Google+ House Revivals: Vintage Crepe Paper Flower Garland

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Vintage Crepe Paper Flower Garland

Do the last few weeks of wintry weather always have you yearning for cheery color?  Last night I was keeping vigil by a sick pet, and needed something to occupy my hands in the wee hours, so I decided to create a bright colorful garland to bring some of that cheery color into our home.
I pulled out my stash of vintage crepe paper and a needle and thread and some glue and started to play.

Before I knew it, it was dawn, the pup was feeling a bit better, and I had a little stack of vintage paper florets!

They were strung together with cord created by finger crocheting a length of turquoise crochet thread.

And then the pup and I napped! Finally.

I don't have pictures of the process for these, but they were fairly easy.  Simply take strips of crepe paper (vintage or good quality new paper gives the best results) and gather one long edge using your needle and thread.  Form into circles and glue to secure.  Next, stretch the outside of each circle to ruffle it a bit.  Create several layers, as desired, add a layer or two of book paper for interest, glue it together, and you're done!  No rules, no measurements, just play around till you find a combination you like.

Drape it across your mantle, over a mirror, or across a bit of weathered old fencing.

Layer textures, like an Anthropologie necklace, if you like.  Or keep the styling simple and clean.


Enjoy your bit of cheery color and dream of springtime and Maypoles! 

***to see another of my vintage crepe paper flower garlands come visit me at Infarrantly Creative, where I am guest posting a new tutorial***


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22 comments:

  1. Thanks for that - it would be lovely strung along the gazebo in the summertime.

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  2. Nice product of a vigil. :) Hope pet is feeling better.

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  3. What a productive way to keep a sick pet company. I have to say they do look very Anthro-inspired - perfect for spring!

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  4. You're incredible. I don't know where you find the time to do all this stuff. These are very cute and look so vintage in those colors.

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  5. These are very pretty and I love the colors. So sorry about sick puppy, that is no fun and I hope everyone is feeling good and getting some rest.

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  6. I love it, and thanks for the directions. I have often wondered how these are made. Glad to hear the pup was feeling better by the time you were done.

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  7. This banner is adorable! i so want one! very cute!!! oxox, tracie

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  8. This is really adorable! Thanks for posting <3

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  9. Your garland is darling! I love it...so cute!

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  10. Just when I thought I had the limit for max amount of projects to do, I see this!! I think I need one, it's just so stinking cute!

    Stopping by from Blue Cricket and we're your latest followers!

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  11. I LOVE this! Its PERFECT for you to Link up at my Linky PAR-TAY,

    Whassup Wednesday!!!

    And I have a party button you can grab so your friends can come too:)

    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

    xoxokara

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  12. What an awesome idea! I can just see something like that used outdoors - swaying in the breeze!!

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  13. These are adorable! I came over from Infarrantly Creative. Loved those flowers, too. Can't wait to try making both and reading the rest of your blog!

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  14. Found you on Tatertots and Jello. Your flowers are beautiful. I love the vintage feel. Thanks for sharing your project.
    Dannyelle from www.lifeisaparty.ca

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  15. more whimsy!!! I am loving this ... and i have been nursing a sick pet as well ... I hope yours is recovered!

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  16. Amanda, I truly love your style! The garland is so sweet, delicate, and perfectly done! I love the way it's hung from the turquoise crochet thread! Thank you so much for linking up another wonderful project at Rook No. 17!

    Jenn

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  17. this is really gorgeous... already a follower... just pined this ( -:

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  18. OH WOWsers! I have seen lots of buntings, but nothing as unique and gorgeous as this! Thanks for linking up via the Funky Junk Interiors link-up!

    Kate of www.avery-anderson.blogspot.com

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