We are mildly obsessed with rainbows over here. With spring around the corner and St.Patty's day inspiration all around, we thought we would have some fun and bring you a week of rainbow crafts! Today we are sharing our rainbow tissue paper flowers and our rainbow wreath. A fun way to bring some rainbow beauty to celebration, play, gifts, dress up... so many possibilities!
Here is what you will need
rainbow colored tissue paper
To begin, take a sheet of each color of your tissue paper and place them on top of each other.
Next cut your stack into 4 squares and arrange them in the order of the rainbow on top of each other.
Then take your piles of tissue paper squares and fold it accordion style ~ folding it over 1/2 inch to 1 inch then folding it back the other way. It should look similar to a fan when you open the folds.
Tie the middle together with a pipe cleaner ~ leaving the majority of the pipe cleaner for the stem.
Next, use your scissors to form the shape of the petals, by rounding off each end of your folded fan.
Now you are ready to open your flower. Gently and gradually pull the top sheets away from the others up towards what will be the center of the flower.
Repeat this step with each subsequent layer of tissue paper until you have done this for all of them.
After you have separated the layers play around...fluff them up and bring them to life!
There you have it!
With left over tissue paper we thought it would be nice to dress up with it a bit! The rainbow wreath is super simple. We twisted a pipe cleaner to fit the head. Cut rainbow tissue paper into squares, scrunched the paper into "little flowers" and glued them on to the pipe cleaner.
To top it off we cut some strips of rainbow tissue paper and stapled them on the back.
I developed a love for mactac and pressed flowers when I was a girl. I have fond memories of being given a box of pressed flowers, some plain paper and mactac to create cards with. I think I still may even have a couple of those cards hidden away as keepsakes from my childhood.
I thought it might be fun to do something similar with my girls. This past summer we collected and pressed flowers from our garden and in the wild. We thought it would be so nice to have these flower faces smiling at us in the window! It was such a treat to pull them out now and admire them in the midst of (this never ending!) winter. We really enjoyed playing with these flowers and creating pressed flower mandala sun catchers!
They are simple to create.
Here is a quick how to...
To make you will need
mactac (also known as clear contact paper)
suction cup for hanging
Cut out two squares of mactac a little bigger than your frame.
Decide on your layout for your sun catcher.
Peel the backing off one of your mactac squares and secure (sticky side up) in your embroidery hoop.
Gently place your pattern of flowers onto the mactac .
When your design is complete, carefully remove it from the frame.
Peel the backing off your other square of mactac and press it on top of your design.
Place it back into the hoop.
Cut off the edges around the hoop.
Hang in your window to enjoy!!
Wishing you all...
abundant beauty in this day...
Only 17 days until spring! The count down is on. Hopefully these flowers will tide us over until the fresh ones pop up their sweet faces!