Feels Like Spring Around Here!

I have a new craft obsession taking up far too much of my time these days.  Paper crafting:

fullsizeoutput_52dI 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.

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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:

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Then it was mini Gerbera Daisies in shades of pink:

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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.