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Martha Stewart + Cricut® Paper Flower Hanging Décor

Flowers aren't just for the tabletop! Hang this cascading paper flower chandelier above your reception tables for a fresh take on centerpiece décor.

Design Space Paper Flower Hanging Decor

Photography: Courtesy of Cricut

Source: Cricut

Introduction

Most overhead reception installations are best left to the pros—but here's one that you (and your Martha Stewart Explore Air 2 Cricut machine) can handle on your own. After stocking up on this project's basics, including a ready-to-go kit that will help you cut out the streaming flowers, be sure to add a few simple extras to your shopping cart: white and gray ribbon, an embroidery hoop, and a tiny LED drop light.

materials

  • Embroidery hoop, 9" (22.8 cm)

  • Gray ribbon, 1 1/2" width

  • White ribbon, 7/8" width

  • White ribbon, 1/8" width 

  • Adhesive dots 

  • Hot glue gun and glue stick

  • Scissors

  • Low Temperature LED Drop Light (Battery Operated)

  • Monofilament 

steps

  1. Follow the project link to Design Space®. If you want to alter the project, click "Customize," and then use the tools in the Edit panel to make changes. Click "Continue" or "Make It."

  2. Increase the project quantity to cut multiple flowers. This will allow you to make the chandelier as long or short as you'd like. The quantity of cardstock needed will vary based on how many flowers you want. Note: Approximately 180 flowers were cut for the chandelier pictured, 90 of each type of flower.

  3. To cut your project, place the first piece of material onto the Standard Grip mat. Follow the prompts to load the machine: Set SmartSet Dial to "Cardstock." Load Fine-Point Blade in Clamp B. Load Mat and press the Load/Unload button.

  4. Press the flashing "Go" button, and cut! Unload the mat. Peel away the negative material, then if needed, use the spatula from the Basic Tool Set to lift the individual pieces.

  5. Continue Step 3 and 4 by loading the cutting mat with each new sheet of material, then into the machine as prompted.

  6. To assemble, cut thin white ribbon to desired lengths, adding at least 5 additional inches for knots and hoop attachment.

  7. Knot ribbon at 1" increments.

  8. Fold flowers along score lines.

  9. Wrap flowers around ribbon lengths just above knots and secure with adhesive dots. Tip: start at the bottom of ribbon drop and work upwards.

  10. Adhere flower drops to hoop with hot glue.

  11. Use monofilament to suspend the low temperature LED light ball so it hangs in the middle of the flower drops.

  12. Wrap hoop with gray ribbon using a dab of hot glue every so often to secure in place.

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