I’ve always admired the paper flowers that I’ve seen around the internet, but I’ve never tried to make my own until recently. I have to admit, I started this project with a severe lack of supplies. Sure, I had different types of paper, scissors, and all of the craft supplies you would want for such a task, but I did not have my computer by my side to look up similar projects for inspiration. Instead, I tried a few different techniques until I found one that worked. I’m very happy with the results you see below and was impressed at how quickly the flower took shape and came together.
So far, I’ve only used one flower to top a gift, but I could see a group of them being used to decorate a tabletop, or a few tucked into the corners of a bookcase to add a little pop of color. They’ll always be in season, so I’m sure many more paper flowers will be blooming around here soon.
DIY Paper Flowers
- squeeze punch (like this one by Fiskars)
- heavy stock colored paper
- decorative button
1. Use a squeeze punch to cut round disks from the colored paper. I used about 15 circles for the flower pictured above.
2. Use scissors to cut a slit into all but one disk of paper from the outside edge to the center (see photo in slideshow below).
3. Hold a disk in your hand and use your fingers to wrap it into a cone shape. Secure the edges with a dot of glue and let dry (see photo in slideshow below). Do this with all of the disks.
4. Glue one cone to the base of another cone, allowing them to overlap just slightly (see photo in slideshow below). Secure with a dot of glue and add more cones, one-by-one, to your flower, building out as you go.
5. Once your flower has reached your desired size, glue the one uncut disk that was set aside to the back so you have a smooth bottom.
6. Glue a decorative button into the center of the flower and let dry. Use as desired.
SWWU Tip 2: Looking for an easier way to adorn the gifts you give? Check out this cascading ribbon bow.