May 31, 2008

Paper flower tutorial

I thought some of you would enjoy a quick tutorial on how to make those little paper flowers I used as part of my table setting a couple weeks ago. The credit for these go to Martha Stewart (I saw this idea nearly 10 years ago in her magazine, but haven't been able to find it on her website). So here I go..

Step 1: Draw a spiral on a 4x4" square sheet of paper
Paper flower tutorial: step 1

Step 2: Cut out spiral along lines you have drawn
Paper flower tutorial: step 2

Step 3: Begin rolling up the spiral from the outside
Paper flower tutorial: step 3

Step 4: Keep on rolling until there's no more left to roll
Paper flower tutorial: step 4

Step 5: You're done!
Paper flower tutorial: done!

I used a slightly heavier weight paper for this one, but you can use normal paper as well. You can use squares of various sizes to have different sized flowers. Besides sticking them on branches, they would be great scattered on the table as well. Heck, you can even make a little bouquet of them. Have fun!


Note: You may use a bit of glue or double-stick tape to keep the flower from unrolling and loosening up with time. I didn't glue the ends for these specific flowers and they held up alright.


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Krishna said...

HI Wendy,
I love it ..Thanks a bunch..loveu!

Josie McHale said...

Seriously simple! My daughter and I love to craft together (she's 7). I'm always looking for simple craft projects that she and I can do and yet elegant and awesome! Thanks for posting!

Daiane said...

Hi.The paper flowers are really simple to make and the result is wonderful.

Cassidy Smart said...

Hi Wendy,
When I roll the spiral it comes out really tiny. I was wondering what can I do?

Wendy said...

Hi Cassidy - make sure you have enough turns in your spiral when you draw it - that will ensure that you have enough layers in your paper flower. It should be tight and small when you are rolling it up, but once you let go it should "fluff" up on its own. Also make sure that you're rolling from the outside of the spiral. Hope that helps! Feel free to email me if you have any other questions!

Krystal said...

Love how you display them

The 5 Dreamcatchers said...

Very cute!

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Hobbies said...

Simply beautiful

Lorrie Bowers said...

Id found your instuctions online somewhere, i dont even remember where now but id saved it over a yr ago. Im so happy i did it was very useful in making a valentine wreath this year. Thank you for sharing it !!

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