Bluebonnets only grow in Texas, so if you're like me and you can't enjoy them in person, this tutorial will show you how to make paper bluebonnets.
Bluebonnets are one of my very favorite flowers because they're such a beautiful shade of blue. Since less than ten percent of flower species are blue and since bluebonnets only grow in Texas, they're kind of a rarity. I just love their bright intense blue and when you get a whole bunch of bluebonnets covering a wide open field, there's just nothing else like it. I actually convinced Mr. Pin Junkie once that we should take a vacation to Texas just to see the bluebonnets in spring!
We stayed in this cute country cottage in Fredericksburg, Texas.
And I got to see beautiful, intensely blue bluebonnets!
Texas Hill Country is such a pretty area and I'd gladly go back to visit again! While I try to convince Mr. Pin Junkie that we need to make a return trip, I continue to pin bluebonnet pictures to my bluebonnet Pinterest board which you can see here. While perusing Pinterest, I found a tutorial for making these paper flowers. I love pins that look complicated and turn out to be really easy. These flowers are a perfect example. They look difficult to make, but they're not once you know the steps. All you need is some paper, scissors, and wooden skewers.
Here's what to do:
Cut a strip of paper 2 inches wide and 11 inches long.
Fold 1/4 inch in on one side.
Cut strips about 1/4 inch apart.
Be sure to stop cutting at the fold line.
Roll the strips you just cut. I did this by wrapping the strip around a wooden skewer and rolling the paper in toward the fold line. I tried using a pencil for this step, but it was too wide.
The paper should look like this when you're all done.
Now take the edge of the paper that isn't cut and wrap the corner around the wooden skewer at a 45 degree angle. You can use a small piece of tape to hold it in place if you need to.
Keep wrapping the paper around the wooden skewer.
The tighter you wrap the paper, the fuller your flower will be.
I used three different colors of paper: white, blue, and light blue to get the variegated colors.
I also used the same technique for the leaves, I just cut them to be pointy and didn't roll the strips as tightly.