Monday, October 29, 2012

Wall Flowers - Accordian Style

Other than the flower canopy and some little butterflies on the wall over her bed, Little Miss has very little decor in her room.  Everything is pretty utilitarian: a bed, a bookshelf, some toy storage, a table and chairs.  I've been wanting to help her perk up the space a bit for quite some time, but as most of us that suffer from Pinterest overload, it's been hard to settle on a direction.  This week I decided to comb through my pins and hone in on an aspect that I could tackle to get the ball rolling.

It became clear pretty quickly that I *really* was digging a certain idea floating around the interwebs:

Anyone else noticing a theme?

I'm not a paper crafter so my supplies on hand were limited.  I ended up finding a color palette of papers at Target that struck my fancy and got to work on some wall flowers the other day.

Accordian Wall Flowers
It's fall in Michigan and the natural lighting is not overflowing.  These flowers are not made of solid colors as it might seem, but with a variety of tone on tone patterned scrapbook papers.

I'm not going to post a tutorial of what I did here . . . several of the links I posted above will direct you on how to do this yourself.  I mostly just experimented until I landed on the sizes and look that I was going for.  The basic gist: fold paper like you're making a fan and then stick several of your fans together in a circle.  (The small flowers are 2 pieces of paper and the large one is 8 pieces.)

I tried tacking these guys to the wall with poster putty, but I must not have used enough because several of them leapt off the wall after a few days.  Since I was out of putty and didn't feel like going out with 3 kids to get more, I settled on what we had on hand: Packing Tape.  :)

Works for me!

Here's a shot from the side so you can see a bit more of the dimension of the leaves.  There were no tutorials for that specific element, so I just monkeyed around with shapes until I came up with something I liked:

Accordian Wall Flowers - Side View

There is so much I'd like to change about her room (paint her bed, paint her walls, get a fun rug for the floor, make some new curtains and bedding, hang some artwork, the list goes on . . .), but for now this is a step in the right direction at least.  She was so happy to get something special on her walls.

Accordian Wall Flowers 2

So was I!  This kind of stuff just makes me happy.  :)

Linking up to the YHL/Bower Power Pinterest Challenge today:


♥Duff October 29, 2012 at 11:17 PM  

Well look at Skooks go! You are ahead of the curve and I'm lovin' it!!

Kathy November 1, 2012 at 8:08 AM  

These are so cute, another thing I will have pinned. Oh my, good thing for the challenges!

Skooks November 1, 2012 at 9:04 AM  

Thanks for the sweet comments! I know - - as if my Pinterest isn't already overflowing . . . I've added a bunch of new projects now too. Oh well! When I have the time it is fun to give some of these ideas a try. :)

Kathy November 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM  

And yet another terrific idea ~ so clever, inexpensive and totally FUN!!! Lucky Lil Miss indeed!!!

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