How to make a hotel flower

If you should just happen to be in a poorly lit hotel with glitter, glue and crepe paper

and you find that you need a beautiful flower as a decoration for a gift you are giving your beautiful granddaughter for her First Communion….

(Luci getting ready for her special day)

Too specific?

Okay, let’s try this….

If you have glitter, glue and crepe paper and you find that you need a beautiful flower as a decoration for your beautiful granddaughter’s First Communion…

(Beautiful girls – not quite ready)

Still too specific?

Hmmmm…..how about….

If you find that you need a beautiful flower as a decoration for your beautiful granddaughter’s First Communion…

Okay, okay.  I get it.  Too specific.

Hey, wanna make a flower out of Crepe Paper?

That oughta do it!

I just happened to be in a hotel with a bag of crepe paper, glitter, glue and some very pretty wrapping paper.

Oh, I also had buttons.  Lots of buttons.

And yes, I did want to make a pretty decoration for a gift Mr. H and I were going to give Luci.

I will take you through my hotel version of this flower, but feel free to make this pretty little flower in the comfort of your well-lit home….

Stir a little water into some glue to thin it a bit.

(Yes, I did have a small storage container with me in the hotel…why do you ask?)

In case you don’t normally travel with small storage containers, hotels very kindly provide cups.  Go ahead.  Use the cups

Other supplies can be obtained by a quick trip to the coffee shop (pick up some coffee while you’re at it…If you are going to your beautiful grand-daughter’s First Communion, it will be a fun, long day)

Cut crepe paper to a length of about 18 inches and roll into a loose coil.

Dip the ends of the coil into the glue (just the edges).

It should look like this after you have dipped the crepe paper in the watered down glue.

Pour glitter on the ends of the crepe paper and shake off the excess glitter.

Let dry.

(How thoughtful of the hotel to provide such an effective drying station).

With a needle and thread (kindly provided in the hotel mending kit), make large stitches on the un-glittered ends of the crepe paper and pull the knotted thread to draw the ends together.

If you wish to add a pop of color, loosely stitch another flower and pull the ends.

Sew a button in the middle of the flower making sure the thread attaches to the sewn edges of your crepe paper.

Once the button is secure, fluff the crepe paper into petals.

Because Lucia Frances is named for my Mom, Frances, I used one of Mom’s clasp earrings instead of a button for Luci’s flower.

Tape the flower on to your package..

and enjoy the smile when your flower is admired.

In our case, Luci loved her charm bracelet, bible and cross

but she equally loved her flower and stowed it with her other lovely and thoughtful gifts.

As for Luci’s First Communion?  It was profoundly beautiful, Luci was lovely and she truly enjoyed her day.

She frolicked with her brothers and cousins (here with Mackenzie and Sophie)

right out of her shoes

and collapsed in a happy heap of giggly, generous, gorgeous girl.

God Bless you, Luci, and thank you for sharing this very special day..

 

Category: Cast of Characters, Create, Grand-kids, Memories and Traditions, Smile
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(1) Comment

  1. cathy Klug | April 30, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Reply

    Love, love love it. Well done, again.
    Love you
    Cathy

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