Today's DIY is how to make little paper LOVE BUG homes! Inspired by the paintings of the Rifle Paper Co: https://riflepaperco.com/
These little flowers are pretty quick to make, and can be made in as many colours as you like. I've gone for brights for spring.
Gather together your supplies. I used a multi coloured paper pad from Paperchase (One of my favourite stores!) but you can just buy the colours you want your flowers to be. You could also use card or recycled paper for a different look.
I like to make a scrap paper version of my crafts before using the proper materials, that way if I need to change anything with the design I can do without wasting any special paper. You can adjust the scale of your flowers too depending on your 'love bug' chocolate size.
I purchased these super sweet little 'love bugs' from Marks and Spencer (Ready for Valentines!), aren't they adorable! And the perfect colours for my little flowers.
Here are my cardboard templates, and sheets of paper ready to be cut. The templates are only half the side of the final shape for each petal as we will be cutting them on the fold. I've got green for my little leaves, yellow and orange for the stamen of my flowers, and because my little love bugs are pink and red i've used the same for the petals.
Make your own templates depending on how large you want the finished flowers to be, these are only small, but I think they would look fantastic HUGE too!
The petal templates are half a heart shape, the leaf is a long narrow semi circle, and the stamen is a rectangle. (The stamen does not need to be cut on the fold)
Take your petal colour, and fold along one side of the paper, only just large enough for your template. (Work out which way would be best to fold so there is as little wastage as possible!) Cut around your template.
You will need 4 of the big petals, 4 or 3 of the little petals, 2 leaves and 1 stamen for each flower. You will see that by cutting the template on the fold, not only does it make a pretty heart shape petal, but it means your sections already have some shape to them.
Admire all your flowers parts together! I love all these bright colours.
For the petals, (all the heart shaped pieces of paper) simply snip a little section on the pointy end of the petal. This will allow you to give your petal some curve without damaging the shape.
Attach a small section of double sided tape to the bottom of the petal, just to the side of where you have just snipped.
Bend the bottom of the petals so it covers the tape, and fold over the little points to keep it neat. Your petals will now have more of a curve to them like a real flower.
Here are all my finished petals for one flower. See how by snipping the very bottom of the heart and taping it, makes a little base. This will be used to attach the smaller petals on the inside.
Take your petals and slightly curl the edges. I've used two different objects to curl them for the different sizes. I used the biro for the bigger petals, as they are bigger. And a skewer for the small petals.
If you have curled yours and they look a little too curly, simply use your fingers to pull the curl out slightly.
Take your petals, (one size at a time) and start to put the flower together. Simply glue/tape one side of the petal to the other, making sure they all meet in the middle (at the pointy end of the heart).
This is the smaller inner circle of petals for my flower.
I love the pink and red together! You can see the two sizes of petals here, and you could always add more layers if you liked.
Next, cut your fringing for the stamen. There is no particular length, just see what you like the look of best. I've used bright yellow for this flower.
Just cut a rectangle of paper, and fold over a small amount. Then cut a little fringe up to that line.
You can roll your fringe up to see if it's long enough, and if it's too long just snip the excess off.
Once your little strip is rolled, cut little snips into the bottom of the stamen (The bit you folded over earlier without the cuts), and fold into the middle to make a flat base. This will allow you to stick the stamen to the inside of the flower easily.
Ta Dah! your little love bug home is starting to take shape now! Fan the stamen out as much as you like, or leave it tightly curled.
Simply attach the leaves using glue/tape and pop your little love bug straight in!
Aren't they cute!! I've made a few to sit on our dresser, but I would love to make some massive ones for the garden in the summer!
I would love to see your little love bug homes!
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