I never really knew much about May Day before Krafty Kath suggested we do a craft to commemorate the spring holiday. As it turns out, I’ll be thinking about it a bit more when I’m in Paris next week where it’s a national holiday. For Kathy, a lifelong Seattleite, it means daydreams of warmer, sunnier days. For me, it will now be thought of as a time to relax with a good glass of wine, a nice craft and the company of a good friend.
For this May Day craft, Krafty Kath shared her flower cones project, inspired by the Victorian pastime of scraps.
Scraps, also referred to as lithography or chromolithography as well as Dresden trims, are decorative die cut papers that women collected in large scrapbooks along with calling cards and trade cards (including these from my personal collection). Scraps came in a wide range of subjects including flowers, animals, women, children and notable figures. You can still find them today, both vintage and reproductions, with many continuing to come from Germany where they originated.
Here are a couple pages from an old scrapbook that show scraps alongside other treasured cutouts.
Neither of us are much into scrapbooks but we couldn’t resist the simple charm of these intricate decorations. We hope you find them as cheerful and sweet as we do.
- Tacky glue (or hot glue gun)
- Spray mount (optional)
- Ultra fine tinsel garland
- 1/2″ ribbon
- Dresden trims (scraps)
- Colored card stock
- Clothespins (not pictured)
- Template (PDF)
Download, print and trim out the template. Use the template to trace and cut out your colored paper.
Cut out the dresden trims into individual pieces.
Place your trims on your card stock where you’d like to glue them. You can either apply a small amount of tacky glue to the backside of the trims or use some spray mount. We chose to use tacky glue and used the tip of our finger to spread it evenly.
Cut a piece of tinsel garland approximately 30″ long. Fold it in half and twist it together.
Apply a small line of glue to the top round portion of your card stock. Carefully place the twisted garland on your strip of glue. Trimming off the end when you are finished.
Tip: After we used the tacky glue for the trim we used clothespins to hold it in place while it dried. These were invaluable! If you use hot glue this will set almost immediately. Just be careful you don’t burn your fingers when you press down the garland.
Once your trim is mostly dried, fold back the tab portion of the template. Apply a small strip of glue along the right-facing side.
Carefully bend your paper into a cone shape and press the glued tab inside to set.
Tip: If you use tacky glue, use some clothespins to help hold it in place while it’s drying.
Cut a 12″ piece of ribbon.
Place a dots of glue inside your cone (on opposite ends) and press each end of the ribbon on each dot to set.
Once it has dried, you are ready to fill it with flowers!