March 18, 2011

Paper Flower Tutorial

I came across these incredible paper flowers and I just had to make them (then made like 100, I loved them so much) Now, I’ve created a tutorial to share the love!  Perfect adornments for gifts, cards and even wall art!  Art project using these, here!  

I found helpful tutorials here and on YouTube but I tweaked them using my own pictures and directions to make it simpler and more my style!   
you'll need:
  • double sided patterned paper OR two types of patterned paper
  • circle punch (I used Fiscars 1 ½ inch punch)
  • glue stick or liquid glue
  • flower center (I used vintage buttons)
Punch out 8 circles on double sided paper or 16 circles (8 with each pattern). I used 1 ½ " punch here.  Also, I found an incredible 1957 vintage Scandinavian map that I used for my circles as well as a beautiful orange patterned paper from the craft store.  Any paper that you have will look great, even solid colors!
If your using 2 types of patterned paper, using a glue stick, glue both circles together (patterns facing out)
Fold them in half and then half again, so that the circles are divided in four quarters.
Fold two sections in so that you will get a point.
Turn the circle over and fold again so that the two edges meet in the middle.
 Do the same with all 8 circles.
Cut out a circle that’s a little smaller than the diameter of your petals. This is to glue all the pedals to, it doesn't matter what color it is, you wont be seeing it.
Cover large circle in glue stick/liquid glue, I’ve found that these work better than tape or hot glue because you have a little time to slide your petals around making sure they fit together well before it dries completely.

Start with attaching the pedals to the circle.  I found it easiest (after numerous trial and errors) to start with four N,S,E,W like a compass, then going back with the other 4 between the other petals to make sure they are spaced evenly.
Finally, add something pretty to the center!  I added some adorable vintage buttons to mine.



66 comments:

  1. These are some of the coolest flowers I've seen! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  2. thanks for the oh so easy to follow tut for these wonderful flowers

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  3. they are great! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  4. Terrific and the instructions are super clear...I think I'll feature this great idea for teen party decor or a fun make and take tween project. Well done and good luck with the dream job!

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  5. THANK YOU so much for your easy tutorial. I have seen these flowers before but didn't understand the directions. Now I get it. Off to make a hundred for myself.

    Erin
    http://www.spantastikreations.blogspot.com/

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  6. Just made a few with my 4 & 6 yr olds. This is gonna be great for decorating gifts!

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  7. These flowers are so cute and different from all the others I have seen. Great tutorial thanks for sharing! I am a new follower.
    Holly
    504 Main

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  8. Found you via Craft Gossip, this is a fabulous tute.
    I don't have a circle punch but I have Martha's circle cutter so I am going to give this a try!

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  9. Now I have an excuse to get a circle punch. :D

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  10. Awesome! Great tutorial. I'm going to have to give this a try.

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  11. I just made one of these flowers from you tutorial. It came out great thanks to your accurate directions. I plan on using this technique in my card making... Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Hello Laura, I love this!!!I like to make it in soft fabric. I'm going to follow you. Dutch greetings with heart&soul from Sil.

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  13. Great project for double sided paper. I hate using double sided paper because I am always conflicted about which side to use and then I feel like I am wasting the other side, LOL. Must be my frugal European upbringing.

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  14. Cute! I tried your tutorial, you can see how mine turned out here!

    http://katrinagelino.blogspot.com/2011/04/paper-flowers.html

    Thanks!

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  15. I absolutely love these! Must try them...

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  16. this is so cool!
    thank you for instructions:)

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  17. I just love these flowers! I think these would be a great addition to a scrapbook page of a card. The idea's are endless. Thank you Laura for your ideas, Love it!

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  18. Merci pour cette idée geniale de fleur !!!

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  19. I LOVE these- have been looking for some new techniques for handmade cards...I am definitely going to try these right now! There are so many color/pattern and style options! Thanks so much for the tutorial. =)

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  20. gorgeous......now off to make zillions with box of scraps :)

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  21. Awesome, i am always looking for new ideas for artificial flowers. This is beautiful and unique.Thanks for explaining it step by step.

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  22. SOOOO beautiful and what a gorgeous image, LOVE your ideas!!!!!

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  23. thats so lovely thank you.

    Greatings send you Conny

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  24. Super adorable!
    TFS!
    Great tut!

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  25. LOVE them! Simple and gorgeous

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  26. I made 2 following your tutorial :) Thank you for sharing!

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  27. Un tutorial estupendo.
    Muchas gracias, es genial.

