With cold temperatures alternating with highs in the 80s, it seems as if Mother Nature has given spring a miss, going straight from winter to summer. With barely any time to enjoy the blooming of flowers due to fluctuating temperatures, social distancing, and rainy days, why not bring a little spring into your home with flowers made of paper? Guaranteed not to wilt and die, paper flowers can brighten any home year-round.
I took advantage of the long Memorial Day weekend to sit down and be creative. I have a bunch of MDF shapes in my stash, and I wanted to do something spring-like, so I chose the unicorn. I’d done an MDF unicorn before, but it had more of a cosmos/outer space vibe, and this time I wanted magic and floral.
To begin with, I first painted the edges of the unicorn with Mermaid Sparkle Sparks paint from Prima/Finnabair.
I then chose a piece of patterned scrapbook paper from my stash of 49 and Market papers to use as my background. The paper I chose is from a discontinued collection, but they have so many gorgeous papers to chose from, it wouldn’t be hard to find a different sheet.
Flipping both the unicorn and the scrapbook paper over, I traced the unicorn shape on the back with a pencil and cut the shape out using a pair of sharp scissors.
I used Mod Podge to glue the paper to the unicorn head, trimming off excess with a sharp craft knife.
Next, I used an embossing ink pad and embossing powder on the unicorn’s horn. For this project, I went with Mulberry Mist from WOW! Embossing Powder. I also used a piece of silver twine from Lawn Fawn to create the illusion of spirals on the horn.
At this point, I felt like the unicorn’s mane could use a little more something-something than just the flowers I was planning to add. So I took the Mystic Swirl stamp from Lavinia Stamps and stamped it several times in Soft Blossom and Soft Purple inks from Hero Arts.
After that, I began to build my floral mane, using hot glue to attach the flowers from 49 and Market to my project.
I also added some purple crystals and 49 and Market’s dimensional stickers for added interest.
I then added some sentiment stickers from Finnabair’s Art Daily collection, with edges inked in Milled Lavender.
For my final touch, I added drops of Glossy Accents here and there to the flowers, sprinkling over the top with the Angel Mix sequins from Dress my craft.
Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be on a vacation-staycation next week, so I hope I’ll get a chance to be creative while I’m off. 🙂