CHA 2014 Trends: Flowers, Mixed Media and Paper Quilling

Hey, paper crafters! After a marvelous excursion to the winter 2014 CHA Show, we at AllFreePaperCrafts are back with the latest scoop in beautiful paper crafting. While DIY paper flowers, mixed media crafts, and paper quilling patterns are endlessly popular with the average paper crafter, we have great new snapshots of inspiration for you! Catch the latest trends in flower making, mixed media, and even paper quilling. Get gorgeous with glitter, craft dies and more when you make paper flowers. Go vintage with your fabulous mixed media projects. Go wild—literally!—with your paper quilling. The inspiration might even last you until CHA 2015, when we’ll be back with more trends and more ideas.

DIY Paper Flowers

While paper flowers are always a go-to paper craft embellishment, the abundance of blooms could not have been more prominent during this winter CHA show! Check out these marvelous creations from the design team at Heartfelt Creations. Can you count the number of flowers?

Heartfelt Creations DIY Paper Flowers

Meanwhile, say hello to this gorgeous doily with a floral print. How can you create this beautiful floral design? Using a new die from Prima Marketing Inc!

Prima International Doily Flower Dies

Even these winter cards from Ecstasy Crafts embrace floral elements. Can you say snow flowers?

Ecstasy Crafts Card Display

Mixed Media Art

Prima had an utterly marvelous collection of mixed media products and artwork. Take a look at these new products and the finished creations. The altered bike frame is particularly fabulous, and the floral journal cover adds a touch of steampunk to a dimensional paper project.

Prima Mixed Media Display

These gorgeous frames, also from Prima, caught my eye. Travel papers and embellishments were hot hot HOT at CHA this year! Whether you’re already planning your spring break vacation or you still need to document a fabulous European excursion from the previous summer, these vintage travel themed products were popular across the show.

Prima Mixed Media Frames

This gorgeous pet shop project by Laura Denison was spotted at the Bo Bunny booth. Gorgeous architecture and beautiful handiwork, this would make a great piece of home decor for any pet lover.

Pet Shop Craft at Bobunny

Meanwhile, these products alone from DCWV should inspire any mixed media crafter, adding elements like cork, cardboard and fabric to your newest paper projects:

Mixed Media Materials from DCWV

Paper Quilling Ideas

Speaking of DCWV, these gorgeous displays were spotted outside their booth. Would you have the patience to make this paper quilling display? While many paper crafters find quilling to be a challenging technique, most paper crafters agree that the results are absolutely gorgeous. Many of these flowers were made from just a few basic shapes. Amaze your loved ones when you too create fabulous paper quilling projects.

Paper Quilling at DCWV

Though this large DCWV display wasn’t made with quilling paper, how fun would it be to make a miniature version with standard-width quilling strips? This tiger might even be easier to create because no coils are involved. How about this for a beginner project?

Tiger Display seen at DCWV

If you love some of the paper quilling ideas you’ve just seen, be sure to check out Tina from Quilled Creations as she demos the beehive technique:

 

Paper Quilling: love it or hate it?

 

 

 

Butterflies, Flowers, and Hearts: Creative Romantic Ideas with Easy Paper Crafts

Just because we’re in the middle of winter doesn’t mean we can’t think of spring. Try a few paper crafts ideas that were inspired by warmer weather, and you’ll stay cheerful even in these chilly temperatures. Now that it’s past New Year’s, the countdown to Valentine’s Day begins. This year, we at AllFreePaperCrafts want to give you a head start on your Valentine’s Day to do list. We’ve put together a sampling of some of the most adorable homemade valentine cards and homemade valentine decorations you’ve ever seen. These simple paper crafts are an inexpensive and fun way to show your sweetheart how much you care.

Whimsical Wings: How to Make a Paper Butterfly

Test out some of our butterfly craft ideas to keep a smile on your face when the days are short. Check out some of our easy tutorials and learn how to make paper butterflies. You can use these adorable accents on almost anything from greeting cards to home décor. Plus, we have some super cute valentine treat ideas that were inspired by our fluttery friends.

