Paper flowers are a simple and beautiful craft that can be used as a home decoration, a gift topper, or an afternoon activity for older children, and they are a great way to perk up the home in the middle of a flowerless winter. The flower-maker can adorn a tabletop in the dining room with a multicoloured paper-flower centrepiece or express her love with a bouquet of homemade flowers. Use a variety of different types of flowers, such as carnations and roses, in an array of colours to make a bright display.
Lay out three sheets of tissue paper on top of each other on a table and trace a line that is approximately 3 inches wide and 12 inches long. Cut out the tissue paper along the line.
Keep the three pieces of tissue paper in the new rectangle together and draw a line on the top sheet of the cutout approximately 1/2 inch from the bottom of the paper. The line should be drawn along the 12-inch-long side of the rectangle.
Make a small dot on the bottom left side of the rectangle to mark 1/2 inch above the first drawn line and draw a diagonal line from this dot to the top right corner. Cut along this diagonal line and discard the top section of the tissue paper.
Draw straight lines from the top of the tissue paper to the 1/2-inch line at the bottom. The lines should be spaced between 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch apart to make between 18 and 24 lines. Cut along these lines to the 1/2-inch line at the bottom.
Put a pipe cleaner or chenille stem on the short bottom left side just below the 1/2-inch line and tape it to the tissue paper. Roll the pipe cleaner in the tissue paper toward the tall end and tape the end of the paper when done. Cover the top of the stem and approximately 1/2 inch of the bottom of the tissue flower with floral tape.
Carefully fold down the "petals" that were cut into the tissue paper in Step 4 for your completed flower.
Cut out a slightly oblong circle from a piece of paper that is approximately 2 inches in diameter, then cut off 1/4 inch from the bottom in a straight line.
Crumple the paper to make the "petal" more pliable and then wrap it around itself to form the centre bloom. Use a small dot of glue just inside the bottom edge to keep the bloom wrapped.
Cut out between 10 and 20 more blooms (depending on how big you would like the flower) in the same oblong circle shape and cut off the bottom of each, as in Step 1.
Crumple each of the petals to make them easier to work with and begin wrapping each individual bloom around the centre bloom. Add a bit of glue to the bottom edge of each bloom to secure them to the flower. You can fold the top of the bloom outward to make the flower appear more open, or wrap them tightly around the centre bloom for a just-budding rose.
Put a bit of glue on the end of the pipe cleaner or wire stem, once you have added all the blooms you would like, and push it into the bottom centre of the flower. Allow the glue to dry.
Add leaves to a stem by first cutting out the shape of a leaf on a piece of paper. Paint the leaf green and allow to dry. Begin wrapping a stem in floral tape and, as you are wrapping, insert the bottom part of the leaf into the floral tape and continue wrapping.
Connect several flowers by wrapping the stem in floral tape and then forcing the stem of another flower into the tape.
Things you need
- Tissue paper
- Chenille stems
- Floral tape