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  28. Thank you so much!
    I am sitting here making some samples, as I am a bit left handed when it comes to paper folding :)
    But I managed to make one (ok, it`s just a white one). Now I`ll make a few for x-mas deco and hope it is ok, if I link this tutorial in my blog?
    Thanks again, there`s so much inspiration on your blog, I love it!

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  29. i really liked the process of double sided patterned paper OR two types of patterned paper. christmas flowers belgium

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  30. These are awesome! Going to try it tonight!

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  31. luv them---I experimented and used double sided wrapping paper worked great. Couldn't have done it without your great instructions.

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  32. omg thank you they are so simple but so elegant l love them too! made one now off to make a heap!!!!! then show off :)

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  33. I love these, and they're so easy to make.

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  34. Outstanding , beautiful and a wonderful, clear tutorial to follow...thank you so very much.

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  35. Thank you for the great tutorial! I used a scalloped punch and they came out just gorgeous - will be using this technique for a flower swap; will refer recipients to your blog.

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  36. I wanted to let you know that I used your tutorial to make my own flowers and had been asked how I made them so I made a post on my blog today and directed them to you!!! Thanks for the great tutorial

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  37. Wow, love his idea, thanks for sharing!
    Sabine

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  38. These flowers are gorgeous! I am so excited I found your tutorial and your blog. I am excited to try to make these floweres tonight. Thanks again for sharing. I am a new follower.
    Shauna
    myshaenoel.blogspot.com

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  39. What a great tutorial! Thanks for the lovely flowers :)

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  40. i love these!!! the easiest paper flower tutorial i've come across :)

    i'll do this for my wedding :)

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  41. Gorgeous! I think these would look wonderful on the wedding gift I need to buy today. ;) Thanks for the tutorial.

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  42. This tutorial inspired me to try them using a 4" circle and FABRIC!! I fused two different fabrics together, then cut the circle and made the flowers. I cut points into the outer edges and am thinking of using the flowers as show ribbons.

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  43. I posted a couple of pics on my blog...
    www.barkingdogsquilting.com

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  44. you are awesome i love this flower idea i put it in my journal

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  45. Thank you for putting this tutorial on the web, I like doing crafty things but don't get much chance. My weddings in 6 months and ur flowers have inspired me to make my own invitations. Lisa

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  47. Paper flower tutorial is shared on the post here. Read to know more

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  49. Nice art of work. You should promote this blog to more people.

    Automotive Patent Agent

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    2. I too love these flowers and became addicted to them. I like to fluff them after making by putting something inside to pull up the petals and stack different sizes. They look fabulous sprayed with glimmer mist.just extremely difficult to part with them especially if you've spent ages making the lines on your paper radiate outwards and other such obsessions. Ah well it keeps us off the streets!

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  51. Making paper flowers can be fun for everyone from a young age into your older years and this craft is showing up again as in Victorian times. Paper flowers are only limited by ones creativity. In our world today, there seems to be very little opportunity for developing minds and talents, but there are a few people in our society that are using this art to express their own creativity and the art of making paper flowers is coming back in full force.

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  52. Old bday, amniversary, or any type of card would be great to use for this clever project! Thanx! Can't wait to make a few for my sisters wedding tables. I may use silver and purple.

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  53. I MADE THESE AS AN ACTIVITY CRAFT FROM THIS POSTING, AS I VOLUNTEERED AT AN ASSISTED LIVING HOME, AND THEY TURNED OUT AWESOME SAID MY ACTIVITY DIRECTOR, AND NOW I WILL MAKE THEM FOR MY DAUGHTER'S 13TH BIRTHDAY, WE ALL LOVED THEM SO MUCH!!!!!
    THANK YOU LAURA BIRD :-)

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  54. I cannot get it to work *at all*. The pieces won't match up. And the curved bits of the petals smack into each other and push the sides apart. :(

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  55. It's simple to make but the result is extraordinary

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  56. nice your site thanks for sharing love you all team good work keep it up .

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  57. heel erg leuk. ik ga het proberen

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  58. wow thanks so much i loved making this one it is so cute. thanks again.

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  59. Oh my word i've been asking friends and family for this flowers 'cause i want to use it at my wedding and nobody could make or help with it until now... I've just mailed your link to my bridesmaids as well as my sisters and they are gonna help me make this. Thanks for making your web-site so easy to use. And for al the photos... ooooh it's going to look so beautiful. I'll send you photos ;)

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  60. nice tricks , i love them , find my selection of armchairs design fauteuil relax

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