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How To Make Paper Flowers – Peony Tutorial
Paper flowers are a beautiful, economical, and long-lasting alternative to cut flowers. They’re perfect for decorating presents, using as decor, or even giving as a bouquet to some bo-cutie. (sorry.) This tutorial is great for beginners and will show you how to make simple paper peonies, using a downloadable template that’s available in the Free Printable & Digital Library. If you’d like to freehand it, you’re welcome to, but the template makes things much faster and cuts down on mistakes, so I recommend it. Just pop in your email address here. Did I mention it’s FREE? Ok, let’s learn how to make paper flowers!
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List of Supplies
There are just a few things you need to get started, and you probably already have most of them laying around your house! For this project you’ll need:
• Colored construction papers in green, yellow, and a color of your choice for each flower
• Cardstock or heavy paper
• Craft glue
How To Make Paper Flowers – Instructions:
First you’ll need to download the pattern/template, which can be found in the Free Printable & Digital Library. On cardstock or heavy paper, print out the template pieces and then carefully cut around each one.
Select a color of paper for your flower, and then using the template pieces, trace and cut out 12 large petals, 6 medium petals, and 3 small petals, as indicated on the template. You can save some time by stacking a couple pieces of paper and cutting them at the same time. Next, cut one round piece for the base, from cardstock, and a small strip for the center from yellow paper.
Using your scissors, cut a small slit at the bottom of each petal as shown.
Take one petal and apply a small amount of glue near the side of the slit. Overlap the pieces on either side of the slit and press together until glue dries. This will form a shallow cone shape and give the petals a three-dimensional look. Continue doing this with each petal. You can also use a small round object to curve the sides of the petals, but it’s optional
On the round base cut from cardstock, glue the curved petals on the base one by one, in a circular pattern. Start with a layer of 6 large petals around the edge of the base, overlapping the petals as shown. Glue a second layer of 6 large petals nested inside the first layer, then a layer of 6 medium petals. We’ll be moving toward the center of the flower with each layer.
Finally, glue the layer of 3 small petals. Cut small fringe along one side of the yellow strip while waiting for the glue to dry completely.
Next, roll the fringed yellow paper and glue at the end to secure. Once it’s dry, glue it into the center of the flower, and gently press down to open up the fringe as shown. Cut some freehand leaves from your green construction paper to glue to the bottom of the flower.
Repeat the steps above with different colors of paper to create a bunch of gorgeous flowers that will never wilt! Here are a few ideas on what you can do with all of your pretty new flowers:
– Tape to the top of a present instead of a bow
– Glue to some pipe cleaners or floral wire and create a bouquet
– Arrange in a small flower pot to liven up your home or office decor
– Attach to a headband, barrette or ribbon or create a floral crown
– Glue to strips of heavy cardstock for pretty bookmarks
– String onto some ribbon to make a floral party garland
Have fun! Do you have more ideas on how to use the finished flowers? Be sure to leave a comment on this post – how to make paper flowers!