Paper

Giant Paper flower decorations

I needed some decorations for grade 8 graduation at my school. I’ve made small paper flowers before but I decided to make a couple larger ones instead. My school’s colours are purple and gold (but we often use yellow, too). I ordered a pack of different shades of purple cardstock from amazon

I found some petal shapes in Cricut Design Space. I cut 5 petals in 3 different sizes.

Next, I used my scoring pen to curl the outside of the petals outward.

I realized it would be much easier to create the outside layer with something to glue the petals to. I got some cheap construction paper (in hindsight, I should have used something thicker) and cut out some rough circles.

To get a really nice 3D effect, cut a 1″ slice into the inside of the petal.

I used a glue runner to put a dab of glue on one side.

Now slightly bend the plain side onto the glue side and crossover.

Now run some glue across the outside or bottom of the petal.

Glue the petal onto the backing paper. I penciled a dot where the middle was to make it easier to line up the petals.

Continue with the rest of the petals.

Repeat the same steps for the medium-sized petals.

And again for the smallest petals.

I used two different petal shapes. Two of my flowers had rounded petals and three others were slightly pointed.

Once I thought I was finished I took a look and thought they were still plain. I decided to use tissue paper for the inside of the flower and to cover up the inside.

I folded some white tissue paper into a rectangle slightly bigger than I wanted my flower to be.

I stapled the inside to make sure the layers stayed together.

I eye-balled a circle (Hah!)

I cut into the middle to create petals. Don’t cut all the way through!

Pinch the middle so the petals stick up and you have a point where you can glue the tissue to the cardstock.

Fluff it up so it doesn’t look too uniform.

Glue tissue flower onto the cardstock flower.

I used white, lilac purple and yellow tissue paper.

I threw in some extra tissue paper flowers to fill in the gaps!

Paper

Paper wall flowers

My daughter’s closet needed something above to jazz up the space. I had seen these paper flowers in a Cricut Design Space that I wanted to try. I was picturing the petals curled back to stick out from the wall so I decided to make them out of thin paper (What do you call letter paper that isn’t as thick as cardstock?). I made the first flower on yellow solid and patterned paper. It needed more layers.

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The second flower had a good amount of layers but the paper wasn’t thick enough.

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The last flower was made on beautiful grey cardstock and each petal was separate. This was by far the most time consuming but turned out so well.

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I put a small circle of felt on the back of each flower and added a 3M strips. The grey flower ended up being too heavy and I hot glued it back onto the 3M strip.

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