Surprise mom with an upcycled paper blossom (and help our planet, too)!
(See us in action: watch our Flipagram! video by clicking on the image above.)
During our company’s week-long Earth Day festivities, SMPCraft hosted a Crafternoon Lunch and made paper blossoms from unused advanced readers’ copies (not easy to come by in our company these days as we’ve become increasingly concerned about our industry’s impact on the environment). We had a fabulous time and this project was super-satisfying, easy, and within less than an hour, we each produced a gorgeous, no-maintenance eco-conscious blossom that even a self-proclaimed serial plant killer (raises her hand) would eagerly welcome into her life.
To create one 20-inch blossom, we used 100 – 120 pages, staples, and cardboard from shipping boxes. For the pages, you can also use an old catalog, magazines, outdated yellow pages…anything you’ve marked for the recycling bin would work wonderfully.
For the first step, we rolled each page into cones, stapling one inch from the pointed end to hold the shape. And don’t worry about being too careful or precise. Depending on your process (read: level of impatience) either complete rolling all of the cones before proceeding to the second step or make a few cones and staple as you go along.
Step two. Staple the tips of the cone to the cardboard. Our cardboard came from the shipping boxes our books were shipped in, measured four-inches by six inches, and was pretty sturdy–about an 1/8th of an inch thick. Imagine or draw a three-inch circle in the center of the cardboard and begin stapling the tips of the cones onto the circle. After the first circle of cones is stapled, begin the process again until the cardboard is no longer visible.
And that, folks, is all it takes.
Hang your blossom on a wall, lay it flat on a table or desk, dangle it from the ceiling, add pictures or bling to the center–even spray it with your favorite scent or sprinkle with a few drops of essential oil.
We love it. We suspect you’ll love it… and so will your mom. Because, at the end of the day, it’s often the little things–the thoughtful gestures–that seem to resonate the most.
On that note, we’ll end with a little something from our sustainability team… Please BYOR: Bring Your Own Reusable (water bottles, mugs, plates, silverware…) to work. Every little bit counts. Every little bit matters.
Happy crafternoon everyone!