Back in December I shared with you how to make a paper wreath out of old book pages - if you missed it you can check it out by clicking here - How to make a paper wreath
At the same time I made paper flowers - some were made out of old book pages and some from craft paper. So easy! Would you like to give it a go?
If you don't like the idea of cutting up old books think of it as up-cycling and giving them a new lease on life.
Here we go - how to make paper flowers.
What you need is -
- square craft paper or old book pages (old Reader's Digest books are ideal - something with a nice quality paper - not too thin)
- something to firm down your folds
- a stick for the middle - long satay sticks are ideal for the smaller book page flowers or a thin dowell.
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- scissors or cutter if you are cutting down paper to squares
If you are using old book pages, tear or cut out the pages and then cut pages into squares.
Step 2 & 3 - fold your square on a diagonal into a triangle, and then fold each outside corner up to the top corner. This little white tool you see below is great for making folds. It is called a "paper creaser" or "bone folder". You might be able to find one in a craft supply store near you.
Step 4 - fold down the 2 top corners down to the bottom sloped edge on each side.
Step 5 - this step is a little tricky to explain in pictures!
Open up this "pocket" you have created on the side, and push it out with your finger and flatten it so that it now looks like the bottom right pic below.
Step 7 - Fold the sides over and up into a triangle to cover the white folded down area. Make 6 of these in total for each flower.
Step 8 - Curl the two outside edges around into a "cone" shape. Seal edges together with a hot glue gun. Wrap a piece of contrasting paper (or if you are using book pages, use a piece of book paper) around the end a stick to make the centre of your flower. Secure with glue. Glue the flower cones all the way around.
Step 9 - After you have glued the cones all the way round and you should end up with a flower that looks like this. See how I have used contrasting but complimentary papers that go together well - three of each pattern. You can wrap some green paper around the bottom to cover up the bit where the cones come together at the bottom of the flower, and add a bow.
Done! A great gift for giving. Or to decorate your home. Or just because!
I gave one each to my Spanish Flamenco girls at Christmas, and they really loved them.
I hope you have enjoyed this little blog post on how to make paper flowers and that you will give them a go. Paper crafts don't have to be expensive, especially if you are up-cycling old papers.
There are lots of patterns on the internet for making other types. I found this blog post from Tip Junkie which shows you how to make 38 varieties! Making paper flowers
Do you do any paper craft? Perhaps you would like to tell us about it in your comments.
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