This is my first time trying one of the challenges!
so i guess here goes:
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Add one thrift store pot + an outdated 2007 Ikea catolouge = fun times!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
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
) 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
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