Ten days ago, I started a series of posts called The Feast of the Flower in which I am creating 50 different flowers using 10 different media/techniques in order to, ultimately, craft a fantastic wall hanging! You can check out Part 1 of the FOF -Feast of the Flower- right here.
Today I had a ton o' fun making flowers out of toilet paper rolls. I took some process photos to show how easy this was.
So, for my first flower, I cut a toilet paper roll into 3 sections.
I then drew petals on all the sections.
And cut away the excess to make 3 little crowns.
I curved the petals: two crowns with petals curved out, one with petals curved in. I also cut open, and removed a petal from the inner sections so that they would fit into the outer section.
And here is the first completed flower!
Next came this one. In my excitement, I kinda forgot to take pictures (the mind is going... sigh...), but it is very simple. Take 2 toilet paper rolls. Divide both into 3 sections to make 6 equal sections. Cut straight petals into each section, cutting progressively shorter for each. Curve the petals out. Fit the sections into each other by cutting the inner section open and removing a petal or two. The final middle section, which I also cut open, was rolled around a pencil to form a spiral. Flower #2, check!
For the third beauty, I cut a toilet paper roll in half. I also used a half inch section cut from another roll. It's not shown here.
On these half sections, I drew some petals.
I cut the petals out and folded them down and out.
And fit the petals inside each other, as before, to make this third flower!
The fourth flower was inspired by the wonderous Flickr group called Cardboard Tubes ReCrafted. I don't know if there is a flower exactly like it there, but there are definitely similar designs. Again, I forgot to take process pictures. Jeesh...
Essentially, all you do is cut 1 toilet paper roll into 8 equal sections. 7 sections for the petals, 1 for the middle. Flatten out the 7 sections. These are the petals. Leave the middle section round and cut 7 equidistant slits halfway through it. Fit a petal into 2 of the slits. Do the same for the rest of the petals. I then formed the curvy petals by bending them until it looked like this!
Flower #5, the last one, was a little more labour intensive but I didn't mind because it turned out well.
For this flower, 1 and 3/4 rolls are needed. On the first tube, I drew my lines like so, and cut the tube into 2 sections: one tall and one short.
I then forgot to take pictures. Big surprise. But do you see what I did? To the tall section, I added petals and cut out the parallel lines, and to the short I added petals. From the other 3/4 length tube, I cut out longish petals and curved them in slightly.
And here is the whole family! I was going to paint them but I don't know anymore. I kinda like their brown recycle-y character... Any thoughts?