Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Paper Flower DIY

Remember these? I use paper flowers on everything. And every time I post pictures readers ask for directions. I have been promising for 2 years to show some DIY instructions. Thanks to one of my readers, Fran, I have been motivated to come up with these....

Supplies: Tissue paper, scissors, pipe cleaners

Pick 3 colors. You will need 5 sheets. Here I did 2 blue, 2 green and 1 white.
I also cut the tissue paper into approximately 8" x 5" rectangles. There is a lot of wiggle room. The paper can be about any size. I usually just fold the sheet and cut it into fourths.

Next stack the colors and accordion fold. The folds should be about an inch.

Once folded tightly wrap a pipe cleaner around the center. If I don't have a pipe cleaner I use string or yarn. I don't let a lack of correct supplies keep me from crafting. I believe in make-do DIY.

This is the most important step. Cut the edge (the whole stack) of the tissue paper in curves or points. This is what makes it look like a real flower. I know it looks a little rough right now but it will all work out, I promise.

Fan out the accordion pleats.


Carefully separate the layers, gently pulling towards the center.

And you're done!

Easy wasn't it?

The more sheets of tissue paper you add, the fuller your flower will be. You can go crazy with colors and size. It is a very forgiving craft. Good luck! Let me know if you make any!!

P.S. I get the short, fat mason jars at Wal-Mart and hot glue the flowers on top after cutting the pipe cleaner as short as possible!!

17 comments:

  1. So cute...what a great tutorial, I am not crafty at all, but feel I could attempt this one with my girls!

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  2. remember when we made these at your house? fun. I made Mom a bouquet for her birthday right after that, and it was so cute. I saw a picture recently. xo

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  3. thank you so much for posting this!!! they are so adorable- can't wait to try.

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  4. I made literally hundreds of those for my wedding a couple of years ago. I used floral wire instead of pipe cleaners, and glued them to styrofoam balls to hang from the ends of the pews. They look great individually, but they look even better en masse!

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  5. I'm so glad you have give us the DIY instructions. I am definitely going to do this! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love paper flowers! So glad to have the instructions ... that will motivate me ... just bookmarked them. THANKS! ;) Love Sarah's idea too!!! So fun!

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  7. How cute! Finally, a craft project that even I might be able to manage! I'm off to the Dollar store for tissue paper!

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  8. So awesome!! My son has the 3 sweetest teachers and I'm dying to make these for them! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  9. Such a cute idea. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  10. These are gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  11. Thanks for sharing, I have been dying to know how you did this. I am so not crafty but that looks easy enough for a novice like me!

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  12. Love this - can't wait to use it for some showers / parties this year. Thanks for the post! I've got a giveaway going on over at my blog - feel free to enter.

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  13. Great tutorial! I love those little flower topped jars. Now, I have the tricks to make it happen. Thanks!

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  14. Love these! Wanna make some to sell in the shop - no water required!!!

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  15. Love these...so happy to be reminded how to make them.

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