Tuesday, 1 November 2011

UKS Blog Hop - Button & Paper Flower Bouquet

Welcome to our tutorial in the UK Scrappers Blog hop!

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For our Project we will be showing you how to make this pretty Button and Paper Flower Bouquet.

For this project you will need:
-Buttons in various sizes (you can find a selection on our website here)
-Wire (needs to be strong enough to hold the bottons up when you stand them in a vase, I got mine from a garden centre)
-Pipe Cleaners
-Double Sided Patterned Paper - 1 12x12 sheet will make 3 flowers (You can see our Paper here, I used the Echo Park Dots and Stripes Candy Shoppe for my flowers)
-Wire Cutters/scissors
-Glue (I used Glossy Accents)
- Mica Mists (you can see our range of colours available here)
- Glitter Glue (I used Diamond Stickles)

Making the Button Flowers


Step 1: Make up piles of buttons going from biggest to smallest (5 or 6 buttons works best for these flowers)

Step 2: Cut your wire to double the length that you want your finished flowers to be. Mine measured 18". And fold in half.

Step 3: Start to thread your buttons onto the wire starting with the smallest first.


Step 4: Twist the wire close to the bottom button a few times so that they stay in place.

Step 5: Repeat for however many you want to make. I made 16 for my bouquet.


Making the Paper Roses

Step 1: Cut 3 4"x4" squares of paper. Fold each square in half on the diagonal 3 times (to create a small triangle)

Step 2: Cut each triangle into a petal shape and snip off the points.


Step 3: Unfold and you will have 3 - 8 petal flowers with a hole in the middle.

Step 4: Ink the edges of your flowers if you desire.

Step 5: Cut the flowers as follows:
Cut 1 flower in half, cut 3 petals off the second and cut 2 petals off the third.

Step 6: Now you need to start gluing your flowers. Apply glue to 1 of the end petals on the 6 petal, 5 petal, 1 of the 4 petal pieces and the 3 petal piece. Fold the other end petal over the glued one and hold until it sticks!

You will end up with the following:


Step 7: Now take your 2 petal piece and curl the ends back. I used the end of a paint brush.


Step 8: Curl the petals around the paintbrush (or your choice of pointy stick!) and glue in place. Make sure you leave a big enough hole in the middle so that you can fit the smaller single petal inside it.

Step 9: Take the half flower that you have left and cut 1 petal off. Now curl the end back and around your pointy stick as above. You will now have the following:

Step 10: Curl the petals back of each of the flowers.

Step 11: Now you can start to stack your flower. Start with the 2nd largest petal piece and apply glue to the bottom around the hole. Then place into the larger flower and hold until it has stuck!


Repeat the gluing until you only have the 2 smallest pieces left. Apply glue to the smallest piece and push into the other piece. Before you apply glue to that piece check to see if you need to trim it down by placing into the centre of your flower. If it sticks out the top too much just trim a bit off the end.

Now your flower is complete!



Step 12: Now you want to make your flowers shimmer and sparkle! I used a Mica mist to spray each of my flowers then added some stickles. Apply the stickles to each petal and then spread with a paintbrush or your finger!



Step 13: Now you need to add your pipe cleaners to the flowers. I started off with 12" ones and trimmed them down to 9" to match my button flowers. Make sure the hole in the bottom of your flower is big enough (you may need to trim it slightly) and thread your pipe cleaner into it. You can simple leave like that or apply some glue to the top of the pipe cleaner to hold it in place.


Step 14: Now arrange your flowers and buttons in your vase and you have a beatuiful arrangement that won't die and that you can make to match your decor!


I really hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and if you make a bouquet or some flowers we would love to see!

Don't forget to check out all the other blogs in the hop by visiting the UK Scrappers thread here.

Have fun and happy crafting!

