It won't be long until I begin collecting a few fresh flowers from my flower bed garden to dry. But the book I keep the dried flowers in is full, so I need to use some of them before I can dry more. So instead of a recycled post, today I have chosen to repurpose, revamp, and reinterpret some dried flowers.
Unlike most of my tutorials, I started with a concept, rather than a well formed plan. Therefore, the supply list when I first started consisted of a container of wax paper. I'm not sure if this product can be found around the world, but its wonderful gossamer material makes it perfect for what I have decided to create.
I have an aversion to craft knives. They scare me. So anytime I can cut something using my guillotine cutter, I'll do it. However, in order to cut the wax paper to the correct size, I had to remove the roll from the box. I marked each cut at 4 inches
I cut four strips of wax paper the width of the roll at 4 inch intervals.
Then I cut each strip 8 inches long. They are now 4" X 8". If your decide to make this you may choose any size, but be sure each strip is twice as long as it is wide.
You can (and may) now put your wax paper away because you won't need it anymore.
Now that your strips are cut to size, audition your dried flowers
to see which ones work best in the space available.
Choose four different flowers, leaves, or arrangements, then fold the wax paper in half.
While your iron is heating to wool (NO STEAM), bring out your parchment paper or your craft mat. Be sure whatever you use will cover both sides of the assemblies.
After cutting a sufficient amount of parchment paper, you can return it to your craft storage area.
Now it's time to iron your squares. Keep moving your iron because you don't want steam hole impressions showing on your finished work. Feel free to check often to see if the wax paper is sticking onto itself around the edges.
Turn the pieces to the opposite side and iron that side, too. Be sure to cover your iron when you do.
Once you are sure the wax paper is sticking well to itself, you are ready for the next step. Isn't this lovely with the light shining through?
If your guillotine cutter (or craft knife) cuts better than mine, you may skip this step. However, I didn't cut a single one of these to the exact proper size, so I had to improvise.
Once all four of your squares have been sewn, grab some colorful washi tape and place it the length of one side such that there is a small amount of space between two of the panels when the washi tape is in place. You need that tiny bit of space
in order to create a 90 degree bend.
Continue adding tape and bending until the four sided box is complete.
Place a tea light (preferably battery powered) inside the box
and enjoy it from every angle, while others admire your creativity.
This is Day 8 of 22 leading up to bEARTHday, and although not technically recycled, I repurposed some flowers in wax paper and created a lovely light I can take to my back patio and enjoy in the evening.
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