Super Sweet Butterfly Treat

Forever Florals: Making Paper Flowers, Rain or Shine

Learn how to make paper flowers that will never fall victim to a cold snap. Homemade paper flowers come in all colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. We have a great collection of DIY paper flowers, and, like our butterfly craft ideas, you can use these floral embellishments all year. You can make flowers that will lay flat in a scrapbook, or 3D blooms with folded petals for a fancy card. These projects may look intimidating, but they’re actually as easy as they are elegant. When you start cranking out enough paper flowers to fill your snow-covered garden, the world of Valentine’s Day crafts won’t know what hit it.

Funky Heart Flower

Happy Hearts: How to Make a Paper Heart

Most people learn how to make a heart out of paper in elementary school. Give yourself a refresher on this childhood skill with some heartwarming paper craft ideas for all occasions. You can use these embellishments to make garland, cupcake toppers, and more decorations for Valentine’s Day. After all, there’s no quicker way to say “I love you” than with this iconic shape.

Washi Tape Heart Card

 

Which of these crafts would you like to try?

 

Our First Free eBook! Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers

Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers

AllFreePaperCrafts.com is excited to introduce our very first eBook! Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers is a beautiful compilation of some of our most popular paper craft projects. From card making ideas to scrapbook layouts to DIY paper flowers, these gorgeous paper crafts are excellent ways to treasure memories, send greetings, and embellish your projects.

Included in this free eBook: Card Making Ideas

Handmade cards are the best way to send greetings to your loved ones. Anyone can purchase a simple card at the store, but if you make your own cards, the sentiment carry a greater weight. No one will want to throw away these cards when they receive them in the mail or at a family gathering! Create cards for literally any occasion with any of these beautiful card making tutorials.

   
   

  1. Elegant Tiled Greeting Card
  2. Air Brushed Silhouette Card
  3. Fancy Folds Card
  4. Sunset Over the Lake Card
  5. Get Well Colorful Maple Card
  6. Doily Embellishment
  7. Ribbon Embellishment
  8. 3D Butterfly Birthday Card

Included in this free eBook: Scrapbook Layouts

Treasure your memories with gorgeous scrapbooking ideas! These scrapbook layouts are perfect for preserving cherished events in a detailed and beautiful way. Use flowers, butterflies, and feathers to make inspiring and unique layouts. These beautiful scrapbooking ideas will impress everyone who views your latest albums!

  1. Floral Scrapbook Layout
  2. Butterfly Scrapbook Layout
  3. Light As a Feather Scrapbook Layout
  4. Full of Flowers Scrapbook Layout

 

Included in this free eBook: DIY Paper Flowers

Flowers are one of the most popular paper craft embellishments. You can add DIY paper flowers to literally any of your paper craft projects. Make dimensional flowers to embellish your cards, scrapbook layouts, and even home decor projects. You will be amazed at the many ways you can make various paper flowers.


 

  1. Blushing Folded Paper Rose
  2. Quilled Paper Flowers
  3. Impressive Tissue Paper Flowers
  4. Popping Red Poppy Flower
  5. 3D Sunny Sunflower
  6. Really Whimsical Paper Flowers

 

Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers

Download your copy of Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers today!

 

 

 

 

 

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AllFreeHolidayCrafts Giveaway: Quilled Flowers

Quilled Flowers: A Garden of 35 Paper ProjectsLilacs, Tulips and Peonies, oh my! If the thought of pretty paper flowers makes you smile, this is the perfect book for you. Quilled Flowers: A Garden of 35 Paper Projects, from Lark Crafts, is the ideal paper crafting book for paper crafters and flower lovers alike. With the help of this easy-to-follow craft book by Alli Bartkowsi you will be able to learn how to make 35 different quilled masterpieces with ease.

