I am very proud to be curating the first annual Uniquely NNY Upcycled Art Show. Along with my other site Uniquely NNY , I am searching for other upcycling/recycled artisans and crafters to be a part of the show. The show is October 29th at Clarkson University Cheel Commons from 10 – 4. It is $20 for a 10×10 booth. For more information or to see what vendors are already signed up, visit http://www.uniquelynny.com/upcycled_show/. This is sure to be a one of a kind show!
Last week I showed a tutorial on how to create flowers out of pages from the phonebook. This week I have taken it a step further, by dying the pages first and then cutting the edges to give them a more ragged appearance and the look of hydrangea.
Of course, I had to create them in my favorite color scheme of red and light blue. I think they look so realistic.
To dye them just fold them up accordion style, and soak them in a mixture of hot water and food coloring. I soaked the entire sheet in the food coloring mixture but you could do it half in one color and half in another. I then patted them dry with paper towels and let them dry a bit before peeling them apart and letting the individual sheets dry then follow the tutorial instructions but don’t put a center on them!
I hate the phonebook! I think it is the biggest waste of paper (at least for my generation). To make these flowers was the first time I’ve touched a phonebook in years. When everything is so much easier to look up online why would you. They should make getting the phonebook optional, so they don’t waste so much paper! To help limit the waste, I took last years phonebook, which was kicking around in the craft room b/c I knew I would find something to do with it and made these flowers:
The flowers have a soda can center that has been painted black, but they could also be decorated in so many other ways!
I also created a few with long stems and button centers :).
Step 1: Rip three pages out of the phonebook
Step 3: Take one of the halfs and wrap a long peice of wire around it to make the stem.
Step 4: Carefully open up one half and pull apart the layers to fluff up one side.
|Bubba wanted to help…he was feeling crafty!|
The lovely finished product:
What you need:
Cardboard Paper Towel or Toilet Paper Roll
Glue Stick (I love Martha Stewart’s, its super strong)
Step 1. Flatten your cardboard roll and cut six strips all the same size. The width of the strip will determine the height of the flower. (I like about 1/2″ or less)
Step 2: Using the glue stick, put glue on the bottom half of one of the strips and stick it to another strip then secure with clothespin until dry.
Step 2 should give you something like this. Repeat Step 2 three times!
Step 3. Once you have the 3 “sets” of petals glue two sets together and secure with clothespin until dry! Repeat the same step with the last set of petals.
The finished product, they are so easy to make it doesn’t take long to make a bunch!
Feel free to decorate them however you want, I used a punch from sheet music and a little button 🙂
|A mix of newspaper and t-shirt yarn flower poms|
|This was my first attempt from a Milk Duds box, and shows and error, the circle doesn’t come out even if you don’t cut your strips the same size!|
|Sweet Tarts Box|
I think these would make excellent Halloween decorations for a Bedspring Wreath or even on stems as flowers! If you are going to the movies save your boxes for me!
Created from a pink soda can rose, a gold soda can lace mod podged butterfly and vintage jewelry bits. Will be up for sale at my next show July 16th from 1 – 5 for Clarkson Alumni Reunion on the Cheel Lawn!
Since Arizona cans have no deposit on them, they are a really great thing to recycle. Here is another flower I created:
|Via Style Me Pretty
Elyse Hall Photography