I am always a big fan of project ideas that can do double-duty, especially during the rush of the holidays. At this busy time of year, I’m looking for projects that can add a festive touch to my home decor, dress up packages, or gift to family and friends. And these pretty paper poinsettias, made with papers from the new Typeset collection, definitely fit the bill.
Dies have really made our crafting lives so much easier, haven’t they? These poinsettias, with all three layers, can be created in bulk quickly and easily with just a few simple passes through a die cutting machine. I die cut several Typeset patterned papers until I had a variety of pieces to choose from, and then just stacked up the layers to get some fun mix-and-match designs.
If you’d like to create paper decorations that can stand the test of time, here’s a quick tip for you. Try adhering two pieces of patterned paper together with a craft glue stick before die cutting. That will give your project lots of added strength and structure, in case you’d like to pull out these poinsettias again next year.
I added a bit of ink to the edges of my petals using an ink blending tool, and then coated the flowers with a light dusting of diamond dust glitter. Then a trio of berries were attached to the center.
The finished poinsettias can then be used in so many different ways. Tied up in napkin rings, tucked into a gift bow, added as ornaments to the tree, filling a basket as home decor, and so much more. Now that’s double-duty!
Let’s take a closer look.
Begin by cutting a variety of Typeset patterned papers into panels that are slightly larger than your die. For durable, long-lasting flowers, go ahead and adhere two pieces of paper together using a glue stick.
Die cut all the pieces of paper using your favorite poinsettia die. I used the Tattered Poinsettia Bigz die by Tim Holtz and Sizzix. I also die cut the largest flower shape from solid green patterned paper to do a bit of paper piecing for leaves. Ink the edges of each flower using an ink blending tool, and then lightly bend and shape each petal to give them some life-like dimension. Stack the flower shapes and adhere in the center with strong adhesive or tacky glue.
Dip an old junky paintbrush into watered-down white craft glue, and brush the adhesive onto a few areas of the flower. Sprinkle the glue with diamond dust glitter and set them aside to dry completely.
Once the poinsettias are dry, punch a hole in the center and thread some glittered berries through the hole. I used berry picks by Petaloo for mine. Secure the berries with strong liquid adhesive or even hot glue.
At first glance, you would never know that this holiday project was made with non-holiday papers. Imagine the possibilities in your collection of patterned papers!