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Things I love about the fall: cooler temperatures, cozy socks, apples and a good tablescape. I am prepping for our fall table decor and first up are easy DIY paper flower napkin rings. If you follow me Instagram, then you know I’m a gardener and I love all things plants and flowers. I am determine to grow a cut flowers garden but until then, I am enjoying making these paper flowers and then adding a little bit of eucalyptus I picked up from our local community garden. Mixing real and faux flowers and stems is my new jam.
The best part of these flowers is how easy they are to make. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2, cardstock, and tacky glue. The Air 2 not only makes these cute paper flowers, it can also make greeting cards, iron on vinyls, stencils and so much more. I am looking forward to making t-shirts, cards, garland and a cute fairy garden terrarium for a certain soon to be 7 year old’s big day.
DIY Paper Flower Napkin Rings
The supply list for these DIY paper flower napkin rings is pretty simple. Heres what you need:
- Explore Air 2
- Tacky Glue
- Floral Wire
- Eucalyptus or any fresh greenery (optional)
Let’s make the magic happen.
You can find paper flower projects on Cricut Design Space that are easy to follow along, You can also, search for paper flowers on the left hand sidebar.
In Design Space, you can search by image type. I typed flowers into the search box and then selected cartridge to narrow down the search. In the Flower Shoppe cartridge there are 50 flowers to choose from. The flowers I chose are #M3D7E1, #M4733C, and #M3CBDF all found in Flower Shoppe.
Once you choose your flowers, you hit insert images which will bring you to the design canvas. In the canvas you can edit the size, color and more. TO make my flowers larger I chose the resize option. The blue and pink flowers are 6 inches and the greenish blue one 8 inches. After resizing, I hit “Make It”. Design Space is intuitive so it separates the flowers onto individual sheets for cutting. I was able to use 1 sheet of cardstock to cut 2 of the 6 inch flowers. The 8 inch flowers used 1 sheet each.
You will notice the flowers I have in Design Space are a different color. It was not necessary to change the color of the flowers because I was using colored cardstock. And then it was time to cut. I placed my cardstock on the light grip mat and then loaded it into the machine. After the paper is loaded, you press the button with the Cricut logo which starts the cutting process. All the instructions come up in the Design Space so you can’t get lost.
Here is the flower after the machine cut it and I removed the excess paper. Because of the precision cut, it was really easy to remove the excess paper and the cut flower from the mat. I did tear one slightly but it worked out when I started to roll it.
Now for the rolling of the flowers, I really should have purchased the Cricut quilling tool. Not to worry, I’ll be grabbing that for my next project. Using a wood dowel and my hands worked to roll my flowers. They came out good but I know using the quilling tool will make them even better.
Here are my pretty paper flowers. I cut 12 flowers in total, 4 of each.
I used tacky glue I found in the crafting aisle at Michael’s to make them stick. Add the floral wire before holding the glued pieces together. And continued from there. Next time I will use my glue gun to make the process faster.
To put everything together, I cut burlap squares from a large sheet of burlap I kept from a gift box. Trust me keep all the things that will make for a good craft. I put the stringed flowers around the napkins using the excess floral wire to secure it. Then add the wood sticks and eucalyptus clipping in the center.
Blues are my favorite color to decorate with for fall. I added the touch of pink for a little something different. Stay tuned for my complete fall tablescape and check out all the decor and more projects you can make with a Cricut Explore Air 2.
Do you decorate your table for the season?