Since I had a few newspaper tubes left over from the tray/basket I made here I started looking on Pinterest for ideas to use them. I came across this and decided to put my own twist on how to make a newspaper tube flower.
To make, you will need:
- Newspaper tubes
- Floral wire
- Tacky glue/hot glue
- Acrylic paint
So I'm using newspaper tubes I had leftover, but to learn how to make them, go here.
Once you have about five or six tubes for one petal, insert a floral wire into one tube and fold into point twisting wire ends together and cutting off excess. Adding wire allows the petals to be shaped up or down.
Open the tube into a petal shape.
Glue on another tube horizontal at the top.
Begin weaving the horizontal tube over and under the three tube sides of the petal shape, back and forth.
Continue weaving over and under, adding additional tubes by adding glue to the end of a new tube and inserting it into the weaving tube to lengthen.
When reaching the end,
wrap tubes around base.
Make four more.
In addition to the petals, I made two small leaves the same way to add to the stems.
Next, I wanted my flower to have a round center so I soaked pieces of newspaper in water overnight, squeezed out the excess water, added glue . . .
and shaped the newspaper pulp into a sausage like shape.
It took about a day for the center to dry and then I painted it, the petals, leaves and stems. Sorry, I got so involved with this I forgot to take pictures of painting everything.
Once the paint dried, I started hot gluing on the petals, one at a time, shaping them as I glued.
And then adding the leaves to the stems.
Another great recycle/upcycle project anyone can make!
Take a little time to enjoy