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silverhart
« on: June 02, 2009 07:37:47 PM »

This is my first time trying one of the challenges!  Tongue  so i guess here goes:

Ikea Ikebana!


The first thing i thought of was paper flowers...but i didnt want the usual "put on a pipecleaner and crumple into a ball" flowers...i wanted something a bit more.....sleek, i guess?

Ikebana (which is, for anyone who doesnt know, Japanese flower arranging) was something that had caught my interest a lil bit ago...so i figured, why not give it a shot?

Add one thrift store pot + an outdated 2007 Ikea catolouge =  fun times!

The branches were made by taking some wire and wrapping masking tape around them.  Then i wrapped strips of pages around them all paper mache like, dipping them in gluey water and such.  i tried to use wood like and/or brownish pages so they looked more branches.

I cut out little leaflets, poked some holes in them and attached them to some green wire, then i wrapped the wire around the branches (after they had dried of course Grin )



The flowers were made my cutting out some circle...petaly shaped...thingies.  I used some of the title pages which were mostly the same color so i could get mostly blue flowers.  i made them bigger to smaller and threaded some more green wire thru the middle of those...and made a little circle twisty part out of the access wire for the stamen.  



I hot glued some leftover floral foam (from the original ugly flowers in the thrift store pot  Tongue ) into the bottom of the pot.  i arranged all the bits, hot glued the sticks in there so they wouldnt come out.

for the "dirt" i admit i didnt use a catalog...what i did use was newspaper and add papers...which are almost the same thing  Tongue  i used one of those "paper mache clay/paste" recipes (not really one in particular...i kinda mixed a few together and improvised) i just spread that on the bottom...its still wet in the pics and i imagine it will be for a while...that stuff is SOPPING!  

hehe...so then i went ahead and stabbed the wire "stems" of the flowers into the foam/dirt....and voila!



sorry theres no "making of" pics...im too ADD to remember to take them...but heres the "aftermath"....not as messy as it usually is...i remembered to clean a bit as i worked this time    Roll Eyes



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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2009 08:13:22 PM »

Those blue flowers are really pretty! Great Job.
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2009 08:31:38 PM »

What a creative way to repurpose a catalog!  I love the simplicity of the project/flower arrangement, and the blooms you've made are gorgeous.  I really like the detail on them and their delicate, fragile appearance.
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2009 08:37:03 PM »

That is totally awesome.  Somehow you made Ikea even better than it already is! Wink
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2009 10:35:26 PM »

oh. oh. oh. brilliant. beautiful.
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2009 04:25:41 AM »

that is so beautiful. I was confused when I looked at the thumbnail picture, I didn't realise it was made of paper! the colours are really nice, subtle.
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2009 07:45:04 AM »

thats really cute!  Looks real in the first pic.  very pretty. I'd put it on my coffee table (if I had one, and if my children wouldn't distroy it.)
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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2009 09:28:39 AM »

Lovely!
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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2009 11:22:32 AM »

Very cool.
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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2009 02:43:59 PM »

I think this looks so delicate, and my favorite shot is the last one. Looks like home. Really, this is wonderful.
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« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2009 06:06:23 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2009 04:24:09 AM »

this is really cool!  good job.
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« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2009 06:44:55 AM »

i love the colour scheme- the electric hues!
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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2009 07:35:15 AM »

Wow! Great job! At first glance I thought that only the ble flowers were made from paper, but the whole plant?! I love how classy it looks too!
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« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2009 08:12:46 AM »

At first I thought it was real flowers, till I took a second to read.  Beautiful... Wonderful.  I want one.... or two.  i do have to note I find it great that there are three Mountian Dew cans... I love MTNDEW!! (reference to the new labels)
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« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2009 02:02:31 PM »

 Grin These flowers are really pretty...at first I thought they were real...
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« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2009 02:22:44 PM »

Oh, wow! That's just .... I don't even know what word to use. Stunning, beautiful...   soooo clever. Really a step above most paper flower projects (not that I don't like them, but wow!).
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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2009 04:49:51 PM »

This is phenomenal!
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« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2009 09:47:15 PM »

That is super cool!  I hate craft store silks, but love stuff like this!

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« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2009 04:24:45 AM »

I love this project like I love tofu.

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Awesome work.

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« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2009 09:05:49 AM »

Simply beautiful. I am truly inspired!
I always take "aftermath" shots too, it always surprises me how much space I tend to take up Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: June 06, 2009 11:19:32 AM »

This is amazing!  Shocked I'm astonished by how realistic they look at first glance, especially the branches. And it's beautiful! This rocks!
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« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2009 12:50:52 PM »

I am sure you have inspired many people, this is a stunning project and so professional!  Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: June 06, 2009 04:24:32 PM »

Wow. I love this. It's so sophisticated. And to think it all originated from an IKEA catalog!  Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: June 07, 2009 12:33:13 PM »

Awwwww...thanks so much guys!   *blussssshhhhh*   Cheesy
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« Reply #25 on: June 07, 2009 10:55:24 PM »

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« Reply #26 on: June 12, 2009 06:06:14 PM »

very ZEN! its beautiful
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« Reply #27 on: June 17, 2009 12:30:37 AM »

I am soo going to try this if I move out!
(or maybe now for in my dorm, although haven't got much room left Cheesy)
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« Reply #29 on: July 21, 2009 10:56:44 PM »

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