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Paper Carnations

I have begun my first craft project for the holidays- making paper flowers. I came up with the idea after visiting some sweet little markets a while back where I came across some elaborate paper flowers that inspired me to make my own. And so after a little bit of research, a trip to the craft store and abit of trial and error, I have created my first bunch of paper carnations. Turns out they are so simple to make and the outcome is really effective!

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They have been the perfect gift to take to peoples houses during the christmas period and everyone I have given them to has absolutely loved them, little do they know how easy they are to make! It has also got me on the lookout for cute vases and jars I can put them in, and once the technique is mastered (which doesn’t take long at all) I have begun experimenting with fun and unique printed crepe paper:

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Materials:
Tissue Paper
Scissors
Green Floral Wire (Should be able to purchase from any good Craft store)

Steps:
Depending on what size flower you want, fold the tissue paper enough times so that you can trace a circle your desired size onto it. I found anywhere between 5-10cm gives quite a realistic flower size, but feel free to experiment with the different sizes.

It’s easiest if you find something cylindrical to trace around for the shape of the flower. Holding the layers of tissue paper together, begin to cut out the circle, being so thin, you should be able to cut out at least 40 or so folds of the tissue paper at a time.

When they are cut out, remove the amount of circles you want for your flower, I found about 8-10 circles made a nice full flower. Hold these circles together and make a hole just off from the centre of the circle and push the floral wire through this hole. Push it through further enough that you can fold it over and push it back through making a second hole. Tie the wire tightly around itself at the base of the flower.

To make the petals, work on each petal individually, starting at the top of the bunch. Take this petal and bunch it towards the centre. Do this randomly and there is no need to make it neat at all. Make sure to just be working on the base part, trying not to touch too much of the ‘petal’.

Repeat this with all the other petals, working on each individually and try scrunching each one differently as to make the flower look really full and not all bunching the same way.

So once all the circles have been scrunched you should find yourself with a lovely carnation:

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Don’t worry if your first one doesn’t look perfect. It takes a few goes to get the hang of the scrunching technique, once you’ve got it though you can have lots of fun experimenting with all different sizes, papers and styles.

I hope you have fun making these little sweeties and I’d love to hear how you go 🙂

Below are a few more flowers I’ve made- just to give you an idea of the different papers you can have fun with!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I would be so happy to hear from you in the comments 🙂 !!

Orange flower

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Carrot Cake

Last Sunday was one of the hottest days we’ve had on the Sunshine Coast this year. It was absolutely boiling to the point where i just wanted to stay indoors! It was also my last day of school holidays before i embark upon my last term of school ever- VERY exciting! I had the whole day to myself (a work free Sunday is quite unusual) and so I took the opportunity to cook something from my brand new cookbook which was bought for me by Mum. Surprisingly enough it is one of the first cookbooks that is mine- I find I’m always cooking from recipes on Blogs or magazines or recommended to me by friends etc so having my very own cookbook is very exciting for me!

I chose to bake a recipe for carrot cupcakes and since I’d promised to bake afternoon tea for Mum for when she arrived home from her hard day at work i thought i’d make it into a cake because its more impressive 😀

It’s always more fun to make cake in a fun shape like a donut (as you can see that is the shape i chose to go with for this particular recipe) but i found it was quite a shallow cake and next time I would probably add abit more to the recipe if i was making a cake out of it again.

The cake was an absolute hit with the family and there was hardly any leftovers- everyone was unable to resist seconds! The cake itself was not overly sweet and so pairing it with the Orange flavoured icing was a perfect flavour match!This one is definitely being filed under “perfect cake for a warm summer Sunday Afternoon”

Carrot Cake with Orange icing:

Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cups wholemeal plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup applesauce
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups coarsely grated carrot
1 tsp vanilla extract

Orange icing:
1 1/4 cups icing sugar
1/2 tsp grated orange zest (extra for decoration)
2-3 tbsp Orange zest

1. Preheat Oven to 180 degrees. Grease cake tin with oil.
2.In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and a pinch of sea salt.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, sugar, carrot and vanilla extract, then stir in flour mixture until just combined being careful not to over mix.
4. Pour mixture into cake tin and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Let the cake cool completely (about 10 minutes on a wire rack) before topping with icing.
5. To make icing, sift icing sugar into a bowl and whisk in orange zest and 2 tbsp juice until smooth- the icing should be quite runny- add more juice if too thick.
6. Pour icing over cake and leave for about 10 minutes or until icing is set.