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Shabby Blossoming Bicycle Tutorial

Posted by Graphic 45 04/10/2019 28 Comment(s) Home Decor,Tutorials,Videos,


Hello, G45ers!

 Join us in welcoming Spring with a vibrant and beautiful home decor piece perfect to celebrate the newly blossoming flowers.  Brand Ambassador, Aleksandra Mihelič has used scrap papers from several Graphic 45 paper collection to create this shabby chic Blooming Bicycle.  This project is a great example of what you too can create for our #G45MixandMatch - April Challenge.  So grab your papers and get ready for tips, a video tutorial, and one gorgeous project.  



G45 Mix and Match Challenge - “Blossoming Bicycle”

By Aleksandra Mihelič


“Hello, my dear Graphic 45 friends. This month we have a special challenge for you at Graphic 45 blog, which is really close to my heart and I’m so happy and excited to be able to be a part of it and bring you some inspiration for it. I love mixing and matching Graphic 45 collections. I find it to be so rewarding and so easy to do. All the Graphic 45 collections are gorgeous, each in its own way, but they all have some elements and characteristics that are so unique to Graphic 45 brand and go so well together. So the mixing thing is quite easy.


I had this gorgeous Vintage Bicycle from mdf bases in my stash and I felt it was perfect for this task. Especially with spring being here, all the gorgeous blossoms, birds, butterflies, sunshine,... So I grabbed few different Graphic 45 collections with blossoms (which is not hard, because you can find gorgeous flowers in most of their beautiful collections) and made this lovely home decor piece. Hope you’ll like it.



I colored the Bicycle with white gesso and white acrylic paint. I could paint it in some color, but I wanted to keep it white to give my project more of a shabby and soft look.


I used several Graphic 45 collections - Botanical Tea collection, Secret Garden collection, Flutter collection, Once upon a Springtime collection and also Ladies Diary collection. I love how well they go together, don’t you think?


Here are some close-ups from my project:




Tip: I love to add some natural chipboard pieces in between when making flower clusters and compositions. They add to the variety, richness and interest of the project.






Tip: Little details are very important with such projects. And nests don’t need to always be used only for birds. :) Let your imagination fly high. :)



Tip: I always try to use some quotes on my projects. I love if my home decor and gift art pieces also have some added value and uplift the one who is receiving it.



Tip: “Flower on flower” clusters are another thing I love to do. It gives so much richness to the project if you layer up a flower and a cut-out on top.



Tip: And of course, don’t forget to embellish what seem to be not so important part of your project. Try to look at opportunities and parts of the project that are most fun to embellish.




Supply list for the “Blossoming Bicycle”:

Flutter 12x12 Collection Pack

Flutter Stickers

A Ladies Diary—Deluxe Collector's Edition


I’ve also made a part-process video tutorial for you if you want to follow along and make your own project. You can find it on Graphic 45 Youtube channel. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Video Tutorial:


Shabby Chic Blossoming Bicycle Tutorial for Graphic 45 by Aleksandra Mihelič



Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your Spring. :)


Hugs.” ~Aleksandra


Wow!  This bicycle has new ideas blooming in our minds!  Big thanks to Aleksandra for sharing her talents.  We hope you have been inspired to mix and match your paper collections on your next project.  Be sure to share your projects for our April Challenge on the Graphic 45 - Official Community Page.  Have a wonderful day, and as always... 


Happy Papercrafting!  

28 Comment(s)

Ellen Haydon:
04/10/2019, 11:15:04 AM

What an amazing decor piece, especially with Spring. The little butterfly nest is perfect.

R-J Zaczyk:
04/10/2019, 11:15:13 AM

Cute project Alexsandra!

Diane Shull:
04/10/2019, 11:16:04 AM,

Oh WoW Aleksandra! This is a Beautiful project. I love all the details. I like the little butterfly in the birds nest. so cute. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

Regina Harrison:
04/10/2019, 11:53:16 AM

Love this little project. Very inspiring for the challenge this month.

Sue D:
04/10/2019, 11:58:03 AM

Love this blossoming bicycle--perfect for Spring.

Glenda Buster:
04/10/2019, 12:05:44 PM


Rebecca Rosas:
04/10/2019, 12:33:49 PM

Exquisite! I love projects like this one.

Vanessa LeClear:
04/10/2019, 12:51:32 PM

So pretty! Thanks for the tips and inspiration!

Susan Ashby:
04/10/2019, 01:15:12 PM

Love it! I have a wood wagon that is in a box. I’m going to get it out and decorate with your ideas. Thank you for the ideas!

Sharon L Gullikson:
04/10/2019, 01:16:26 PM

WOW, this is so amazing. I am going to use it as an example of how to put together flowers and other things in a container. I don't have a bicycle, but I will find something else wonderful. I am wondering what you put into the bottom to keep the flowers and things in place. I didn't see that mentioned in your write up. This really is incredible. I have that same little nest, and have wondered what to do with it. Now I know. Add some flowers and who knows what else, and make a big project. I like that you added a butterfly to the nest--saying that it doesn't have to be realistic. Glitter on a nest isn't realistic, so why does it have to house a bird? Why not a butterfly? I hope that you love it as much as I do :)

04/10/2019, 01:35:58 PM

This is such a lovely project. So spring-like. Absolutely perfect for this time of year.

Brian Poteraj:
04/10/2019, 01:44:06 PM

I like all of the flowers and other things that you added. This looks like a great table decoration. GREAT job using all of the beautiful flowers.

Sherry Lovelass:
04/10/2019, 02:27:16 PM

Love the bicycle, You are very creative and love the use of all the flowers.

aristi mourtzaki:
04/10/2019, 02:30:14 PM

amazing work

She Fowl:
04/10/2019, 03:45:22 PM

Love the bicycle, Aleksandra. Thanks for the tips and tutorial. Gives me some ideas for the bicycle collection in our fireplace mantel.

Barbara Millar:
04/10/2019, 03:55:29 PM

Love your project .You have great imagination and talent.of coarse it helps to have great papers to work with

Patty Blank:
04/10/2019, 04:28:42 PM

Amazing project! It's so beautiful and creative.

Martie Rollin:
04/10/2019, 04:33:33 PM

Interesting project that is a vision of spring and summer. Very pretty!

Corrine Hall:
04/10/2019, 05:17:01 PM

I love this little bike, it's cute and I love the idea that you can mix and match the flowers from so many different collections

Kathleen E Capachione:
04/10/2019, 05:20:00 PM

Wow! How sweet is the paper collections. Thanks for sharing

Laurie Black:
04/10/2019, 05:50:24 PM

Lovely decor project, so much fussy cutting and beautifully arranged.

Bev Drake:
04/10/2019, 06:54:27 PM

Stunning & oh so different! G45 papers are fantastic with the way the can be intermixed. Lovely project with great fussy cutting . Well done Aleksandra .

Robbie C:
04/10/2019, 08:02:55 PM

This is a great inspiration piece and the G45 papers look like they were made to go together. How wonderful it is to be able to use small amounts of scraps from multiple collections together.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

AWESOME creations, thanks for the inspiration!

Laura Cushman:
04/11/2019, 07:14:07 AM

what a beautiful blog post. Love what she created!

04/11/2019, 09:51:54 AM

Wow, this is stunning! So very pretty. Who wouldn't love to receive this as a gift?!! I love the sweet hummingbirds you added; they're lovely.

Sue MacFall:
04/11/2019, 01:28:21 PM

What great work, Aleksandra. You have made a beautiful creation.

Margaret R:
04/11/2019, 06:12:32 PM

Wonderful springtime project - so beautiful!

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