Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Paper Flower Tutorials

I waited to post the instructions for making these flowers until after the crop last Saturday at Creative Scrapbooking Divas. I'm going to give you two tutorials here so the post will be long as it includes lots of photos. I hope you have fun making something with your flower creations.

Flower One: Tissue Paper Flower
First, gather your supplies:
You will need:
Tissue paper--plain or printed
Button of your choice

This flower works best with tissue paper, not regular scrapping paper.

Step 1:
Cut your paper into 3 strips about 1 1/2", 2 inches and 3 inches. These can vary and don't need to be precise. The length is about 16" long
Step 2:
Start with the widest strip first and gather the edge along the bottom, pinching it to the center as your create a circle. Don't worry if the paper wrinkles--it should. Once you've created a circle and it's gathered in the center, then staple it a few times to hold in place:
Do the same for the other 2 strips
Step 3: You should have 3 scrunched up circles like this:
Step 4:
Add glue to the center of the largest circle and adhere the next layer (middle) on top. Press until it holds firm. Add glue to the center of the middle layer and add the top layer (the smallest). This is what it should look like:
Step 5:
Glue your button to the center and then ruffle up the edges once the layers are firmly glued together.
FLOWER 2: Layered Flower:
This flower uses an assortment of papers. Gather the following supplies:
Tissue paper, coffee filter, double sided patterned paper, old book papers, paper bag, etc. Any type of paper that can be made pliable will work. You will need 6 different types for 6 layers.
Scalloped edged scissors,
Regular scissors,
Glimmer Mist (optional)
Ink (optional)
Cardboard to create a 2 1/2 inch template

Step 1:
Cut out a 2 1/2" circle from cardboard to use as a template. Place the template on your papers and trace. Using your scalloped edged scissors, cut out your circles--you will need 6 of them.
Step 2:
Ink the edges of each circle or spray with glimmer mist. Both are optional.
Step 3: Wet each circle and squish the water out being careful not to tear the paper. BE GENTLE!
Unwrap each circle carefully and set aside to dry.

Step 4: Once dry, layer your circles in whatever order you want but vary the colors.
Step 5: Fold the stack in half then in half again so it looks like a cone:
Step 6: Cut the tip on the end with regular scissors. Don't cut alot off, just enough to create a tiny hole.
Open it up and lay flat.
Step 7: Cut a small circle from a scrap piece of cardstock and add a dollop of glue. I used Elmer's and it worked just fine.
Step 8:
Place the layers on top of the glue and scrunch it around so the glue seeps through the center of the flower. Be gentle, but just squish, scrunch and twist--(don't ya' just LOVE my scrapping terms?!)
Step 9:
Glue your button to the center. I used a vintage style button, but you could use a regular button as well or even a smaller premade flower. You could also add floss to your button before glueing to the center.
Step 10:
Scrunch (there's that term again!) up the layers, fluffing them, and 'poofing' the layers until you get the look that you want.

I hope you have fun making these!
Any questions, just ask!!!


sjmcdowell said...


These little scrunched flowers are
the cutest. I am going to try them out! Thank you!
Hugsss from Me.

Tara said...

super cute!

sarahw said...

Great directions. TFS. Very fun blog. :)