Hugs and Periwinkles,
Maxine

132 comments:

  1. fabulously clear tutorial. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Those button flowers are so unique, I am off to get out my button collection, thank you UKS Yizzard

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  3. stunning - they look like sweets. Great instructions too, thanks for sharing. AliTS on UKS

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  4. I love these button floweres, so vibrant. Definately on my to do list. UKS Sam Mc

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  5. I have thousands of buttons !LOL
    fantastic idea and the flower is great
    fuchsia10

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  6. i really like the very bright colours. Great idea. UKS traceyjp1

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  7. wow-so cheery!! makes me smile just to look at it!!
    uks wombat

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  8. Fabulous idea love the button flowers. Thank you for the tip to make the paper flowers I thought that i would need a punch for those. Thank you
    uks roxy52

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  9. Fabulous, I love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

    uks Beadmad

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  10. Love this- and your way of making the roses is really good if you dont have the punch- the button flowers are so clever too- thank you

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  11. I love this project, and the colours you've used are really vibrant and cheerful! One to definitely have a go at, thanks!
    Clairewill on UKS

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  12. Ooh pretty and so clever
    Will have todig out some buttons
    Uks dusty fairy

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  13. Gorgeous projects, love the buttons - Alison-lee

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  14. Lovely project, my daughter will love that :) Kitty Crafts UKS

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  15. So pretty and colourful. UKS Scrappyyo

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  16. Love the button candy!!!
    UKS hopberni

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  17. Such a fabulous project, I've got jars full of buttons, will have to get them out and make some of these! Mrs Cheshire

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  18. oh i have to do this! great idea. UKS gemmasteele

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  19. Yay - an excuse to buy more buttons... :lol:
    UKS Leanie x

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  20. Wow what a lovely way to brighten up a day - totally scrummy.
    UKS Minty Magic

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  21. They look great Max love all the button flowers :) I am Scattychick on UKS too teamie lol

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  22. So pretty what a clever idea, great for brightening any room. will have to give this a go so bookmarking. cockneycrafter uks

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  23. Perfect project for someone like myself who has a bucketload of buttons! Love your roses too.

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  24. Oh wow, I can't wait to try this out. Thanks for sharing. UKS Kirsteen

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  25. Yay - finally something to do with my buckets of buttons. Great tutorial, thanks for this.
    UKS Fae

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  26. This is so cute!! I especially like the button flowers, but the entire bouquet is gorgeous.

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  27. what a great idea, I can finally make a dent in my buttons!

    janen

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  28. Super clear instructions for making the flowers and they look so pretty. from eClaire on UKS

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  29. Stunning project, the finished bouquet looks fab.
    Caz
    UKS CraftyCaz

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  30. It is such a lovely bouquet!
    Uks yorkiegirl

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  31. Fab fab fab. I am going to try this RIGHT NOW !!!!
    Anne88

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  32. Love these flowers, will definitely make them.
    Thanks for the tutorial
    DippyD -UKS

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  33. This will brighten many a room now that the short days are here, and also helps keeps money in our pockets. UKS eleyfa

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  34. What a clever tip for making the flowers, thank you. Lovely, colourful vibrant projects, I'm off to liberate some buttons. :). UKS anna_fran

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  35. Wow this is gorgeous - thinking I might do this with my granddaughter UKS lelly

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  36. This is a gorgeous project, great tutorial and I love what you've done with the buttons. UKS gwyneth 123

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  37. Love the little button stacks - somple but so effective. Great project - thanks. (UKS: J-Bug)

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  38. So pretty and so unusual - must have a go at this sometime ...

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  39. I love the roses, I have to try.

    UKS Ladkyis

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  40. very pretty...i love it!! A_M_Y on UKS

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  41. wow this is gorgeous and so bright love it :) from Boland :)

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  42. Brilliant flowers...and SOOOO colourful!! x

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  43. Beautiful button and rose flowers, uks salamanda

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  44. Yay! Thanks so much, will be giving those flowers (both types) a go!! Love the bright colours you have chosen.

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  45. What a great project, so pretty and colourful. TFS :)

    UKS ~Karen~

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  46. Love love love the button stacks xx UKS Emy

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  47. Very funky colours, FAB! Love those roses.

