I love, love, love paper flowers. Making these flowers were so much fun.
Here is how I did it.
I used Google to search for patterns and I must say people keep these patterns pretty heavily guarded. I believe I came away with 2 patterns and they were tiny. Once you cut the pattern out simply use a pen or pencil to curl the edges and then assemble them with glue from largest to smallest.
For the majority of the flowers I designed my own pattern. I started with one large petal and used it to cut 5 more for a total of 6 large petals. After cutting 4 to 5 different sizes of 5 to 6 petals proceed to put a small slit in each petal. Fold one half of the slit onto the other half and fasten with a dab of glue. The end result should resemble the picture below (top right).
Next using a pen or pencil (professionals use other tools, none of which I have access to) roll the tip down. This is optional as it will yield a specific type of flower.
Glue the largest sets of petals first in a circular motion onto a small circular cutout. I used liquid Elmer’s glue it yielded good results. Keep adding to each layer similarly to the pictures above.
If you leave the corners uncurled you will get the effect of the flower below on the left. If curled it will yield the flower on the right.
Of the many styles of pistels (the center part of the flower) this is my favorite design. To make this cut a strip of paper the length and width is relative to the size if the flower. Mine are typically 2inches x 8inches.
- Fold the strip in half
- Cut a small slit along the entire length at the folded portion. Do not cut all the down.
- Unfold the paper and
- Fold it the other way, leaving it unsmoothed.
- Roll it tightly and glue it together.
- Place a large amount of glue on the base after it has dried and glue it to the center of the flower.
Repeat these steps to make as many flowers as you like.