Tuesday, July 6


This took me over an hour and I'm not there yet. I don't have a three leaf punch so I hand cut each petal and glued them on one by one.

I used painted coffee filters but I think my handy dandy table paper will look better. It's thinner and perhaps I can get a better effect with that? Bougainvillea petals are very transparent. That's what makes them so beautiful.

I'm going to try painting one side of the paper pink and the other side red or orange and see how that looks. As you can see I have a LONG way to go! I'm going to try again tomorrow.

Hope you have a good night!


dalesdreams said...

I think it's looking good! :)

Merry Jingle said...

It's looking great, but now you made me realize that I'll be needing one also in my Toscana houses garden... I don't even want to think how long it's going to take to make!

Ingrid said...

The flowers looking good, good luck with the others. This is a job for people with patience :-))
groetjes Ingrid

Tabitha Corsica said...

Hi Kathi, I hope the information I sent you is helpful. I will try to take some photos of the branches I have made today and send. If this works out, perhaps I'll making a blog posting about it as it is a very pretty (and unusual!) plant. I do think the exam table paper would work when painted... except that sometimes it has a tendency to disintagrate when wet. The coffee filters work, too.

Anxious to see how this works for you.

Kathi said...

Thank you SO much Susan for your detailed instructions! I was having trouble with the plain wire stems. I couldn't find any paper covered wire either. I'll try the floss and tissue paper idea. Can't wait to see photos of your work! This is a real challenge!

Ascension said...

A mi me parece que te estan quedando muy bien.
Yo hice una buganvilla para un jardin de bebes y me costo muchisimo hacer, buena suerte y paciencia
besitos ascension

Kim said...

Kathi- this is going to look so wonderful- all the work will be well worth it I think! Beautiful so far!

Caseymini said...

Kathi, if you can't find a three petal punch, look for a four or five. I made bougainvillas a few years ago and had the same problem....I simply used a five petal punch and cut the two leaves that I didn't need away. when you bring the edges together, you automatically have the right shape. Works like a charm!

Kathi said...

Thanks Casey! Why didn't I think of that?! I have a five petal punch. Sure will be easier than cutting all of those little petals!
Do you have a photo of your bougainvillea??
Would LOVE to see it!

dalesdreams said...

Kathi, there are a couple of pictures on my blog of that flower. Actually, the top colored part is just colored leaves on the plant, the flower is a tiny little part. Take a peek, they are purple and there are two pictures which you can click on and enlarge twice. Hope this helps. :)

Ascension said...

Kathi, igual llego tarde pero por si te sirve de ayuda mi amiga May http://maytecles.blogspot.com/, ha hecho un tutorial de una buganvilla.
besitos ascension