Tuesday, February 10, 2009

heart flower bouquets

Happy Tuesday! I'm feeling very romantic... last night my husband and I went on a rare date to fantastic local concert (Three Girls and their Buddy). When I say rare, I mean this was the first time we'd been out (alone) to hear live music in over 10 years. Embarrassing, but so true. It's so easy, as parents, to let our couple time slip away... we're really working on making it a priority. (It just took us a decade to figure out the childcare thing.) I think that we should celebrate love all year round instead of on one day out of the year. If you don't get a chance to make your Valentine's by Saturday, why not extend the holiday. Romance and love need not stop when all of the stores put the hearts on clearance.
On that note, let's make simple flower bouquets. Fill vases... give in bunches... stick in lapels... paper flowers made from hearts couldn't be easier, couldn't be sweeter.

Before you start, you might want to consider making up a batch of hearts from recycled materials. Remember how crazy I went with my heart potato stamp?

I've been using these hearts on everything, including having a basket of them at my daughter's art table... ready for her inspiration.


Paper Heart Flowers


Need:


-5 paper hearts (you determine the paper and size)
-two buttons
-chenille stem/pipe cleaner
-paper leaves optional
-hole puncher

Make:

-punch hole into bottom v of each heart (and leaves)
-slide button onto chenille stem
-bend over wire tip of chenille into the button to secure it
-add heart petals one at a time
-spread petals
-add leaves if you made some
-slide on final button(it will be hidden) and press firmly to keep petals in place.


Enjoy! Something delicious coming up tomorrow... Pin It

45 comments:

  1. so sweet and simple, I love the button centers.

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  2. oh i love these! adding them to my overflowing stack of valentines day love...

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  3. What a sweet crafty project. I'm having a little girl Valentine party @ my house in two days. I may try that for a craft. thx.

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  4. These are such happy and romantic flowers! I always appreciate how your projects can be made with materials we all have around the home :)

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  5. Thank you...I love this idea!!! I've sent a link to Hubby so maybe he and our son will make them for me for Valentine's Day! I've been promoting just making each other Valentine gifts this year, so I'm hoping they will follow suit. I'll keep you posted! Thanks again!

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  6. Oh my goodness, maya! I absolutely love these!

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  7. Hi Maya ! :) Don't you ever take a day off ??! LOL ;-) The idea is sooooo darling, I love love love love it !!
    I also think that love shouldn't be celebrate only one day per year, but everyday of your life ! Or any day of your life ! (that's why hubby brought Godiva chocolates tonight ... mmmm) xoxoxo Can't wait for the yummy post tomorrow ! LOL

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  8. These are sweet. I love the simplicity. I made one with paper bags colored with crayons. :D

    Thanks!

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  9. Yay for you and hubby time ! I agree with you wholeheartedly on the love all year round thoughts as well..... Thanks for the reminder;)

    Your heart flowers are such a wonderful project......as are all of your amazing creations! Xoxo

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  10. I had just told my kids that we needed to make Grandma (who lives in Alaska) some paper flowers since we can not mail real ones easily. Thanks for the cut how to. We will be sending these!

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  11. That is such a cute idea! Oh and I hear ya on the date thing. My husband go on those once year and haven't been on a trip along since our honey moon five years ago. Can you say pathetic?

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  12. You ROCK!! What a cute project. Hoping to get my girls to make some bouquets for grandparents and dad.

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  13. These are so, so cute, and yet so, so simple!! Love it! And I couldn't agree more on what you said about celebrating love...

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  14. I love your heart flowers!!! I am so going out to buy a potato and a newspaper tomorrow! My kids will love this activity!!!!!

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  15. Oh those are beautiful Maya! I really love the way you photographed them-so pretty and artistic! I'll be linking.

