Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Fancy Paper Flower Tutorial

In January, I did some much needed cosmetic maintenance on my blog and Facebook page.
The major change happened in my banner. I created one using a photoshop program and added some of my favorite photographs. 
My paper flower really caught the eye of many people.

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Since then, I have had over 30 requests for a tutorial. 
Well, here it goes:

Foam Board
Hot Glue Gun
Circle Cutter or Exacto Knife
Circles of different sizes for tracing
Paper for the Petals and Pattern
Mod Podge

  Start out by cutting your base circle. I used my Olfa circle cutter at it's largest setting.

I cut it once through on the top side. Then I flip it over and cut it through the back side. Once cut, it pops right out. My circle is 9 inches across.

Once cut, use your round object to start tracing circles as guidelines approximately 1/2-3/4 inches apart. I had 5 inner circles by the time I was finished tracing.

Now, start creating your petals. Begin by making a pattern and choosing your paper. Remember, the older the paper, the more fragile your flower will be. I am using music paper from the 1940's for this one. I cut about 50 petals and each are about 3 inches long.
 Now you are ready to add your petals to the base. Place a small fold at the base of each petal. Glue it on the base starting with the outer circle. Overlap each just slightly.

 Continue to go around your outer layer.
 Continue to work through all of the circles until you create a small opening in the center of the base.
 Now measure the size of your center piece. I do this using my Olfa circle cutter.
 Once you have your last piece cut, it is time to decide how to finish it. You can use fabric, colored paper or even a paint technique. I chose to do a basket weave pattern.

 Glue the center piece directly on top of your basket weaved paper. Then trim the extra away until the paper only sticks out past the center piece about an inch. Then begin to glue and fold the paper over. You may choose to Mod Podge the finished center to give it a slight sheen.
 Finally, hot glue this into the center of your flower and you are finished!!!!

 Thank you for stay with me for a very long post. I hope you find this helpful and fun!

Please feel free to share with your friends. However, I would love a link back to this post. :)

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Monday, March 25th 


  1. This flower is adorable. Love it! Thanks for sharing. I am pinning it!

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

  2. What an awesome flower! Love the sheet music paper, and love how it turned out. Beautiful, and really doesn't look that hard. Thanks for sharing.
    Debbie :)

  3. ty ty ty.....i just love this wreath!!!

  4. Love this! I've never seen one quite like it. Great tutorial too btw! I hope to make one of these soon. Thanks for the inspiration. Visiting you from WOW.

  5. Love the paper flower and thanks for the tutorial. Tip: you can purchase round cardboard cake plates at the craft store for six at less than $4 with a coupon in the wedding dept.

  6. it is really nice! I gotta figure out something masculine to do for my 7th grade cello player.

  7. Love it and going to make it!

    Thank you!

  8. Wow, I just love this. Can't wait to try it.

  9. love and I may end of doing one of these...I have hinted on my blog if you like my garlands I will do a tut is I get enough comments...O well someday I will...love the ease of making this...and thinking I could make smaller too...thanks for the tut....and If I make one I will tut on you

  10. Love the flowers. Could you give the size of the petals?

  11. This is gorgeous! I found you via Coastal Charm. Excited to be a new GFC follower. Please stop by my blog sometime.

  12. I would love to have a copy of the pattern for the petals? Could you please post a download for us?

  13. That is so cool! I love it and you posted such a great tutorial. I love your blog! I came for a visit from Mod Mix and I am now your newest follower. Have a great week! Love, Wanda

  14. I just saw your stunning flower featured on Mod Vintage Mix.
    What great job. I'm curious...is the finished size at 14 inches?
    Hope your week is extraordinary!


  15. I love it! Great flower tutorial, I definitely want to try it. Found you through the It's A Spring Thing Link party. New follower, great FB page too.

    Margaret from http://margaret-movingforward.blogspot.ca/

  16. Seriously LOVE this! I am trying it out this morning :-) I hope mine turns out as nice as yours.

  17. I featured your giant flower today at Mod Mix Monday! I love this and want to get busy making some.

  18. This is so pretty! I have a box of old music books & sheet music in the attic. You've inspired me to create a flower! Thanks so much for the instructions!


  19. muy bonito y un tutorial genial. Voy hacerla.
    Muchas gracias
    Un abrazo

  20. Hey...i tried this flower.....thanks....it turned out awesome....will upload the pic...

  21. Hey...i tried this flower.....thanks....it turned out awesome....will upload the pic...

  22. Brilliant, can't wait to share this with my craft group. Thank you for sharing this wonderful flower with everyone. Bless you.

  23. Absolutely beautiful!!! Thanks so much for sharing with all of us.

  24. beautiful..I will try it..thanks for sharing