DIY Paper Flower Birthday Number

The Bee Themed Backdrop

Paper flowers come in really handy as quick, easy to make decorations for any occasion. The materials you need to make these pretty designs are usually found in all homes. I made these tissue paper flowers for my little one’s first birthday, as a quick design element in her photo gallery backdrop.

In the 1st birthday backdrop pic above, you will notice that the flowers at the top are also made out of tissue paper. I followed the same steps to fold these flowers, too. The difference being the size of the paper:

  1. For the center most flower, I used 10 sheets measuring 20 inches.
  2. For the next biggest size, I used 6 square sheets measuring 12 inches,
  3. For the in between sized flowers, I used 5 sheets measuring 8 inches and lastly
  4. Used 4 sheets measuring 5 inches for the the smallest flowers.

I wanted something which screamed out ‘1’ for her special day, and I wanted it to be a very DIY, eco friendly design, too. I found a floral tissue paper numeral idea along with a very detailed tutorial on making the paper flowers on The Craft Patch.

To make my paper flower number, I needed to have a firm base to attach the flowers and then the multiple flowers themselves. For the base i.e. the number 1 (since it was my little one’s first birthday), I used pieces of a cardboard box glued together to form the digit. I then covered this cardboard numeral in yellow tissue paper to match the theme, before I glued the finished flowers on it.

How to make the template for number ‘1’:
You will need:
Amazon Packaging box
Scissors
Pen
Ruler / Measuring tape
Glue
  1. Take a piece of cardboard – I used Amazon packaging for this purpose. Draw the number ‘1’ and then cut this out.
  2. OR you can also cut the flaps of the box, and then stick them to form a ‘1’ shape (you need 3 flaps of a rectangular box). My numeral was approx 14 inches tall and 5 inches in width.
  3. Next, cover this base with a sheet of tissue paper to match your tissue flowers. This will enhance the look of your floral numeral.
  4. Start placing the tissue flowers on the numeral base to form the digit ‘1’. (The image shown in the series below if of before I covered the base in yellow tissue paper)

*For other numbers, draw the outline on cardboard or thick paper and then cut out to form the base.

 

How to make the tissue paper flowers:
You will need:
A pack of yellow tissue paper (10 sheets)
Scissors
Glue
thread (preferably yellow)
Ruler / Measuring Tape
Pen
(This will allow you to make 6 flowers of 8" diameter)
  1. Measure & cut 8 inch squares – 30 in all –  of the yellow tissue paper. *to make 6 flowers, use 30 square sheets of tissue paper.
  2. Take 5 sheets and then accordion fold them to a 1 inch width as shown below.
  3. Cut and shape the ends of the accordion folded set of sheets as shown.
  4. Use a small piece of thread and tie the center of the sheets. Spread the right side of the accordion as seen in the image below.
  5. Now, carefully start separating the layers, starting from the top and pull towards to the center. There will be 4 layers on each side. Repeat on the left side.
  6. Gently fluff out and form the flower.
Completed Tissue Flower

My Little BEE Turns One!

How time flies!! I can’t believe it’s a year already since Zoe was born – a year of giggles and cries, loads of diapers and stepping on toys!

They say a baby’s first birthday is more for the parents rather than the child  – a milestone reached. Phew! With this year’s infamous coronavirus, the only course was to have a small celebration at home and invite family virtually. I started planning this about two months before her birthday just so that I would have enough time to get the theme sorted out, get the supplies and make the decor which I wanted to be almost all DIY. Oh! To add to this excitement, I also planned to bake a cake myself for her birthday.

My sister came up with the “bumblebee” theme idea and I thought it was fantastic – so I grabbed this idea and ran with it. I wanted to have everything color coordinated in yellow and black and since there would not be any guests coming over to the house, it was easier to plan for just a nice photo shoot with a cheerful bumblebee background and an online ‘meeting’ with our extended family. I looked through a couple of ideas online and saw there were heaps to choose from – I went with a photo gallery showcasing Zoe’s pics from newborn until a year old decorated with tissue paper flowers, simple crafty flowers and the milestone poster in the end.

The Bee Themed Backdrop

Queen Bee’s Cake:

For the cake, I decided to go with a cheesecake instead of a traditional flavored one. The recipe I followed was from my tried and tested Annabel Karmel’s Lemon Cheesecake. Believe me, you can’t go wrong with her recipes, she uses everyday ingredients with fantastic results, which means a happy baby.

I decided to make a cake topper myself for this cheesecake and chose a pom pom cake topper design from One Fab Day. I mixed the colors around a bit to match my bumblebee theme and I was quite pleased with the result. To make the pom poms, I followed a nice tutorial which you can see below. The digit ‘1’ that you see in the image has been made out of card stock paper and painted. I removed the cake topper before any eating began. You can make your own cake banner topper by following the steps outlined in my DIY cake topper post.

The Photo Gallery:

Putting the photo gallery was a bit trickier as compared to the cake topper. The reason being I had chosen a mix of ideas for this background. The first item was a bee themed photo gallery and this is an idea I got from Pinterest, which happened to be from Etsy. I chose to make these on my own, however, feeling a tad bit adventurous in the crafting area. I used card stock paper to cut out the hexagon and the little bees. To make the hexagon, I followed Sara Adams’ helpful tutorial on it. I created a template using cardboard and then simply cut out 12 hexagons for the gallery. I then followed a similar template based process for the little bees, but in this case, the bee was a free hand drawing. I bought tiny pegs from Michael’s to hold these photo memories.

Bumblebee themed photo pegs (Work In Progress)

How to make these pretty hexagons:

You will need:
Scissors
Ruler / Measuring tape
Pen / Pencil
Yellow Paint color
Sharpie or black paint
Paint brush
  1. Take a piece of thick paper which can be folded. Use the tutorial (above) to make a hexagon.
  2. Next, take 2 sheets of card stock paper. Using the template you made in step 1, trace 12 hexagons on these sheets.
  3. Cut out each hexagon and paint each yellow. Keep these aside. Note that I painted just one side of the hexagon.
  4. Draw a honeybee outline on another sheet of card stock paper. Cut this out as a template.
  5. Using the honeybee template made in step 4, trace 12 honeybees (or 11 if you want to reuse the template on the photo gallery). Cut these out.
  6. Paint each of the honeybees yellow and leave to dry.
  7. Once dried, with a sharp pencil, trace out the bee stripes on each of the honeybees you’ve painted. Color or paint these stripes black. Keep aside.
  8. Take the hexagons and draw the digits from 0 to 11 on them. Color these digits black.
  9. Using glue, stick the honeybee on the right side of the hexagon and a peg on the rear side of the hexagon. Leave to dry.
  10. Repeat step 9 for the rest of the hexagons you’ve made.

Funny Face flowers & bumblebees:

The next item on my bee themed background were the funny face flowers. The idea behind these funny faces was to really depict the faces my little kid makes. I drew a free hand 5 petal flower on packaging paper, cut these out and then painted them a nice orangey-yellow. For the funny face centers, i drew these on card stock paper, painted them emoji yellow and drew the faces on them. I made a couple of bumblebees too to add to the top of this display. These are from regular card stock paper and painted yellow and black.

Tissue pom pom number:

I was toying with the idea of having a huge balloon ‘1’ or a DIY thing. I settled with a DIY number ‘1’ since I thought, “Why not? I am hand making pretty much the rest of it”. I have a lot of tissue paper (the gift wrapping variety) at home due to my origami hobby so this idea was very easy to source the materials for. I found this idea and DIY instructions on The Craft Patch Blog. You can read more about this craft of mine here.

Zoe’s Buddies – Fifi and Zozorex – join in the fun!