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Dollar Bill Paper Flowers
June is the month that celebrates graduations. We often give graduates bouquets of flowers as a gift to mark the occasion. Flowers are nice, beautiful in fact, but most younger people would like the gift of cash flowers better! You know this is true! :)
Give a bouquet of flowers that is made out of dollar bills (or fives, tens, twenties, fifties or more). The graduate will truly love these!
Instructions for these easy to make paper flowers are in the video below.
Special thanks to Steph from Curbnotes.com youtube channel for sharing this informative rose money tutorial.
I was looking at pins on Pinterest the other day and was amazed by the amount of creativity and inspiration available on the site. One of the type of projects that caught my eye, were the unusual crafts people made out of toilet paper rolls. I was amazed. There were wall hangings that looked like iron, paper flowers, little animal sculptures, and even extraordinary miniature art cut inside of a cardboard role. Wow!!!
I knew I had to try making something out of cardboard tubes. I like paper flowers, so I decided to give cardboard tube flowers a try. I am quite pleased with the results. This project is super easy, super cheap and fast to make. Follow the tutorial below and soon you will be enjoying your recycled flowers.
- one toilet paper cardboard tube
- one gift wrap or paper towel cardboard tube
- hot glue and hot glue gun
- one bamboo skewer
- brown floral tape
- Gather supplies needed for project.
- Flatten toilet paper roll as in photo above.
- Cut the top and bottom of toilet paper roll. You will now have two squares.
- Cut the stems for center of flower about 1/8 wide as in photo.
- Roll the first piece to form the flower center and glue edge with hot glue to stabilize and keep from unrolling.
- Continue with the second piece. Roll and the glue the edge so that this piece does not unroll.
- Glue the bottom of the flower center with a large amount of hot glue. Wait for it to dry.
- Cut 16 circles about 1/2 inch wide from the gift wrap tube. Clip the bottom of each circle to form a V shape, with out cutting the circle open. This will give you extra room to glue the circles onto the center of the flower.
- Glue eight circles to the flower center as in photo above.
- Glue the next eight circles with hot glue in between the "petals" all ready glued into place. Insert the bamboo skewer through the bottom of the flower to form the stem.
- Cut a piece of cardboard tubing about 3" by 4". Cut 6 1/4 inch petals from this piece of cardboard.
- Use a pencil to curl and roll each petal edge.
- Roll into a tight roll to form flower sepals. Thread through the bamboo skewer to the bottom of the flower, and attach with hot glue. Wrap the skewer with brown floral tape. Wrap the floral tape one or two times more to give the stem a little more width.
A word of caution: Be careful when using a hot glue gun. The glue reaches extremely high temperatures and it is easy to burn your fingers and hand. Always use common sense when working with hot glue.
This is a craft project you can make with your children. It is easier to make than it looks, and costs almost nothing! The hardest part is cutting out the petals and leaves. How easy is that?
- paper grocery bags
- heavy cardstock or cardboard
- hot glue gun
- bamboo skewer or small wooden dowel rod
- You will need a couple of grocery bags per flower. It depends on the size of the bag and where the printing lies as to how many will be used. As you can see in the above photo, my favorite store to shop is Meijer :)I cut 4 sheets from the bag, but it will vary for you.
- Tear the bag open at the seams and lie flat. Use a dry iron to iron the paper bag as flat as possible. There will still be creases but it will not be as noticeable once you have printed the design .
- Cut out 8.5" x 11 " squares from the flat paper bag. Make sure that there is no printing on either the front or the back of the sheet. You will need aproximately 4 sheets per flower.
- Download the damask print jpg and insert into your favorite software. You are now ready to print. Insert the paper bag sheet into your printer, and set the ink at the ink saving setting. This gives a pretty soft antique look to the print.
- Print at a standard 8.5 x 11 paper size.
- Once you have printed the front side, insert the paper into the printer again, and print the design on the back side.
- Download the brown bag floral template and trace onto heavier cardboard or cardstock.Trace around these templates on the printed brown paper. Cut the shapes from the printed brown paper as follows:
- 8 extra large petals
- 4 large petals
- 4 medium petals
- 1 stamen (cut this from regular unprinted brown paper)
- 1 round circle
Place the round circle on a flat surface. Cut a one inch slit on the bottom of each extra large petal and overlap the bottom edges. Secure with hot glue and then glue onto the outer edges of the circle.
- Glue the four large petals onto the inside of the circle next. The medium circles are glued next and the stamen (after rolling) onto the center of the circle.
- Take the edges of the petals and curl them using the bamboo skewer or dowel. Heck even a pencil will work for this step!
- Cut leaves from the brown paper bag to any size you wish, and emboss leaf veins using a sharp object. Dragging scissors over the leaf works well.
- Glue the leaves to the back of the paper flower.
You are now ready to enjoy your beautiful recycled paper flower.!