    UKS Tigerlady

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  48. This is beautiful, a bright and perky bouquet.
    UKS snipper

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  49. Lots of lovely colour. They look good enough to eat.*Ü* TFS. ArtAngel on UKS.

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  50. I just love to use buttons in my craft work and your ideas are brilliant.
    UKS ..... Shirley June

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  51. These are my type of flowers as they last forever. Now have I got any buttons I can use or will I need to go shopping Meg Baby UKS

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  52. Fantastic project! I can see the Brownies liking making those button flowers. Thanks for the inspiration. UKS Fizzydrink

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  53. LOve this project and the colours that you have used! UKS tinasue

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  54. Wow I love this, and the instructions ate super, many thanks. UKS Kaydd

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  55. Wow that is gorgeous,the instructions are so clear as well - thank you so much! UKS Celtic Angel

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  56. Aaaargh! Yet another post eaten by the gremlins! This is a fab project, love the use of the buttons and the great flower tut.

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  57. And now it has lost my 'mole from UKS sign off. I'm doping well today with the technology!

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  58. A great easy tutorial to follow....love the dotty paper used too.

    nannyjan uks

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  59. Fabulous tutorial, am off to make some flowers now
    LizGinSussex
    UKS

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  60. Thanks for a fantastic tutorial! Aliscrapper - UKS

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  61. this is blooming gorgeous.
    UKS materialgirl197

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  62. What a beautiful bouquet. Love the idea of piling the buttons. Thanks for the step by step for the flowers as I've always struggled with those xx
    UKS stillcrafting

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  63. This is lovely, the colours, the flowers, all so pretty> I will be getting my stash of buttons out now....Jackie1h1

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  64. and what an awesome project to finish on, thank you

    uks - dawntracey

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  65. Wow both elements of this bouquet are beautiful. Thank you for sharing the techniques.
    UKS Sarnj

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  66. I love this. The flowers are amazing

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  67. Loving the bright colours, they look amazing! tfs :)

    UKS scrappygayle

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  68. Loving this bouquet - particularly the button flowers - they really add texture to the bouquet. Its one of those projects that you just want to 'touch'

    Thanks for sharing - Hysteri-cal

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  69. Such a colourful project. thank you for sharing UKS slewis

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  70. Your instructions are fantastic ... its great to have lovely clear photos ... many thanks *mrsmcf*

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  71. Love this - am going to get dd to help me with the button flowers and make an Easter display :) UKS Julesaroony

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  72. What a fun project - so bright and cheerful. TFS

    Toni xx
    UKS - misteejay

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  73. so pretty, who could resist
    suescopes on uks

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  74. Love this project - and your instructions are so clear! Thanks UKS eluned

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  75. Utterly gorgeous - I feel like it is straight out of munchin land
    UKS Scrapdolly

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  76. Loving the button flowers
    UKs ambermouse

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  77. absolutely lush, i love those roses :)

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  78. I the button flowers are lovely - fresh and funky - and I can't wait to have a go.#

    Thank you for sharing

    UKS rollingpin

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  79. absolutely gorgeous thank you
    juliwan

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  80. I love these button floweres, so vibrant. Definately on my to do list uks fluffyness

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  81. yummy! love the buttons great project, it brightened up my day! katj (UKS)

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  82. Great colourful project x
    UKS name = jay670120

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  83. Loving the button flowers. uks simplepleasures

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  84. I will be making these the first time we have a snow day!
    UKS joyaitman

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  85. Love the bright colours and the use of buttons
    Uks. Pat-Catherine

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  86. These are so.pretty. uks Suzycad

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  87. Brilliant - can't wait to do this with Christmas colours. And fab for me who kills any plant that comes within 10ft of me !! lol
    UKS Scrappynewbie33

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  88. That's beautiful! I've got piles of buttons that I never know what to do with - now I do!
    Yorkshirelass

