Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pretty Paper Peonies!

A few weeks ago I was doing the ol' blog hop and came across a stunning post by Michella Marie.
I. fell. in. love.
She shared a beautiful tutorial on how to make paper peonies out of...can you guess it?...coffee filters!
Now I know coffee filter projects are pretty big around blog land these days, but honestly, these peonies blew me away more than anything else I've seen.

This past weekend, both my kiddies were sick and hubby was working,
so we had a very laid back day on Sunday.
Kiddies watched countless episodes of Curious George while I got out my glue gun and coffee filters...



I trimmed them down to create a size that worked for me...


A little florist tape...


...and some more filters...


Isn't that pretty?
I LOVE them!!!


I think they make such a pretty bouquet...


...I love the elegance they add to the night table...


...and the best part was having Hubs tell me that he thought they were store bought and was "shocked" (his word) to find out what they were made of. Gotta love it when that happens!!


Now.
Dontcha just want to make some for yourself?!
Head on over to Michella Marie and show her some love!
You will find her full tutorial HERE...and trust me...you will NOT be disappointed (you will need her tute to figure out how to make them)!!

Edited: I've since had several emails asking where to get the full instructions for these peonies, so here's the full link... http://www.michellamarie.com/2011/07/white-paper-peonies-tutorial.html.

Have fun!

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39 comments:

  1. I Love this!!! Do you think that there is a way to die them?

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    1. Water color or food coloring works.

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  2. I think she did a pink version too, but I haven't read how she made them pink. Check out her blog!

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  3. These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing...they really do look store-bought. Hey! I wanted to let you know that I featured you "Cherry" cake on my 5 Things Thursday today. I feel weird even saying it, but feel free to grab a button if you want it! Have a thrilling Thursday! ; )
    ~Abbie

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  4. Pretty! Thanks for the tutorial!
    -Lynn

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  5. SUper cute idea~ I love peonies!! Your paper ones are fantastic! Well done! Sharing on FB~ thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  6. I have made roses with coffee filters - just love the look of the Paper Peonies! They're one of my favorite flowers! Will definitely give this a try!
    Your newest follower,
    Kathy

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  7. hey girl, thanks for stopping by!! i love meeting new bloggers..i also love new blogs to follow!!! super cute flowers! i will have to try these!
    www.moddybee.blogspot.com

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  8. Those are so cute and even look real in the photo! Andrea @ townandprairie

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  9. Your peonies turned out so beautiful and realistic! I can almost smell their sweet fragrance... :)

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  10. you better believe I want to make some of these for myself!! Awesome! Now I need some coffee filters (don't drink coffee at home) and everything else ;-) Love it!

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  11. They look great! Love your lamp too :)

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  12. Those are SIMPLY gorgeous. Great tut too. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

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  13. I love these flowers! I hope to make some sometime soon! You're blog is great--I found it through Debbie Doos Newbie Party!
    Kara
    www.hobbiesofahomemaker.blogspot.com

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  14. Wow! you did an amazing job! And I love love love the vignette you created using it. The peonies add just the right touch to this elegant vignette. I loved Michella's gorgeous pink ones as well. Loving the chic lamp and the cute silver birdies... Visiting from Debbie's newbie party. Happy Sunday!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  15. Okay, that is so pretty and looks fairly simple! Found you via Debbidoos and have become a follower. Pop on over for a visit if you have time. Tootles, Kathryn
    http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com

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  16. these are awesome and they look so good on your table and now you have me singing the song "Paper Roses" um peonies... must give these a bash for sure!

    Veronica
    www.tasselsandtwigs.blogspot.com

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  17. They're gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. I'm off to check out the tutorial.
    ~ Catie
    http://catiescorner2.blogspot.com

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  18. I love those. I've seen them around blogland but yours really caught my attention. I'm so going to make them tomorrow.

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  19. I dye mine with rose wine, you ca even thrown them in the dryer and they'll be ready in 5 minutes

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  20. how many filters did you use when you were cutting it? and when did you add the stem? Can I get a little more detail directions pretty please :0 Thank you!!!

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  21. nevermind I see you click somewhere else to see the tutorial. sorry

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  22. I used black pipe cleaners (for a white/black) party instead of florists wire with regular tape. I then used another pipe cleaner instead of florists tape to wrap around to hide my regular tape. This made it easier to bunch the flowers together also and saved me about $10 worth of supplies :) I also glued a crystal to the top of the pipe cleaner to jazz it up!

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  23. Where I'd get the step by step instructions to make these beautiful peonies?

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  24. I love this, made one yesterday and my husband thought it was real for a minute. Thanks

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  25. wonder if they can be colored

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    1. Hi Laura, yes I believe they can. I have seen other bloggers talk about dipping the coffee filters into dyed water and then allowing them to dry out completely before using. You can also stain them in a tea or coffee solution, if you like an antiqued look. Good luck! :)

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    2. Coffee filters hold watercolor paint absolutely beautifully. Paint them after you've assembled the flowers, then hang them upside down to dry! I hang mine from coat hangers in my shower : )

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  26. I so want to make these but where the heck do I get these size coffee filters????...I have looked everywhere and I can only see the 4 to 6" ones.

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    1. That's the right size, you just need to cut them down a bit as you're working on them. If you click on the link provided in the post, the tutorial will give you good instructions on how much to cut them down! :)

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  27. Evie, these are beautiful! I just re-did my entry way and had a poor, bare shelf that needed a little sprucing-up... so I just made these! They turned out perfectly and look beautiful displayed in a bunch of three in a short vase. There's a picture on my blog if you want to check it out: http://www.mycraftysoul.com/2012/03/coffee-filter-flowers.html

    I absolutely love your blog and have been inspired by many of your creations!! Keep 'em coming :)

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  28. Thanks for the suggestion, however, you really didn't post any specific instructions. From the picture you go from filter trimed down in size to the flower. The flower has petals that were cut out but you didn't explain how you got to that point.
    Thanks

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    1. Hi Rebecca, you're right...I haven't posted all the instructions in order to keep from "stealing" another blogger's tutorial. If you continue down to the bottom of my post, you will see a link to her blog and that will take you straight to her tutorial. :)

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  29. can i use cup cake cups? i hv nt seen this cofee filters in sri lanka.lol. its almost looks like cup cake cups?

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    1. Hi there! Yes, I think cupcake liners would work as well...the texture will be a bit different, but the overall look should be quite similar. Good luck! :)

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    2. you can mix up some food coloring and water put itt in a spray bottle ,.,dont get to close or they will be ruined i also have droped some food color mixture on the flower with an eye dropper its beautiful


      hope it works

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  30. I have a lot of ceramic paint that I have been using to make different colors of flowers and have enjoyed the results. Just put 2 or 3 drops in water or more if you want a richer color. I also dipped just the tips of the filters in a non-diluted paint and the result was beautiful. The results always fascinate me, but now I've got more flowers than I know what to do with. This is such a low cost item to make, so the results are worth it. I hope my family likes all the flowers they will be receiving. I have been going to flea markets and yard sales picking up pretty vases and making arrangements in them. Good gifts that don't cost so much.

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  31. Thank you for posting this and so generously telling us how to get the tutorial. I am just finding you and your BEAUTIFUL site. Thanks so very much for sharing your talents. Originally found you through Pinterest.

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