by Kelly Lanza
Every spring I obsess of paper flowers. I obsess over real flowers too, but the paper variety tug strongly at my heart because I can actually keep those ones alive! Hooray! I’m always trying to think of fun ways to use them other than just popping them in a vase, and here’s one of them… paper flower pencils! (And pens, too.) These flower-topped pencils would be so fun for signing a party guest book, giving out as favors or just for writing your thank you notes. Grab some crepe paper and let’s get started!
- Crepe paper (in three colors for the center, petals and greenery)
- Pencils or pens
- Floral tape
- Craft glue
- Lollipop stick or skewer (for curling petals)
First cut a 2″ x 1″ strip and a small square of crepe paper for the flower’s center. Cover the pencil’s eraser (or top of the the pen) with the square and secure with floral tape. Fringe one side of your crepe strip and wrap it around the top of the pencil. Secure again with floral tape.
Cut out five smaller petal shapes (about 1.5″ tall) and six larger petal shapes (about 2.5″ tall). For each petal, large and small, stretch the center of the petal to form a “cupping” shape. Then curl the top of the petal under using your lollipop stick or skewer.
Starting with the smaller petals, wrap each around the pencil, rotating the pencil each time so they petals are spread out, and secure all five with floral tape.
Then add your larger petals using the same method. I recommend taping between every one-two petals and looking at your flower to see where you want to place the next petal(s).
Cut a 1″ x 3″ strip of green crepe paper and fold in half and in half until you have a half-inch wide section. Cut one end into a point, forming the flower’s calyx.
Wrap this around the base of your flower and secure with floral tape, this time wrapping all the way down the pencil.
Now we need to cover the tape with crepe paper to finish it up! Cut a long 1″ wide strip of crepe and place a dot of glue just under the calyx.
Attach your crepe paper and wrap around and around until you reach the bottom. Secure with another dot of glue.
Wouldn’t these be great for a bridal shower or a little lady’s tea party!? I want to make dozens in all different colors. Hope you do too!
[Photos by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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Hi, guys! I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful long weekend. After getting a nice slow, lazy start to the morning I am popping in quickly this afternoon with one final recap from the 2013 National Stationery Show! Tomorrow we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming, but in the meantime I’m going to hit you with a huge handful of quick highlights from nearly a dozen exhibitors. Buckle your seat belts, it’s stationery time!
Claudia of Fig. 2 Design Studio was back for her third show this year, bringing more of her signature polished design. Her new collaboration with Lindsay Letters featuring beautiful letterpress wedding invitations is just so lovely and I love her new gift wrap patterns, too!
New exhibitors at the show, An Open Sketchbook debuted their collection of beautiful illustrations with art prints and cards that are just so sweet. I want that print featuring all the tools of the trade from my architecture days to hang up near my desk!
Night Owl Paper Goods is the gold standard of the stationery shown. Known for their beautiful letterpress and eco wood cards, this year I was wild about their beautiful die cut cards and their adorable owl calendar combining the best of both wood veneer and letterpress.
My sweet friend Carrie of Anemone Letterpress has become one of my favorite people to visit with at the show! This year I’m really in love with her cool letterpress calendar, rockin’ a bit of Aztec inspired patterning and a touch of bright color.
Part of the Crow & Canary booth, Pie Bird Press has the most amazing letterpress cards featuring quirky retro-inspired illustrations and rich, saturated floods of color resembling screen printing. I honestly can’t believe these cards are letterpress printed!
Also holding down the fort in the Crow & Canary booth, Gilah Press + Design had these super cool cardboard mailers letterpress printed with the most whimsical little illustrations. Wouldn’t you love to receive one of these in the mail? The hot air balloon is my favorite!
Allison of Igloo Letterpress is such a lovely lady and I really adored her collection at this year’s show. This amazing little love boat card was my favorite! I have a pretty fabulous guy I’d like to give it to, just because.
Exhibiting alongside Igloo Letterpress, Emily McDowell rocked the show this year with her quirky cards, silk travel scarves and cool art prints. Her awesomely sharp witted humor captured the attention of a lot of people at the show (myself included) but it’s those gorgeous scarves I personally can’t stop thinking about!
My good friend Rachael of Pistashio Press was back at it and kicking butt at the show this year, like always. This year I found myself just crazy for her state-themed prints featuring metallic gold on black. There was a whole lot of awesome going on there!
Returning to the show after taking last year off, Robyn of Meant To Be Sent debuted a highly expanded collection of cards, social notes, iPhone cases, accessories and gift wrap. There were stripes galore and you all know how I love stripes!
And that’s a wrap, friends! I had such an amazing time in New York and can’t wait to see everyone again. I loved sharing the show with you again this year and I really hope you enjoyed it, too. As always, if you haven’t yet gotten your fill of stationery show magic, I defer to Nole for even more stationery show coverage. Enjoy!
