It’s Saturday! Time to celebrate! What better way to celebrate than make paper flowers? 🙂 Ok, maybe that’s not the way you want to celebrate, but here’s how to make beautiful paper flowers for whatever the occasion may be!
My children have always influenced my designs and craft projects. I didn’t realize how much I loved building and crafting things until after they were born. The paper flowers were made out of love for my new baby girl that was on her way! She’s 2 now! The idea stemmed from wanting to put paper flowers around an old frame (which I will show you in another post) and also hanging them on the wall for a design element in my daughter’s nursery.
Before I show you all the neat things you can decorate with paper flowers, I have to show you how to make them! All you need is scrapbook paper with an awesome design or color of your choice, a glue gun or strong glue, and scissors. The glue gun works better since it dries so fast otherwise you will be holding your flower for awhile and it usually unravels.
It’s better to pick scrapbook paper that is double sided with the same color on the outside so the outside of the flower is colored instead of just white. Sometimes this paper can be more expensive if it has design on both sides, but the single colored paper is pretty inexpensive at any craft store. You can also glue paper back to back so both sides have the pattern. My design includes pinks, yellows, grays, and whites in many different patterns for an eclectic feel.
First, you need to make your paper into a square. If it is a 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, cut off the end to make it a perfect square. If you buy scrap booking paper, it is already in square form. Roughly cut the paper into a circle so there are no more corners on the paper.
Now that you have a circle, you can cut out the flower! This part is a little tricky and takes patience. It took me a couple tries to get the hang of it. Pick a spot to start cutting and cut counter clockwise into the paper at an angle to create a small worm like piece and continue cutting inwards while weaving the scissors in and out as you move towards the center. The motion should look like waves which makes the pretty petals of the flower.
Cut all the way to the center of the paper. Once the tail of the flower is created (picture will explain it better than my words), fold over the pointy edge and start rolling the tip by a couple folds and then snip off the point to create a flat bottom.
Roll the paper slowly and keep it snug so it is coiled tight like the inside of a flower until you get near the end.
When you get to the outside of the flower, it will be glued to the end of the paper tail (the center of the circle you cut out). Adjust the flower how you want it by letting it uncoil some and move around the petals how you like it. Use your glue gun to put glue on the last bit of paper and set the flower on top. Hold it until it is completely dry. Make sure that the center of the flower is also glued down otherwise it can unravel.
Your flower is finished unless you want to add leaves which is also easy to do!! There are so many things you can do with them and I hope you have fun adding them to your own decor! A bouquet of paper flowers will never go bad! Here are 2 projects I used mine for. I will put tutorials on how to do your own projects like these in the future! Have a great weekend!