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Paper Flowers for Banner 3 freebie  

It's time to change our very large welcome banner in the fellowship area at church to a spring/summer theme. Pastor Ken and I have been working hard (and spending a fortune) planning a very special event for April 22nd as a community outreach. We are having a night of teaching about the Passover as it reveals Jesus Christ to us. We are going to have the Passover/Seder dinner along with the teaching so that everyone can experience this amazing insight that every Christian should have. You'll never see the Lord's Supper/Communion the same!
Given that we hope to have lots of visitors, I wanted the new welcome banner to be very bright and cheerful - flowers seemed the thing for spring and summer. I didn't want to paint again. It just didn't see special enough, so I've been designing and making all manner of paper flowers - 27 different blossoms in all. My table was a mountain of lovely blossoms - so happy to look at and that's not even all of them! I thought you might like to know how to make some of them, so for 27 days I'll be posting a tutorial for one of these lovely blossoms!
This lovely flower starts with two widths of tissue paper half the width you want your flower to be. Accordion fold both lengths.Bunch both together and cut a tiny slit on each side. Pinch in the center and secure with a twister tie..Run your fingers along the outer edge, spreading the folds open. The edge will curl up around your thumb as you go. Do this to all outer edges and arrange to look full and pretty.It will look like this when all outer edges are fluffed.Next I used Martha Stewart's snowflake punch. I connected six of them with dots of glue to make a cup shape and glued it in the center of the flower.
Now you'll want to make the center of paper.Take a circle of paper. Cut six slits from the edge of the circle toward the center. Put a dot of low melt glue on the right edge corner of a section and stick the left edge corner of the section to it's right on top of it. Work your way around the circle to form the center of the flower. If you want a small center, make your slits longer toward the center. If you want a wider center, make smaller slits toward the center.
Next take the little cup and crush it bending it into a five pointed shape like below and glue in center of the snowflake cup.
Punch one more snowflake and lay it on your mouse pad. Take the rounded end of a paint brush and rub it in a circular motion in the center of the snowflake. The pressure will shape it into a tight cup. Glue it in the center of the flower and you have this luscious blossom!I also made a variation where I used another Martha Steward punch and punched the entire length of an 8.5 x 11" piece of white cardstock. I gathered it into a cup shape securing with low melt glue and then glued it in the center. Then I glued a regular center cup as instructed above in the center of it.If you like it well enough to download, please leave me a comment at the bottom of this post as I have disabled 4shared comments. Please support this blog by shopping my PayPal store. God bless you!Download TOU here for 24 hours, then available in my store. If you can't find it, e-mail me. Check out my TERMS OF USE here.The password is jesuschristislord.Digifree CraftCrave CraftCrave

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