Making paper objects, such as flowers, is an inventive way to use up paper that could otherwise be wasted. Wrapping paper is a type of paper that would normally be wasted, because most glossy finishes cannot be recycled. Reuse the wrapping paper from a birthday or special occasion to create beautiful paper flowers.
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Things you need
- Pipe cleaner
Smooth out any wrinkles in the wrapping paper and remove tape. Use wrapping paper with different patterns and colours. When you put them together, the flower will be more colourful.
Draw flower shapes on the back of several sheets of wrapping paper. Draw a basic daisy shape with a circular centre and elongated petals or draw any type you want, including creative shapes like heart-shaped petals or star-shaped centres that wouldn't normally grow. Leave each shape intact, with all of the petals attached to the centre.
Cut out the flower shapes along the pencil lines with scissors. Fold each flower in half and cut a 6.5 mm (1/4 inch) slit in the middle of each flower centre.
Fold the end of a pipe cleaner 6.5 mm (1/4 inch) back. Fold it again, another 6.5 mm (1/4 inch), to create a centre for your flower.
Slide the slits over the bent end of the pipe cleaner. Place them in any order you like so that you can see the petals on the lower layers through the spaces between the petals in the higher layers.
Tips and warnings
- Try the same process with tissue paper, cardboard and other types of paper.
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