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Making paper flowers is a fun craft activity for young and old alike. They can be very simple in their design or much more complex. This is a guide about making paper flowers.

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Paper flowers made with multicolored and patterned papers.
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April 7, 2015 Flag

This beautiful paper dahlia looks much harder to make than it is. Make one or more to decorate your walls. They can be made in numerous sizes too!

Paper Dahlia

Supplies:

  • 1 (8 inch) cardboard cake circle (or thick cardboard cut to size)
  • 4 dark purple 12 x12 scrapbook papers)
  • 7 medium purple 12 x12 scrapbook papers)
  • 4 light purple 12 x12 scrapbook papers)
  • hot glue gun
  • stapler
  • scissors
  • chenille stick or ribbon (for hanger)

Steps:

  1. Cut (16) dark purple 6 x 6 squares. Cut (26) 5 x 5 inch medium purple squares. Cut (15) 4 x 4 inch light purple squares.
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  3. Roll each dark purple square into a cone and staple it at the bottom to hold it together.
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  5. Apply hot glue along the edge and glue it in place.
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  7. Flatten the cones at the ends. Then attach the first layer of "petals" to the cardboard circle, about 2 inches in from the edge. Glue the next petal directly across from the first one. Then do the same with two more petals, dividing the circle into quarters, as shown below.
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  9. Now add a petal, centered between two petals. Then fill in that section with two more petals. Repeat in each of the other sections.
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  11. Make your medium purple petals following the previous steps. Then start the second layer by attaching a medium purple petal in between two of the dark petals. Glue in place a little bit further into the center of the cardboard circle, as shown below.
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  13. Now add another layer of medium purple petals. Again placing the petals between two of the petals in the previous layer and gluing them a little more towards the center of the cardboard circle. NOTE: You may not be able to put a petal in-between every petal in the previous layer. Just fit as many as you can.
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  15. Make the light purple petals following the same instructions above. With these petals you will want to also curl the ends a little to make them easier to glue in place. Now attach a layer of these petals, fitting in as many as you can (approx. 9 petals).
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  17. Now apply hot glue to the center of the flower and add a few petals to the middle to fill it in.
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  19. Use hot glue to attach a hanger and cover it with a small piece of paper.
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  21. Hang up your new paper dahlia and enjoy!
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Source: Based on a project found on www.lovepomegranatehouse.com

August 24, 2011 Flag
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This is a simple origami flower made from paper. Kids can make this with their parents, too. It's great for gifts and party decorations.

bouqet of paper flowers that includes a pink flower, a purple flower and 3 multi-colored flowers made from advertisements in a crystal vase

March 22, 2012 Flag
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A beautiful use for discarded books.

Paper Flowers From Old Books, close up

March 18, 2011 Flag

The spring colors of this bouquet will brighten up a wintry

Paper flowers.

August 16, 2010 Flag

We were eating out and when we were done, Trey, our friend's teenage child, presented us all with a "paper rose." I could not tell you how he did it, even as I watched, art is amazing, and even this photo does not do justice to how much it looks like a rose. He started out by rolling the napkin into a cylinder, but the leaf, I have no idea.

Isn't it beautiful?

By Robyn Fed

napkin flower

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May 9, 2008 Flag

Use circle template to cut a ring from cardstock. Trace big and small flowers onto decorative papers. Cut out. Punch a hole on center, and insert brad. Curl up the edges of each layer with your fingers.

Paper Flower Wreath

January 4, 2008 Flag

I'm looking for instructions for making realistic paper flowers. I'm also looking for information about paper mosaics and faux stained glass.

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January 4, 20080 found this helpful

Look up HGTV.com. Then look at Creative Juice--they have done the projects you are asking about.

For paper flowers, use dyed coffee filters and trim the edges to look like the edges of a flower. I can't remember the rest, but I think you use a wire ore pipe cleaner for a stem and attach flower and stem with florist tape.

Mosaics--cut or tear small pieces of paper, create a design you like then glue or mod podge onto your project. Cover with a layer of Mod Podge which will dry clear.