With detailed step-by-step images and a descriptive walk-through to guide you, Quilled Flowers: A Garden of 35 Paper Projects makes paper quilling a cinch no matter what skill level you are. Whether you simply love to craft for the spring and summer seasons or you have a wedding on the horizon, this book is a wonderful source for paper flower tutorials. Included in this paper quilling guidebook you will find a selection of wall decor tutorials, handmade wreaths, pretty floral bouquets, and much more. Combine your love of flowers and paper crafting to create something gorgeous with Quilled Flowers: A Garden of 35 Paper Projects.


AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com is giving away one copy of Quilled Flowers: A Garden of 35 Paper Projects to one lucky winner. You could win!

Learn more and enter to win here.

Contest ends June 25, 2013. You can enter once daily, return often to improve your chances of winning!

 

AllFreeHolidayCrafts Giveaway: Paper Blooms

Paper BloomsPaper Blooms, by Jeffery Rudell, demonstrates 25 different ways to create simply extraordinary paper flowers. These fabulous flowers would make the perfect addition to a handmade card, gift wrap, a seasonal table setting, or even a wedding centerpiece. Each of the 25 different paper flower tutorials that are included in this book are accompanied by step-by-step directions and full color images. These instructions and detailed images make crafting paper flowers simple for paper crafters of all ability levels. Paper flowers add a touch of class and grace to almost any occasion and they make for wonderful DIY wedding decorations, making Paper Blooms perfect for seasonal crafters like you!

Included within this compilation of 25 paper flowers are tutorials on how to make daisies, mums,  English roses, black eyed Susan’s, carnations, and more. There are also a few creative paper creations included within the tutorial section of this book, like how to craft paper pumpkins, gourds, and cattails. Jeffery Rudell’s craft book begins with an informative and well-written introduction, giving the reader a clear idea of the basics required to craft flowers from paper. Combined with these effortless guides, this introduction allows the reader to not only feel at ease with the included tutorials, but confident in their creative process as well. Making paper flowers will come easily to any crafter with the help of this intricate, gorgeous, and educational paper crafting book.

Paper BloomsThe three sections that are broken down in Paper Blooms include how to make paper flowers from strips of paper, paper punches, and hand-cut shapes. With so many options, the reader is able to better assess their paper crafting specialty and create the paper flowers included in this book that they find to be easiest. Get ready for the spring wedding season while you learn how to craft gorgeous flowers as decorations.


AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com is giving away one copy of Paper Blooms to one lucky winner. You could win!

Learn more and enter to win here.

Contest ends April 30, 2013. You can enter once daily, return often to improve your chances of winning!

 

Lasting Love: Paper Flowers Crafts for Kids to Make + Other Flower Crafts

Tenderhearted Tissue FlowersDiamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but when you’re seven, you can’t buy the shiny rocks quite yet. The next best thing? Flowers.

Show Mom, Grandma, and little Janie how much they mean to you by giving them flowers on Valentine’s Day. A bouquet of fresh roses is beautiful, but it can be pricey, it’s over done, and frankly, it’ll die in a couple of days. Instead, put your crafty hands to work and make your own bouquet of flowers, which will last as long as your love: forever. AllFreeKidsCrafts has endless original ideas for Valentine’s Day, including numerous paper flowers that will make smiles bloom.Valentine Calla Lilies

Make this February 14th affordable yet heartfelt by crafting a gorgeous bouquet of art.

Life Hint: Flowers make mommies VERY happy!

 

Simple Paper Flowers Kids’ Crafts

Handprint Paper FlowersEven the littlest green thumbs can make love bloom this Valentine’s Day with simple paper flowers. Increase the preciousness of your bouquet ten-fold by including an even more personal touch: your handprint. There’s not much that’s cuter in this world than tiny hands outstretched with love, so share some of that by crafting Handprint Paper Flowers.

Other Simple Paper Flowers:

Valentine Calla Lilies
Delightful Recycled Daisies
Tenderhearted Tissue Flowers
Bunches of Love
Muffin Flower Pot Craft
Paper Roses

Kids’ Valentine’s Day Homemade Paper Flowers

Poppies in a VaseIf you’re really feeling crafty this season of love, make Grandma a fancy bouquet that she’ll never forget. These paper flowers are a bit more challenging, but well worth the work. For a fun token of your appreciation, craft the adorable Poppies in a Vase from Write. Click. Scrapbook. These cheerful blossoms are sure to get hearts beating.