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  89. Lovely and cheerful. Love the button stack Max. Thanks for sharing
    UKS julesmichelle

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  90. Way to make a dent in my obscene amount of buttons! Thanks for the idea.
    UKS ID: mafswife

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  91. so pretty! another project added to my list
    UKS: Bluffy78

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  92. These are absolutely stunning, have bookmarked for future referencing - thanks so much :)

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  93. Omg, stunning!!! - subtlerevulsion

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  94. Now I know what to do with all those buttons I have! Stunning projects! BeckyG1

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  95. Oh my goodness this is so cute!!!!! I wanna go make this now :)

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  96. I'm a sucker for anything with buttons! These are great. Thank you.
    Sue x
    (aka MiniOwner)

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  97. Great flowers, thanks for sharing.

    UKS CyprusCath

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  98. So pretty. Thanks for sharing. UKS Jencrafts

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  99. They look stunning, love the bright colours. UKS Wonky

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  100. One of my favourite projects today! Lovely!!
    UKS Sharon1973

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  101. Great idea and so effective! UKS name: Crafty Kacy

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  102. Really gorgeous, and it would look great in Christmas colours as an xmas centrepiece too. Thanks for sharing! x
    UKS: jennifergrace

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  103. Such cute flowers, especiallly love the button ones! UKS 2Angels

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  104. Wow these are wonderful just love them. UKS Anagram

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  105. Fab have bookmarked so I can have a go
    UKS sue1952

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  106. What a fantastic tutorial and I just love seeing those vibrant colours on a miserable day - definately on my to have a go list. Thank you Morgana123 (UKS)

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  107. wonder bouquet, will love to have a go at this!

    UKS Summer Sunflower

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  108. what a great way to use up all those spare buttons. JAYEM

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  109. Lovin those paper roses! UKS janie

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  110. I have made button bouquets before, but not with the flowers. Our local hospital doesn't allow fresh flowers, so these would be great instead and keep forever! Charmayne aka Marmalade

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  111. Love it what a brilliant idea uks howejam

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  112. Fab project, and really good clear instructions.

    UKS Jolene

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  113. this is screaming out for an autumn version with lovely gold buttons :) UKS culpepper

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  114. The button flowers are amazing, I love buttons. CarolynP

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  115. The flowers are amazing - can't wait to make them x

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  116. These flowers are gorgeous! I'm definitely going to have a go at making them. UKS papoosue.

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  117. Oh wow! This is beautiful! And so clever! Definitely going to have a go at this. :) - Alipeeps

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  118. This project made me smile, it's so jolly. Thank you for the ideas. UKS Allytoe

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  119. This is such a fab idea can see the flowers and button stacks being used for a lot of different projects, the buttons are great so bright and cheery thanks for sharing Jules5526 UKS

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  120. What a great project! UKS:Angelfish

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  121. Lovely project. Great blog hop.
    Sonja (UKS name : wrightboysmum)

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  122. Just looooooove those button flowers! Top of my list to try next! uks countrycrafter

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  123. Fabby project - will try this!

    ljrn on uks

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  124. These are gorgeous: they look like candy flowers - yum!

    UKS - Andern06

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  125. Thanks for the step-by-step pics for the flowers - I'm determined to master these! Thanks for sharing such a fun project.
    Suzie-UKS-Weaselwise

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  126. Someone said the button flowers look like sweets and they do look good enough to eat. I love the paper flowers the best, they are just lovely. The sparkly finish is perfect.
    Susie.A

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  127. I can honestly say this is THE stand-out project of the whole UKS hop - TFS
    UKS Jimjams

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  128. that bouqet is stunning I will be trying it out!

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  129. I see so many variations with this project, but mostly a combined effort with my DD will be wonderful for Christmas table centrepiece. Thank you for the most generous discount on this blog spot. As I lost my connection and discounts on the other sites, I am delighted to discover your blog spot offer! UKS fimcc4168

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  130. wow those flowers are amazing! Thank you for sharing :D
    UKS elscott86

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