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July 4th Utensil Bundles

By: Molly Kozera of A Bit O' Shine

For a cute, patriotic touch to a July 4th picnic, barbecue or party at your home, put together these utensil bundles designed by Molly Kozera. This 4th of July craft project is a great way to tie together mismatching plastic utensils.


July 4th Utensil Bundles


Materials:

  • thin weight paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • green covered floral wire

Optional but recommended materials:

  • sewing pin
  • circle punch

You can start with colored paper but make sure it is a thin weight paper as you'll be folding it several times and the thicker it is, the more difficult it will be to fold. If you don't have colored paper available computer printer paper works just great.

If using printer paper: Do not use a circle punch, the paper is too thin and it will likely tear instead. Use a biscuit or cookie cutter, jar lid, compass, etc. to trace your circles and cut them by hand. When you've gone through the steps listed below you can then color your plain paper by making a wash (paint and water mixture) to color your flowers.

Instructions:

  1. Cut floral wire in half and dab some glue on each end to keep the covering from fraying loose when you try to work with it. When that is dry curl one end in on itself to create the flower center. While the glue is drying, cut or punch your circles.

    Cut/Punch Circles
     
  2. Fold your circle in half, then in half again, then in half again - it should form a tiny cone shape (see below).



     
  3. Trim the wide end to a rounded edge - this will form the "petals" when you unfold it.

    Fold Petals
     
  4. Cut down one of the fold lines - it doesn't matter which - then trim the top and side off the "petal" to give yourself a little flap.

    Trim Petal
     
  5. Dab glue on your newly made flap and bring your sides together, putting the flap behind the whole petal. This adds dimension to your flower. Let glue dry.

    Glue Petals

    Dab Glue 2
     
  6. When your glue has dried, use a sewing pin to make a hole in the center of the flower - this will make it easier to push your floral wire through.

    Floral Wire to Flowers
     
  7. Now gather your utensils inside a paper napkin and use the floral wire to bind them together creating a napkin ring/bundle all in one!

    Making July 4th Utensil Bundles 1

    Making july 4th utensil bundles 2

    making july 4th utensil bundles 3

    Making july 4th utensil bundles 4
     
  8. Enjoy your Independence Day!

    Complete 4th of July Utensil Bundles

 

Find this project with 20 different 4th of July crafts in the 4th of July Crafts: Blogger Edition 2010 eBook.

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These little flower cut outs remind me of the old day poppy flowers handed out when you donated to a charity. I loved playing with them as a kid, so this project seems sort of nostalgic for me! To add another option, you could also make some stars in patriotic colors for the Fourth of July as well. This craft adds a nice touch to any holiday festivity!

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