We recently moved office at work and the new building has a lovely fresh feeling to it. There is lots of light, both natural and artificial and the walls are all panted in a very crisp fresh white with a fresh lime green as an accent colour. A few of the staff have indoor potted plants growing at their workstations, which add to the lovely feel of the space. I really wanted to have a plant of my own but there was one serious flaw in the idea, I kill plants! It’s not like I try to kill them or that I only kill sensitive plants, I genuinely kill any plant I look after! I was determined not to let this small flaw, ruin my plan and decided to think a little creatively. If I can’t keep live plants then artificial plants would have to do! I didn’t want to just get a plastic plant, I wanted something a little more lively, something with a little more soul. So, I thought I would make myself some flowers. I have the perfect blank wall next to my desk to display something sweet!
I just love how great these turned out! They are very inexpensive and do not require many supplies. I couldn’t be happier with how easy they were to make, they would be a great craft to do with kids. So, I thought I would show you how to make large paper flowers.
The supplies you will need to make the flowers are;
- Sheets of colour paper, per flower you will need 4 sheets for the petals and 1 sheet for the leaves
- Scissors or a craft knife and cutting matt
- Glue or double sided tape
- A pencil
- You will also need a printer to print off the templates
To make the flowers you will need to;
Step 1. Print off the templates.
Option 1 – Print them straight onto the printer paper you intend on using, 4 copies of the flower template and 1 copy of the leaves template.
Option 2 – Print off 1 copy of each template onto any printer paper, thicker paper would work best. Then trace around the template on the back of your chosen decorative paper.
Step 2. Cut out the four flower shapes
Step 3. Cut the four flower shapes into 6 petal layers and 3 off cut pieces
- Flower shape 1 – leave as is
- Flower shape 2 – Cut 1 petal off leaving 5 petals and a glue tab
- Flower Shape 3 – Cut 2 petals off leaving 4 petals and a glue tab, from the left over, salvage 1 petal with a glue tab
- Flower Shape 4 – Cut 3 petals off leaving 3 petals and a glue tab, from that left over, salvage a 2 petal section with a glue tab
Step 4. Lay each of the petal layers right sides facing down and using either a pencil or paintbrush curl the petals back. This is done by rolling the paper around the pencil or paintbrush. Turn the 6 petal flower over, the right side facing up and bend the petals up so that the base will sit flat.
Step 5. On each of the petal layers with a tab you will glue it so that you create a sort of cone like shape out of them. Lay the petal layers face up so that the petals turn under, apply glue or double sided sticky tap to the tap, then glue the tap to the back of the petal layer along the other cut edge (where you took the petals out of).
Step 6. Put the flower together.
- Lay out the 6 petal layer, right side up and apply glue or double sided tape to the centre of the flower,
- Take the 5 petal flower and line up the pointy part of the cone shape with the centre of the flower below and press down in the centre to stick the two layers together. The point of the cone will crumple, that is what you want, it will allow more surface to stick together.
- Repeat this for all the remainder flower layers until they are all stuck together, you may need to use the end of a pencil to stick the smaller layers down.
Step 7. Cut out the leaves and fold them in half, length ways.
Step 8. Fold the leaf in a concertina manner, at an angle to the spine of the leaf.
Step 9. Gently unfold the leaf to reveal the leaf like dimension.
Step 10. Last step is to attach the leaves on to the back of the flower.
And you are done!!
I used tack to stick them to the wall! Mine were light enough that they didn’t require anything stronger, if your paper is heavier you may need something stronger to hang them. Once you get the process worked out, these take no time at all to put together!
I hope you like this craft and if you make them share a photo with me, I love to see your creations! All my contact info, including social media links can now be found on my contact page!