Neon Paper Dahlia

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

So how bright can AstroBrights papers really be????  BRIGHT!  I figured the paper would be thin, like printer paper, but it was a nice thick paper!  Not cardstock thick, but a great weight that held it’s shape!  Hello Lovely!  The paper is so lovely, and was so much fun to work with.

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Going back to school marks the end of summer.  Now my kids love school, but who wants summer to end?  So I thought it would be nice when the kids came home from their first day of school to have a bright cheery welcome home wreath keep the bright summer months going…(Inspired by this black dahlia wreath going around pinterest, I can’t find the original source- watermark people)!  The Girls LOVED it, the boys didn’t even notice- oh well…

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I started with 8.5″ x 11″ size sheets of Astrobright paper and I wanted squares, so I decided to cut the paper down to 4.25″ x4.25″ squares.  First I marked my paper cutter at the 4.25″ mark (mine is from Japan so it doesn’t have inches marked on it…)

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First I cut 4.25″ rows…

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Then I cut the rows into square!

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I cut a full rainbow of bright colors!  Red to Purple…

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I added glue to one side and let it dry a bit to get tacky, I found it sticks better that way.

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Roll it into a cone and hold it for a second so it sticks, do this with all the colors.

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I did one color at a time, starting with the bright green…

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I used a 6 inch cake circle for the base, and I added glue all around the edges.

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I started with green all the way around,

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yellow in between…

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Orange in a bit…

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Then orange/red between the orange…

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Red…

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pink (this is where I started thinning it down a bit, I wish I’d started with a few more of the green and yellow, but no biggie)

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A few less purple

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Even less blue

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And finally filling in with three turquoise…  I LOVE it!  My girls loved it so much I think I’ll make even SMALLER versions for my girls bedroom in these same bright colors! GORGEOUS!

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This paper is GORGEOUS, and would be PERFECT for flyers, notes from teachers, PTA flyers, etc…  Anything you don’t want to get missed by parents/teachers/anyone else your sending something on paper too.  AND what kid wouldn’t want to play with this paper?  My kids LOVED playing with the paper I didn’t use.  It’s eco friendly, and it’s partially made with recycled materials.

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Ashlee has been cake decorating for 8 year, and blogging for 6+. She has 5 children ages 2-12 that she enjoys throwing parties for. She loves to bake, cook, crochet, knit, do home improvement, graphic design, photography and writing.
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Comments

  1. I am in love with the awesomeness that is this flower!

  2. This is so clever. I love dahlias, I love bright neon shades – a perfect match!

  3. Ashlee I LOVE this. The bright colors look perfect for this Dahlia. So fun!

    • Thanks Summer! The paper is a great weight for it too, my book pages wreath is weak and keeps getting bent, this is holding it’s shape really well, even though it’s getting bumped a lot!

  4. Using this as my low-cost wedding centerpiece in green, turquoise, royal and purple (peacock colors). Thanks for the tutorial!!!

    • oh cool!!! That would be really fun! The larger you make your squares the larger you should make your circle too! congrats on the wedding, I’d love to get remarried just to have another wedding (remarry my husband of course) SO much fun to plan!

  5. How long did it take to do this wreath?

  6. just wanted to say how much I love your neon dahlia…. looks amazing // I dont have a website, but I pinned my attempt onto my Pinterest site (above)…thanks for the inspiration & the great instructions..

    • you did a great job! that’s the fun of these flowers, all black, rainbow, multi color or book pages! It’s a pretty fun and easy project and I think it looks good every way they are done!

  7. I’ve been searching for the tutorial for the black dahlia you mentioned in this post – no luck either but I was so glad to come across this beauty, thanks so much for the tutorial which I pinned for others to find. I plan to make some of these and will link up this post on my blog.

  8. I’m planning on making a similar dahlia (love yours!) and was wondering how many paper comes you needed?

  9. Samantha says:

    I love this! I came across it on pinterest while looking for nursery ideas. As soon as i saw this my nursery clicked and i am now going with a “you are my sunshine” theme with gray walls and these dahlias done in all yellow to look like little suns. Im super excited!! Thanks for the inspiration!!! :) I’m even thinking about usuing old books to make a few for my library! :)

  10. Glenna Beauregard says:

    Thank you so much for giving such GREAT instructions. Cant wait to make one!

  11. Do you know about how large your cardboard circle was?

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