Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monkeys and Paper Wheels......

Sew….this last weekend I was privileged to help host a baby shower for one of my sweet friends. It is her first child, a boy, and they are decorating his nursery in sock monkey’s so we adapted that theme to her baby shower.

Wasn’t the theme cute?

Blue punch….Yum


  Oreo Red Velvet Cheesecake…..

Tables of food…..
Fun Decorations…..


I spent a couple hours (the night before) making these super fun paper wheels.

These are so easy and look intimidating, but they aren’t too difficult. I scoured a few online tutorials trying to figure out how to make them, but in the end, I found my technique turned out to be the easiest for me.  The techniques I found had you making a long strip, then scoring it to make the folds, then connecting the ends making a circle, then trying to hold and fold the ends in all while trying to hot glue them together. I just felt I am not coordinated apparently to do this technique.

The easiest way I discovered was decide how big you want it. If you want smaller ones, one sheet is enough. If you want a larger one, you will need 2 sheets. I used a Scrap booking packet. Some are card stock, some are just regular paper.

Start with one sheet and do a fan fold. (you know, the type of folding you would use if you were going to make you a paper fan) Back and forth, back and forth . Try and get them around the same size, but perfection isn’t required thank goodness! (If you are making a large wheel, fold 2 pieces together at the same time, that way all of your creases will be around the same size)

Once you get your piece folded it will look like this.

Then if making a smaller one, cut this in half. Now you have 2 little ones. Take one of the smaller ones and fold it in the middle again. Match up both sides and drop a little hot glue and connect them. Once they are glued, go to the other end and pull the other pieces around and glue them. This will make your circle shape. You can also trim your ends prior to give different looks. (rounded, spiky, or just leave) Then you glue those ends together. Embellish the center with a button, sticker, or a circle piece of paper.

Wal-lah! Told you it was simple.

For a larger one, you do the same thing, EXCEPT, you can only make half circles. Then you connect the half circles in the middle. See below where you can tell there is 2 if you look close?

Then just add a smaller one to the middle.
In a few hours I was able to make a dozen or so. And they turned out so cute!

I especially love the printed ones that look like newspaper. The shower turned out fabulous and I got to make something new with my Paper Wheels.

Try it out....

Stay Calm.....and no Monkey Business....

1 comment:

  1. Very cute! I've made them another way but they always come undone. I'll have to try this way!