Newspaper Flowers

18 Jan

One of my closest friends is expecting a baby boy in early March, and we are hosting a baby shower for her in a few weeks.

The theme for the baby shower is “newsies.” As in the little newspaper boys who would yell “Extra Extra!” on the street corners. The plan is to recreate the style with the vintage look of those newsies, using fabric, a fun color scheme, and newspaper decor.

In case you were wondering, yes, this is probably the first newsie shower in the history of baby showers. How do I know this? Because there is little information on the Internet of how to construct a shower theme like this – and we all know that if it isn’t on Facebook or Pinterest, posted by super-stay-at-home-moms-who-can-plan-and-design-amazing-parties-for-babies-who-will-never-remember-them, then it might as well not exist.

Left to my own devices, some aggressive research, and a trusty tutorial (have to give credit where credit is due!), I discovered “newspaper flowers.” So, here we have something newspaper-ish (check), and something baby shower-y (florals, check). Here’s how you do it.

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Step 1: Find printed paper. Or a discarded book.

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Step 2: Deface book. Sorry Mom!

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Step 3: Cut pages into petals – I did a mixture of 5 different sizes of petals (you will use about 3-4 of each size for an individual flower, and 1 of the smallest size).

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Step 4: Curl the ends of the petals.

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Step 5: Cut out your stems. I used paper wrapped wire.

Step 6: Glue the smallest petal to the wire, wrapping it around to look like a bud.

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Step 7: Glue more petals, starting with the smaller ones and going out to the larger ones. I used about 3-4 of each petals.

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Step 8: Arrange petals and create a bouquet. So fragrant. 

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13 Responses to “Newspaper Flowers”

  1. KBT July 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Cute! Love these!

    • tealandtulle July 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

      Thanks! They were easy and fun to make, too (always a must with a craft project).

  2. Mom January 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Sometimes you need to commit bad deeds for the greater good. May I recommend John Patterson books? Any male writer who’s female characters never fact check and get hysterical when in peril should be on all our craft lists.

    • tealandtulle January 23, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      His books deserve to be shredded, that’s for sure. I have not come across a writer who depicts women in a less flattering light than him!

  3. Jess January 18, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    These are GENIUS! So darling!

  4. Jackie January 18, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    You mean you didn’t LOVE the book, “Too Much Money” by Dominick Dune enough to save it from becoming a cute craft? Well I’m happy it sacrificed itself for my baby shower decor.

    This cracks me up: “by super-stay-at-home-moms-who-can-plan-and-design-amazing-parties-for-babies-who-will-never-remember-them, then it might as well not exist.” Just look at the celebrities who spend $100K on their kid’s FIRST birthday. Beyonce comes to mind.

    • tealandtulle January 18, 2013 at 10:57 am #

      Totally – those celebrities or really well-to-do parents who can book their babies a huge carnival and pull out all the event stops. Sometimes it’s amazing what people do and come up with!

      And yes, I bought that book at an airport bookstore, and never read it. I couldn’t bring myself to read something that I knew was going to be completely hokey!

  5. Renee January 18, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Hey! My kid won’t remember his party, but my friends and family enjoyed it and I genuinely enjoyed decorating each and every one of those cupcakes. ; ) Super cute baby shower theme, by the way.

    • tealandtulle January 18, 2013 at 10:55 am #

      I’m sure good memories for all! And just an FYI – I was just making a joke about those parents who go crazy for their teeny tiny ones with renting carnival rides, etc. I didn’t intend to infer that it’s inappropriate to have a nice family/friend party for your little ones.

  6. Audrey January 18, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Hahahaha this cracked me up! So true, if it’s not on Pinterest, it’s possible it doesn’t exist! Newsies, that is so freakin cute! And so them too! I’m definitely going to try this!

    • tealandtulle January 18, 2013 at 9:44 am #

      The flowers are so easy to make. And totally – if there isn’t a mom out there who hasn’t planned a 1 year old’s birthday party worthy of a Hollywood celebrity, then it probably doesn’t exist! 🙂

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