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Encyclopedia daisies

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So, in my continued quest to find a use for all of my old encyclopedias, I have just about finished my reycyled flower arrangements for the tables in the library…
Today’s project is how to make encyclopedia daisies.
You need the following materials:
2 sheets of recycled paper
Masking tape (coloured masking tape is the best)
Scissors
A stick such as a BBQ skewer

The first thing I did was cut the paper. For the center of the flower I cut a narrow strip, and folded it in half so it was about an inch or 2cm wide. Then I notched the opposite side to the fold with a whole bunch of cuts…like this…

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Then, to make the petals I cut a strip a little wider, and folded it in half, so it was about 2-3 inches wide. Into the second strip, I also made cuts, but I rounded the edge of one side to make it look like the petals on a daisy. See the picture below of the two parts.

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I cut both petals on the folds to make two separate strips.

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Then, I used a piece of masking tape to begin rolling the center of the daisy onto the stem, or BBQ skewer…

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I rolled both pieces of the center in the same way, then I wrapped the petals

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At this point, I like to wrap the stem too, to secure everything in place. Once again, I am just using the same black masking tape… I wish I had green masking tape right now!

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The final step is what I call “fluffing”. Basically, you just very gently bend the petals out. For this flower, I very gently use the blade of the scissors, the same way as you would curl ribbon… But you have to be very careful not to rip the petals. Be careful. This gives the daisy a more realistic look, I think. But, your fingernail works too…
Here what the daisy looks like finished…

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I’ll post again with the vases I decoupaged, and then the full arrangements….

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Encyclopedia flowers….

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John took the kids out for the afternoon, so i have had a couple peaceful hours to myself. I got a lot of work done for september, cleaned the house a little, and thought i would try out an idea i had for september…I have a full set of Popular mechanic encyclopedias at home, from the 1960’s, and i also have about three different sets of outdated encyclopedias in the library too. I have just felt too wasteful to throw any of them out, so I have been collecting ideas for recycled paper crafts.

My first project is going to be to try to make some paper flowers. To make these flowers you will need some recycled paper. Newspaper would probably work great. You also need some BBQ skewers, and some masking tape (I used black masking tape)

I started by ripping out a sheet from the encyclopedia, close to the binding.

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Then i trimmed the ripped edge so it was neat…

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Then, I folded one sheet into thirds lengthwise…

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Then I cut into one side of the paper, being careful not to cut all of the way through. I bought these fancy scissors ages ago, and I now finally have a use for them, although normal scissors would work fine here too…

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I found some black tape, but masking tape, or florists tape would also work fine too. I taped across the side of the strip that I had not cut, leaving an overhang of tape like this…

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Then, I wrapped the tape around a BBQ skewer as tightly as possible…

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Like this..

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Then. I wrapped the base of the flower and the stem in another layer of the tape to make it look finished…

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And that is basically it.

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This vase shows five…I wonder how many I need to decorate 8 tables in the library…. I think I might try making some roses too.

Beautiful toilet paper flowers!

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It started with tissue paper, then it progressed to Kleenex, now I have resorted to using toilet paper! I feel like I am going down hill… What’s next? What else can I make a flower out of? But, these turn out so nice every time, I just can’t stop myself…see for yourself!
This flower is made out of four sheets of toilet paper and a twist tie!

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Here’s how to do it…
Start with four sheets. I used three ply toilet paper with a sort of quilted pattern… But hey, what ever kind you use is up to you!

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Fold like a zig zag or accordion and use the twist tie to pinch tightly in the middle

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I like the look of a little texture on the petals, so I cut a little scallop on the edges…

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Then, pull the layers apart carefully, trying not to rip the sheets…

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Tissue paper flowers

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At work, I try to keep up with the seasons by decorating according to the seasons, or special days. The challenge is to not spend a lot of money on these decorations. This is a craft that is easy to do, colourful, great for spring and inexpensive. Also, when i am finished with them, I stuff all of the flowers into boxes, and when i need them next year, i take them out, fluff them up, and they are good to use again.
Start with a couple sheets of tissue per flower (obviously smaller flowers need less paper)

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To make a large flower, Cut the tissue paper into thirds, to make smaller flowers, cut into smaller pieces. I have found that 6 layers of tissue paper seems to make the best flowers.

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Fold all layers into a fan, in about one inch sections or pleats…

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Then pinch at the middle and twist a pipe cleaner around to hold them tightly in place, the tighter, the better. The pipe cleaner also is the stem, so leave one end long.

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Then you have to separate each layer of tissue gently, by pulling it up towards the center. This is what fluffs it up and gives it volume.

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You have to be careful to not rip the tissue, and pull one layer at a time. This is what it looks like half finished.

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And, here is the finished flower…

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Here is a flower using two different colours…

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A bunch of flowers in different colours…

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