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  16. I can't wait to make some of these! They looks so easy and sweet. That means I may be able to actually pull it off. :)

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  17. Now way we are having mashed potatoes tomorrow, I'm going to use them all for stencilling. :)
    And thanks for another great idea! Those flowers are perfect.
    Jeannette

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  18. These are lovely!
    I know that feeling about not having enough time alone as a couple...
    Last year we managed to reserve monday afternoons (though it's not the same as nights, I know) to go to the movies or grab a cup of coffee at a bar with Oz, the two of us alone. And every now and then we get Ale (the super sweet lady who helps us with the house cleaning every now and then too) to stay at night for a couple of hours or a bit more, to go out by night (there IS a special "dating atmospere at night). Particularly we do this when we have concerts to attend (our very favorite thing is music so...). Over the next month we have tickets to THREE CONCERTS!!! Alanis Morrisette, Radiohead and... PETER GABRIEL!!! (I am excited, they are three of my favorites too.)
    Anyway, I am glad you could make it too. Keep on!

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  19. Oh, those heart flowers are great! Maya, you are so creative! Also love the button on hearts on the skirt!

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  20. Lovely, Maya! Saved a free newspaper that they threw on our doorstep...now to find a minute to make something out of it...

    Adore the potato stamp!

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  21. These are so cute....I am going to try making them with my 7th and 8th graders this week. (we always make tissue paper flowers for mother's day, so this will be a good Valentine's project!) they love doing what I call "craft time". Thanks for the idea!
    I feel like it is my duty, since they have no art classes anymore! (I teach science)

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  22. I saw your pictures when i took a short break for lunch at work today. I think they are so absolutely gorgeous. I especially love the ones with the parts laid out , definitely inspirational to me. You just get better and better all the time. I wish I had more time to devote to making my blog posts look as lovely as yours. I used to read Danny Seo's blog regularly ( I don't know why I stopped, it seemed like he was getting a little too commercial) and I remember a post he did about making paper flowers from the perfume inserts in magazines. I think your are so much better.

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  23. www.lesvoisines.comFebruary 11, 2009 at 5:55 AM

    You're idea is so cute, I love potatoe-stamp !!
    Thanks to share all you're creativity in a so simple way. I live in France and come once a month and really enjoy it !

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  24. oh wow! crazy serendipity! i posed this project yesterday too! Happy Valentine's Day! :)

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  25. I love the inspiration shot. These are really lovely Maya.

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  26. This looks awesome. I'm going to get the kids to help me make one for granma.

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  27. i like these a lot!
    i was thinking you could even write a loving/sweet/up-lifting/etc. sentence on the back of each petal!
    i might try that :D

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  28. I absolutely loved these but had a difficult time keeping the petals in place.

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  29. thanks everyone for the flower love! If you have a hard time keeping the petals in place, make sure you scrunch those buttons in place... I even bent the wire just a tiny bit on the newspaper ones. Enjoy!

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  30. lovely! i like your simple ideas! thanks!

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  31. Thank you again for the inspiration! My husband and son made these for me for Valentine's Day! Check out my post today to see them... www.securityville.blogspot.com.

    Thank you so much!!!

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  32. Delightful! My daughter and I were going to make egg carton flowers for her pre-K teacher for Valentine's day...this just took it to a whole other level! Half our bouquet used Valentine pencils for the stems. Miss Suzanne loved her flowers. Thanks for the inspiration!

    - tango

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  33. Hello. Great paper flowers blog. Check out my Flower arrangements video blog.

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  34. Thanks for this beautiful idea! I have thought about sharing it with my readers and I hope you are not sorry if I have inserted her in my post of S. Valentine (http://bimbumbeta.blogspot.com/2010/01/s-valentino-il-gri-gri-per-una.html). If you had to not make you like I will handle to remove the link to your blog. Regards, Beta

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  35. Thanks for the inspiration I'm gonna try this with my kids this year

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  36. I think we'll have to make these- super adorable!!
    TFS!
    Susie

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  37. I must make some for my florist shop! Very cute

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  38. These are so cute! We're going to make these for Valentine's Day this year! Thanks!

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  39. Oh these are so cute. My daughter would love this! I am alwys looking for new craft ideas to do with my daughter.

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  40. Thank you for posting. This is another version of one I did a couple of years back for my son's teacher on Valentines day. I will try this version -SO CUTE! for his current teacher for her birthday.

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  41. So talented you are a true artist.

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