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spiky kraft paper flower lgDo you remember the korker/corkscrew hair bow trend that was popular a couple of years ago? I was searching the Internet last week, looking for inspiration and came upon this neat little craft.


The hair bows looked so cute. I then wondered if it were possible to get those great little corkscrew curls out of paper. I watched some YouTube video tutorials, learned how to get that fantastic curl using paper instead of ribbons. Voila!!! It is possible and I will show you how !!!

I have a bunch of paper craft projects in mind incorporating this technique and can't wait to feature them in future posts.

 

My first project is a beautiful spiky paper flower made out of a Kraft Paper card stock. Although the flower looks complicated, it is really easy to make. It does take a lot of time, so some patience is necessary, but the end results are beautiful.





Supplies needed:


  • Brown Kraft Paper card stock
  • Paper Cutter
  • 3/16 " wood dowels (Packages can be found in the Walmart craft department. Longer dowels needed for stems can be bought at your local hardware store)
  • Wooden clothespins (I found some in the craft section at Walmart)
  • Low temperature hot glue sticks and hot glue gun.
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Baking tray
  • 1.5" Styrofoam balls

 



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  1. To make a flower you will need approximately two and one-half sheets of 8.5 x 11 Kraft card stock.

  2. Cut the paper lengthwise into 3/8's inch strips. It doesn't have to be exactly 3/8's inch but try to get the strips as close to that width as you can. After cutting 2.5 sheets into strips start wrapping the dowels.

  3. You will need 3/16 inch dowels and wooden clothespins to make the curl.

  4. Starting at the top of the dowel wrap a strip of paper at an angle around the dowel. Secure the top and bottom of the dowel with clothespins.
  5. Spray the paper dowels liberally with a water mist.
  6. Place the paper dowels on a baking tray, and bake in a preheated oven (225 degrees) for about 10 minutes.
  7. Let the dowels cool, remove the clothespins, and then gently remove the paper curls.
  8. Cut the paper curls into 2.5 inch sections. Cut one end of the section horizontally and cut the top at an angle.
  9. Push the dowel into the Styrofoam ball about .5 inch. Remove the dowel, place some hot glue onto the top of the dowel and place into the Styrofoam ball once again.

    Start gluing the paper sections starting from the bottom and work your way up to the top. The sections may wobble around at first, so just hold them securely for a couple of seconds until the glue starts to cool down.
  10. Continue until the entire ball is covered with paper sections and you are done.
  11. Admire your beautiful Spiky paper flower!!!


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