Monday, 2 July 2012

Paper flower tutorial

As I have been using paper flowers as embellishments for many of my projects I thought I would do a quick tutorial on how to make them without any cardmaking tools. I love the punched and die cut flowers I use which are cut with my cricut and punches but for the sake of this blog I wanted to be able to make usable flowers without any added expense. The great thing about these flowers is they can be made out of any paper, so can be made very cheaply from copier paper, recycled pages, tissue paper, scraps, wrapping paper…..etc!!!!

To create ……..

Use a square of paper…..(doesn’t matter if its not exact)…. fold into quarters….then  fold one third just over the centre line….then another third folds behind…you should have a three way zig zag.


Draw the shape of your petal, then cut the top portion off.


The shape can the be formed…petals edges can be curled…or the shape scrunched…spritzing with water or hair gel then left to dry gives the shape quite rigid and natural form


… the edges can be inked before


….all these flowers were test pieces made out of cheap scraps or copier paper, different shapes were cut to create different shape petals…..some were created by folding extra times to create longer zig zags….and some were made of multiple layers


The centres can be finished with buttons, beads, glitter, feathers or  miniture versions of the flower……

Try making flowers out of decorative papers, book papers. if you have rubber stamps the flowers can be over stamped before shaping……

…….possibilities of shape size and design is endless and be used as an accent or a focal point…….have fun!!!!


Linda said...

Hi Diane,
Fab tutorial and lovely flowers. These look so easy to make and a great way to use up all those bits of paper we all have on our desks xx

Suze Bain said...

Thanks for this Diane, I'm rubbish at flowers but Linda is right, a great way to use up some of the patterned paper I keep buying but never use! xx

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

You did it again, clever use of your brain Diane LOL We don't need fancy cutting templates not with you around LOL Brilliant idea and a lovely result, xx

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