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Dec 26, 2007


My sister came over a couple of days ago and wanted to know if I could make something to hold several candle tarts. She needed a last minute gift for her boyfriend's mom --- who loves sunflowers. Of course, being the craft stasher that I am, I had a paper mache box that was the perfect size... but didn't have any sunflower-themed paper or accessories.

I remembered seeing a flower made from scraps of patterned paper on Michelle Giraud's blog and thought it might be the perfect thing! I pulled out some of my favorite papers from K & Company's 'Wild Saffron' collection and thought the print resembled the colors in a sunflower.

These flowers are really pretty simple to make! I cut 12 1.5" squares and 12 1" squares -- and then adhered the opposite corners together using glue dots. I found that it helped to use the tip of my bone folder to help mold the "cone" shaped pieces.

Once all of the pieces were formed, I began to create the flower. I cut a large circle out of neutral cardstock to use as a base. Then, using glue dots, I started placing the petals on the base (starting with the largest petals and working up). I created paper leaves by cutting random sized pieces of green patterned paper and adhered to all of the bare spaces left on the base. I used extra thick dimensional foam to adhere the flower to the box top.

I cut a circle out of chocolate cardstock and punched four small holes in it to create a paper button. The chipboard letter "S" originally was blue, so I sponged over it with Palette Hybrid inks to achieve the color I wanted.

I was really excited about how this box transformed! My sister was able to package a dozen tarts in it and found a tart warmer that coordinated. Sometimes I love to work with limitations!

**chipboard letter, patterned paper & paper ribbon all by K & Company (Wild Saffron Collection)


  1. you're a clever woman! too cute, looks SO much like a sunflower I bet she'll LOVE it

  2. I love this box!! SOoo pretty. Sunflowers are my favorite (it's my choice of deco in my kitchen).

    Love your new banner as well!

  3. Julie, this box turned out fabulous! I'm sure your sister was thrilled to have such a beautiful gift for her boyfriends mother - talk about getting in good! ;-)

    Also...the new banner looks fantastic. Think I'm going to have to make a new banner for myself now!

  4. I've been a lurking visitor here in the past, but I have to say that I really like the new banner. Very nice job.

    And the box is nice, too. :)


  5. I LOVE it! I saw this rolled paper idea from Martha Stewart but yours came out way cooler than her bow!!
    Love it to pieces

  6. Very clever and it turned out beautifully. I bet she loved it. Like the new banner for your blog.
    JoAnn B.

  7. Love it!!! I too am partial to sunflowers though!!!


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