Other Homemade Paper Flowers:

Crepe Paper Flowers
Brightest Blossom Paper Craft
Poised Paper Painted Rose Bouquet
Fun Coffee Filter Flowers
Poppies in a Vase
Lunch Bags into Paper Flowers

Other Flower Craft Ideas for Kids

Hershey's Kiss From a RosePaper isn’t the only way to a girl’s heart, believe it or not. Although some of these bouquets (Springy Cookie Flowers) won’t last nearly as long as the paper, they’re sure to please all the same. The Hershey’s Kiss From a Rose may be devoured before you can say, “Happy Valentine’s Day,” but the warm feeling in everyone’s belly will stick around for a long time to come.

Other Creative Flower Craft Ideas:

Duct Tape Flower Bouquet
Fun Fabric Flowers
Springy Cookie Flowers

Poised Paper Painted Rose Bouquet

 

Would you rather receive fresh flowers or crafted flowers from your little ones?

Link Love: Cool Things to Make with Paper

This week’s theme is paper crafts, in honor of our paper crafting themed week for National Craft Month! Here are some great crafts that you can make with paper. If you don’t like to make cards or scrapbook layouts, there are tons of other things you can make with paper instead! Don’t let its two-dimensional property keep your creativity at bay–you can make all sorts of three-dimensional things out of paper, such as wreaths, faux flowers, and party decorations. If you’re on a budget, paper and a little craftiness are all you need to decorate your home, your wedding, or your party.

  1. Butcher Paper Spring Wreath from Alisa Burke
  2. Curly Paper Birds from Disney Family Fun
  3. Paper Plate Bunnies from A Little Delightful
  4. Tissue Paper Bunting from Project Wedding
  5. Paper Star Lanterns from Passengers on a Little Spaceship
  6. Fringed Crepe Paper Card from Paper Crafts Connection
  7. Wax Paper Pom Pom Flowers from Nice Package
  8. Woven Paper Ball Garland from How About Orange
  9. Giant Paper Rose from Green Wedding Shoes

How To: Make a Christmas Flower Bouquet

Well, the official countdown has begun …only a mere 3 days until Christmas!  Hopefully all your gifts have been purchased and the fun process of wrapping has begun!

While I actually enjoy wrapping gifts, I find paper scraps terribly annoying.  No matter what I’m wrapping, the scraps are just never big enough to wrap another gift…so what is a girl to do?

Why, she’s to craft, of course!

Turn those leftover wrapping paper scraps into a beautiful Christmas Flower Bouquet!  These paper flowers are also great for adding flair to your holiday packages or dimension to your Christmas tree.  Sometimes I stick these flowers in a wreath or on top of my tree.  It looks stunning (if you do this, try using nicer paper.  I used scrapbook paper to make the ones in my tree, but if you have good quality wrapping paper, go for it

Want to make some of your own?  Gather up those wrapping paper scraps…

Materials:

  • Variety of paper scraps, it could be wrapping paper like I used here, or any decorative paper you’d like
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or tape
  • Pipe cleaners (optional)

Step One:  Cutting out perfect paper squares

To make perfect squares, lay your paper flat with the wrong side facing you.  Fold the bottom corner upwards until the bottom edge is lined up with the side edge.  You should have a perfect triangle, with some paper left over.

Cut off the extra paper so you just have a triangle.  Leave folded with the crease facing you.

Step Two:  Creating wings

Fold the left and right corners up to the top corner, so you have a diamond shape.

Take the right flap and fold it so the middle crease lines up with the outer crease.  Repeat with the left flap.

Step Three:  Folding out the pockets

Step two created two pockets, one on the right side, one on the left.  Unfold the right wing and open the pocket.

Push the pocket down so it looks like a kite.  Repeat on the left side.

Step Four:  Making the center of the pedal

Take the tip of the right “kite” and fold it down to the center.  Repeat on the left side.

Fold both “kites” along their middle crease, so the outer crease meets up with the inner one.

