on a tight budget for your wedding or just want your flowers to live on after the big day paper flowers would be a great way to go. How fun would it be to get your ladies together for a paper flower making and wine drinking party? It’s a much more economical option and you wouldn’t need to worry about flowers wilting or a flower you want to use not being available at that time. Plus you could do all manner of fun things with them afterwards like make wreaths etc. I’m going to try to incorporate this floral chandelier into my daughter’s room. I think she’d love to have it as part of her decor.

Garden Party Floral Chandelier Rachel Olsen Photography for Suburban Bitches

Erin used fresh flowers for her table setting but you could very easily go with paper all the way.

Garden Party Floral Chandelier Rachel Olsen Photography for Suburban Bitches

Instead of the moss balls in the Mr & Mrs planters you could also do paper succulents.

Garden Party Floral Chandelier Rachel Olsen Photography for Suburban Bitches

Garden Party Floral Chandelier Rachel Olsen Photography for Suburban Bitches

Garden Party Floral Chandelier Rachel Olsen Photography for Suburban Bitches

So, do you want to make your own paper flower chandelier? Here’s what you need to know-

The structure of the canopy is a barn wood frame from Hobby Lobby. I think I paid about $16 after using my 40% off coupon. I purchased a roll of chicken wire from the hardware store and staple gunned it to the back side of the frame. I then added an eye screw to each corner of the frame for hanging. Next I attached a string of outdoor lights to the chicken wire using floral wire. If you make this project let me suggest removing the bulbs before you beginning to attach the cord to the chicken wire – those bulbs are crazy fragile. After you have the string of lights attached and all the bulbs screwed back in just start weaving your flowers into the chicken wire in whatever fashion you like.

Garden Party Floral Chandelier Rachel Olsen Photography for Suburban Bitches

In all, I made about 6 or 7 different styles of flowers using both paper and crepe paper.

Garden Party Floral Chandelier Rachel Olsen Photography for Suburban Bitches

I made poppies, carnations, ranunculus, greens, dahlias, and little yellow painted flowers.

Garden Party Floral Chandelier Rachel Olsen Photography for Suburban Bitches

Today I’m going to show you how to make the yellow flowers. I’ll have another post soon with other flower tutorials.

Yellow Painted Flower

Supplies:

  • Yellow card stock (American Crafts)
  • Brown Italian crepe paper (Carte Fini)
  • Green Italian crepe paper (Carte Fini)
  • covered 18 gauge floral wire
  • pink paint mister (Studio Calico)
  • copper metallic paint mister (Tattered Angels)
  • gold metallic paint mister (Heidi Swapp)
  • hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • paper brad
  • 1/8″ hole punch or paper piercer
  • floral tape

1. Choose a basic pointed six petal flower design in Cricut Design Space.

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2. Determine the size you’d like your flower to be – in this case I made my flower 2″ in diameter but I think it would be pretty as a larger flower as well. To make one flower you will need 5 of the flower cut outs. I duplicated my flower so that I would have 16 flowers cut outs to the page. That was enough to create three flowers with a cut out to spare.

3. Mist each of the flowers with water and crumple them into a ball. Open the ball up, flatten out the flower and allow to dry out a bit. This step breaks down the fibers in the paper making it more pliable and easier to work with. I also like the look this technique gives the paper. You don’t need to allow the paper to dry completely. I found the flowers easier to work with when they weren’t quite dry.

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4. Stack five layers one on top of the other and punch a hole in the center. Assembly the flowers with a brad. Don’t worry what the brad looks like as it will be covered.

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5. Paint what is essentially a triangle on each of the petals of the top flower by dipping a brush into the pink paint mister. Next paint a stripe through each of the triangles with the copper paint mister. Don’t worry about the paint looking perfect – you will never notice when the flower is complete.

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6. Cut a piece of the brown crepe paper approximately 1.5″ square. Crumple the crepe into a ball. Attach the ball of crepe paper to the brad with your glue gun.

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7. Mist the flower with the metallic gold paint.

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8. Form the assembled flowers into a 3D floral shape by scrunching up each layer of the flower, gently scrunching the sides up towards the center.

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9. Cut out a star 1.5″ star with the remnants of the yellow paper. Use that as a template to create a star out of the green crepe paper. Pierce a hole in the center of the star. Cut out 2-3 leave shapes from the green crepe paper too.

10. Bend the tip of the floral wire and insert it through the star. Apply glue to the tip of the wire and the top of the star and attach to the underside of the flower.

11. The Italian crepe paper has this wonderful give. You can pull on the edges of the star to create a more organic appearing floral base.

12. Using the floral tape attach 2-3 leaves to the stem. Crumple and bend them a bit to give a more natural appearance.

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13. Repeat, repeat and repeat and you’ll have a bouquet of yellow flowers!

Additional flower tutorials can be found in this post.

Be sure to check out all the amazing wedding and celebration creations by the lovely ladies of Lucky Thirteen! Another amazing round of projects!!

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  1. The Sweet Escapes Floral Cake Topper
  2. East Coast Creative’s Photo Backdrop

  3. Andrea’s Notebook Floral Pinwheel

  4. Sew Creative’s Paper Bridal Bouquet

  5. Pars Caeli’s Flower Lights

  6. Petit a Petit and Family’s Birthday Kit

  7. Suburban Bitches’ Floral Chandelier

  8. Pretty Providence’s Simple Elegant Thank You Cards

  9. The Sweet Escape’s Wedding Cake Topper

  10. That Girl Katie’s Floral Vases

  11. Sew Creative’s Flower Girl Barrettes

  12. Simply Sadie Jane’s Flower Stamped Cake and Flower Party Hats

 

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8 Responses to Cricut Design Space Star Challenge {September}

  1. Diana says:

    SERIOUSLY AMAZING!!!! I can’t get over how real these look. And excuse me, wow what a gorgeous outdoor space! Love the table setting and everything!!

  2. Rachel Olsen says:

    You did such a beautiful job!!! You definitely need to be in the top 5- actually top 1!!!

  3. MJ says:

    This is seriously amazing. I would love to attend this party (and blog all about it!).
    xoxo, MJ

  4. Jenny Pilz says:

    This is so beautiful. It’s like beeing in a fable with a lot of fairies around.

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