how to decorate a headboard with paper flowers

August 1, 2011

Our flower of the month project for July is a hybrid of a clematis and a hibiscus. (We made it up.) After doing so many REAL flowers, it was high time we took a little artistic license with it.
girly headboard
I'd been wanting to do a clematis for a while, but did not have any purple tissue paper. (Yes, I realize there is a thing called a store where you can purchase purple tissue paper, but I didn't feel like buying any.)

I have also been wanting to try using crepe paper to make flowers like Martha does (found via Pinterest.)

So we combined the two ideas. The really fun thing is that Juliet did all the assembly herself! She was so proud with the final product.
crepe paper flowers
It took some time to do all the prep work for this project, but folding the crepe paper was an easy way to make a lot of petals with just a few snips. (We had this left over from the Officer Flossy birthday party.)
For the centers, I traced circle onto clear contact paper and cut two slits in the middle with my craft knife.   Later, we'll peel the paper off and use the sticky paper as the petal adhesive.
the centers
I threaded the circles onto the green ribbon (vine)--you actually want to have the paper side up (I messed up and had to re-thread them.) I also suggest spacing the circles far enough apart so that they flowers don't end up being too crowded.
how to make a flower
Peel off the paper so you have the circles sticky side up. I taped the vine to the table to make it easier for Juliet to assemble the flowers. Then, let your child place petals however she likes. Mostly, she did four petals per flower, but a few have 5 or 6.
flower centers
For the centers, we used crumpled up yellow tissue paper balls and some Elmer's glue to stick them on.
flower assembly line
We had quite the assembly line going on! We actually started with just 12 flowers, but Juliet loved it so much, she asked if she could continue and cover the entire length of ribbon with flowers. So I cut out more circles and petals and she kept going.
I'm telling you, this thing is long.
flowers on headboard
We let the glue dry and then had to figure out what to do with it. We took it up to her room and decided it would look nice on the headboard. I just used regular scotch tape to hang it up.
flower headboard
It sort of gives her bed more of a "fairy" feel and ends up being just the perfect place to snuggle up with a good book such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Laura Ljungkvist.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
It's very pink. Which makes it extra good.

(For more of our flower of the month projects, go here.)

linking to: the pinterest challenge at yhl--check out everyone else's projects: Katie’sEmily’s, Lana’s)
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