Ever since seeing a post about handmade paper flowers I have been mesmerized by this lovely creation. I can’t get it out of my mind and had to try it myself.
I don’t have a slice die cut machine as recommended in the tutorial so I decided to free hand it and see if I could make the petals on my own. Those that know me know I don’t like to free hand things very often but thought it would be good to push myself (hopefully making Nicole, Tara & Michelle proud).
The most important part about doing a bouquet like this is to find pattern paper that is double sided. I found out that the original paper (Lemonade collection) I was envisioning was single sided so it couldn’t be used for this project.
I then settled on using some colorful spring paper from the BasicGrey Konnichiwa line because of the beautiful sakura blossoms, Japanese lanterns, koi fish, variety of colors (blue, pink, red, green), multiple prints and the way all the patterns fit together so well.
I made 7 flowers in total and it only requires 1 sheet for each flower. I used 4 different pieces of patter paper (remember they are double sided so you can make two flowers from each pattern).
For three of the pattern pieces, I did a flower showing both sides of the paper making 6 flowers. The seventh one is the red one on top-middle of the bouquet and I only did one of this patter because the outside has a nice flower pattern but the inside is solid red. Showcasing 7 flowers was the perfect amount for this med-sized green vase.
The Kanji characters on the inside of this red flower is a really nice touch. Wish I knew what it said!
How to make:
- Cut the paper into strips. Each flower is made up of one 12×12 sheet of paper that’s cut into 4 inch strips (tall) and I varied the width between 4, and 6 inches (wide).
- Cut a scalloped edge across the top (outer edge of the flower). You can free hand this part and it looks great.
- Crush up all the paper so that it’s nice & wrinkled. This will give it texture and make it easier to work with when shaping. It might even get small tears and it will look great.
- Fold the cloth wire in half and start with the narrower paper 3 or 4 inch wide. This will be the center of your flower. Fold it into a circle and use your hot glue gun to glue the wire to the center of the flower.
- Continue adding pieces to the edge of the flower petal. I decided to just glue the edge of the new paper to the edge that was on the outside of the spiral. Work with your paper to get it to the desired shape.
- Fold the petals back when you get to using the outside pieces of 6 inch paper.
- Add leaves when flowers are all competed. I have some nice green paper that would be great for leaves but I decided not to add them with this bouquet. I thought it looked nice without them.
- Display in a vase and add rocks, beads or sand. Include a ribbon around the base of the vase if desired.
Each time I was putting the flowers together I learned things that were working/not working. It’s a fun project because there’s no exact way to do it and no two flowers look the same. I kept liking the most recent flower better than the one before.
This bouquet is a 5th birthday gift for one of my son’s friends. She loved the handmade pinwheel centerpieces from his birthday party. I didn’t want the kids to take them home because the sharp tack might pop out so I decided to surprise her with a flower bouquet for her bedroom. I am happy she’s crafty at a young age & flattered that she likes what I make.
Happy Birthday Kira!! (I couldn’t resist getting a shot holding this vase of flowers before giving them away.)
If you do this bouquet, please share photos. I’d love to see your creation! I’d also like to try making it again maybe for Gwen’s party with Sketchbook? Or using the slice to cut the flowers petals to see how it works.
Thank you to Making Memories for the project inspiration & tutorial!!
Supplies: Pattern Paper-4 different sheets (Jasmine Tea, Sui Sui, Friendly Greetings and Koi Pond) Konnichiwa Collection by BasicGrey, Hot glue gun, Vase (from Safeway), Ivory ribbon-, Clear decorative filler beads-Ashland (from Michaels’), 18 inch Floral cloth wire-(from Michael’s)