When my nearly 5 year old daughter Brynn decided she wanted an outdoor garden party for her birthday, I was thrilled! This theme allows for so many beautiful design options so my mind immediately started racing with ideas. One of the first things that came to mind, was this gorgeous paper flower garland I had seen in a magazine, and I knew that I had to figure out how to make one of my own!
The only way “I” could cut out enough paper flowers to make a whole garland was to use my Cricut machine. I started trying out several of the different flower options available through Cricut and finally decided on this pattern.
When I went to the craft store looking for paper to use in my project, I fell in love with a beautiful flower pattern that went with my garden party idea. So I decided to create a color palette based on that print. I love the idea of matching but not matching paper choices, if that makes sense. For instance, I mix polka dot patterns in with my floral and stripe patterns. Here are some of the different papers I chose.
Once you’ve cut out your flowers, now comes the tricky part, rolling and gluing your flowers together. This part took a lot of trial and error for me, the first time I rolled my flowers, I began on the wrong side and I couldn’t figure out why they looked so strange! I quickly figured out that you need to start from the outermost circle and roll into the center, and the little circle in the middle is actually the base that you use to glue it all together. I also found it handy to use the tip of some small scissors to begin the rolling process.
My garland is about 16′ long using 55 flowers and spaced about 2.5″ apart. I attached them to some gardening string that I found at Target, but jute twine or hemp twine should work well too. In order to attach the flowers to the string, I put glue just along the inside of the outermost flower petals and pushed the sting down into the petals.
Check back soon to see how this garland looks at my daughter’s garden party!