paper-gifts

Mama’s Summer Flowers

I have always been terrible at origami, but since seeing some beautiful flowers at recent craft fairs, I’ve had a google and they’re actually not that complicated to make!



You can make them in all sizes and top them off with buttons or bling, they look fab! Here’s how they are made..


You need 4 – 8 pieces of patterned paper or card. I use paper as it’s easier to fold, if you choose card, make sure it’s not too thick or you’ll have trouble making the cone shapes at the end. Any size will do but remember the smaller, the more fiddly it will be. 


First, Take a square and fold it in half to make a triangle.

MAMA TOP TIP: Use a bone folder to score down your edges to give it that professional sharp edge.


Fold your bottom corner up to the middle and the same on the other side.


So now you should have a mini square made from 2 folded triangles.


Fold your triangles out, back on themselves, so you end up with 3 triangles, 2 small ones either side of the large one.


Next, hold up one of your outer triangles, put your finger in the inside and push the crease so you’re opening the triangle out into a kite, with the crease in the middle of it from when it was a triangle. 


Do the same with the other side so you are left with 3 kite shapes.


To neaten it up, fold down the triangles that are taller than the back triangle.



Nearly done! Next fold your triangles back down the middle where they were folded before. Glue your outer tabs and stick them together to create a cone shape.

MAMA TOP TIP: Use a peg or tweezers to hold the two glued tabs together while gluing, especially when you have quite a few petals!


And viola your first petal is done! Make 4, 6 or 8 more and then stick your petals together! 


Stick the petals together side by side, using tweezers or a peg. I used a glue stick but from now on I’ll be using my new hot glue gun!



Be patient, especially as you add more and more petals, it can be very fiddly but you’ll get there in the end. The final petal needs glue on both sides to glue to your petals either side. If you’re having trouble making them meet, make sure your points underneath are together in the middle.


 And there you have it! I like to stick a button or brad of some kind of bling in the middle to make it look complete. I also got some florist wire for £1 from Wilkinsons so they have stems to put in a nice vase!


Happy flower making!
Mama x

Charlie’s 1st Birthday Party Boxes

Charlie’s first birthday crept up on me pretty quick! On his actual birthday we went to Peppa Pig world with some friend with children we know, so I decided to bring some party boxes, instead of your traditional plastic party bags.



These boxes are available on eBay, there’s a lot of stockists but I hope one day I’ll be able to have an endless supply using a Brother scan and cut (Hint hint, my birthday is in September..)


The ribbon I used was from www.fantasticribbons.com which you must check out! Loads of variety if you’re a huge ribbons and buttons fan!



I simply just tied the ribbon on the top and stuck an image on the front. SO simple but amazingly impressive compared to a little plastic goodie bag. The kids were thrilled and I could fit loads inside including birthday cake!

Happy 1st birthday to my Charlie bear! 🙂

Mama x

Pop Up Box Cards

Pop Up Box cards are a brand new craze in the crafting world right now, the more popular they get the more kits companies bring out so bring it on!

I bought a kit that was pre cut and scored by Craftwork Cards but they are very simple to make from scratch. I just folded it in the right places, and put double sided sticky tape in the right places. Sticking it together isn’t a work of origami fortunately! (I suck at Origami)

Once you have the base card you are free to decorate! My kit came with panels that i just had to guilloutine them to size and stick them on the sides. Next I popped out the embellishments and stuck them on the sides and on the cardboard sticks that all came with the kit. Decorating was really fun! Best of all they fold flat to put in an envelope and send without additional charges!

Try making your own, Post your own creations in the comments!

Happy crafting!
Mama x