Many of you have asked me how I make my paper flowers. I haven’t been able to come up with a tutorial with step by steps until now. When I’m creating paper flowers I tend to get enraptured by my process and completely forget to take pictures along the way. This has left me with a curio cabinet FULL of paper flowers that I cannot sell or give away because I need them as a reference guide for future arrangements. I’m here to tell you friends that practice ends TODAY!
While making paper flower arrangements for my Sister’s Elephant themed Baby Shower I got wise and took the necessary pictures for a tutorial. I will be starting you out the same way I started making paper flowers…with a simple arrangement. You probably already have the necessary tools in your stash. Are you ready to turn your paper scraps into a bouquet of loveliness? Let’s go!!
How to Make Paper Flowers Using Paper Punches
*For this arrangement you will need just 2 paper punches. The Large Daisy punch by Marvy and Small Daisy Punch by EK success were used here.
STEP 1: Grab some scrap paper from your stash and start punching! (I have used scraps from the DCWV “Green Stack”)
STEP 2: Color the underside of your flowers with Distress Stain in coordinating colors
* Unless you are using double-sided paper you will need to color the white side of your flowers. Distress ink can also be used.
STEP 3: Pierce a hole through each flower (you can pierce several flowers at a time). Curl large daisy petals with a stylus. Cup small daisies by pressing down center with sculpting tool.
*TIP: If you don’t have a stylus you can use a paintbrush or chopstick. For cupping place flower on foam pad or mouse pad. *You can use anything with a rounded end to cup your flowers like the eraser end of a pencil or the end of a Sharpie.
STEP 4: Arrange flowers in layers to ensure proper color combinations. Once satisfied arrange layers of buttons on top then start assembly line.
* I typically layer 3 large daisies and 1 small with two layers of buttons. *If you will be using multiple buttons it is a good idea to double up on the 26 gauge paddle wire.
STEP 5: Take one piece of wrapped floral stem wire and 1 piece of plain floral wire. Fold in half and thread on buttons smallest – largest. Holding button between thumb and forefinger twist wires together. Thread wire through pierced petals (smallest – largest) adding a drop of glue to seal each layer. Make a wire curl (like a snail shell) and press against back of flower to finish.
STEP 6: Attach Flowers to floral picks using floral tape. Line up approx. 2 in of wire with base of floral pick. Stretch wrap wire and floral pick together with floral tape. When all of your flowers have picks attached you can start assembling your arrangement!
STEP 7: To create your arrangement simply insert floral foam into a container and “Plant” your flowers. Twist the wires around your finger until you are satisfied with the fullness of your paper flower arrangement. Fill with glass gems or stones and embellish with ribbon.
Ta-Da! You just made a Paper Flower Arrangement!
See? Making paper flowers is easier than you think! I was able to create 4 of these Paper Flower arrangements for my sister’s Baby Shower using paper scraps from my stash. Paper Daisies are a great way to learn and get comfortable with paper flower making. Once you have mastered the paper daisy you can try your hand at more advanced paper flower making techniques. I’ll have some more advanced paper flower tutorials coming soon so stay tuned for that! We will be blooming and growing gorgeous flowers before you can say…Plucking Daisies!
Hope your creativity is blossoming today!