This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
If you read the post about my first impressions of the Cricut Maker, you’ll know that I became somewhat hypnotised watching the blade slide silkily through the cardstock cutting out the swirling shapes of the flowers. How many did I make? Too many!
This was the paper flowers project that I fell for but I preferred the ones with the rounded edges so simply went on making many of those. Load mat two, load mat two, load mat two, and repeat.
But what do you do when you suddenly find yourself surrounded by seventy perfectly rolled flowers? Make greetings cards featuring them? Potentially. Frame them in a pretty pattern? Possibly. Add stems and make a posy? Perhaps. In the future. Or, use one of the many sticks that your children have left outside the back door after country walks and fashion an elaborate wall hanging come photo backdrop? Yes, obviously!
You can make your wallhanging/backdrop as big or as small as you want. I went for eight rows of eight flowers and arranged them in a sort of ombre rainbow pattern. Something fun and colourful for the corner of the living room. Here’s some simple instructions for you to follow if you’d like to embark upon a similar Cricut Maker project.
1 - Lay your flowers out in the order that you want to hang them and then cut a length of string/ribbon/twine approximately 20-30cm longer than the line of flowers that you’re going to attach to it.
2 - Working from the bottom flower to the top, turn your first flower over and, using a glue gun or quick-drying glue, stick the flower to the end of the string/ribbon/twine.
3 - Continue sticking your flowers to the string/ribbon/twine leaving a very small gap between them.
4 - Move on to your next drop of flowers until they’re looking lovely and reasonably uniform.
5 - Lay your drops of flowers on the floor and place your stick along the top of them.
6 - Leaving slightly more than a flower’s width between each drop, tie each one to the stick. It doesn't have to be in a perfect pattern. The colour and shape of the flowers provide the spectacular; perfect parallels can be overlooked.
7 - Using another length of string/ribbon/twine, tie it to each end of your stick and then hang it from a nail or hook. If your flowers start to spin and don’t sit with their backs to the wall, pop a glue drop on them and give them a gentle nudge against the wall. They peel off without damaging the paint (or so I’ve personally found) so should you decide to move them, you won’t need to get your paintbrush out.
Then, all you need to do is stand back and admire your handiwork … or buy the most colourful cake you can find to take photos of in front of your creation.
Fancy a slice? Go on, treat yourself.