If I went back and counted how many craft posts I have done since the beginning of this blog I’m afraid the number would be rather dismal. But out of the relatively few crafts I HAVE done…I’d venture to say the majority would involve some sort of PAPER. I’ve never met a paper craft I didn’t like, and I must be rubbing off on Britta because today’s post was all her doing! I can’t believe how CUTE these flowers turned out! I’m actually a little jealous that *I* didn’t make them! ;-) Not really, now that Britta has perfected the process I plan on making many more! I’m envisioning a beautiful garland! Can’t you just see it???
I’m not a terribly crafty person, so when I took on the task of creating flowers out of paper for today’s post, I was nervous. I was sure that I was going to mess it up, and that I wouldn’t end up with anything even remotely resembling a flower. Fortunately, however, the process ended up being really easy, and the finished product looked lovely! If I can make these paper flowers, I promise that you can too!
The supplies you’ll need to make these paper flowers are double-sided scrapbook paper, some scissors, and a hot glue gun.
A few notes:
- If you already have some single-sided scrapbook paper, feel free to use that, but I really like the effect of having color on both sides of the petal.
- If you don’t have a hot glue gun, you can use any type of glue you have. I would just recommend using a fast-drying glue, otherwise you’ll be holding your petals in place all day waiting for the glue to dry. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
First, take your double-sided scrapbook paper and cut it into several 2″ by 2″ pieces. I did try this process using 3″ by 3″ squares, but you end up needing to use a LOT of them in order to achieve a “full” looking flower, so I would stick with 2″ by 2″ for your first attempt. :-)
Take a few of the squares at a time and fold them in half. Cut the papers into a petal shape along the open edge (not the folded edge!)
I chose to crumple and unfold each of my “petals” to give them more texture and character, but this step is optional.
Roll your first petal fairly tightly, to about the diameter of a pencil. Put a bit of hot glue on the corner to secure it to itself.
Add your next petal by rolling it around the first one, leaving some space in between. I found the easiest way to do this was to glue one end down first, then wrap it around and figure out where you want to place the other end. Once you like how it looks, then glue the second end down.
Continue to place and glue more petals. Try to stagger your placement of the petals so that they aren’t all facing each other. Keep adding petals until you reach your desired “fullness,” then you’re done!
How easy is that? Seriously, the hardest part about making these paper flowers is avoiding hot glue burns (which we all know is an impossible task anyway.)
These paper flowers would look great as part of a spring-themed centerpiece for your table, or even strung together in a garland!
How would you use these cute paper flowers??