Hi! I’m back after my holiday hiatus, let the creativity begin again. I got overwhelmed with holiday orders on Etsy, and then I totally hibernated to recover, but enough with excuses, all that’s important is that I’m back and ready to go!! I have a LOT of catching up to do, so I’m going to try and post as many projects as I can, because I may not be posting a project every week, but I will finish my 30 projects by my 30 week deadline, I promise!!
Project number 9 all began when I spotted this large pile of phone books sitting in a corner of my lobby and I thought, what a waste, maybe I can do something with those! My good friend Ann from All Things Paper had asked me to think up some projects using paper so I decided to focus on phone books as my inspiration.
One of the projects I came up with was a centerpiece, for a dining room table or maybe a coffee table. I designed it to be used with small glass votive candle holders, which protect the paper from the flame.
The technique I used for this centerpiece was to bend the pages of the phone book into the petals, and then glue a ribbon tight around the exterior to hold the pages folded in place but letting them form their own natural curve. For each of the bigger petals (three in each quadrant) I first folded two pieces in towards each other, to make the smaller interior petals, which help give the whole shape a stronger structure. In terms of where to get the pieces of phone book, I first sliced a whole thick phonebook into a strip that was roughly the same height as the candle holders. (Actually I cut two strips that height.) I then had a cardboard mailing tube that I cut into a piece the same height as my phone book strip. The tube formed the center, and then I glued a strip of the phone book on each side of the tube. I then created 4 additional teardrop shaped pieces to hold the candle holders. I created the petals out of the main strips, and then added in the teardrop candle pieces. Finally I wrapped a ribbon around between all the pieces of the petals and around the center tube vertically, to cover the center completely.
Finally I inserted the glass votive holders, lit the candles and I’m ready for a party!
Enjoy, and stay tuned for Project 10 to come soon!