Step Five:  Finishing the pedal

Place a tiny bit of glue or tape on left wing and join it to the right wing.  Now you have one pedal!  Repeat steps 1-5 four more times, so you have 5 pedals total.

Step Six:  Assembly

Place a tiny bit of glue or tape on one pedal and begin gluing them together.  Stick the first and the last petal together so you have a round flower.  If you like, you can insert a pipe cleaner into the flower to create a stem.

If you’d like your flowers to be more decorative, try making this Folded Flower Ball Ornament to hang from your mantel or in your tree.  You can also make a Crepe Paper Rose Bouquet with leftover tissue paper!  If you have paper of a similar color, you can make Paper Rosette Trees, which would look striking on your mantel or holiday table.

Any other ideas on how to use up those wrapping paper scraps?  Please do tell!

 

Guest Post: How to Make Flowers out of Common Household Items

This guest post was written by Anna Ketz

Nothing says, “I love you,” better than a flower, and a whole bouquet of blossoms can melt the coldest heart. It can be fun to surprise your significant other with a bouquet of flowers made from common household items such as napkins and ribbons. Although real flowers can outshine origami flowers with their delicious scent, origami flowers can be intricate and beautiful. They can cost a lot less than the real thing, and they will definitely last quite a while longer.

A special origami flowers delivery to the doorstep of your other half can put a creative twist on the common romantic flowers delivery routine. Here are a few craft flowers you can make out of common household items.

Napkin Flower
To make an intricate napkin rose complete with an intricate napkin stem and leaf, start by unfolding a regular napkin to its full size. Place two fingers against one side of the unfolded napkin and begin to roll it into a tube around your fingers. When the entire napkin is rolled loosely into a tube, remove your fingers and pinch off the tube about an inch or two from the top.

The top part of the tube will be the blossom. Twist downward about two inches from the section of the tube that you pinched off. This will be the stem. Make sure the napkin is tightly twisted into a stem-like configuration. Your creation should now look like half a dumb bell.

Now it’s time to make the leaf. Find a loose corner of napkin down at the bottom part of your creation, and pivot it backward along your stem until it is in just the right position to become a leaf. Pinch it off at just the right height for a leaf, and continue twisting your napkin stem into a tight roll until you reach the bottom of the napkin. Peel the leaf slightly apart from the stem until it looks right. You can repeat this with as many napkins as you wish to get an entire bouquet of napkin roses.

Ribbon Rose
Cut a long length of ribbon from the colored spool of your choice. At about the midpoint of your cut length, fold the ribbon over itself so that it makes a ninety degree angle. You should see about half your ribbon streaming down, the other half streaming out to the right, and a tiny triangle in the middle where it is folded over itself.

Fold the bottom length upward over the triangle, and then fold the side length backward over the triangle. Continue folding the legs over each other and over the triangle in the center until you run out of ribbon. Hold the two crossed ends and let the rest of the folds go. Your ribbon should look like a colored accordion.

To finish off your ribbon rose, hold the creation between two fingers with the two crossed ends sticking out below and the accordion part coming out the other side. Grab one of the ends and pull it down firmly. The accordion will be pulled inward and will spiral into a beautiful rose-like creation.

Link Love: Faux Flower Power

Sometimes faux flowers are just better than the real thing. They’re cheap, they last forever, they won’t wilt, and they make fun craft projects! You can make faux flowers out of felt, fabric, tissue paper, coffee filters, and more. Here are some cool tutorials from around the web:

  1. Felt Flower Name Tag from Whatever Dee Dee Wants
  2. Felt Camelia Pattern from How Joyful
  3. Fabric Flower Wedding Bouquet from Running with Scissors
  4. Fabric Flower Cupcake Topper from Paiges of Style
  5. No Fuss Paper Roses from Paper, Plate, and Plane
  6. Crepe Paper Flowers from Martha Stewart Weddings
  7. Coffee Filter Roses from Aunt Peaches
  8. Wedding Napkin Flowers from MADE
  9. Felt Dahlia Brooch from Holidash