Every year, you might send something to your mom on Mother’s Day, like flowers.
If you want to show gratitude to your mom with a bright and beautiful bouquet of carnations, why not try making them on your own?
According to ProFlowers.com, carnations mean “fascination, distinction, and love.”
You can see why carnations are the official flower of Mother’s Day by looking at those words, but more over, what’s even better is that you can hand craft it just by using tissue paper and make them last forever!
What you will need:
Colored tissue paper (in color you want as flower)
A strip of green tissue paper (about 20 inches)
Ideas on what colors of carnations mean:
Light red -> admiration
Dark red -> deeper sentiments of love and affection
White -> purity and luck
Pink -> sign of gratitude
Before getting started, please let me clarify some points on the following photo diagrams. The carnation has 3 rings – which will take three flips. At the shaping stage at the end, quoting from the creator himself, who directly gave me this quote as an advice – “the more crumpling done from the center of the flower, the more realistic the carnation appears.” Lastly, make the edge of each ring curve like “s” as a shaping process as it makes the flower bloom.
Spice up your fashion with your hand-made origami earrings!
If you are semi- to advanced origami folders, you might have experienced the same nightmare as I have in the past… in other words, you make all kinds of origami, but you have no idea what to do with them.
Then, I suggest – what about turning them into your original earrings? I am assuming most of the American ladies have had their ears pierced, and this is just such a low-cost and easy way to use both your skills and your origami.
You usually pay $15 or above for a set of origami earrings at jewelry stores. All I paid for this project was a total of $14 – to pay for the $10 plier set and $4 earring making kit. If you want to go for any higher quality metals, you might have to pay a premium, but the whole experience of making different designs and your original crane earrings is right in front of you.
Beads in different colors (you can get these really cheaply at bead stores!)
ModPodge works pretty well with origami paper. It makes everything incredibly sturdier and if you buy the waterproof one (for outside work), it doesn’t get torn easily even if you accidentally splash water on it.
Here are some examples of what I made into earrings… click to view the larger images