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Paper Towel Greeting Cards
This craft just came to me one day while I was finishing off a decoupage project. I had run out of decoupage glue and decided to ‘cheat’ and make some with white liquid glue and water. It is super easy to make these greeting cards, and a really fun activity for young and old. I love the extra texture that the paper towel adds to the flower petals on this design.
You will need:
White liquid glue such as Elmers
Sheets of plain white paper towel
Card stock paper
A 1 inch wide paint brush
Markers (colors of your choice)
Hot glue gun
Making the paper and petals
First mix the glue and water 50/50. You still want it to be pasty but not thick enough to drag on the paper towel. This will break the toweling.
Paint some of the glue on a piece of card stock. I used white, then lay your paper towel strip on the card stock. Now paint a layer of glue over the paper towel. You should only paint one layer, but be generous.
Allow the papers to dry over night.
I like to hang mine up with clothes pegs, once they are semi dry but it sometimes makes the paper curl.
If you are in a hurry you could use a blow dryer to hasten the drying process.
Your dried paper should be rigid.
You could just leave the paper white as I did with the first two pictures in this hub, the rose and the daisy, or you could draw on the paper towel side. I like to make stripes and squiggles because you never know what it will look like on the flower petal after cutting them out.
Now draw a petal on the reverse side (card stock or smooth side).
Cut it out and use it as your template
Trace more petals on to your paper and cut out around 12.
You can use any shape. Daisy, or balloon shapes, or triangles all make great looking flowers.
Once you have all your petals, fold some card stock in half to make the actual greeting card.
Now put it on the table face up.
Place a generous amount of hot glue in the center of the card and start arranging your petals around it, inserting the ends into the glue.
Put another dollop of glue in the center of your flower and arrange more petals around it, covering the joins of the lower level.
I usually will do 4 petals to a layer.
Once done you could put a bead or button in the center to add to your flower or you could just leave it.
Now gently bend the top 2 layers up to give your flower a 3D appearance.