Monday, September 24, 2012

Made it By Monday: Paper Flowers

Well, this is my first real post on my new domain space. Unfortunately, I think I lost a few of my readers in the transition from wordpress, but hopefully they'll be back soon. In the meantime, welcome to all the newcomers and I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

I think paper flowers are my favorite craft. They work for a dorm room, for gifts, and are a great craft to do with kids. There is a ton of room for variation and the result is always beautiful even if there were some small mistake along the way.

This tutorial is for the very basic paper flower.

1. Tissue paper
2. Dental Floss
3. Scissors
4. Yarn or string (optional)
5. Pipe cleaner (optional)

Step 1: Cut the tissue paper

I cut my tissue paper into 4" x 5.5" rectangles. From my experience, the bigger the rectangles, the less 'fluffy' the flowers will look. this means you'll have to add more layers of tissue paper.

Don't worry about how even your rectangles are. As long as they sort of line up, you'll be fine.

Step 2: Stack tissue paper

My general rule of thumb is five sheet per flower. I use this especially when I'm working with a big group and want to make sure there is enough. But if you're doing this just for you, add as many layers and as many colors as you like.

Step 3: Fold the paper

The accordion fold is used for paper flowers. It's the same fold that is used to make paper fans. First, fold up from the bottom about .25", flip stack over and fold up again. Continue this process until you get to the end.

Step 4: Tie off middle

With paper flat, cut a slit on either side of the middle of the paper. Then, tie a piece of dental floss around the middle

Step 5: Round ends

With scissors, round the ends of the flower while it is still folded

Step 6: Lift up petals

Carefully so that you don't rip the paper, lift each layer of tissue paper upward toward the center

Now you have a finished flower and there is a lot you can do with it!

Option 1: Make a bunch more and hang them up

Using the ends of the dental floss, tie the flowers to a piece of string or fishing line, then hang them up above a window or in a corner (wherever!)

Other ideas:

-Before lifting the petals, fold a pipe cleaner around the middle to make a stem

-Paper flowers make great gift toppers!

-Attach the flower to a headband or clip

There really is so much you can do. If you guys make any of your own I'd love to see what you do with them!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Welcome to the new Wiseknits

Hello everyone!

To those who followed me here from, thank you so much for making the move with me! Your support means the world and I hope you continue to read, comment, and subscribe. I've got a lot of great posts planned so you definitely won't want to miss out!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Laminaria Shawl, Infinity Scarf, Amiga

School is starting to get busy, but I have had a few moments to work on some of my knitting projects. The one taking precedence right now is the infinity scarf:

I making this as a present for my friend's birthday which is this coming Monday. I'm using my Blues Infinity Scarf pattern in a different colorway I thought would suit her.

Next is my Laminaria Shawl. I'm having difficulty with this project. I think it has more to do with me not paying close enough attention and less to do with the pattern. I've had to fudge the numbers a bit on certain rows. I'm also attempting to do this with only one skein of Cascade Heritage Sock. Hopefully I won't regret only buying one skein.

Lastly is my fingering-weight version of the Amiga sweater. I saw this modification of the pattern in a lace weight and I thought it would be a great way to use up some of my unmarked (I think) fingering weight yarn I was given.

It's also great because it's just straight stockinette, which is perfect for the subway/reading and knitting/tv knitting.

What are your current WIPs?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Made It By Monday: Striped Cork-boards

Since I'm back at school, the summer MIBM series is officially over :( But this plain-old-regular MIBM has a lot to offer too! The end of my freshman year, I was in Staples and saw those packs of 4 cork-board squares. I got them for like $5 or less, and I am now convinced that you should always go dorm-decorations-buying in June. I used them last year and succeeded in accidentally chipping paint off when I tried to take them down (as well as ripping off a corner of one of the boards). Make sure you don't use the stickies they give you! Use something like Command poster strips.

Before I came back to school this past week I decided to jazz them up a bit (and also cover the up chipped corner). I pinned this picture up on pinterest a while ago, and I decided to use it as a bit of inspiration.

1. 4 cork-board squares
2. Scrapbook paper (I got a pack at Christmas Tree Shop for super cheap)
3. Modge Podge

Step 1: Measure your paper strips

Average scrapbooking paper is about the size of the cork-boards, making it easy to cut. First, draw a line down the center of the paper going diagonally.

Next, measure 1 inch out on both sides and draw parallel lines. The strip is 2 inches wide.

Now move out 1.5 inches out from each line, draw another line. This will be the second strip. Make this strip 2 inches wide as well. Measure out 1.5 inches out again and draw a line on each side. This time, the strip is only going to be 1.5 inches wide.

|- 1.5"-| 1.5" |- 2"-| 1.5" |- 2"-| 1.5" |- 2"-| 1.5" |- 1.5"-|

Step 2: Cut

Lay four sheets of paper on top of each other and cut all paper strips at once.

Step 3: Position

Line up the paper strips on board and make sure they line up.

Step 4: Glue

Using modge podge, put glue on bottom of each paper strip and then over the top of it once you lay it down.

Step 5: Let dry flat

The boards can curl when drying, so put something heavy on top of them.