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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

STEPS:

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!

TIPS:

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.

Hobby Lobby Coupon

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

How to Paint a Fun Chevron Pattern on Your Walls

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How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

I really like the color of my kid’s bedroom. The room was already painted with that hue when we moved in and we decided to keep it that way. It’s an unusual shade for a toddler, but it works great as a neutral canvas for all the colorful toys that are laying around the room.

There is just one problem with this shade of gray-blue, it darkens the space.

So I decided to add a lighter color that will balance the light in the room. At first, I was just going to paint the whole wall in white. But then, I was inspired by the idea of painting some waves, that would look great with the acrylic octopus mobile that my son has above his crib. My son is really into animals, and water, so I knew it was going to be perfect.

Instead of covering the whole wall, I brainstormed and came up with a simple chevron pattern that simulates waves, and looks versatile and modern.

How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

MATERIALS:

  • 1 gallon of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Sheen: Matte. Color: Snowbound SW 7004
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock
  • 1 Purdy® White Dove™ Roller Cover 9″
  • KWIK-Release™ 9″ Roller Frame
  • 1 Mil 9′ x 12′ Plastic Drop Cloth

How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

STEPS:

  1. Start by measuring the wall and planning the pattern so everything looks geometrical.
  2. Measure, mark and use the painter’s tape to trace the pattern.
  3. Apply the paint.
  4. Wait few minutes after you finish painting and remove the tape. Do it carefully to avoid pulling up any paint.

The wall looks great, and the white pattern actually lightens up the room. I also moved things around in the bedroom, so everything looks new and fresh!How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

This post was created in partnership with Sherwin Williams. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful. Find the original article in Spanish here. 

How to Make a Cute Mexican Axolotl Costume for Your Dog

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Make a cute mexican axolotl costume for your dog this Halloween! | Como hacer un disfraz increiblemente adorable de ajolote (axolotl) mexicano para tu perro. (VIDEO TUTORIAL) | Live Colorful

Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos are almost here! Every year I create a Halloween costume for my dog. I love the creative challenge of creating a costume, and my dog loves the attention that he receives when he is wearing the costume. We enjoy participating in local festivals, and I hope this year we can win one of the dog costume contest! This is the costume that I created last year:How to Make a Unicorn Costume for your Dog. It has been so popular that had been featured in Woman’s Day, Country Living and many other blogs and online magazines.

This year I wanted to make a costume that mixes both of both celebrations, Halloween, and Day of the Dead. That made me think of an animal that looks like a monster called a Mexican axolotl.

We learned of these little creatures a few years ago when my sister came to visit me to Mexico City. We decided to take a tour through Xochimilco and during the tour we learn a little about its vegetation, traditional culture, indigenous heritage, and these endangered species. The word axolotl or ajolote comes from the Nahuatl axolotl word that means “water monster”. It is a very ugly animal, but that makes it incredibly adorable, especially if it inspires a costume for your dog this Halloween!

Check out the video so you can make one for your dog too!

 

MATERIALS

  • 1 meter of iridescent fabric (red or orange)
  • 1 meter of fringe
  • ½ meter double-sided velcro tape
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine or needle
  • Rule
  • Scissors
  • Tracing or kraft paper (to make the pattern)
  • 2 black buttons
  • Wadding

Make a cute mexican axolotl costume for your dog this Halloween! | Como hacer un disfraz increiblemente adorable de ajolote (axolotl) mexicano para tu perro. (VIDEO TUTORIAL) | Live Colorful

You might like: How to Make a Unicorn Costume for your Dog

Make a ridiculously adorable unicorn costume for your dog this Halloween | LiveColorful.com