Faux stain glass--I do the real stuff, but it did look interesting and easy enough. Good luck.

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January 6, 20080 found this helpful

This is a great Stained Glass & Mosaics site! ...It's an online catalog that sells stained glass supplies.

* They also have many "How-To" pages:

http://www.delphiglass.com/index.cfm?page=knowledgebase

Stained Glass:

http://www.delphiglass.com/index.cfm?page=knowledgebase_sub&id=84

Mosaics:

http://www.delphiglass.com/index.cfm?page=knowledgebase_sub&id=94

OR: search this GREAT site for directions

* Just type in "mosaics, stained glass or flowers" in their search engine:

http://www.diynetwork.com/

-----> CLASSES <-----

I'm "self-taught" in pretty much all of my many crafts (except sewing which I learned back in school & weaving & spinning). I teach painting (on pottery) classes... And, I've found that if you take classes, (with most any craft) You'll not have to learn things "the hard way" as the instructor will teach you their tips, tricks & short-cuts... I teach my students things that took me nearly 20 years to learn the hard way.... They pay $45 per class... to learn from my many years of experience & I MAKE SURE it's well worth their time & money.

HERE'S SOME IDEAS:

* Call your local Community College or an "ART Supply" store (or as a third option, a Craft Supply store) & ask about Classes...

* Or just look on Crags List for a "Starving Artist" (like me!) that would be happy to make a little bit of money to teach you tips, tricks, short-cuts & wisdom they've learned through the years.

(I especially love to see children learn!)

* Or, if you see someone selling Stained Glass or Mosaics at a Farmers Market or Craft Fair, take their card, & call them when they are less busy & ask them if you can apprentice or work for them & do their "dirty work" at no charge. * A GREAT way to learn!

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January 13, 20080 found this helpful

Martha Stewart has great paper flowers on her website. www.marthastewart.com

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September 21, 2011 Flag

Take a paper that is blank and color it red or pink at the top, about two inches down. Then color the rest of the paper green, on both sides of the paper. When you arrange it a certain way and then twist the stem part and tape or tie it together, it makes a flower.

Completed flower with twisted stem.

June 23, 2010 Flag
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Reuse old newspapers or magazines by making them into flowers. Choose a few of your favorite images or texts (old poetry works great). You can even dye regular newspaper using the water from boiling beets. Cut paper into different sizes of circles with wavy circumferences. Put the smallest one in the middle on top. Pinch the center of the back and twist so that all layers are wrapped together. Insert a piece of wire through the pinched area once or twice then wrap it around. Tie the wire to a stick or a pencil to give it a creative twist. Make several and place in a vase or give to a loved one as a nice gift.

By Emma from Missoula, MT

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February 2, 2010 Flag

Saw a nice tip about crafting when I read something in a calendar at the store. Use fragrance strips to cut out to make scented flowers. You could make a nice corsage or put the paper flowers on a wire stem, or even one of those wire place holders you see a lot of. Good for a budget valentine.

By Pamphyila from L.A., CA

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August 25, 2006 Flag
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Do you have a pattern for paper or fabric roses?

Birder from Flint, MI

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September 14, 20061 found this helpful

I found these instruction by using Google. Hope it helps some.

http://www.ehow.com/how_16356_make-paper-roses.html uses crepe paper looked nice

http://www.bloom4ever.com/howto/howto01.htm Origami one - looked complex but beautiful

http://members.aol.com/linnyandmo/rose.html simple paper napkin rose

http://www.dorlingkindersley-uk.co. ... /uk/11/features/craftyart/intro.html tissue paper - looked beautiful

http://www.webindia123.com/craft/flower/paper/party.html tissue party rose

http://www.webindia123.com/craft/flower/paper/cabbage.html tissue cabbage rose

http://www.wholesale-table-linens.com/napkin-folding.html shows a couple of roses from napkins

if you Google in Napkin folding - there are tons of pages. Some of the instructions look like roses.

I couldn't find anything under fabric roses!

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