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Add one thrift store pot + an outdated 2007 Ikea catolouge =  fun times!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