1.28.2011

Crepe Paper Flowers and Girls Valentine Boxes

As a child, my very favorite Valentine's Day activity was decorating a box with my Mom to hold my Valentine cards in for the class party.  Remember those days?  Now I look forward to decorating them with my own kids.

This Valentine's Day 'box' is an oatmeal container.  If you want to, you can cut a slit in the top of the lid for the Valentines to drop through.  If a card is too large, just take the lid off so it will fit.


The oatmeal container is covered with scrapbook paper.  The leaves are cut from construction paper then bent in half to give them some dimension.  The flowers are made from crepe paper streamers. 



How to Make Crepe Paper Flowers
 

 
  1. Choose your colors.  I used three shades of pink.
  2. Stack three layers of streamers on top of each other.  For a solid color flower fold one long piece into thirds.
  3. With a sewing machine stitch down the center of the streamers using a gathering stitch (longest stitch length).  The streamers will gather up some as you sew.
  4. Pull one thread on one end to gather the streamers.
  5. Fold the streamers in half at the stitch line then roll them up into a circle.  You can glue it to a circle of card stock to hold it's shape, or glue it directly onto something.
  6. Fluff the flower by separating the layers of streamers.
 Another way to use gathered streamers...

My daughter and I made this box to look like a suitcase.  We started with a white box, added strips of scrapbook paper, gathered streamers for the heart, and added a handle. 

I remember watching my mom in anticipation as she sewed down the long streamers for my box.  I was so impressed that they magically gathered as she went.  Now you can be impressive too, and your kids have a good incentive to eat their oatmeal.  :)


Today's Fabulous Find...Paper Streamer Flowers
and Girls Valentine Boxes
 
 
 
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33 comments:

lynn said...

these are SO pretty and easy to make--thanks so much for sharing, janet:) happy weekend!

The Altered Paper said...

I was always wondering how these beautiful paper flowers were made! Thank You for sharing!

~Rosanne said...

Just got a note from my son's teacher saying that he needs to make a box for valentines, so although pink isn't his color :) I do have the oatmeal container and cool scrapbook paper that we can make it perfect for him!
Thanks for sharing.

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Oh, very cute! I haven't seen the sewing technique on crepe paper before, very nice. Great job!

SANDI said...

Too Cute!!!
sandraallen260@centurytel.net

Barbara said...

i really love these...so bright and festive!

Hatter and Hare Events said...

Love the crepe paper flowers - thanks for sharing the tutorial!

maleahbliss said...

I love your roses!! It's such a great idea to sew down the middle and gather them!!
I'd love for you to link up to my new linky party, Tute {Yourself} Tuesday!
LittleEme.blogspot.com
The linky will be open until Wednesday evening. :)

Amnah said...

Okay, wow. I'm going out and buying some streamers tomorrow. Those roses are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Its A Blog Party said...

Would love for you to join us at the Hugs and Kisses Valentine's Party!
http://itsablogparty.com/

Titti @ Shoestring Pavilion said...

Love stuff that look pretty but made with inexpensive materials! I may have to make some of those flowers :)

Maggie said...

wow luv it never thought of sewing crepe paper, will give it a try.

Don't forget to link it in our linking party this week.

http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/02/fun-ideas-for-valentine-day-2011be.html

Maggie

Erin said...

That is so darling!!! I love the crepe paper flowers! :)

Imanda said...

Awwwww!!!!!!!!!! these are just sooo perfect!!! thanks sooo much for sharing! <3 <3

Tawny said...

Pretty pretty pretty pretty! I want to decorate everything with crepe paper flowers now! :)

Mary Ellen said...

Love the pretty roses!! You are forever in my inspiration file now with this post! Hope I get to make some soon!

Jackie said...

This is so pretty! I would never have thought of sewing crepe paper streamers.

I would love to have you join my link party.

http://blessingsoverflowing.blogspot.com/2011/02/fix-it-up-friday-we-dont-have-power.html

Tasha said...

So cute! It turned out darling. Thank you for the fun tutorial on the crepe flowers too. Thanks for coming and linking this up. I simply love it.

pollydove said...

oh my gosh!!!! that is the cutest thing ever!!!! it makes me wish one of my girls was still in elementary school! i guess i will just have to find someplace else to glue those flowers on to! LoVe this!

Festiveworks said...

So pretty! They look like my favorite peony's! Thanks for sharing!

Mariah said...

Thanks for sharing how to make the flowers! Very pretty!

Mrs. DIY said...

I love those flowers-they look beautiful! I can't wait to try them!

-Kait

abeachcottage said...

Really cute and festive flowers. Thanks so much for the tutorial, yeay! very much appreciated. BTW, loving your blog.

Amanda said...

This is great! I featured it today on Today's Top 20! I'd love for you to stop by!

Amanda
www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

Kara said...

So, so pretty! I will be featuring this on Creations by Kara tomorrow. Totally love it! :)

Lisa said...

Wow...thanks for sharing. I just purchased a book on paper flowers, but this one is beautiful and easy.

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, Janet! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

LukaMish said...

LOVE the streamers - thank you so much for sharing!

Kids craft ideas said...

Love it. Thanks for sharing

Serendipity and Spice said...

I found you on Pinterest… these are adorable! I’m hosting a Valentine theme linky party starting tonight at 11:30. Would love it if you came by and linked up! www.serendipityandspice.blogspot.com
-Melissa

Shelby @ The Bean Sprout Notes said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I stopped a few steps early to make chandelier party garland. (and linking back to your site) Check it out here:
http://thebeansproutnotes.blogspot.com/2012/02/party-garland.html

Pleasantville Mom said...

I LOVE these crepe paper flowers - looking forward to trying them with my kids! Thanks for the idea and instructions!

Janet said...

You're welcome, I hope you have fun making them!

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