I cannot even begin to tell you how fabulously intimidated I was when trying to come up with a wonderful float idea to represent Nicole and Sugarplum Paperie. A thousand ideas went through my head, from an art journaling studio to a homeschool classroom, before I finally decided on a sweet little tea room.
Something about the word “sugarplum” makes me think of tea and cakes, and I would love to spend an afternoon having tea with Nicole in a cute little tea room! Her designs are just perfect for such a float, so I went with it. I used Sugarplum Paperie’s A New Chapter collection for this float.
Once I decided what I was going to create, I started looking through The Digichick Shop for hybrid templates that would allow me to create a tea room and furniture. I used Kelleigh Ratzlaff’s Cozy House Card template and cutting files to create the walls, and Girl Boy Girl’s Square Paper Lantern template and cutting files to create the table and chairs. My focus on this post will be to show you how I created the furniture.
To create the chairs, I used the bottom of the lantern template.
The bottom of the lantern will become the seat of the chair. I folded one flap up; this is where I will secure the back of the chair. I folded the other two flaps down to attach the sides of the lantern that will become the legs.
I trimmed the flap off the sides of the box because I didn’t need it.
I folded the lantern bottom and adhered two sides, leaving the third side unattached.
I cut the unattached side off. This side becomes the back of the chair.
I attached the chair back to the flap that I had folded up.
I could have left the chair as it was, but I wanted to modify it further, so I removed the cross bars from the bottom three sides.
Voilà! Chair legs!
The table was created in the same manner as the chairs, only I clipped a darker woodgrain paper to the template, and I folded all four sides in before I trimmed the insides. As you can see in the remaining photos, I punched a scalloped circle out of the same woodgrain paper to act as the top of the table.
The teapot, teacup, box base, and chandelier are all cutting files from Silhouette. The cupcake was made by cutting a 1/2″ strip of paper and running it through my Fiskars paper crimper. I adhered one short end to the other to make the cupcake wrapper, and then set it on a 1/2″ punched-out circle. I filled the inside with a cotton ball, and added a little red rhinestone for the cherry.
I strung the chandelier on fishing line between the two wall panels. Not only did the string suspend the chandelier over the table, but it also helped hold the panels in place.
I adhered May Arts crocheted ribbon from the insides of the windows to act as lace curtains.
I added pink rhinestones to the awning, and added a flower garden on the outside from a bunch of little paper flowers that have been in my papercrafting stash for-EV-er!
Here is the side view of the float. I added another May Arts lace and pearl ribbon to the back wall to act as a little chair rail and define where the flower and striped papers met. I used a little Martha Stewart doily-inspired tag for a rug on the floor.
This float was SO much fun to create and assemble! I just love how it turned out – I hope you do, too!
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