I printed out a bunch of Beatles sheet music. I searched in google images for high resolution files (at least 2 MP) and those were a bit stronger. Ideally I wanted songs with lyrics on them so they could be identifiable (each flower would have 5 different songs), but ended up with maybe 16 distinct pieces of sheet music. Some of the songs were repeats, but they were visually different so I let them count.
I followed the following instructions (the formatting of the page is a little wacky, scroll down and you can see the step by step images) or watch the following video when I wanted to make sure I was doing things die.
Before I got started, I needed to create my sheet music squares. Since the first origami step was to fold the paper in half on the diagonal with the color side out, this is how I folded the paper to cut a strip off of my squares.
I don't think I've worked with rubber cement since I was in elementary school. I remember that we would paint our desks, rub it off and make "bouncy balls" out of what was left... boy were we smart.
|The folds, right before gluing|
I'm sure glad that rubber cement dries quickly! To assemble the flower itself I would glue two petals together, and then connect two pairs and a single to make the 5-petal flower.
What is sticking out the bottom of my flower? Why that is a chopstick. I wanted to turn these flowers into centerpieces for the baby shower, so I needed a way to incorporate them into a vase. While the 5 petals were still recently assembled (i.e. the glue was still wet) I dipped the chopstick tip into rubber cement and stuck it through the bottom of the flower. It required that I hold onto the flower for a little bit so things would dry correctly, but I think my prototypes turned out really nicely.
When my goal became 16 flowers, I created an assembly line. I created a pdf of 16 different songs, so I cut these down to squares, folded the petals and then assembled the flowers in batches so I could try to avoid having identical song pages in each flower.
Not that it think anyone will be looking at these flowers too closely. I doubt anyone would notice a mistake unless they spent time trying to match the flower to the song. I cut holes in an upside down box to hold the flowers up so they wouldn't get crushed between my crafting time and the shower itself.
|Sheet Music Flowers look amazing in all colors!|
Stay tuned to see how the baby shower itself came together. I'm pretty proud of what we were able to do for a lucky new mama-to-be! (Happy Anniversary!!)