To preface this post, I feel like I should mention that I love, love, love the French! I’m in love with everything about their culture, their food, their language, their cities…everything. Nothing is more romantic then cuddling up on the Champ de Mars and watching the Eiffel Tower’s shimmering light display in the Parisian night air. So when my sister-in-law came to me for help with her French-themed Valentine’s Day party, I was all in! The only downside to this beautifully romantic culture is that the French are not easily imitated. Creme brûlée and escargot? Great! Who’s got a blow torch I can borrow? It took some searching but once we found these centerpieces on Pinterest, we knew we had the perfect Parisian decor. The only problem? No tutorial anywhere. I found plenty of etsy pages offering them for $44.95, but no template or instruction anywhere. So I made a template and decided to post it for anyone who might be having the same quandary. Joyeuse Saint-Valentin!
1. The template and clip art printed and cut out (I print them on card stock)
2. 6 sheets of 12×12 Paper, you will need three different kinds (2 sheets of each)
3. A bone folder and ruler (Michael’s carries bone folders, and if you don’t have one, you need one! They are inexpensive and very versatile.)
4. Straight scissors and any decorative edge scissors
5. Scotch tape
6. Glue dots
7. Hot glue gun
8. 1 Ferrero Rocher wrapper
9. Celebrate It brand “sheared with confetti” (Michael’s in the Valentine’s Day baking section) 10. Click HERE for printable Template
11. Click HERE for printable Clip Art
Making the Squares
With decorative edge scissors, cut out template a, Small, Medium, & Large. On another type of 12×12 paper cut out template b S,M,L with straight edge scissors. On the back side of bS place a glue dot in each of the four corners. Then center bS on top of aS and press the glue dots down. Repeat process for M & L.
Using Bone Folder to Crease
On cutouts c,d, & e, take a pen and your ruler. Connect all the lines. Use your bone folder on the back of the cutouts, to crease all 12 lines.
Making c,d&e 3D with the Glue Panel
Once you have creased cutouts c,d, & e, place glue dots on the “glue panel” about a half an inch apart. Press “glue panel” to the adjacent panel. Repeat on all three cutouts.
Attaching the Gold Foil
Place a glue dot on the front of the top piece (e) and attach the gold foil wrapper. The wrapper should stick out a little bit above the piece. Wrap the foil around and use a glue dot where the two ends of foil meet. Snip each corner of the foil and fold it down into the piece.
Making the Puff
To make the puff, grab a hand full of the “shred”. Double it over and wrap the scotch tape tightly around the bottom. You can make the top puff any length you want. Put a glue dot on the tape and slide it in the top opening as you will want it to fit tightly.
Assembling the Tower
To assemble the tower, start with piece c, and center it over the largest square. Using your hot glue gun, place one small dot by each corner of piece c, one at a time, and hold the corner in the hot glue for 30 seconds until it drys. Once all four corners are set, put four dots of hot glue on the top corners of piece c and center the medium square over it. Press down on the medium square and hold for 30 seconds until the hot glue is cool. Repeat this with pieces d & e.
After your tower is assembled, cut out your clip art. For each Eiffel Tower, you need one banner and one cherub. Using your glue dots, attach the cherub to the top piece and your banner across the front of piece c. Now stand back and marvel at your creative genius!