Sunday, December 29, 2013

Paper Flowers for Cards, Scrapbooks, Decor and More

Look what I made. These paper flowers are so simple and pretty.
You will need card stock, glue, water in a spray bottle, and a way to cut out paper flower shapes in two or three different sizes.  I used my Silhouette but paper punches, or good old fashioned scissors will work just fine.

I created flower shapes on my Silhouette.  I made two different 5 petal flowers, a 6 petal flower and an 8 petal flower.  Each of the different paper flower cut outs gave a slightly different end result.  Click Here for the link to my Google Drive for the templates I made in both pdf and studio format.

The difference between the end results were mostly negligible between the 5 and 6 petal cut outs.  The 8 petal cut out creates a much fuller flower.  The big three color purple flower pictured above was made with three sizes of the 8 petal flower cut outs. 
For the blue flowers I cut a 5 petal flower out of three different colors.  The dark blue is a 3 inch cut out, the middle blue is a 2 inch cut out, and the smallest is a 1 inch cut out.

Spray each cut out lightly with water then scrunch the cut outs.  You want to start by holding the center and forcing the petals up to the middle  and then scrunching them together.




Let them dry, or mostly dry.  Then carefully open them back up.



Then using craft glue you put the layers together.  I used three of each sized cut out.  I found the craft glue works better than glue dots because you can twist the cut outs around to give you the best petal layers.  With glue dots, once affixed, you cannot move the layers to a better position.
In this picture the yellow flower on the left was made from 5 petal cut outs. The yellow at the bottom of the picture was made from 6 petal cut outs.  The large purple flower was made with the 8 petal cut outs.

These flowers will work beautifully on homemade cards and scrapbook pages.  My daughter wants to hang them from mono-filament from the ceiling in her room.  That would be very spring like in these bleak winter days. These would also look great on a door wreath.
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34 comments:

  1. I nominated you for a Liebster award. I hope you'll accept it. :) Here's the link:
    http://lawstudenttolifestudent.blogspot.com/2013/12/leibster-amigurumi-chemistry-flask.html

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  2. i luv these! I need to start getting back into diy!

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  3. These are so cute and seem so easy. I need to make them with my daughter. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

    Mary-andering Creatively

    Mary-andering Among the Pages

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  4. Your flowers are really beautiful! I pinned them! These would be beautiful on a card. Thank you so much for stopping by and linking up this post at http://recipesforourdailybread.com/2013/12/31/1st-wonderful-wednesday-blog-hop-2014/
    I look forward to following all your social medias.

    Blessings Always,
    Diane Roark

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    1. Thank you Diane for stopping by and your kind words. Happy to have you here!

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  5. Thank you so much for doing this...it is actually something I have wanted to know how to do. Thanks also for joining us in the blog hop! I am going to hang on to this post and I will return for more!

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    1. Hi Pam. The flowers are so simple and the water scrunching gives them such depth. If you make them, let me know how it goes!

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  6. Lovely flowers! I will definitely give it try. Thanks for sharing

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  7. These are so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Hello There, very cute flowers, and they would look lovely on a card! You are very talented and you also have done a very well written instructions, along with great photos.
    Blessings, Roxy
    PS. Do you have kittens on your homestead? :)

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    1. Hi Roxy. Thanks for stopping by. I have used the flowers on cards and they look so cute. I appreciate your kind words. As for kittens, at the moment, no we do not have any. We work on making sure all the cats we take in are neutered so we do not get unexpected additions. Although I do love the kittens.

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  9. What a GREAT idea! I'm totally going to make these :)

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  10. It's amazing what you can do with a few sheets of paper! Really cute - thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Patti. It really is amazing what paper can do. I am falling in love with paper crafting and see a lot more of it in my future. Just wait for the Valentine's Day decorations!

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  11. I love your paper flowers! I am going to be making paper flowers for my daughters wedding this fall. I wonder if
    you would like to share your post with Fresh-Cut Friday? Come on by and say hi. I would love if if you would join us. :)

    ~Liz

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    1. Hi Liz. I stopped by Fresh-Cut Friday and added this post. What an adorable blog you have! I am now following you too. Thanks for leaving a note!

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  12. These are so pretty and I love how easy they look to make. Going to have to give them a try :-)

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    1. Let me know how it goes Catherine. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Cute flowers, I like your technique thanks for spelling it out so nicely.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Sarah. Love to have you here!

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  14. Hello!
    Thank you so much for sharing your pretty pictures for Fresh-Cut Friday. AND thank you for following. I would follow you but I am already following you! :)
    Happy New Year!
    ~Liz

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  15. These are too neat! I think the 8 petal ones are best but they are all cool! And she has a great idea of hanging them from the ceiling. I would make a ton of small ones and hang in a doorway, that would be neat or could be my hippie roots lol. Thanks for linking to Meandering Mondays!

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    1. I totally thought about making 40 or 50 to hang in a garland in a doorway. Flashbacks to my Barbie Dream House I think. But then reality hit. Can you imagine what 8 cats could do to that? It wasn't a pretty thought. Thanks for the visit!

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    2. hmmm I imagine my little chug would tear them up too. Oh well, it was a good idea lol!

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  16. Your paper flowers are so sweet. I recently saw a book about how to make all kinds of paper flowers in ROmantic Homes magazine.

    Linking from Fresh Cut Friday!
    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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  17. 'Love the flowers! They are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing them at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  18. This wonderful post has been featured on "Tuesdays with a Twist" blog hop - if you have a chance - stop by & grab a featured button: godsgrowinggarden.com
    Thanks
    Angie

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    1. Thank you Angelique! I added the button. It is always exciting to be featured!

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  19. What is the best paper quality to use for making flowers?

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    1. I have enjoyed working with archival quality card stock. Usually it is 65 lb paper. Thinner or lighter weight paper gets mushy when wet and does not un-crumple well. Heavier paper doesn't crumple well to begin with. But experiment and see what works best for you. Thanks for the great question!

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