The annual party for my daughter’s competition dance team is tonight. It’s always a super fun party that both the kids and parents enjoy. This year is a little different, because the team had several coaches versus one main coach. (The coach from last year is presently working on her masters degree in Arizona.) While you might think having multiple coaches would make it harder to coordinate and plan everything the team does; in actuality, it’s all run as smooth as can be. Because of this, I really wanted to do something nice to thank all the coaches for their hard work. Additionally, I wanted to come up with something to thank the mom who volunteered to host this huge party at her house!
I decided that a handmade gift would be the best. So, I took a recent scrapbook page I had designed, removed the close-up of daughter, and sized it down to an 8″ x 10″ photo. Then, I had four copies printed at Costco. I know the coaches will love this, because it’s a great picture of this year’s big musical theater team dance. In addition, I think the mom who’s hosting the party tonight will love this, because she’s got two little girls on the team who are both in the photo.
Next step was to wrap all the gifts super pretty! I looked to my recent stand by … the now retired Build a Bouquet Project Kit from the Occasions Catalog. While this kit is retired, you can still re-create these gorgeous flowers using the Bouquet BigZ L die cut and the new Cherry On Top Cotton Paper Assortment! This new paper is the same beautiful consistency of the paper that came in the Build A Bouquet Project Kit! It’s strong, yet delicate and pliable, so it bends and forms easily into petal shapes. Plus, it comes in a variety pack of several of the new 2015-2017 In Colors. I just wanted to point that out, because while I used the colors included in the retired Build a Bouquet Project Kit to decorate my presents, you could do the same thing just using different colors. I actually selected color combinations for each gift that matched the thank you cards I chose. Because the cards included ones I’d made a while ago, several of them included retired trims and colors.
To wrap the gifts, I used the Festive Designer Kraft Wrapping Paper, which is still available to purchase in the Clearance Rack at my online store! I love this craft colored wrapping paper; it provides a nice neutral background for the bright colored flowers.
This first flower is the poppy from the Build a Bouquet Project Kit. I started by forming this pretty black center out of three fringe die cuts just as instructed in the kit. I used a wire stem to hold the fringe pieces while I hot glued them in a tight roll. Later, I cut off the stem so my flower could lay flat on the gift.
Next, I used eight small die cut petals and eight large die cut petals cut out of Strawberry Slush cotton paper from the kit. Prior to constructing the flower, I formed each petal individually using hot glue to overlap the small notch at the bottom of the petal. (Whether you use the die cuts from the kit or the die cuts from the Bouquet BigZ L die cut, the petal pieces have pre-cut notches on the bottom of each petal.) Then, I hot glued each petal to the bottom of the fringe center. Lastly, I used a bone folder to curl out the fringe center.
Each time I make these flowers, I seem to learn something and get a little better at it. My tip for this particular flower is to really overlap the notches at the bottom to form deep curved petals. The flower looks much better when the petals really curve upward, especially the smaller center ones.
For the next two gifts, I created similar flowers out of smaller Crisp Cantaloupe die cut petals. This time I used 20 small petals for each flower. To create the centers, I threaded Linen Thread through the buttons, then I threaded the black center die cut piece through the Linen Thread, and that provided enough of a base to start hot gluing the petals on the back. The Linen Thread gave me something to hold on to while I hot glued the petals. When I was finished, I simply cut off the thread and covered up the back with a circle punch out of coordinating card stock. (I used Pistachio Pudding card stock on one and Mossy Meadow on another.)
Again, my tip for this flower is to overlap the notches of the center petals quite a bit so they really curl up. Also, I found that if I concentrated the hot glue towards the bottom of the petals, versus the whole notch, I was less likely to create a messy looking petal with glue showing.
It’s very subtle, but I did stamp each petal with the now retired Bouquet photopolymer stamp set prior to forming the petals. (Same with the poppy flower above.)
My last flower was a daisy. I have to admit that I struggle with this flower a little. I think this is the best one I’ve made yet, but I’m still not sure I’m in love with it. Maybe I curled the petals too much.
For this flower, I used four die cut pieces from the Build a Bouquet Project Kit. Then, I stamped each die cut with Hello Honey ink. I formed the center by wrapping a small square of Hello Honey cotton paper around a Vintage Faceted Button (both provided in the kit). Since I wanted to make the flower flat to sit on the gift, I just twisted the cotton paper around the button and used the excess to hold on to while I hot glued the petals around the bottom of the button. When I was finished, I cut off the excess and covered it up with a circle punched out of Cucumber Crush card stock. Lastly, I used a bone folder to curl each petal.
I added some of the new, beautiful 1″ Dotted Lace Trim in Cucumber Crush and some Gold Sequin Trim. I also used the Bouquet Bigz L die cut to cut coordinating leaves on several of these gifts.
Supplies used on my projects:
Here’s a picture of the Bouquet Bigz L die cut that includes four petal sizes, two leaf sizes, a fern leaf, and two flower centers.
Hope this gives you some inspiration for decorating your gifts.