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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Flower Garland Tutorial

I shared this over at Craft-o-Maniac over the weekend but just in case you missed it there, I wanted to share it here.

Well, you all know I have a love for cardboard tubes and it has been far too long since I used them in a project. I needed something for my shutters and I previously made some flowers out of the tubes so I thought "Why not make a few more and make a garland out of it?" So that's what I did! Plus, I had everything on hand already so this project was pretty much FREE! :)


Supplies:
-Toilet paper/Paper Towel tubes
-Hot Glue gun
-Acrylic paint
-Ruler
-Ribbon


How to:

To start, press the tube flat.

(Sorry, this photo rotated and I can't fix it!)
Take your ruler and mark every half inch down the entire tube. Mark on each edge.

Cut the strips apart.

Then, I find it easiest to group them together for each flower. So groups of 5 and 6.

Paint the groups that colors of your choice.
Start painting on the inside and then paint the outside.

Once your pieces are dry, it's time to create the flowers.
I like to dry fit the flowers together before I glue.

Then, put a little bit of glue on one end and sandwich the pieces together.

Here is my 5 petal flower.

And here is my 6 petal flower.

I strung them up on sheer green ribbon, weaving in and out of two of the petals.

Space them out how you like and tied them up onto my shutters.

Perfect for spring time!

Now I just need to determine what I want to make for my center shutter for spring!
I have a few ideas... just need the time to make it!



Linking up to some of these fabulous parties.

43 comments:

  1. This is such a great site! Very creative! Thanks for sharing this!...Daniel

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  2. Too cute! I'm gonna have to do this when I get back from Salt Lake on Monday! LOVE this idea!!

    http://dojocrafting.blogspot.com

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  3. Super, super cute!! I love the little flowers. The are just perfect!!

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  4. I followed your link when you showed the teaser the other day and I loved it! I've been collectiong TP tubes for a while now and this was such a great idea to do with them. I made one for my daughters 6th birthday party this weekend and it will be perfect to add to her room after the party. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

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  5. oh my goodness - how cute is that! Love paper garlands, love springtime flowers - this rocks!

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  6. I have seen a lot of adorable toilet paper crafts, but this one is my favorite!

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  7. too cute! i love that it is sustainable too:)
    gina

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  8. Just this morning, I set aside a paper tube to make a project like this. Yours turned out fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. It never ceases to amaze me - what cute things can be made out of TOILET PAPER TUBES!! Very cute!!

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  10. Love it! Definitely trying this one! Thanks for the idea!

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  11. I love this idea. I'm saving up TP rolls ASAP!

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  12. so cute. it looks just great in front of your shutters.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  13. So fun! I have a whole bag of tp rolls saved up for a project but I may have to steal a few to do this cute garland. I know just where I'd put it too.
    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  14. Awesome idea ... awesome blog!
    I'm your newest follower!
    ~Bec

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  15. What a great idea! These would be great decorations to go along with my daughter's garden themed birthday party. Time to start saving those paper tubes! =)

    Also, I'm your newest follower from http://www.sweetpeasandbb.blogspot.com

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  16. This is one of my all time favorite projects I've seen this spring! I love that it is modern and old-fashioned at the same time.
    ~Amanda

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  17. Found you again... So saying again how much I love your flowers. Plus I save a towel roll thing to make some of these for my kitchen window. Visiting from Sew Chatty.
    -Kimberlee
    www.TheSpunkyDiva.com

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  18. sweet display...they remind me of quilling! Stop by Pandora's Box to enter a giveaway!

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  19. This is beautiful! Very inexpensive AND easy. I love how it turned out.

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  20. very cute! i'm new at this and just signed up to follow. thanks for sharing this fun craft!

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  21. What a nice idea! Wonderful blog you got! Am your newest follower now :) Please, visit my blog anytime..!

    Sanghamitra.
    http://rainbow-thecoloursofindia.blogspot.com

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  22. Allison you are so awesome!! I love this garland. It is so creative and perfect for spring!
    You always right a great tutorial too. ;)
    Thanks so much for linking up to Think Pink Sundays!! :)

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  23. Was looking for a good spring banner! So cute! Thanks and visit me sometime! I am your newest follower.
    http://amomseyeview-lulu.blogspot.com

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  24. Very pretty! And something I can do with my daughter, fun! www.thebakingmom@blogspot.com

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  25. i love any garland. this is so wonderful! smarty pants...for painting it as well!

    i did a post highlighting some tubes a while back & it never occurred to me to do this. i haven't seen much of it, until i've seen some of what you have done. it's so delicate, but fun!

    thanks for linking up.

    kellie

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  26. wow i absolutely love this!! i came from the girl creative :) i am now following too!!

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  27. Allison~
    I featured you on my blog today!
    http://redefiningc.blogspot.com/2011/03/welcome-spring.html

    I wish I had a "featured" button but I don't know how to get one/make one.

    Have a great day!

    Carri

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  28. How pretty your flower garland is! I have to laugh every time I change out a roll of toilet paper I think - I should be saving this if I'm ever going to try making your wonderful crafts! haha For now, I'm just living vicariously through you. I love your ideas!

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  29. Such a great idea!! Now the question is where did you get your shutters? i have been wanting some! I would love for you to leave a comment telling me! I am a new follower. Also I if your interested I am hosting a skirt giveaway on my blog and would love for you to stop by!

    http://brandonandshelby.blogspot.com/2011/03/sew-chatty-giveaway.html

    Shelby

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  30. I love your garland! And those shutter are AMAZING!

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  31. Shelby- We bought the shutters at our favorite thrifty/antique store but you can normally find some at architectural salvage places as well.

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  32. This looks lovely. Great blog Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!

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  33. So sweet and so perfect for spring! I will be featuring you on this weeks Amaze Me Monday blog party. Thanks for sharing :D

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  34. Such a great idea for all those paper rolls. I will definitely be making these on my spring break this week! Thank you for sharing!

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  35. So cute and springy! Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Allison, I love your blog. It is very inspiring! I have been saving paper rolls for months now for my girls to use for art projects. This will be so fun to do with them especially with Easter and Spring around the corner! TY for an awesome way to recycle cardboard rolls!

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  37. Love this flower garland and esp. that you made it from recycling old tp rolls!! You can't get better than that! Thanks for linking up!

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  38. I'm in love with that! My girls are always begging for a craft idea and this one is something I may want to join in on!! It is precious! Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  39. How beautiful the flower is...the shutters add much to it and look perfect.
    window shutters clayton, ca

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  40. How do you keep your flowers together until they are dry? And what glue do you prefer to use? Thanks

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