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« on: June 04, 2009 09:01:38 AM »



I have always loved cherry blossoms, and as such, have always wanted to have some in my house or garden. Problem is, at the moment we live in a little appartment (so no garden) and we're living on a shoestring budget right now (so no buying cherry blossoms either).

So when this catalogue arrived one day:



I decided to cherry blossom it up with a little bit of papier mach madness.

First I made the "Vase"



In the process of doing that I decided that I would not use any paint on this project, so all the colour would have to come straight from the catalogue itself. So, while the glue dried on vase (helped along as you can see by some trusty rubber bands), I went through the catalogue and cut out hundreds of colour 'swatches' from the pictures of the clothes, the backgrounds and even the fonts they used.

The vase was soom looking like this:



Next came the branch. Here I simply tightly rolled some big pages and stuck them together to make something vaguely natural looking:



While the branch dried, I started on the flowers. Again these were made completely from using colour swatches from the catalogue.



Finally, using lots of pieces of black and a few strips of a hot pink (which was a part of a truly hideous baby-doll dress that is apprently the hight of fashion according to them), I pulled the whole thing together to look like this:



And here it is in it's new home on the shelf in our living room:



And you know, it has (for now) satisfied my cherry blossom craving to a T.

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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2009 09:45:51 AM »

Thanks for sharing. That is lovely.
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2009 11:05:54 AM »

its so cute, great work!
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2009 11:37:12 AM »

That's fun. Good idea!
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2009 03:33:42 PM »

so pretty!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2009 07:41:00 AM »

I love it, I love it, I love it!
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2009 11:14:19 AM »

Marvelous! I love that you used the colors of the pages themselves!
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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2009 10:38:36 PM »

I love this idea. I save a magazine I get now I have something new to make using them. Thank you for sharing your idea.
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2009 10:46:48 AM »

cute !!!!! I love sakura (cherry blossoms) too !!
Maybe something for me to try Wink
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« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2009 06:04:03 AM »

Just read your post and it occurred to me that Sakura was not an unfamiliar word.  So the brand name of pens Sakura Gel Pens is named after the cherry blossom.  How cute.  Totally random post. 
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« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2009 05:00:32 PM »

I am so into paper lately. It is amazing what you can do with a pair of scissors, some glue and a little imagination. I love your flowers and vase. That must have been a little tricky making the branch hold together though.

I am inspired to try and make my favorite flower, out of magazine paper. I love pink dogwoods so I am going down that path. Thanks for inspiring me.
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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2009 12:18:09 PM »

This is so neat. Yet another use for my four sorters full of magazines! I love the flowers.
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« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2009 11:21:05 AM »

So cute! There are so many cute ideas for this project out there!
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