I have a new craft obsession taking up far too much of my time these days. Paper crafting:
I recently purchased a Cricut Explore Air, a precision cutting machine, that can do a whole range of really cool craft projects. While I’ve been exploring all of the the possibilities, I came across DIY designer Lia Griffith’s website. Her paper flowers and botanicals are a cornerstone of her website and I just love how realistic they are.
So far I have tried a few of her projects and I’m pleasantly surprised at how beautiful and realistic the results are. First off I tried making Paperwhites:
Then it was mini Gerbera Daisies in shades of pink:
My latest project is The Boho Botanical Wreath pictured at the beginning of this post.
Each project has involved downloading SVG cut files from Lia’s website and then making a few adjustments in the Cricut Design Space software. Then I chose text weight and cardstock papers, cut them on the machine, and assembled using a glue gun. They get extra dimension from folding along scoring lines and bending the leaves and petals a bit. The Gerberas and Paperwhites are glued to floral wire and the stems are wrapped in floral tape. The wreath is made by twisting paper covered wire into a circle and then gluing all the paper components to the circle. Links to directions and photo tutorials are on the Lia Griffith website. I will admit I have some glue-singed fingers, but I think it’s been worth it!
I can’t wait to try more paper flowers. They definitely brighten up the house, but I think they’d be beautiful for gift toppers and party decorations, too.