I really, really, dig frugal crafts using found items from my recycling bin. Creative simplicity is just a very cool concept for me. In that vein, last week we talked about creating gift bags from recycled newspapers, and this week I am talking about making flower pins from old magazines.
You can use these flowers for a variety of different uses. They make great party favors or table seating pieces, just stick them inside an old wine cork. Alternatively, you could use them as push pins in your bulletin board, or even go old fashioned and wear them on your lapel.
To make these really cool flowers, I used a few things that I had around the house already including:
1) To start, I searched through my old magazine collection in search of colorful magazine pages. It takes about one whole page to make a single flower so look for pages with uniform color. I found that ad pages tended to work best for this purpose– but you will want to make sure you don’t include any obvious advertisement logos or words in the finished product (that would look weird). If you run into this, you can just opt not to use any petals that contain logos.
2) After I collected 3-4 magazine pages, I started working on the petals. To create the individual petals I stacked the magazine pages together and folded lengthwise down the page. Then I made all my cuts on the free edge not the folded edge.
3) Once I had created a whole bunch of petals, the next step was to crinkle them up into a little ball and unfold them. Each petal in the flower looks best when they have been creased irregularly and “roughed up” a little bit. Once they have been crinkled, I sort them by color in preparation for constructing the flowers.
4) To construct the flowers I pour a little glue out onto my work surface– a paper plate works well for this purpose. Next, I find my corsage pins. Then, one at a time I dab the straight edge of each petal in the glue, and wrap it around the head of the corsage pin right below the pearl piece. I keep adding petals in a circle around the pin doing my best to keep each side even. The best part about flowers is that often their beauty is in their lack of perfection, so uneven sides, or even lopsided petals work out OK in the end for this project. Once I have added several petals (somewhere between 10 and 20 petals for each flower) I set it aside to let the glue dry. I found that allowing the petals to dry standing up helps prevent them from becoming lopsided.
One fun thing I did with all my flowers, was pierce them through a piece of a cardboard egg carton to make a homemade floral sponge. It made a pretty little bouquet what would brighten up a dreary room for virtually no additional cost.
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