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Wow, guys. Weeks like this just kind of blow you away and make you feel so humbled and so grateful. A couple of weeks ago I was thrilled to have NBC’s Today Show (yep, that Today Show) reach out to me about entering their DIY wedding contest. Now I should preface everything by saying that I watch Today every morning while I’m drinking coffee and sifting through email. So the fact that I won that DIY contest? And that my glitter vases are going to be making an appearance at Bobbie Thomas’s wedding at Kathie Lee Gifford’s house later this month? Come on. That’s just ridiculous. But, it’s true! Pinch me. Seriously, just pinch me already.
Initially there was talk that there would be an on-air demonstration of the DIY tutorial so I’ll keep you posted if that comes to pass, but in the meantime, you can check it out over at Today’s website! Of course, none of this would be possible without (a) all of you and (b) my partner in DIY crime, the amazing Alice G. Patterson who is not only massively talented but also a dear friend. It means so much to me to see our collaborations getting this kind of love. From the bottom of my heart, thank you thank you thank you.
[Image from NBC's Today.]
Not surprisingly this week has been a whirlwind. Walking the show, visiting with friends, spending time with my fabulous roommates, and spending far too long delayed at LaGuardia getting home really took a toll and I am completely and utterly looking forward to the weekend. But I’m not running off without more of the newest designs to hit the National Stationery Show. So let’s get to it with the ladies of Smudge Ink! Kate and Deb are mainstays on the show floor for years and they never disappoint. I am in love with their calendars this year and their fabulous collection of cards, greetings, notepads and little pocket-sized notebooks. Their colors and patterns are just really pretty and sophisticated. Oh and their bold, three dimensional display showing off their gift wraps? Pure brilliance!
Although no big surprise because Lisa always delivers the humor, I spent a solid fifteen minutes just laughing my butt off in the Sapling Press booth. After booth after booth of colorful and elaborate designs (which I no doubt absolutely love), Lisa’s cards are just type on white and entirely refreshing. Also, they are completely belly busting hilarious! With cheeky, straight-to-the-point punchlines and really lovely letterpress printing, Lisa can basically do no wrong in my book. The snarkier the better!
Let’s chat about Cat Seto’s new line Ferme a Papier, shall we? Cat shared a preview of her collection leading into the show and I was so excited to scope it out in person. I have to say, I love everything about it. The colors are rich and saturated, but moody and sophisticated in a way that really made her collection stand out on the show floor. Her hand painted and illustrated designs are whimsical and introspective and I loved it all so much more in person. Bravo to Cat on a fabulous debut!
I missed seeing Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress at last year’s show and it’s a shame because Carly and Kevin’s work is pretty gosh darn awesome. Their letterpress cards were completely charming to be sure, but I was entirely smitten with their sketchbooks, calendars and bookbinding kits. Those little extras really make a collection shine in my book and these guys seriously delivered!
A little shout out to my sweet friend Jodi of Paisley Tree Press for letting me stash my overstuffed tote bag in her booth the opening day of the show – and a huge shout out for her awesome collection this year! Jodi introduced tea towels, tote bags and prints that really were the stuff my tea towel, tote bag, art print loving dreams are made of. (Yeah, that’s totally a thing.) Think cute, colorful and just plain ol’ fun.
Cruising right along, I once again really found myself digging the work of Katharine Watson, all hand block printed and crazy lovely in their simplicity. In addition to the fabulous greetings and social notes from previous years, Katharine introduced stunning new textiles this year, namely an incredible quilt that I really really want to own one day. Everything about her style has a warmth to it that I just sincerely enjoy.
Last but not least for today, let’s talk Flywheel Press! Specifically, how Amber is one hell of a kickin’ lady and how her cards always make me giggle. You walk into her booth and you light right up because it’s just pure fun from top to bottom. This year her letterpress ‘happy birthday’ bunting was just the kind of thing I’d love to have in my stash of party goods and her colorful cards are basically all things I want in my personal stationery rotation.
That’s a wrap for today’s recap but guess what? Because I’m that girl, I’m sneaking in one more recap on Monday because I just can’t resist sharing a handful of additional favorites from the show. It really was that good this year. I hope you’ve been enjoying following along – more to come soon!
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
I got my first magazine subscriptions when I was 10. My parents were probably pretty amused when I asked for shelter magazine subscriptions for my birthday, but they’re pretty awesome and they got right on board with my unusual childhood ways. Today, twenty years later, I can’t even believe that I’m about to tell you that my name is printed in the current issue of Better Homes and Gardens. It’s mind boggling, honestly. I’d love to have you pick up the issue where I’m quoted alongside some pretty amazing bloggers and event planners, all of whom are party animals of the highest level, sharing our tips for summer entertaining. While you do that, I’ll be wallpapering our house with all the extra copies I bought. I’m that girl.
I have to take a quick moment to say that none of this would be possible without you, the friends and readers who are here every day sharing in what I do and making me feel like a million bucks. This is the stuff little girl dreams are made of and you’re the reason I am living that dream.
[Image from Better Homes and Gardens.]