On this last day of September I'm sharing a project that makes me smile: paper sunflowers. They are simple to customize with papers you have on hand. Make several at once and give them away! They're a lovely keepsake for children, friends or hospital patients - anyone who might like a cheerful reminder of pretty fall days.
There are no limits on color combinations for this wall hanging, so get creative!
1 sheet of 12" x 12" card stock, cut in half
Ribbon, 14" piece
Patterned and colored card stock, cut into 40 strips, 3" x 1/2" each
2 card stock circles, one 5" (any color) and one 3" (brown)
1 green card stock strip for stem, 7 1/2" x 1"
3" square of green patterned paper for leaf
Small flower punch (Martha Stewart) or circle punch
Stick on rhinestones (optional)
Washi tape (optional)
Start by setting up the hanging background. Sandwich the ribbon evenly between two 12" x 6" pieces of card stock. Use double-stick tape to adhere the pieces together.
Cut out the two circles. Draw a 3" circle on the center of the 5" circle. This will be your guideline for gluing down petals.
Cut 40 strips of colored and patterned paper. Round the tips so they look like petals. Lay them randomly on top of the 5" circle, placing their bases on the inner circle you drew earlier. When you have a pleasing array of colors, glue them down using a glue stick. Glue the brown circle over the center, covering up the petal bases.
Freehand cut a leaf from green patterned paper. You can do this easily by folding the square in half and cutting out an elongated half circle. Position your stem and leaf and glue them down. Adhere your sunflower over the top of the stem. If you like you can add a stamped sentiment to the background, like "Hello Sunshine". Add a thin strip of washi tape or patterned paper to the bottom edge of your artwork if you like your flower grounded.
You're done! Hang up your artwork and smile :)