Paper flowers

so it has been awhile since my last post…work has a way of ramping up at unexpected times, so while I actually played around with paper flowers several weeks ago, this is the first opportunity I have had to actually write about it.  Making paper flowers was actually pretty fun, and I  had something pretty to show for it too!  I used cardstock from Michael’s and a hot glue gun to hold stuff in place.

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The first method of paper flowers I used was the spiral method. It is the EASIEST way to make flowers ever!! You draw a spiral on the paper, then cut out following the lines, then roll from the outside in and bam! you have a flower! The more spirals the tighter the flower. I cut several differently sized spirals to make the above bouquet. Then I cut out some leaf shapes to complete the look and glued everybody to a piece of paper (I’ve also seen them attached to straws to make stemmed flowers, or strung on a string to make a garland).

 

I used this blog for instructions for the spiral flowers, but there are a ton more on Pinterest, so have a search if you want.

 

For the second batch of paper flowers, I went with paper gardenias.  These are a bit more complicated than the spiral flowers, and technically you need a printer for them, but I don’t have a printer, but I DO have cookie/cake deco cutters and that actually worked for this flower.  I traced my cutters onto the paper and cut them out (had I printer, I would have printed from a template, then cut them out).  It was essentially 4 sets of petals, curled and shaped for dimension, stacked on top of each other so each layer of petals can be seen,then a center core…you can find way better instructions here

20170820_102010pssst…..these flowers are a different color than the spiral ones, I swear!

 

My 3rd attempt at paper flowers didn’t go over so great unfortunately… I wanted to make a giant flower, using this cool metallic 12×12 paper I had kicking around, but, once again you needed a printer. I thought I could free hand it, but I was wrong

here it is…

 

 

are you sure you want to see this…?

 

ok here goes…

 

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just…no.

 

So in the end, I really enjoyed making both the spiral flowers and gardenias…they would make great decorations for parties or holidays, but I definitely need to get a printer if I want to do anything more complicated than that.

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