Saturday, June 29, 2013

Front Door Sign and Paper Napkin Flower Tutorial

Hey there girlies! How are you on this beautiful Saturday?!! I am feeling super creative today so I decided to make a little Fourth of July craft to share with you all. I have been wanting to make another wreath for a while now, but I wanted to make one with a twist... I wanted to use a picture frame. I have seen a few around Pinterest, but for some reason, the inspiration I needed never came to me. Until today. What I ended up with is less of a wreath and more of a sign, but it's going on my front door anyways.  :-)

I started out with a plain black picture frame, but I didn't want black, so I grabbed my handy dandy spray paint and painted it white.  The picture frame was missing the glass, so I decided to use some chalkboard paint and spray the cardboard backing with it.  I messed up a bit on the chalkboard paint, but I swear, once I seasoned it and wrote on it, you couldn't tell.  Anyways, Ta-Da!!!  Instant chalkboard.
I couldn't just leave it plain though!  Hmmm, what to do?  I had these little pinwheels that I bought for the Fourth of July so I pulled three of them off of their sticks and hot glued them to the corner of the frame.
Then, I decided I wanted a big red flower to go in the top corner of the frame.  I didn't have a red flower and I didn't have any red material or felt.  I had red paper napkins though!  I have never made a flower out of napkins, but there's a first time for everything, right?  Here's a little how-to on the paper napkin flower.
Start with a small napkin.  These are about 9x9.
Next, cut circles out of the napkin.  I just freehanded it .  You should get 4 circles out of each napkin.
Fold your circle in half and then in half again to make a triangle shaped petal.

Use one of your circles as the base for the flower and glue each petal to it.
Continue gluing petals onto your base until your flower is as full as you want it to be.  I think I used about 5 napkins for this flower and it's pretty full.
And there you have it!  A super simple flower made from paper napkins!  I love it!
Back to the frame.  Are you ready to see the finished sign?
There's a weird glare on this picture that I couldn't edit out, but you get the idea, right?  I'm thinking that I could easily pull off the little pinwheels and use this at different times of the year too.  Christmas maybe?
So, what do you think?  Are you going to be making a napkin flower any time soon?  I would love to see it if you do so leave me a link in the comments below.  And remember, I love hearing from my readers, it puts a big smile on my face! 
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Thanks for reading!  See you next time everybody!


  1. very talented ms. Austin, Love your work. I love doing stuff like this.

    1. Thank you Vanissa! I would love to see some of your projects some time!