Monday, April 8, 2013

Paper Dahlia Wreath

My girls came to me somewhat distressed yesterday evening. {drama queen's galore}
After spending most of the day a few hours watching HGTV, they wanted to know how I could live with myself.

Excuse me???

They broke out in sly little grins and proceeded to explain.

There was an urge overtaking them.
This weird need to decorate, create, paint, refinish, craft... they felt it couldn't be contained. {why does that sound familiar?}
And yes, they put their little heads together and decided that this new-found decorating angst was solely to be blamed on me.

Here's what I have to say to that my young ladies...


Just think of all the fun we're gonna have crafting, thrifting and finally getting your rooms done!! 

Alright, I'll move on now... :)


Dahlia's made out of paper.

I found THIS one on Pinterest and loved it.
And I saw THIS one by Talitha at Love, Pomegranate House about the time my winter wreath was getting a bit outdated.

Thanks for a great spring idea Talitha!

I used 8.5" x 11" card stock cut in half, then in fourths for everything but the darker center.
In the center, I cut those fourths, which were now 4.25" x 5.5", down to 4.25" squares.
Don't throw away those little strips you cut off to make those squares though, they're what I used to make the very center.

Lots and lots of cones, hot glue, an 8" cardboard circle and one evenings' time cured my empty front door.

I only have one question now.
How well will the paper survive the front porch?

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  1. Pretty, but I can't look at Talitha's web site. MacAfee keeps blocking it. Great job on yours.

  2. This is gorgeous! I love dahlias.. and this color is perfect! New follower on GFC and FB. We'd love for you to share this over at our link party, Much Ado About Monday, if you get a change. :)


  3. So in love with your fun wreath!!

  4. This wreath is so cool! I love the color and so cute! Come link up to my linky party Centerpiece Wednesday and share your post.

  5. Dropped by from the Wow Us Wednesdays party. I love your wreath! Great colors and tutorial! I would love to have you to share it at
    The Shady Porch Rock N Share party too! Blessings, D

  6. I love this! I have been needing a wreath that is more springy, I might have to try something similar in yellow. Thanks for sharing! Oh and yay for your little ones being excited about crafting!

  7. So neat! Thank for sharing it!
    Brooke -

  8. Gorgeous! I love the color. It's hard to believe it's paper!

  9. This is beautiful! So bright and intricate! :) newest follower here!

  10. Beautiful. Going to try to get my daughter to make this. She will have more patience with all the cones:) Thank you!

  11. It's beautiful!! I would love for you to link up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase.

    Just follow the link....


  12. Love love love it!!! i definitely will want to try to make this one (the dahlia won me over!) a new follower, found you on keep calm link up

    hope you can follow back

  13. Wow, this looks so cool! I'm thinking I need to get my act together and make one of these SOON! Visiting from A Glimpse Inside.

  14. Oh I just love this! We are currently working on my girl's room too, and this will be perfect for the wall.I can imagine a few of them together. Adorable. Thanks for inspiring us!

  15. Very pretty! I hope it holds up well on your door. I made a similar flower using sheet music.

  16. so pretty! i want to do this with old book pages... love yours and the beautiful bright colors! found you on diy showoff!

  17. Outstanding wreath, such an inspiring project and tutorial. You did such a wonderful job of showing how to do it. Think I might save that one for winter time when I need something to do that will take me some time. Your wreath is so gorgeous, it's hard to tell it's paper, the color is glorious. Found your blog and this project thru the Sunday Showcase. So glad I decided to look at this one. Bravo for such a wonderful project. Happy Days

  18. How beautiful, and I love the colour you chose!

  19. This is so pretty, I've seen plenty using book pages, but your blues just make it pop. I have a bathroom project going that features a mod floral curtain...this would be perfect for the wall. Thanks for sharing and I'm pinning.

  20. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come stop by and grab a featured button!

  21. Jeannine, it's BEAUTIFUL!! I was looking at that black one myself not long ago, but I wouldn't have thought to make it with an ombre effect. I really love how you used the dark color again in the middle, much like real dahlias. Great job, as always! I'm pinning this one. Oh, and Why don't you hang it on the inside of your front door instead? I don't think it'll last long outside. :(


  22. JUST fabulous! How is the paper doing on the front door...well I hope! Thanks so very much for sharing how you made this great flower. Congrats on being featured over at BoogieBoard Cottage blog.

  23. I love it. I wonder if I could make it with construction paper, but no, can't get the right color in that.. only true green and bright yellow.... I need dark green... sigh.

    I found you via Roeshel's DIY Showoff.

  24. Thank you so much for visiting our blog ;) I wrote you back about the glittery shoes... They are smooth and very much so wearable! ;)
    This flower is really pretty! -Mika

  25. i LOVE THIS!!! I just made one this afternoon... even my two year likes it... he said "that's pretty!" Thanks for sharing.

  26. I've posted my version on the blog today! I also shared a photo of YOURS in my post as my inspiration... would love for you to come and check it out!
    Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

  27. Where do you buy your cardstock? I sometimes go to Michael's but I can't bear the thought of paying .69 a sheet if I need so many for a wreath this big.

    1. I buy it mostly at Michael's and Hobby Lobby. I wait till they have 4 for a $1 sales, and one sheet typically got me 4 little cones.


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