Summer is here, the gardens are growing and our windows are lush! This window was inspired by the beautiful booms I’m seeing everywhere and the buzzing bees, our little city is feeling so alive. Below I’ll explain how to make these hanging paper wisteria and watercolor honeycombs.
For the blooms you will need:
- Tissue paper (3+ colors per color palette)
- Needle and thread
- Watercolors, paint palette (or a plate) and a big fluffy paint brush
Below you can see the shapes I cut out to begin the process of creating the paper petals. You want them all to be a little different so there’s no need to get a template going for these. Just imagine you’re stretching out the shape of the number 8. I stacked about 5 pieces of tissue before cutting them to make the job go a little more quickly.
Cut out different sizes, you’ll end up forming them from the center, so again, it’s no biggie if they aren’t perfect. You could even just cut out a long oval shape if that’s easier for you! As you cut out the 3+ colors of your tissue paper, remember the lightest tissue should be the largest size and the darkest should be the smallest.
You’ll watercolor wash the lightest color tissue paper you’re using. I used the same light color for both color palettes, a color called French Vanilla. You could use white or any other light color that will pick up the watercolor pigment.
Grab a glass of water and your painting supplies. Decide which colors you’ll be using, I recommend sticking to either warm colors or cool colors. Pool some water on your paint palette and add color to create a wash to blot on the ends of the petal shapes. It will sort of flow towards the center as the tissue absorbs the water. Let these dry before you disassemble the stack of tissue, this is important! The tissue is super fragile when it’s wet, ya know? The other thing is that this part of the process is simply put, just not that pretty. Don’t fret, we’ll get to the beautiful blooms soon!
Just look at those scraps! -insert heart eyes emoji-
Once the water colored tissue has dried, gather it all up with the other colors. Sort everything out by size. Start with your littlest petal, take three pieces and stack them and rotate them form the center so you end up with a flower-esque shape. Pinch the center and twist to create your three-dimensional bloom. You can see what this looks like below.
Repeat this step with all of your petals, keeping them separated by size. Once you have a big ol’ pile of flowers in each size you can stop twistin’ and start stringing! String your needle and thread and make knot at the bottom of the thread so that the bottom bloom stays put. You might need to tie it a few times over.
Start by stringing the smallest and darkest blooms through the bottom (think of going in where you’d see a bumble bee buzzing). Add more of that color until you have a couple of inches. Begin adding the next color until you’ve strung about a foot and then finish it off with your water colored petals. Each long bloom should be different and unique! Add more of a darker color sometimes if you want, or make them all one color!
Below Samson-cat (my always-helper) is showing the blooms before they’re hung up. You can see some of the fun color fluctuation!
For the honeycomb you will need:
- A sheet of foamcore
- Watercolor paint and a brush
- A pencil and ruler
- Exacto blade and cutting mat
- Needle a thread
First things first: go to town watercolor painting your foam core. I used lots of yellows and some orange. Let it dry, it might curl up on the sides when in dries. No biggie, you’re gonna cut it up.
Use your ruler and pencil to make a hexagon shape the size that you want each honeycomb to be. A hexagon is a 6 sided shape, a shortcut for sketching your own is to draw a quick circle and draw lines to create 6 even slices, then connect the outer lines: a hexagon is formed! …Or print this out.
Trace hexagons all over the backside of your foam core. Follow those lines with your Exacto blade until you’ve cut out all of your tracings. Make sure to protect your surface with your cutting mat.
Grab your needle and thread and stitch the honeycombs together. Hang then up each individually or from a dowel. Hello honeycomb wall, what a fun photo backdrop or party decoration for a summer event!
As always, it’s so fun to how you make these projects your own. If you instagram, hashtag #gusandrubyDIY so we can see your beautiful creations!