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How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers

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How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

I have been wanting to make a fun paper flower display for my studio for a long time. I wanted to create something colorful that would cheer me up while in crafting. So when Hobby Lobby invited me to participate in this campaign, I got extremely excited. I knew it was the perfect excuse to bring the outdoors in with beautiful Spring colors and textures.

So I took a trip to my local Hobby Lobby to get all the material. I honestly could spend hours in their paper craft section, the cardstock displays look like rainbows! But I needed to focus, and after a couple of minutes wandering, I finally decided to take home a couple 12 x 12 sturdy cardstock in varying textures and colors.

I got home and I started brainstorming about the project. At first I wanted to make one giant flower of each color, but then I thought mixing all the colors and textures in one flower would create a more interesting effect, and I was so right!

Check out the easy steps so you can create your own indoor floral display to decorate your home or to make a  pretty photo backdrop for an upcoming spring party.

MATERIAL (to make one flower):

  • Cardstock. I used 12 x 12 inch cardstock in seven different colors. Six different colors for the petals and one white cardstock for the center of the flower.
  • Printer paper sheets. I used three sheets to sketch the petals
  • Exacto knife
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and sticks
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful


Step 1: Draw three different sizes of petals on white printer paper sheets to make molds.  

Step 2: Mark the center of the 12 x 12 inch cardstock and draw the petals using the mold. 

Step 3 and 4: Mark an X that cross the flowers in the middle and mark it pressing gently with the exacto knife. That is going to help fold the petals to create an interesting 3D texture.

Step 5: Cut the flowers leaving the petals connected by the center.

Step 6: In total you should have six flowers. Two flowers of each size of petal.

Step 7: Glue the flowers together. I started with the biggest petals to the smallest ones and I arranged them so you can appreciate all the six colors.

Tape your giant colorful flowers on the wall and start enjoying them!


To make the center of the petal use the white cardstock or a white printer paper sheet and draw skinny long petals of about ¼” x 1” and connect them with a skinny line just like the pictures below. Then roll them and glue them together. You can also use giant pom poms as the center of the flowers!

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

Next week I’m hosting an Easter party for my kid’s friends and mommies. I’m going to take these paper flowers for the patio to make a picture backdrop. That’s the awesome part about these giant flowers, I can move them around the house as much as I want and enjoy them for different occasions!

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

I know you are going to have lots of fun at your local Hobby Lobby this spring! Here is a  40% off coupon so you can get all the material you need to craft all season.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.

Free Printable Watercolor Bookmarks for You and Kids

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Free watercolor printable for you and your kid | Imprimible gratis de separador de libros  para ti y tu niño | Live Colorful

Lately, Jaxon has been sitting next to me while I’m reading. He takes a book, starts babbling cute sounds and even drinks his milk as if it was coffee like mommy. So I decided to make “reading together” a part of our morning routine.

With a two years old toddler this adorable routine lasts just a few minutes. Then he finishes “reading”, and he’s ready to start jumping on the sofa or climbing all over me. So I discovered that we both end up closing the books without saving the pages. Of course, is easier to come back and find the pages in Jaxon’s tiny books. But for me, it’s much more work.

To make this routine more successful, and be able to find the pages later, I had the idea of making two bookmarks. One is for mommy and one for Jax since I knew he would love having his own.

If you are a fan of bookmarks too, you can download these colorful free printable bookmarks for you and your kid, or a friend just by clicking on the image below.



FREE PRINTABLE HERE: Free Printable Watercolor Bookmarks


Free watercolor printable for you and your kid | Imprimible gratis de separador de libros  para ti y tu niño | Live Colorful

Jaxon had a fever and a cold for almost five days last week, so we were extremely happy to be able to leave the house last Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the sunny weather. We even took some books and the bookmarks with us. It was a lot of fun.

Which design do you like more?



Free watercolor printable for you and your kid | Imprimible gratis de separador de libros  para ti y tu niño | Live Colorful

Please note that the printable is for personal use only and redistribution or reselling for commercial use is strictly prohibited. You can use one image on your blog or social media channels if you want to share and spread the love, but please link back to the post. Thank you so much for your support!

Survey Results. It’s Time to Create!

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This weekend was hopeful for many of us who believe in a country guided by kindness and acceptance. It was a reminder that we are together, and that when we unite, we can achieve great things. I want that for Live Colorful too. To create a community of dreamers, makers, artists, color lovers, who are always in a search of a better version of the world and themselves.  

Friday night, I sat down to draw a quote related to the march on Saturday in my journal. That quote ended up looking unintentionally like a woman raising her arm in a white dress, with a heart on her chest.

Love is the Movement. Live Colorful

It’s funny, because I didn’t realized that it looked like that until my husband pointed it to me hours later. My plan was to make just the quote, but then I drew something I didn’t like on one side, so I decided to cover all the edges with paint. Thinking about what I decided to make, and how it ended up looking. It made me feel like art journaling is indeed, helping me process my thoughts and emotions.

I started an art journal at the end of 2016, without knowing that one of the scariest things in my life was about to happen just a few days after. I had a car accident three days before New Year’s Eve. I felt how my world was shaken and I have found a way to heal fear and anxiety in paint, watercolors, ink and markers.

Art Journaling Love. Live Colorful Studio

Some people, like myself, find regular journal writing difficult to maintain. But art journaling comes easy, and even relaxing and fun.

A few days ago I created a survey for my Instagram community to get to know what they would they like to see more in the blog. These were the options:

  1. PERSONAL POSTS AND LIFESTYLE. vegan colorful recipes, cruelty-free beauty, art projects, motherhood tips, everyday inspiration.
  2. ART, JOURNALING, AND MOTIVATION. Art supplies reviews and recommendations, art techniques, sketchbook, journaling, quotes, doodles, daily inspiration.
  3. BLOGGING TIPS. I can share my tricks about how to make creative videos, take colorful photos, styling and product photography, blogging and things like that.

I was honestly surprised that the most popular option was indeed art journaling, motivation, and art techniques. My heart smiled when I saw the answer because it’s something I’m incredibly passionate about right now. It’s giving me positive results, and it’s making me feel creative everyday.

Live Colorful Survey 2017

I believe art journaling can be therapeutic. I’m loving it because it helps me process my thoughts. It also allows me to practice, learn, mess up and try again art and illustration techniques without the pressure of making it perfect. I believe that my art journal is a safe and forgiving place. A place without expectations and rules.

You guys also told me that you prefer content in English, and that videos in YouTube were your favorite way to learn.

Thanks so much for your support. I’m excited to share more about these topics with you, so we can make colorful messes together! Subscribe to the blog or follow us on Instagram for new adventures 😉