Monday, March 19, 2012

Celebrations: spring paper flower centerpiece

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Inspired by the pretty spring projects floating around blogland I felt it was time to create a new spring centerpiece.


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These three projects {above} were linked up on my link party and featured on the Inspiration Board within the last month. These were my main source of inspiration when I created my spring paper flower tree. {left} Mulberry Paper Flowers ~ Craftberry Bush  {middle} Bird Lamp ~ Creative Chaos  {right} Spring Paper Wreath ~ Ivaalex

I loved different aspects of each project… the muted watercolors on the Mulberry Flowers, the airy feeling of the Bird Lamp and the variety of color on the Spring Paper Wreath.



For my flowers, I used very cheap napkins as the paper.


I sprinkled water on the napkins and then dabbed water color paints here and there until I achieved a mottled effect. Since the napkins are wet, the paint bleeds together nicely. My primary colors were blue, pink and yellow/green. Once you’re done painting, let the napkins dry thoroughly.



I wanted tiny little flowers so I cut strips of the napkins and used this tutorial originally designed for crepe paper.


When you make these flowers, try to find interesting parts of the napkin with different colors and tones.


The little blue birds are made out of rice paper and I recycled them from this project I made last year.



The flowers are extremely fragile so be careful when putting together your tree.


I may keep one little bird perched on top but I haven’t decided.



I didn’t want the entire tree covered in flowers so I added some silk flower leaves to give it a little bit of an airy feeling.



 This will be the centerpiece of my Easter brunch table. I can hardly wait to add more tablescape details.

Thanks for visiting.

Carolyn

31 comments :

  1. That is so beautiful and delicate. Love it!

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  2. Now that is a statement piece! It will make a gorgeous centerpiece! Beautiful Carolyn!! ;)

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  3. Gor-GE-OUS! I love the soft feel and texture the dyed napkins give this beautiful centerpiece. I wouldn't be able to eat if I was sitting at that table, as I would be captivated by it's beauty :)

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  4. Wow this is just soooo beautiful!!!

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  5. Wow how beautiful! Love the flowers, the texture and the colors! Just lovely! Great idea, and you did a great job with it!

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  6. great idea and excellent technique! xo

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  7. Your spring flower tree is gorgeous! and thanks so much for linking my lamp :-)
    have a lovely day xx

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  8. The spring flower makes a great centerpiece indeed. The colors blend really well together and give a light feeling.

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  9. love it, what a great way to use napkins! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday as always!

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  10. This is gorgeous. I hope you will come link it up to The CSI Project. The challenge is embossing and paper crafts. This is made out of paper napkins so it fits the theme.
    www.thecsiproject.com

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  11. Absolutely Beautiful! I hope you will link this up at my Hippity Hop Easter Project Hop!

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/03/hippity-hop-easter-project-hop.html

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  12. Lovely shades. Great idea to add other embellishments.

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  13. Lovely shades. Great idea to add other embellishments.

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  14. What a gorgeous paper flower tree!

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  15. Soooo beautiful!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ It's so ethereal and fresh. Bravo.

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  16. Love it so I pinned this on Pinterest and featured here. Thanks for joining Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  17. This is pretty fab! I would have never thought of using napkins.

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  18. Carolyn, you can even make a cheap napkin look like a million bucks! You never cease to wow and inspire me!

    Jenn

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  19. Springtime perfection... just dreamy! So sweet. What a lovely centerpiece.

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  20. What a fabulous way to make something with such extraordinary colour blends! I love the technique. I might have to give it a go some time. :)

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  21. very beautiful work you have made. i made a similar one but that was for xmas, http://bisozozo.blogspot.com/2011/12/our-not-so-christmas-home.html.

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  22. Those are beautiful flowers. I imagine children could make a simpler version of them with a little help from adults.
    : 0 ) Theresa (Capri + 3)

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